As we close in on the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, Caddo teachers and other school employees are being strongly encouraged to get vaccinated for Covid-19. This is not a mandate, but the letter from Superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree says employees who have been vaccinated will be eligible for paid Covid leave if they contract the virus.

But employees who are not vaccinated will be required to take sick leave if they get Covid.  This letter also says employees who are vaccinated with not be required to quarantine if they come in close contact to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Full details about the mask requirements are expected to be released later this week.

Caddo schools start back on August 23rd.

Click here to see school start dates from around the region.

Mask mandates are not in place for all schools in the state. Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley says those decisions are being left up to local school districts.

DeSoto Parish schools open back up for students on August 4. and this is posted on the DeSoto Parish page:

In response to Governor Edward’s most recent announcement lifting the mask mandate in schools, the DeSoto Parish School System is lifting the mandate requiring masks inside schools and other DPSB buildings.  Individuals who have not been vaccinated or feel more comfortable wearing masks are encouraged to continue doing so.

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To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.