Bossier Schools announce guidelines for upcoming school year; face coverings ‘strongly encouraged’ but not required

Face coverings will however be required to ride district buses.
Bossier Parish Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey spoke at a news conference regarding the...
Bossier Parish Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey spoke at a news conference regarding the upcoming school year.
Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 10:20 AM CDT
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BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - For Bossier Parish students, the 2021-22 school year will not start off with a mandate for masks.

Although there is no penalty for not wearing a mask, they are strongly encouraged.

“We feel like, at this time, we are better served with our community to give them the option,” said Superintendent Mitch Downey. “A lot of times, people respond in a more positive way if it’s their decision, instead of mandating to them.”

“We do think it is prudent to wear masks indoors, but those will be a personal decision made by parents, not by the system school at this time,” Downey said.

Downey went on to say Bossier Schools feels the best way to handle the situation is to give parents and students the choice. Similarly, vaccinations will not be required, and the district is not offering incentives for staff members who do get the shot.

Face coverings will, however, be required to ride district buses due to a federal mandate. Buses will be at 100% capacity.

Below is the document detailing the guidance for the 2021-22 school year.

The guidance outlines the practices that will be followed as schools prepare to open Aug. 12.

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The district is hosting a drive-thru vaccination clinic in the Airline High School parking lot (facing Airline Drive) before school starts.


Friday, Aug. 6

  • 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 7

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This location will also serve as a drop-off for school supplies as part of the United Way of Northwest Louisiana’s Fill the Bus effort.

For more information, visit Bossier School’s website here.

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