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LA School Covid Guidance and $4 Billion In Fed Pandemic Funds

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LA SCHOOL COVID PRECAUTIONS— Despite the recent uptick in Covid-19 cases Louisiana education leaders are leaving decisions on mask mandates, physical distancing and other measures aimed at lessening COVID-19 spread  to local public school districts  for the upcoming year.   The Department of Education sent updated guidance to K-12 school systems that recommends but doesn’t mandate face coverings for all unvaccinated adults and students in grades 3 through 12 while inside school facilities. It also offers suggestions for distancing of students and isolation for those who contract COVID-19 or were in close contact with others who get sick  But the only mandate involves a federal requirement that passengers on school buses must wear a mask.

$4 BILLION TO LA SCHOOLS-  The Louisiana Department of Education  also  announced it has received  federal funding to accelerate recovery efforts from the pandemic.  State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Cade Brumley released a video explaining more.   

"We are proud to announce that the Louisiana's Department of Education is launching an academic recovery plan like never before!" Dr. Cade Brumley, LA State Superintendent of Education,

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Courtesy: La. Dept. of Education
Dr. Cade Brumley, Superintendent - LA Dept of Education

"We are proud to announce that the Louisiana's Department of Education is launching an academic recovery plan like never before," Brumley said. "Our state received more than $4 billion to assist schools with addressing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic."

Ninety percent of the funds will flow directly to school systems and will be accessible through the grant application called "Achieve!"   The  funds  are part  of  three stimulus recovery packages approved by Congress known as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.    

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.