School Board implements new Covid policy


Carolyn Roy
Parents of Natchitoches Parish students will be getting a letter explaining changes in the COVID-19 policy.
If a student tests positive, they will go home for five days. When they return to school, they will wear masks for five more days.
Parents who do not want to adhere to the five days of masks after a student tests positive can quarantine their child for the full 10 days.

This article published in the Aug. 18, 2022, print edition.

No longer will students be sent home simply because of exposure to someone at school who has the virus.
The school board had a special called meeting Monday to adopt the new policy that is formed from information provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). There was a unanimous vote to adopt the new guidelines.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Grant Eloi said CDC sent the new guidelines Aug. 11, the date of the last board meeting, not giving the board time to consider them before that meeting.
The new guidelines are not requirements since the school board is no longer under the Governor’s emergency declaration, but they were adopted as policy.
Another suggestion is that parents may want to get their students tested after exposure if they show signs of the virus such as a runny nose or fever.
Last year, a vast majority of students, at least 90 percent, who quarantined because of contact with someone at school with the virus never developed Covid. They found that those getting the virus were largely exposed from community factors. He said hundreds and maybe thousands of hours of instruction were lost by largely healthy students because of the old policy.
In other business, the board voted to have Eloi write a letter of support for an application by RoyOMartin since the company is about to build a $9.5 million expansion. Should the company request tax breaks, that request must go before the board.