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Masks are now optional for Acadia Parish schools students and staff

The Acadia Parish School System Superintendent Scott Richard announced Wednesday that masks are now optional for the school district.

“The latest proclamation from the Governor provides the opportunity to lift the statewide face covering mandate and gives school systems the authority to make face coverings/masks optional while following Louisiana Department of Health quarantine guideline.” Richard stated. “The Acadia Parish School System will exercise that authority and make face covering/masks optional and follow LDH quarantine guidelines starting on Thursday, October 28, 2021.”

Richard that APSB appreciates everyone’s continued “cooperation, flexibility, and patience“ as they adjust to the new guidelines.

Students are still expected to wear a mask on the bus, both to and from school, and for any school related transportation on a bus.

The Acadia Parish School System will adhere to the following protocols effective Thursday, October 28, 2021.

  • The use of cloth face coverings by students and employees are highly recommended especially for those that are considered at-risk, but the decision as to their use is left to the discretion of the parent and employee.

  • Face masks shall continue to be worn on school buses.

  • All quarantine decisions for students and employees shall be governed by LDH guidelines and the School System transition back to those quarantine guidelines as outlined in the Governor's Proclamation

  • All other COVID protocols will remain in place.

His full statement below: