COVID-19 guidelines

A message from the Chancellor

(posted Feb. 11, 2022)

Due to decreasing COVID case rates both on campus and in the Shreveport/Bossier City area, effective Monday, Feb. 14, all classes that have not already done so will resume their delivery modality as listed in the course catalog. In addition, effective Feb. 14, masks will no longer be required indoors or outdoors, but are still encouraged. N95 and KN95 masks provide the best protection.

We would like to thank all of you for the diligence and cooperation that has allowed us to get to this point. Our Cavalier Commitment continues to guide our behavior as a community and everyone should continue to practice good hygiene, including:

  • Covering your mouth when coughing and/or sneezing
  • Using hand sanitizer especially when entering common areas
  • Washing your hands multiple times a day
  • Avoiding:
    • Touching your face
    • Handshakes and hugs
    • Touching frequently used objects and surfaces
    • Sharing cellphones, pens, computers and work areas, and
    • Sharing papers and physical objects during meetings

Vaccination continues to be a critical component to the resolution of this public health emergency and “Crush COVID” events will continue to be held in support of a healthy Cavalier community. 

BPCC will continue to identify and implement appropriate strategies to enhance the safety and well-being of the Cavalier community. Please continue to refer to our website for important updates on the College’s COVID-19 response.


(Posted Jan. 26, 2022)

Due to the ongoing impact of the Omicron variant, BPCC will extend the remote start for the Spring 2022 semester through Friday, February 4.  The following COVID-19 mitigation protocols remain in place at BPCC:

  • The mask requirement on campus remains in place (in buildings and outside unless you are in your own workspace and socially distanced from others).
    • Cloth masks are acceptable but N95 masks offer the best protection to the wearer and are encouraged.
  • Supervisors will work with their direct reports to ensure social distancing of at least three feet between employees.
    • Meetings will have Teams or Zoom options for attendees.
    • Employees are asked to report to their work location and only move about as necessary for work activities.
    • Work interactions with others should be restricted to less than 15 minutes.
    • As a courtesy, employees should not enter a co-worker’s workspace without permission.
    • There should be no more than 2 people in an elevator or restroom at any given time.
  • Academic leaders will make appropriate adjustments in the delivery of courses through Friday, February 4th.
    • For classes that can be effectively delivered remotely, BPCC faculty will provide instruction virtually. Classes that are scheduled as face-to-face will be delivered live online (synchronous) on the same days and the same times as in the class schedule.
    • Exception: This extended remote start of the semester will not include most Nursing, Allied Health, Career and Technical, or lab classes; in these areas, BPCC faculty will utilize scheduling and social distancing options to maintain the ability to deliver hands-on instruction.
    • Students are encouraged to consult their CANVAS course pages and/or email for detailed instructions from their instructors.
  • Student Support leaders will make appropriate adjustments to campus activities and support services to ensure we safely navigate this public health challenge while meeting the needs of our students.
    • Virtual academic and financial aid advising appointments are available. 
    • To ensure our students have access to the technology and the infrastructure necessary for remote instruction, BPCC will expand the Laptop Loan program and open additional computer labs on campus where students can make appointments to attend their remote classes and study in a safe and secure location.

Our Cavalier Commitment continues to guide our behavior as a community and everyone should continue to practice good hygiene, including:

  • Covering your mouth when coughing and/or sneezing
  • Using hand sanitizer especially when entering common areas
  • Washing your hands multiple times a day
  • Avoiding:
    • Touching your face
    • Handshakes and hugs
    • Touching frequently used objects and surfaces
    • Sharing cellphones, pens, computers and work areas, and
    • Sharing papers and physical objects during meetings

Vaccination continues to be a critical component to the resolution of this public health emergency.  I extend my gratitude to all the faculty, staff, and students that have been vaccinated and secured the booster as well as to our Student Services Team for the “Crush COVID” events they held in the Fall and which will continue this Spring.

Please be reminded that positive cases of COVID-19 are to be reported to the College. Faculty and Staff who test positive are to report this to Teri Bashara (HR) and Karen Recchia (COVID Coordinator) no later than noon on Thursday each week. Students who test positive for COVID should be reported to Karen Recchia on the same schedule so that she can meet reporting mandates set by the Board of Regents and the Louisiana Department of Health.

BPCC will continue to identify and implement appropriate strategies to enhance the safety and well-being of the Cavalier community. Please continue to refer to our website for important updates on the College’s COVID-19 response.


