BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Students who have been quarantined with symptoms of a virus, like Ebola, will still be required to keep up with their school work, according to new public-school rules released by Louisiana's education board.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education released the changes to its handbook for school administrators on Wednesday (Oct. 15).
The document states: "A student who has been quarantined by order of state or local health officers following prolonged exposure to or direct contact with a person diagnosed with a contagious, deadly disease, and is temporarily unable to attend school, shall be provided any missed assignments, homework, or other instructional services in core academic subjects in the home, hospital environment, or temporary shelter to which he has been assigned."
This is designed to keep students from falling behind in their schoolwork.
The student's school system will coordinate with health officials and emergency responders to ensure the delivery of the materials to the student.
BESE also gave local school superintendents and chief charter school officers the power to dismiss any or all schools due to emergency situations, including any "actual or imminent threat to public health or safety which may result in loss of life, disease, or injury."
School attendance regulations have also been eased in case of certain medical emergencies, like Ebola. Most students are required to complete 167 six-hour school days each year. A new exception includes "quarantine due to prolonged exposure to or direct contact with a person diagnosed with a contagious, deadly disease, as ordered by state or local health officials."
The move is in response to recent outbreaks, board President Chas Roemer told Nola.com | The Times-Picayune. "We want to give districts some leeway, where there is a process if they think they need to dismiss students or anything like that, they can do that," he said.