- 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 campus community,
Happy Friday, Bulldogs!
It’s been a busy week for us as we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in the state while we are examining what our new normal might look like when we’re able to begin coming back to campus.
We definitely don’t have all the answers, but I have confidence in our Incident Response Team and their ability to help our University be prepared for any challenge. Yesterday, Gov. John Bel Edwards updated us on the progress our state is making in the fight against COVID-19. Currently, we have 25,739 cases of coronavirus in Louisiana and 62 cases in Lincoln Parish.
According to Gov. Edwards, it appears that the number of new cases diagnosed appears to have flattened, and the number of hospitalizations and prevalence of ventilator use is down. Those are good things for all of us in Louisiana. That means we’re doing what we need to do – staying in, practicing physical distancing in public, effective hand washing – in order to help our Tech Family get back on campus.
Our governor also said when it is appropriate, we will gradually ease public restrictions in a way that protects the health of all our citizens. As we have throughout this pandemic, we will follow the guidance of our state and system leadership. I am encouraged by the progress we’ve made in Louisiana, and I appreciate your patience and hard work as we’ve complied with the work from home mandate.
All along, we have known that getting back to normal would not happen overnight, and we will continue to act in a way that preserves the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community. We’ve learned we can help protect our Tech Family while continuing to ensure our students make progress toward their academic goals. You are all responsible for the positive progress we’ve made this quarter. Thank you for your dedication.
Next week, you will be hearing more about the plans we have for Summer School and the Fall Quarter schedule. We will also provide more information on the CARES Act funding for students. I hope that students will take a good look at the opportunities that we are offering this summer, including scholarships, TOPS funding, and other support that will make this a great time to make more progress towards degree completion!
As we head into the weekend, please take time to rest your body and your mind. Continue to maintain physical distance and wash your hands. I look forward to seeing you again in person soon.