Updated – 4/2/2020
- Can I come into LSUHSC buildings to study or work?
As the coronavirus continues to spread in Louisiana, we are taking additional measures to protect your health and help flatten the curve. In collaboration with LSU President Galligan, we are hereby dramatically reducing the physical presence on campus. If at all possible, you should continue to work remotely. At this time, our buildings will remain open, including the Residence Halls. Food service will continue on a take-out basis only. The Library will remain open for now, but patrons are reminded to practice social distancing – at least 6 feet apart — and to wash or sanitize your hands after touching high-touch surfaces. (https://911.lsuhsc.edu/coronavirus/chancellorpolicymessage.aspx)
- Is it okay to travel?
Please take into consideration the travel restrictions. All non-essential travel on university business is suspended. Personal travel should be seriously reconsidered, especially if planning to travel to a region that has been designated by the CDC as a high-risk area for COVID-19 contact. Prior to any personal travel, the online prior and return registration forms must be submitted. Based upon potential exposure, you may be required to self-isolate before returning to campus. (https://911.lsuhsc.edu/coronavirus/chancellorpolicymessage.aspx)
- As a member of the public health community, we feel responsible and want to serve in this time of crisis. What can we do to help? (Updated, 3/29/2020)
We are working to identify opportunities for students and other members of our community to work to help protect the health and safety of the public. We will continue to post opportunities here on our website as they arise.
The state has created a signup form for healthcare volunteers. They are seeking backgrounds in the fields of medicine, nursing, allied health professions, dentistry, counseling, mental/behavioral health, laboratory science, among others. While it does not expressly state public health or epidemiology, I am sure that there will be opportunities if you wish to volunteer.
There is a revised sign up page to volunteer. It now also includes a link specifically for those individuals who do not have healthcare training, but are willing to help. There are opportunities in care coordination, community engagement, technology assistance, and many more that can use your talent and time.
The page is here: https://covid-19lavolunteers.org/
Below are various websites that have been provided to the School of Public Health for students, faculty and staff to volunteer at city and stage agencies. The state also provided guidelines for volunteers – click here for the document.
There are also a lot of good resources on the page and additionally, the volunteer request:
- I know social connection is important to health. How should I navigate social distancing?
With this epidemic we need to avoid contact at the same time we are experiencing a high level of uncertainty and stress. We advise, that everyone please do all you can to remain connected while working remotely. The LSU School of Public Health is here to help you and we ask that you reach out. Following are resources developed for the community related to addressing stress, continued connection, and how to talk with children about COVID-19:
- Stigma: Viruses don’t discriminate and neither should we
- Managing Stress: Tips for coping with the stress of COVID-19
- Talking to children about the impact of COVID-19
- Do I need to self-isolate for COVID-19?
- If needed mental health resources they are available from Campus Assistance Program to students, faculty and staff.
- Are there other suggestions for mental health issues?
The Center for Evidence to Practice also has provided this “The 10 Tools” to help you feel stronger and more hopeful. Click here to download this resource.
- How long will classes be taught online?
We are currently conduction all instruction online and will to continue to until further notice. If LSU Health and School of Public Health are able to resume on-campus teaching activities, online instruction will continue to be available in all courses.
- What format will be used for distance online instruction?
Courses will continue being managed using Moodle as the Learning Management System. Zoom will be used for online instruction. Different instructors will make different decisions about the remote instructional format for their courses. Students will be required to contact course faculty to verify their ability to participate in remote sessions within the first week (7 days).
- Will there be any changes to my financial aid due to the change to an online learning environment?
As long as you complete your classes according to the online format, there should be no changes to your aid (scholarships, grants, and loans).
- Am I able to meet with the financial aid office during this time?
Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for specific instructions by calling (504) 568-4820 or emailing email@example.com
- I have an on-campus job. What happens if I can’t go to work?
Please discuss with your manager. Our understanding is that whenever possible, you should work remotely, but we understand that not all work situations are the same, and there may be special circumstances.
- Will I have to move out of my on-campus housing?
Residence halls will remain open. Contact Student Housing by phone to (504) 568-6260 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for specific directions.
- Will there still be campus activities?
There will be no in-person or supported extracurricular student activities until further notice. It is important to practice social distancing, so it is highly recommended that students work remotely and have meetings via video or teleconferencing.
- With classes moved to virtual instruction, will this affect my visa status?
There should be no impact to your visa as long as you maintain a full-time course load of study, including online. For further questions, please contact the Office of International Services. https://www.lsuhsc.edu/administration/academic/ois/