Lafayette, LA - The Lafayette Parish School Board held their monthly meeting Tuesday. One of the items on the agenda? The mask mandate.
LPSB president Mary Morrison says the mask requirements at schools will be lifted effective immediately, with one exception.
"We made the decision where masks are not required in the classroom and on campus. However, masks are required on the school bus," Morrison said.
When it comes to mask enforcement, Morrison says bus drivers will be provided masks to give to students who may not have one.
"Since day one, bus drivers are supplied with masks, and before students get on the bus, they have to have a mask. If they don’t have one, the school bus driver will supply them with a mask," she said. "However, if you are interested in wearing a mask, you can, but you are not mandated to wear a mask."
Despite the lifting of the mask mandate, Morrison says students won’t be required to get vaccinated in order to return to school this summer and fall.
"There’s no requirement for 12-year-olds and up to get the vaccine. However, we encourage those who have not received the vaccine to continue to wear a mask," Morrison said.
Should the FDA ever grant full approval of the covid-19 vaccine, she says they would potentially reconsider adding it to the list of required shots on a student’s immunization record.
Other safety protocols will remain in place across the lafayette parish school system such as providing hand sanitizer and regularly disinfecting classrooms.