Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards took additional measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana. These new measures include further limiting the size of gatherings, closing casinos, bars and movie theaters, and limiting restaurants to delivery, take out and drive-through orders only. These changes are effective statewide at midnight, tonight. Operations may be able to resume on April 13, however, the situation will be reevaluated seven days prior. Relatedly, President Trump also announced this afternoon that group meetings should be no larger than 10.
Based on this additional direction from federal and state leaders, and new additional guidelines from the CDC, we are shifting our strategy away from online instruction with limited face-to-face coursework to 100% online instruction and 100% remote work for faculty and staff until further notice. This begins with the move of our face-to-face meetings scheduled for tomorrow to Zoom videoconferencing. The Executive Council will meet tomorrow at 8:30am and the Dean’s Council will meet at 10:30am. You will receive notice from your Division leader when they’ve scheduled those meetings and the Zoom meeting has been set up.
For the week of this extended Spring Break, faculty and staff are encouraged to work remotely to prepare for the return of students to their online classes March 23. If you desire to return to your office to collect work resources essential to successfully working remotely, please consult with your Supervisor. Sandra Harvey (firstname.lastname@example.org) is managing these visits to ensure that we maintain compliance with the 10-person rule and she will provide a self-screening protocol you will be expected to follow.
The situation is changing rapidly. There is a small group of campus leaders working on how to address ongoing campus procedures during this crisis. We are monitoring the situation closely and we will re-evaluate the situation on a weekly basis. I will continue to communicate via Campus Memo and on the website as decisions are made. Folks, this is an unprecedented crisis situation. Never in our history nor in the history of LCTCS have we faced a situation like this crisis. I want to assure you that we are taking into account the safety of our campus community when decisions are made. This is our top priority. We want to make sure that our students have every available opportunity to continue their studies to every extent possible. I ask for your continued flexibility and adaptability for this in and of itself is a lesson for us all.