- 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 Thursday morning.
As we continue working toward fully opening campus in the fall quarter, I’d like to take some time to help everyone get acquainted with some of the measures our campus will have in place. Things will look a little different, but at the heart of any changes we make is the desire to ensure our campus community members stay healthy and safe.
As you know, we are in the first summer session with all classes online. In the second half of the summer quarter, we plan to offer select classes face to face – those that are most suited to in-person instruction like labs.
The limited number of classes offered face to face this summer will allow us to test and refine our protocols for fall. In accordance with recommendations from the Louisiana Department of Health, the Board of Regents, and our state leaders, masks or cloth face coverings will be worn in buildings and in classrooms. We are only utilizing 50 percent of the capacity in each classroom, and we’ll have measures in place such as marked desks to ensure that we also maintain the proper physical distancing requirement between individuals.
Our deans and academic leadership are currently working on college-level plans to ensure we adhere to distancing requirements when students and faculty members enter and exit classrooms. Everyone will have to have a little extra patience with our peers as we move between classes. As we’ve seen throughout this pandemic, flexibility and adaptability are key. We’ve done it before, and I know we can respond to this challenge as well.
In the coming weeks, I’ll share more information about how each of us can work to ensure we keep the community healthy and safe as we return to campus. Thank you for your assistance as we move forward.
Testing for the COVID-19 virus will be offered to area residents age 2 and older who have no symptoms at the Lincoln Parish Library. Nasal swab testing will be offered through Ocshner Health System from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday at the library events center.
The walk-in clinic will offer testing with no out-of-pocket expense. Please bring your ID and insurance card if you have coverage.
Results will be available within 72 hours via the patient portal or over the phone. Please remember, this testing is not for antibodies but is for the virus itself.
Printable health and safety posters
We’ve made available a series of printable posters for classrooms and buildings that reinforce the messages I’ll touch on in upcoming communications about our Return to Campus. Those posters focus on:
- Washing hands
- Wearing masks
- Keeping physical distance
- Covering coughs and sneezes
- Monitoring health and symptoms
- Cleaning and disinfecting
You can find those posters in two sizes online as a part of our Return to Campus section of the website. In the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out more tools for faculty and staff to use as we return.
Thank you for your attention today. I’m looking forward to seeing more of you all on campus very soon!