Rapides Parish School Board votes to modify COVID-19 protocol

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 5:23 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2021 at 10:19 PM CDT
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RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - In a seven to two vote, the Rapides Parish School Board voted on a motion to direct Superintendent Jeff Powell to develop a policy of only sending students home that present the symptoms of COVID-19 and to allow the other students that were wearing masks, while in contact, to remain in the classroom.

A letter will be sent home to the parents of those students informing them of their child’s exposure.

The board also voted on a motion to ask the superintendent to develop a consistent COVID protocol across the parish.

An amendment was also added to both motions. The amendment states that the RPSB will implement the “Parental Choice” option that’s been presented by the state superintendent, Dr. Cade Brumley, if it’s approved by the BESE Board.

Although action has been taken on the two agenda items, the current COVID protocols and quarantine guidelines that are being implemented by the RPSB remain in place at this time.

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