Return to School 2022-2023 Operational Guidelines

FACE COVERINGS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY: Face coverings are optional for all K-12 students and employees when indoors and unable to safely social distance.

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANING: DeSoto Parish Schools will continue its efforts toward daily cleaning and disinfecting. High-touch surfaces will be cleaned multiple times throughout the school day.  Restrooms and other common areas (corridors, lobbies, libraries, meeting rooms, etc.) will be cleaned prior to the school day and at least at mid-day. Students and employees are encouraged to bring personal water bottles for refilling. 

PHYSICAL STANDARDS: Schools will continue to establish controlled routines for entrance, exit, and class exchanges to maximize distancing to the greatest extent possible.

PERSONAL HYGIENE: Students and employees will have access to handwashing stations and hand sanitizer throughout the day. Students and employees will be encouraged to utilize hand sanitation resources when entering the school, exchanging classes, before and after eating, and at other times throughout the day as would be appropriate. 

GROUP SIZES: DeSoto Parish Schools will remain attentive to distancing to the greatest extent possible for both classrooms and large spaces. Adults will work to maintain distance to the greatest extent possible when working with students within the context of effective instructional practices. Schools will be able to utilize large spaces such as cafeterias and gyms without the necessity of barriers or dividers between individual groups.  

CONFIRMED COVID POSITIVE CASE RESPONSE: DeSoto Parish Schools will work to identify close contacts to any confirmed positive case so that close contacts can be properly notified and provided information for the appropriate response. Schools will isolate students that develop symptoms during the school day until their parents can pick them up. 

MONITORING AND SCREENING FOR COVID-19 SYMPTOMS: Schools will not screen students at the beginning of each school day. It is important that all students and staff properly monitor their own symptoms and conduct proper screenings prior to attending school or work for the safety of themselves and others. No student or staff member should attend school or work when experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms or experiencing a fever even without having other symptoms.

OUTDOOR AND INDOOR SPECTATOR PROTOCOLS: Capacity guidance for school-related events and spectator capacity for athletic events will be found on the Louisiana State Fire Marshal website, opensafely.la.gov.

TRANSPORTATION: Masks are optional on all school buses. Buses will be sanitized daily. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available on each bus. Seating charts will be kept and consistently enforced. 

VISITORS:  Schools will continue to limit any nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations as much as possible.

VOCAL MUSIC, BAND, AND ATHLETICS: Band and vocal music will follow the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Association for Music Education Guidance.  Athletics in high school and middle school will follow requirements as provided by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA).

DeSoto Parish Schools retains the right to adjust any policy listed above based on Covid conditions.