- 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 Tech Family,
Good Wednesday morning.
As we make plans for our return to campus in the fall, we continue to work directly with local and state leaders to ensure we’re following research- and science-based recommendations. One of the ways we know we can slow the spread of COVID-19 is the use 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. Local and state departments of health can provide contact tracing to assist organizations, and those organizations are experiencing a backlog of cases as the virus continues to spread.
Because it is imperative that contact tracing be conducted quickly, Louisiana Tech will conduct tracing for our campus community members. We have a group of staff members who have been trained to complete the contact tracing process, and more employees are working to complete training now.
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 contacts, and they can answer questions to help these individuals navigate the challenges associated with contracting COVID-19.
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 such a big help in those efforts.
If you’d like to learn more about contact tracing, Coursera has partnered with Johns Hopkins to offer a free course on contact tracing (https://www.coursera.org/learn/covid-19-contact-tracing?edocomorp=covid-19-contact-tracing).
Bridging the Divide continuing education
I’d like to take a minute to remind our faculty and staff members about the Bridging the Divide summer continuing education series provided through the University of Louisiana System. This slate of professional development courses is designed to help UL System faculty and staff better prepare to serve students digitally.
Courses begin every Monday through Aug. 7 and cover topics from four tracks:
- Track 1: Technology and Tools for Online Learning
- Track 2: Quality Matters
- Track 3: Innovative and Engaging Course Content
- Track 4: Student Success
More information about the Bridging the Divide Summer Series and registration information is available here: https://www.ulsystem.edu/bridging-the-divide-summer-series/.
Please keep an eye out for more information on these courses designed to help us prepare for the Fall 2020 Quarter.
Our CIO, Tom Hoover, is also working on additional on-campus faculty training courses later this summer. We are providing faculty with some modest awards of appreciation for participating in these programs this summer. More information will be provided soon.
Thank you for your attention today. Please remember to wear your masks, wash your hands, and maintain physical distance to help slow the spread of the virus. I look forward to seeing everyone soon.