NOLA Public Schools responds to Gov. Edwards’ decision to keep mask mandate in classrooms


FILE – In this Aug. 17, 2021, file photo, wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, elementary school students line up to enter school for the first day of classes in Richardson, Texas. As COVID-19 cases surge, a majority of Americans say they support mask mandates for students and teachers in K-12 schools, but their views are sharply divided along political lines. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Hours after Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced his decision to continue requiring masks in schools, NOLA Public Schools issued a statement of support for the ongoing use of face coverings inside school buildings, on school buses, and during school-related events.

The NOLA-PS statement read:

Masks are a proven precaution against the spread of COVID-19, especially as we continue to wait for vaccines to become available for children under 12 and continue to encourage eligible older students and staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

NOLA-PS is working with the New Orleans Health Department to determine our future course of action should the levels of community spread continue to decline and vaccination rates increase. We are committed to continued dialogue with our schools to ensure we are keeping their students and educators safe and healthy throughout this pandemic.


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