Extra Curricular Activities Suspended, Other Recommendations Released for Schools
UPDATE: St. Mary Parish School Superintendent Dr. Teresa Bagwell says that the suspension of extra curricular activities does not include sports at this time. She is waiting on more information from the LHSAA.
As a result of measures announced by Governor John Bel Edwards, the St. Mary Parish School Board has released the following statement:
“The fast-spreading Omicron variant will necessitate a renewed adherence to COVID-19 recommendations as students return from the holiday break. Recommended health protocols for students and staff include the wearing of masks and social distancing both of which will be of increased significance in the school environment as a means of preventing the spread of this new variant. Governor Edwards announced several measures today that also include the suspension of extracurricular activities wherein the virus has been noted to easily spread.
Additionally, the Governor’s office suggests that adults and students should be tested before returning to school. While the St. Mary Parish School Board will not require testing, parents should vigilantly monitor their children for any symptoms and respond accordingly. The health of students and staff is of utmost importance and all prescribed steps in preventing and combating the virus must be employed.
Students return to class on Tuesday, January 4th and are asked to closely adhere to the recommendations of health officials. It is crucial that schools serve as safe and healthy learning environments, which can only be accomplished through the conscientious fulfillment of public health recommendations including mask wearing, social distancing, and vaccination.”