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Dozens of parents picket against continuing to require Caddo students to wear face masks

The issue is on the proposed agenda for the School Board’s meeting Nov. 16
Parents picket outside Caddo School District's Central Office in Shreveport on Tuesday, Nov. 2....
Parents picket outside Caddo School District's Central Office in Shreveport on Tuesday, Nov. 2. They oppose requiring students to continue to wear face masks.(Source: KSLA News 12)
Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 4:22 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2021 at 5:01 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Dozens of parents protested against requiring Caddo public school students to wear face masks.

They gathered outside Caddo School District’s Central Office on Midway Street. That’s where School Board members met at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2 to set the agenda for their Nov. 16 meeting.

Students and parents also voiced their concerns during the meeting’s public comment portion.

Right now, Caddo Parish Schools requires students, staff and faculty to wear face masks. This is after Gov. John Bel Edwards lifted the state’s mask mandate, giving schools the option to opt out of wearing masks.

The proposed agenda for the board’s Nov. 16 meeting includes the following entry:

“Implement Governor Edwards’ K-12 Masking Option, including modifications to quarantine guidelines (Barry Rachal) Type Action Recommended Action Move to implement Governor Edwards’ K-12 Masking Option, including modifications to quarantine, as recommended by Board Member Barry Rachal as submitted in the electronic mailout.”

While no decision was made tonight, many got the chance to share their opinions on the issue.

“The choice for children to wear masks is for the parents. You don’t get to decide whether children wear a mask or not even if that’s not the popular opinion right now, said one parent.

“The reason people are saying COVID cases are low now is because we have a mask mandate, not because there isn’t one,” said a student.

Even for districts who did opt out of the mandate, kids are still required to wear masks on school buses due to a presidential order.

Below is the governor’s order and supplemental information provided by Caddo School Board member Barry Rachal:

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