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New school district visitor policy sparks concern

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Kristi Mayfield, a licensed professional counselor, is barred from providing counseling services at Central Elementary due to a change in the WPSB visitors policy.

The new visitor policy that went into effect in January has hit home with some parents.

In January, the Webster Parish School Board approved a revision to its visitors policy that no longer allows personal service providers, such as counselors and psychiatrists, to conduct services on school grounds. Kristi Mayfield, a licensed professional counselor, has been working with Webster Parish students for many years, and when the policy revision went into effect, it excluded her from working with students at Central Elementary School, or any school in the parish.

Parents and grandparents of Central students gave emotional accounts of how Mayfield has

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