- 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 Saturday morning to you, Tech Family. I hope you are able to relax this weekend as we begin the trek toward the end of the Spring 2020 Quarter. It has certainly been one to remember. One of the things that I will always remember is the resiliency, determination and compassion of our faculty, staff and students during this crisis.
As of Friday, there are 28,711 COVID-19 cases in the state of Louisiana. We’re thankful that more than 17,000 individuals have recovered from the virus, and we hold the families of those who have lost loved ones in our hearts.
This is a challenging time for everyone, and it is especially difficult for those who have been directly touched by COVID-19. I know some of our Tech Family members have watched loved ones suffer, and some have experienced losses as well. Please know that we are praying for you, and do reach out if we can offer a hand, an ear, or a shoulder.
This week, faculty members conducted hundreds of advising hours with students. We also began talking about our special Summer 2020 initiative – Use this Summer to Level Up. We’re offering special scholarships for both graduate and undergraduate students who choose to take summer courses, and we’re waiving online course fees for summer classes. We also anticipate that any CARES Act funds that are not granted this spring will be distributed to all qualified students during the summer.
To find out more about our special summer offerings – and to see our course schedule – visit latech.edu/summer.
Changes in Stay at Home order
Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced three changes in the state’s Stay at Home mandate. These changes are aimed at easing some restrictions while continuing to help ensure citizens stay safe and healthy. Those changes are:
- Malls will remain closed to the public, but stores may open for curbside delivery.
- Restaurants will be allowed to open their outside areas for patrons to eat meals only, without tableside service.
- All employees of a business who have contact with the public must wear a mask.
You can read the order online on the Louisiana Department of Health’s website. Gov. Edwards also reinforced the opportunity to move into phase 1 of the White House’s reopening plans, which lifts the Stay at Home order and eases restrictions on some public spaces like houses of worship and restaurants and opens other businesses that have been closed such as barber shops and salons, but with restrictions on occupancy and strict requirements for personal distancing and masks to keep everyone safe.
In order to get to that phase 1, hopefully on May 15, we need to continue to practice physical distancing for now. We all play our part in helping our state begin recovering.
Thank you for your attention today. Please have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.