- Return to campus plan
- Safe health practices in response to the coronavirus pandemic
- Campus planning for COVID-19 positive testing results
- Tech answers the COVID-19 challenge
- CARES Act
- UPDATED State Travel Guidelines
- Travel Guidance from ULS
- COVID-19 ULS Directives
- Guidance from Louisiana Department of Health
- Online instruction considerations
- Guide for Teleworking
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Good Friday morning. It was great to be able to visit with some of you around campus yesterday. I hope to see more of you in the coming days.
Yesterday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced plans to move the state to Phase 3 of its reopening plan. We expect to hear more specific information about Phase 3 today, but we know that the mask mandates will remain in place.
Our leadership team will work to determine how the phase change will impact our campus, and we know that we will continue to adhere to the University of Louisiana System Phase 3 requirements, which state, “University operations should be near pre-pandemic operations with distancing and occupancy provisions in place based on the recommendations of the CDC, the Louisiana Department of Health, and other public health officials. Students, faculty, and staff shall wear masks in the classroom. Students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors shall comply with posted university regulations in common areas and other shared spaces on campus. The university should remain flexible should a need arise to return to Phase 1, Phase 2, or Stay at Home.”
The ULS requirements also state that accommodations will continue to be implemented for students, faculty, and staff who are members of a vulnerable population or are required to routinely be in the presence of a member of a vulnerable population. Therefore, the accommodations we have already made for the Fall 2020 Quarter will remain in place.
As much as we look forward to our state returning to a more normal state, we must all remember that we bear responsibility for helping Louisiana continue to move in a positive direction. We must continue to wear our masks and practice physical distancing diligently. We must remember to wash our hands and clean and sanitize areas – especially as we approach the traditional flu season. If we do not continue to follow our health and safety guidelines, our state could be forced to return to earlier phases. It’s up to YOU!
In early July, we first began updating campus on the efforts of the Student Resource Team (SRT) in the important area of contact tracing.
Contact tracing is used to identify people who have an infectious disease and the people they came in contact with, and then working with them to interrupt the spread of diseases like COVID-19.
Because it is imperative that contact tracing be conducted quickly, Louisiana Tech conducts tracing for our campus community members. Each of our SRT members has completed training from Johns Hopkins University, and they engage in continuing professional development to stay abreast of best practices in the area.
Tracing is not designed to intimidate or embarrass individuals who have contracted the virus. Instead, tracers are responsible for ensuring the people who are suffering with the virus are able to identify challenges and find resources for their health. They follow-up to check on the positive cases and their immediate direct contacts, and they can answer questions to help these individuals navigate the challenges associated with contracting COVID-19.
The University has also put in place processes and tools that will help the SRT communicate regularly with individuals who have been isolated or quarantined. As our campus continues through the Fall Quarter, we will employ text messaging with students, faculty, and staff to remind them of our health and safety guidelines and inform you of changes in these guidelines that impact campus.
Please remember to work with tracers if they get in touch with you. Their job is to ensure we work to stop the spread of the virus, and your cooperation can be a great help in those efforts.
This weekend, please remember our state’s gathering limits and to continue to wear your masks. Following protocols off campus is just as important as on campus in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
I look forward to seeing you on campus Monday morning!