Lafayette Parish school system says it is monitoring COVID cases as students prepare to return January 4

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (KLFY) – The Lafayette Parish school system released a statement on Saturday evening regarding the increase in the number of COVID cases in the region.

Read it below:

As we prepare for the return of students on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, we want to assure you that we continue to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community. With the recent increase in cases, we ask parents, students and staff to be vigilant with safety mitigation measures. Safety is a priority and something we take very seriously. With more and more people becoming infected, it is important that we all do our part to reduce the spread of this virus as much as possible, and that we work together during this time to provide high quality education in an environment sure. It is still important that you keep your child at home if they are sick.

Schools will reopen for students as scheduled on Tuesday January 4, 2022. However, due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, staffing can be difficult as we face the same workforce issues as other organizations. Parents must have contingency plans in place in the event of a temporary classroom or school closure or cancellation of bus routes due to staff quarantine due to COVID- 19.

Based on the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and recently issued recommendations from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), LPSS staff are carefully reviewing our protocols and mitigation measures to increase the likelihood that students stay in school during in-person learning. We know that in-person teaching is the best for students academically, socially and emotionally.

Based on CDC guidelines, the following Louisiana Department of Health quarantine guidelines have been issued for students and staff:

If you test positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of their vaccination status:

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms go away after 5 days, you can leave your

to house.

  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever goes away.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days.
  • If the school cannot conceal for an additional 5 days, then the case should be isolated for a full 10 days.

If you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19 (quarantine)

Students who have completed the primary series of an mRNA vaccine:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.

The staff who:

– have completed the primary vaccination course with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months, OR

– have completed the primary vaccination course of the J&J vaccine within the last 2 months, OR

– have been boosted

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible

Unvaccinated students:

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for an additional 5

days. If the school cannot provide masking for an additional 5 days, the contact should

quarantine for 10 full days.

  • Test on day 5, if possible.

Staff who:

– are not vaccinated, OR

completed the primary vaccination course with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than 6 months ago and are not

boosted, OR

– finished the primary series of J&J more than 2 months ago and are not boosted

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for an additional 5

days. If the school cannot provide masking for an additional 5 days, the contact should

quarantine for 10 full days.

  • Test on day 5, if possible.

In addition to changes to quarantine and isolation protocols, the CDC and LDH are emphasizing the implementation of multi-layered prevention strategies to protect our students and staff. Although not mandatory, wearing a mask is strongly encouraged at this time. Masks are always compulsory on buses. We will work with the school administration to determine additional mitigation measures for the school, and as COVID-19 conditions evolve, we will regularly communicate to our families on the measures taken.

In closing, we would like to thank everyone for their support and commitment to the children of Lafayette. We continue to be grateful for your efforts on behalf of the more than 31,000 students we serve. We look forward to welcoming our students again!

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