- 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
Update – Return to Campus plan
Dear Faculty and Staff,
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced earlier today that the State of Louisiana would be moving into Phase One of the federal Opening Up America Again plan. This first phase will last through June 5.
In accordance with this plan, Louisiana Tech University will begin to move toward bringing a limited number of essential employees back onto campus, with a plan of having students, faculty, and staff all back on campus beginning in the Fall 2020 quarter. For us, this phase will begin May 18. You can review all phases of the Louisiana Tech plan online. Please remember that this plan may change as we adapt to the changing situation with the virus.
We continue to have two commitments as we move through – and out of – this crisis:
- Caring for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff
- Ensuring our students continue to make progress toward their academic goals
As we enter this phase, select employees will begin returning to campus. The priority is to return staff members whose roles are essential to safety and preparing campus for the Fall 2020 Quarter as well as those who cannot effectively perform their roles from home and are critical to ongoing operations. Your direct supervisor will notify you if you are among those whose work should be completed on campus.
Teleworking will remain mandatory for those whose work can be effectively completed at home.
If you are considered high-risk in relation to COVID-19 or you live with high-risk family members, you will still have the opportunity to work at home. Those high-risk groups are:
- People 65 years old and older
- People who live in a nursing home
- People who have underlying medical conditions like chronic lung disease or asthma, serious heart conditions, are immunocompromised, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or liver disease
To continue to focus on safety and health for those employees who are called to resume their duties on campus, we will observe the following best practices:
- Physical distancing – individuals should stay at least six feet apart and be mindful of enclosed spaces.
- Handwashing – individuals should wash their hands often.
- Face covering – people should wear masks or face coverings on campus in public and when physical distancing is not possible.
- Cleaning – the University will increase cleaning and disinfection frequently touched surfaces.
- Common areas – the University will keep common areas closed.
- Monitor health – employees should ensure they do not have fever or COVID-19 symptoms before reporting to work.
To support our campus community as we move through reopening phase one, Louisiana Tech will:
- Provide up to two cloth face coverings for each employee.
- Provide additional personal protective equipment (PPE) and protective measures for those employees whose jobs require it.
- Enhance sanitation efforts across campus.
- Provide additional cleaning supplies for public spaces.
- Provide hand sanitizer stations in lobbies of buildings currently in use.
- Provide campus signage and suggest workplace solutions to support enhanced hygiene and social distancing efforts.
- Work with supervisors to adjust schedules, shifts, and reporting requirements to help ensure flexibility and social distancing.
For two months, we have been delivering classes using online delivery methods. I am proud of our faculty and staff members who have worked to ensure our students continue to make progress in class. Thank you for your dedication and caring for our students.
We will continue to teach online through the remainder of this spring quarter. For our summer classes, those scheduled for the first half and complete term will be delivered online, and we will make a decision on the second half of the summer term as we move through the summer.
Our full plan is posted on the Louisiana Tech coronavirus website. Please review it, but remember that it will likely change as our city, state, and nation continue to progress through the pandemic.
Please reach out via email with your questions. Thank you for your commitment to the Tech Family.