Webster school district issues Covid guidelines for new year

By Josh Beavers

The Webster Parish School System has issued Covid guidelines for the upcoming school year.

“We are looking forward to a GREAT 2021-22 school year,” the district said in a Facebook post Friday afternoon. “The State of Louisiana has a mask mandate in effect until September 1. Students ages 5 and up and all adults will be required to wear a face mask indoors.”

The post continues: “Masks are NOT required outdoors. By Presidential Order, masks are required to be worn by everyone on a school bus. Please monitor your student each day for symptoms.”

School begins Thursday.

Symptoms include, but are not limited to, the following:
Fever greater than 100.4 F
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Increasingly nonproductive (dry) cough
Body aches or fatigue
GI symptoms (nausea or diarrhea)
Loss of taste and/or smell
Other flu or cold-like symptoms such as a headache, sore throat, or congestion

The post continues: “The Department of Health guidance indicates that symptomatic individuals need to have a negative PCR COVID test OR an alternative diagnosis OR complete quarantine.”

The district said: “We are continuing to work closely with the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Department of Health to follow the guidelines and keep our students and staff safe.”

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