Statement from BESE President regarding Governor's lifting of statewide mask mandate in K-12 schools

May 25, 2021, 20:42 PM by BESE Admin

Today Governor John Bel Edwards lifted additional statewide COVID-19 restrictions, including the face-covering requirement for students in K-12 schools. Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) President Sandy Holloway issued the following statement:

"Earlier this month our Board directed Superintendent Brumley to meet with Governor Edwards to request removing the mask mandate for K-12 students, and I am pleased with the Governor’s decision today to lift the requirement. Our state has been a leader in safely returning students to daily, in-person learning, and that progress will now continue with our school systems taking the reins in developing COVID-19 policies appropriate for their local communities. On behalf of BESE, I thank Governor Edwards, Superintendent Brumley and his team, state and local health officials, and our K-12 teachers and administrators across the state for their efforts and cooperation as we enter what is hopefully the final phase of educating through COVID-19 in Louisiana."

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BESE is the administrative policymaking body for elementary and secondary schools in Louisiana. The Board sets key education initiatives and works to outline an education agenda to achieve continuous improvement of public education as measured by student and school achievement