(Posted Jan. 5, 2022)

Cases of the Omicron variant are rising rapidly across the country, our state, and our region. The experts from the Louisiana Department of Health believe that this surge in cases will continue for the next few weeks and then decline quickly. In response, BPCC is revising its COVID-19 mitigation approach with the measures outlined below.

  • We will return to the mask requirement on campus (in buildings and outside unless you are in your own workspace and socially distanced from others).
    • Cloth masks are acceptable but N95 masks offer the best protection to the wearer and are encouraged.
  • Supervisors will work with their direct reports to ensure social distancing of at least three feet between employees.
    • Meetings will have Teams or Zoom options for attendees.
    • Employees are asked to report to their work location and only move about as necessary for work activities.
    • Work interactions with others should be restricted to less than 15 minutes.
    • As a courtesy, employees should not enter a co-worker’s workspace without permission.
    • There should be no more than 2 people in an elevator or restroom at any given time.
  • Academic leaders will make appropriate adjustments in the delivery of courses for the first two-weeks of the Spring semester, through Friday, January 28th.
    • For classes that can be effectively delivered remotely, BPCC faculty will provide instruction virtually. Classes that are scheduled as face-to-face will be delivered live online (synchronous) on the same days and the same times as in the class schedule.
    • Exception: This virtual start of the semester will not include most Nursing, Allied Health, Career and Technical, or lab classes; in these areas, BPCC faculty will utilize scheduling and social distancing options to maintain the ability to deliver hands-on instruction.
    • Students are encouraged to consult their CANVAS course pages for detailed instructions from their instructors.
  • Student Support leaders will make appropriate adjustments to campus activities and support services to ensure we safely navigate this current surge in cases while meeting the needs of our students.
    • Virtual academic and financial aid advising appointments are available. 
    • To ensure our students have access to the technology and the infrastructure necessary for remote instruction, BPCC will expand the Laptop Loan program and open additional computer labs on campus where students can make appointments to attend their remote classes and study in a safe and secure location.

Our Cavalier Commitment continues to guide our behavior as a community and everyone should continue to practice good hygiene, including:

  • Covering your mouth when coughing and/or sneezing
  • Using hand sanitizer especially when entering common areas
  • Washing your hands multiple times a day
  • Avoiding:
    • Touching your face
    • Handshakes and hugs
    • Touching frequently used objects and surfaces
    • Sharing cellphones, pens, computers and work areas, and
    • Sharing papers and physical objects during meetings

Vaccination continues to be a critical component to the resolution of this public health emergency. I extend my gratitude to all the faculty, staff, and students that have been vaccinated and secured the booster as well as to our Student Services Team for the “Crush COVID” events they held in the Fall and which will continue this Spring.

BPCC will continue to identify and implement appropriate strategies to enhance the safety and well-being of the Cavalier community. Please continue to refer to our website for important updates on our COVID-19 response.


(Posted OCT. 27, 2021)

Gov. Edwards announced he will lift Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate in all settings except for K-12 schools. Here is a link to the press release and a link to the Governor’s Executive Order

LCTCS has updated its safety protocols regarding masks as follows:

  • Masks are no longer required at LCTCS buildings
  • However, masks are still strongly encouraged for:
    • Individuals who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, and
    • Unvaccinated employees, visitors, or students

At BPCC, we encourage the following:

  • Social distance from fellow employees by 3 feet
  • No more than 2 people in the elevator and restrooms
  • Report to your work location and only go to another location/floor for work activities
  • Limit work interactions with others to less than 15 minutes
  • As a courtesy do not enter a co-worker’s workspace without permission
  • As a courtesy do not engage in social visits for non-business reasons absent proper social distancing
  • Meetings should have Teams or Zoom options for attendees

Everyone should to continue to practice good hygiene, including:

  • Covering your mouth when coughing and/or sneezing
  • Use hand sanitizer especially when entering common areas
  • Wash your hands multiple times a day

Avoid:

  • Touching your face;
  • Handshakes and hugs;
  • Touching frequently used objects and surfaces;
  • Sharing cellphones, pens, computers and work areas; and,
  • Sharing papers and physical objects during meetings.

We continue to identify and implement appropriate strategies to enhance the safety and well-being of the BPCC community. Please continue to refer to our website for important information updates on our COVID-19 response.


(Posted Sept. 20, 2021)

Here is the latest update on what we now know about the ongoing effort to address the public health emergency in our community.  Developments at the national- and at the state-level have helped to shape the strategy that the colleges of the LCTCS will pursue.

