Parents and Faculty,
I will try to be thorough but brief in this outline. If you have more questions feel free to email me (TAchord@sequiturbr.com).
Sequitur is meeting in person at Istrouma beginning August 10th. Sequitur is following and adapting the guidelines of the CDC, the Louisiana DOE and DOH, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to our context (building, schedule, student body, instructional model, finances, human resources, etc.). The AAP recommends meeting in person as students need in situ instructional education and social interaction, and we agree. Further, the posture of the CDC, DOE, and other state schools assumes a physical opening this August.
Below are the specific procedures Sequitur has in place to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the virus:
Social Distancing -- minimize mass gatherings while avoiding isolation
Cleanliness and Prevention -- foster hygiene awareness
Health Practices Guidance
A Note on Masks
The summary: Sequitur will not mandate that students and teachers wear masks, but parents may choose to have their child do so on their own.
The details: While there is no law requiring the wearing of masks in schools, the cited information does recommend it. However, these sources also note that masks may complicate or impede the educational process and basic social functioning among youth. They conclude that each school institution must approach mask and health protocols according to its own community's situation and means.
While Sequitur aims to maximize its student body health, it does not have the logistical ability to ensure and guarantee to parents an effective oversight and implementation of mask-wearing protocol (proper positioning, excessive face-touching, eating, speaking, medical complications, hygienic disposal, etc.). As such, Sequitur will not mandate that its staff or students wear masks. However, as already noted, parents may choose to have their child wear a mask at school. Please note that parents so choosing will be solely responsible for mask supply, proper wearing, disposal, and any other related responsibilities.
July 2nd – EBR parish Mayor Broome issued a "non-punitive mandate" to wear masks. The mandate specifically says schools are to follow schools are to follow LA Dept. of Education and LA Dept. of Health guidance, which do not mandate masks for schools. Governor Edwards said that, although he encourages mask-wearing, he is not increasing restrictions beyond those of the Phase 2 plan.
July 15 – The LA governor's recent proclamation 89 JBE 2020 specifically exempts churches (our school meets at a church) from the requirement. Furthermore, the order expires July 24th.