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," 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.