Dr. Cade Brumley, Louisiana's Superintendent of Education, talks about the recently announced plans for the school year and how those rules will be implemented across the state.

On Tuesday, the state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved minimum safety standards for reopening of public schools in August that include face mask requirements for both students and faculty.

The BESE vote endorsed the plan from Brumley, including rules governing school bus guidelines, indoor gatherings, regular hygiene and social distancing policies.

Brumley's plan also mandates that adults and students in grades 3 through 12 must wear a face mask covering to "the greatest extent possible and practical within the local community context."

"State law required to adopt minimum standards for schools to consider as they open and operate" says Brumley,describing the five hour long BESE meeting, "And ultimately BESE did vote unanimously to set those minimum standards for our schools."

"We had to rely on experts not only from the from the Department of Health," says the Superintendent, describing the formation of the new guidelines for reopening, "But also from private hospitals like Ocschner, Tulane and Children's."

Brumley then explains how the the plan will be implemented will depend on the phase of the Governor's rules currently in place. "Now local school systems have to adopt, based on BESE policies, policies for the local systems that comply. Local policies can certainly be more aggressive, but cannot be less."


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