Natchitoches Parish School Board officials announced the mask mandate implemented across parish schools expires effective Feb. 1. Citing an abundance of caution as the reason for the mandate, NPSB officials pointed to signs that the worst of the Omicron wave is over as cause to remove the mandate:. “We have seen a consistent reduction in positivity rates and quarantining over the past three weeks.” said Supt. Dr Grant Eloi. “It has also been documented that Louisiana has officially passed the Omicron peak and is seeing a reduction in numbers as well.”
Beginning Feb. 1, all parish school staff, parents and students will be allowed to decide whether to wear a mask while in school facilities based on their personal assessment of risk. The Natchitoches Parish School Board continues to strongly encourage wearing a mask and continues to follow the recommendations of the CDC and Louisiana Health Officials.
The Board indicated that the positivity rate in the school system and the community will be monitored and additional guidance will be provided if conditions warrant modifications to the mask policy.
For additional information regarding school district policies, the NPSB encourages community members to follow Natchitoches Parish Schools on Social Media or visit the website at www.npsb.la. The most recent Covid-19 guidelines and quarantine guidance can be found at https://npsb.la/covid-19 under the covid-19 guidance guidance tab.