WEST MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD)— Students are set to return to school for the 2021-2022 school year in a matter of days in most areas of Northeast Louisiana, and parts of Arkansas if they have not already begun.

Amid the current COVID-19 Delta variant surge, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edward’s recent decision to reinstate the mask mandate for vaccinated and unvaccinated people and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s declaration of a state of emergency; many want to know what school districts will be requiring masks for students and which will not.  Will some back-to-school start dates be pushed back?

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The Union Parish School District has already announced that classes for the 2021-2022 school year will be delayed until September 7, 2021. 

Parents of some students in the Ouachita Parish School system have protested outside of a board meeting in West Monroe, expressing their concerns in regards to the administration announcing masks for students inside the classroom will be a requirement when they return.

Below you will find a list of school districts in our coverage area, and whether or not wearing a mask is a requirement and start dates for students in each district.


  • OUACHITA PARISH – Start Date 8/16 – Mask Mandate
  • LINCOLN PARISH – Start Date 8/19 – Temporary Mask Mandate
  • UNION PARISH – Start Date 9/7 – Mask Mandate
  • MOREHOUSE PARISH – Start Date 8/16 – Mask Mandate
  • CALDWELL PARISH –Start Date 8/12 – Mask Mandate
  • RICHLAND PARISH – Start Date 8/16 – Mask Mandate
  • FRANKLIN PARISH – Start Date 8/11 – Mask Mandate
  • MADISON PARISH – Start Date 8/12 – Mask Mandate
  • TENSAS PARISH – Start Date 8/5 – Mask Mandate
  • LA SALLE PARISH – Start Date 8/18 – Mask Mandate
  • CATAHOULA PARISH – Start Date 8/13 – Mask Mandate
  • WINN PARISH – Start Date 8/6 – Mask Mandate
  • CONCORDIA PARISH – Start Date 8/16 – N/A
  • EAST CARROLL PARISH – Start Date 8/24 – N/A
  • WEST CARROLL PARISH – Start Date 8/16 – N/A


Masks Required For Students/Staff

  • El Dorado School District
  • Camden Fairview School District
  • Strong-Huttig School District
  • Warren School District
  • Monticello School District

Masks Required For Students/Staff considering Covid Positivity Rate

  • Magnolia School District

Masks Not Required but “strongly recommended”

  • Junction City School District
  • Parkers Chapel School District
  • Hamburg School District
  • Smackover-Norphlet School District
  • Fordyce Public Schools

Districts TBA

  • Crossett School District
  • Drew Central
  • Emerson Taylor Bradley

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