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The St. Tammany Parish Public School System continues to keep the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff as our highest priority. As a school district, we are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and taking guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health and Safety Guidelines

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News and Updates

3/4/22
Masks Not Required on School Buses
The federal government is no longer requiring masks to be worn on school buses. Beginning Friday, March 4, masks are highly recommended but not required on STPPS school buses or campuses.

2/17/22
Governor Extends COVID Public Health Emergency Order Without Any Remaining Required Mitigation Measures
The Louisiana governor extended the COVID public health emergency order without any remaining required mitigation measures, and COVID cases continue to decline in STPPS. Effective Monday, February 21, 2022, STPPS will no longer be contact tracing or quarantining students who are close contacts. Any parent who chooses to self-quarantine their child who is a close contact we will receive the same support as they have in the past. If a student is sick or showing symptoms, he or she should be kept home.

2/14/22
Guidelines for Visitors Updated
COVID cases in STPPS have decreased to a level that some restrictions can be lessened. Beginning Monday, February 14, campuses and offices are open to non-essential visitors. Masks are still highly recommended. We will continue to take necessary precautions to keep students and employees safe. Protocols will continue to be reviewed as new guidance is received from local and national officials.

12/30/21
LDH Issues New Recommendations
The Louisiana Department of Health is recommending masks be worn in all school buildings and when 6-feet of social distance isn’t possible. Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, face masks are highly encouraged for all employees and students. STPPS is temporarily limiting guests to only essential visitors on campuses and will be adjusting meal services to provide for additional spacing between students. 

10/27/2021
Masks Highly Recommended but Not Required in STPPS Schools and Buildings
Beginning Thursday, October 28, masks are highly recommended but not required in STPPS schools and buildings. The district will support anyone who chooses to wear a mask. Masks will be required for students and adults on school buses as mandated by federal law.

The district will continue with safety protocols such as distancing to the greatest extent possible, cleaning and disinfecting, and frequent hand washing. The level of COVID-19 cases will continue to be monitored and guidelines and protocols will be adjusted as needed. Local and national guidance on safety guidelines and protocols will be followed.

9/30/2021
New Quarantine Guidelines for Students Identified as Close Contacts

Beginning Wednesday, October 6, students who are identified as close contacts of a COVID-19 case will not be required to quarantine. Parents and guardians of close contacts will be notified of the exposure and given the option to quarantine their child or allow them to remain in school. Students who were quarantined prior to Wednesday, October 6, may return to school on that date if they remain asymptomatic. Parents should check their child into the main office.

8/2/21
Governor Orders Mask Mandate
Masks are currently required in all STPPS schools and buildings due to a mask mandate order by the Louisiana governor. Students in grades K-12 and all adults are required to wear masks on school campuses and in buildings. Masks are highly recommended for children ages 2-4. 

The safety of our students and employees is our top priority and we will continue to follow national, state, and local guidance. Persons wearing a mask will not be subject to quarantine if identified as a close contact if they remained more than 3-feet away from the positive individual. 


View the most updated health and safety guidelines.

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COVID-19 Resources

American Health Care Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Louisiana Department of Public Health
Louisiana High School Athletic Association
Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)

 

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