We are delighted to be back on campus, providing instruction, delivering student life activities, and taking another step in the nudge toward normalcy.  To be sure, many of our students continue to elect for online learning experiences and there remains much work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  On campus, we continue to enforce the statewide mask mandate and there have been minimal issues with compliance.  Additionally, BPCC has installed UV germicidal irradiation lights for improved air quality.

As you likely know, the FDA has granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine for anyone 16 and over, and the Louisiana Department of Health has added COVID-19 to the schedule of required immunizations for students at Bossier Parish Community College and other LCTCS institutions.  Consequently, BPCC will require that new students provide proof of this vaccination prior to enrollment in the Spring semester or formally opt out via BPCC’s Immunization Waiver/Compliance form.  There is currently no requirement for faculty or staff at LCTCS colleges to receive the COVID vaccine or submit to regular testing.

As I have stated previously, BPCC strongly encourages all students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated and to do so as soon as possible.  Being vaccinated is how we do our part to fulfill our “Cavalier Commitment” to a safe and healthy BPCC community.  I am grateful to all students, faculty, and staff who have already been vaccinated.  For those who have not been vaccinated, BPCC has scheduled seven “Crush Covid” events for the fall semester; at our first event on August 25th, 82 students were vaccinated and received a $100 Visa card as part of the Shot For $100 program.  On September 15th, a second event vaccinated another 75 from our community.

I am confident that we will have a very successful Fall semester and that we will continue to do all that is required of us to respond to the unprecedented historic challenge of the pandemic.  #GoCavs

LCTCS Status Update on COVID Planning

(Posted Aug. 6, 2021)

The twelve colleges of LCTCS are engaged in a strategic effort to safely return to in-person classes in Fall 2021, as planned. The latest surge of the COVID Delta variant has generated additional preparations and response measures to prioritize the safety, health, and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and community partners.

To ensure students have continued access to training, virtual options will continue for many courses. The statewide mask mandate will be enforced for in-person classes at all colleges, and daily COVID symptom screening tools will continue to be implemented at most campus sites as well. Students will be spaced at least three feet at all campuses, combined with directional flow and signage to support distancing. Additional sanitation measures will continue, and PPE will be made readily available. Furthermore, a number of LCTCS colleges are installing HVAC upgrades and technology – both permanent and portable – to increase ventilation and filtration for improved air quality.

Louisiana’s twelve community colleges continue to engage in aggressive campaigns to encourage vaccination by students, faculty, and staff as well as individual testing. LCTCS colleges are communicating directly by email and in regular social media posts. Our colleges are partnering with healthcare leaders in their region to publicize free community vaccination and testing sites directly to students, faculty, and staff in addition to the numerous safety measures and processes underway.

LCTCS colleges are entirely non-residential, the average LCTCS student is part-time and over age 25, and no vaccine has yet received final FDA approval as we begin the fall semester. As a result, while there will be neither mandatory vaccinations nor mandatory testing at LCTCS colleges for the fall semester, future planning for spring will be continuously evaluated.

The safety, health and well-being of LCTCS students, faculty, staff, and community partners remains our top priority even as we continue our primary mission of educating and training Louisiana’s adults for high-quality jobs – an urgent and necessary goal to combat the COVID-19 economic recession.

BPCC is committed to keeping our campus community safe and healthy. COVID-19 has brought changes in our campus operations and in our expectations for students with self-awareness being critical in keeping students healthy while on and off campus. Expectations for students are as follows:

  • Students are required to wear masks at all times while on campus.  Masks will be provided to our students. Failure to wear a mask while on campus is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, subsection 1.38, and may result in a referral to the Vice Chancellor for Student Services.
  • While on campus, students are expected to help with the sanitation of the classrooms, by wiping their seats, desks, and computer keyboards upon leaving a classroom. Cleaning wipes will be available in the classrooms.
  • Students are expected to maintain healthy personal hygiene.
  • Students are expected to help maintain social distancing whenever possible, keeping 6 feet away from others.
  • Students are expected to wash their hands frequently, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Students are expected to use the hand sanitizer machines placed around campus.
  • Students should avoid touching their face, nose, and mouth.
  • Students are expected to stay home if exhibiting respiratory symptoms such as a cough, difficulty breathing, or fever until the students are fever-free for 24 hours. Students are strongly encouraged to contact their healthcare providers.
  • Students are expected to notify campus personnel immediately if they have tested positive for COVID-19.

Students may dial 211 for general COVID questions or 1-866-310-7977 for COVID mental health.