Biden administration launches civil rights investigations of 5 GOP-led states banning school mask requirements

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal education officials have launched civil rights investigations in five Republican-led states that have prohibited school districts from mandating mask-wearing, saying those policies could amount to illegal discrimination against students with disabilities. The Biden administration notified the education chiefs in Iowa, Tennessee, South Carolina, Utah and Oklahoma of the investigations through formal letters Monday. […]

Hurricane Ida

Louisiana residents seek shelter from Hurricane Ida

BY: and - August 29, 2021

Mildred Webster, a Baton Rouge native, tried to evacuate too late when the city flooded in 2016. She and her family were “just a couple blocks away” from their house when their SUV was caught in the water and Webster’s family had to leave the vehicle behind and “wade through all that water.” “We had […]


LSU’s rejected requests from faculty to teach remotely leaves one professor ‘heartbroken’

BY: - August 29, 2021

Melissa Flournoy was scheduled to teach Louisiana Government and Politics and American Government in-person at LSU this semester before the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus began massively spreading across Louisiana over the summer. Flournoy, a former Louisiana lawmaker and part-time LSU instructor, has a heart condition as well as eldery parents and a 72-year-old […]

List: Hospital and medical clinic closures due to Hurricane Ida

When Ida meets delta: 5 ways the COVID-19 surge complicates Louisiana’s hurricane response

BY: - August 28, 2021

Hurricane Ida is already expected to be a life-altering, Category 4 storm with winds over 100 miles per hour not only along the Louisiana coast but also more inland parts of the state like Baton Rouge and Lafayette.  But this hurricane also poses a bigger threat because it is expected to strike at a time […]

What does Louisiana school lunchtime look like during a pandemic?

BY: - August 27, 2021

With the fourth surge of the COVID-19 delta variant still raging, K-12 school systems in Louisiana have had to restructure their most basic services  — even school lunches.  Though mask mandates are in place for Louisiana schools, educators still have to safely navigate lunchtime, where students have to remove masks in order to eat.  In […]

Grambling State University

Two University of Louisiana system schools report COVID-19 vaccination rates above 50 percent

BY: - August 27, 2021

Individual schools within the University of Louisiana system were reporting COVID-19 vaccination rates from 40 percent to 68 percent as of Thursday, though officials say nearly half of the University of Louisiana system’s student body and almost 80 percent of its faculty and staff have already gotten at least one dose of the vaccine. The […]

UL system president: ‘Our student population is not sufficiently vaccinated’

BY: - August 26, 2021

As public universities across the state announced this week that COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for students, University of Louisiana system President Jim Henderson told the Board of Regents Wednesday morning that “our student population is not sufficiently vaccinated” at 40 percent.  The UL system — with over 90,000 students — enrolls more people than […]

Health officials confirm two more pediatric COVID-19 deaths

Louisiana baby dies from COVID-19 amid Delta surge

BY: - August 25, 2021

A child under the age of one died from COVID-19 in Louisiana this week, the state Department of Health announced Wednesday.  The child is one out of 11 children younger than 18 that have died from COVID-19 in Louisiana. According to the LDH, this is the youngest COVID-19 death in more than six months, marking […]

Students who won’t take vaccine lodge new allegations at Louisiana medical school

BY: - August 24, 2021

The three students who are suing a north Louisiana medical school over its COVID-19 vaccination policy filed a new motion Monday alleging a college administrator belittled them in an email last week in an attempt to “turn the student body against them.”  The students, Rachel Lynn Magliulo, Matthew Shea Willis and Kirsten Willis Hall, filed […]

Tiger Stadium

LSU announces vaccine mandates, Tiger Stadium restrictions for fall semester

BY: - August 24, 2021

LSU students will be required to get at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or fill out an exemption waiver, by Sept. 10, LSU President William Tate announced Tuesday. “We’re excited to be able to offer the in-person experience we know you’ve been hoping for this semester,” Tate said in a letter to […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana will increase COVID-19 restrictions on state workers, but questions remain

BY: - August 24, 2021

A lot remains up in the air about Gov. John Bel Edwards’ plan to require thousands of state workers to either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to regular, mandatory testing. It’s not clear when those additional requirements for unvaccinated state employees will go into effect or how many people they will impact. Employees won’t […]

Senate leaders want school districts to decide masking

Pfizer vaccine approved, but no plan for mandate in most Louisiana K-12 school systems right now

BY: - August 23, 2021

K-12 school leaders across Louisiana are still reluctant to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for older students, even after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the Pfizer vaccine full approval for use in adults and older children Monday.  Kevin Litten, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Health, said that individual schools could require the vaccine, […]