Wildcat-Strong

A Letter From The President

As a Christ-centered College community, it is our collective responsibility to respect one another, to value the diversity of our community, and to keep each other as safe and healthy as possible; and, as members of the LC family, we have a duty to live consistent with the policies and procedures designed to value and respect the lives of others and to protect and uphold the health and safety of our peers and for ourselves. Therefore, Louisiana College is promoting the Wildcat Promise, a College community initiative that will ask every student, faculty, and staff member to support the preventative health measures that the institution has established for the health and well-being of all members of the College community and its guests.

As members of the LC community, the College is asking you to accept the responsibility for managing your own actions and for creating a community where every member feels safe, respected, and valued. During the pandemic, it is imperative we support the well-being of the College community. We can best do this by agreeing to the following guidelines which provide the framework for LC’s Wildcat Promise:

In order to protect myself, my peers, my colleagues, and the LC community, I promise to do the following: 

  • Take responsibility for my health and the health of the College community.
  • Wear a face covering and maintain safe social distancing to protect the College community.
  • Practice good hand washing and hygiene skills daily.
  • Abide by all LC standards, expectations, policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19, and report to a medical professional and the Student Wellness Center, if I experience a fever of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, dry cough, congestion, runny nose, difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle pain/body aches, headache, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell. I understand it is my responsibility to self-check my temperature daily.
  • Participate in contact tracing, testing, and isolation to preserve the wellness of the community.

The College has established a relationship with the Freedman Clinic in Alexandria for COVID-19 testing and treatment. The Clinic will process insurance and, in some cases, waive the copay cost for testing. Faculty, staff, and students will be responsible for the cost of testing and medical treatment.

LC continues to offer an on-campus Student Wellness Center (campus nurse) to serve students, faculty, staff, and our contract service partners of Sodexo Dining Services and Jani-King are implementing comprehensive sanitization measures. The Student Wellness Center will be located on the first floor of the HealthPlex (LAC) where additional space is available for a waiting area and multiple exam rooms.

Limited space is available for quarantine housing for residential students who have been exposed to COVID-19. Residential students who wish to move home during their prescribed self-monitoring or self-isolation may do so. When returning to campus from off-site isolation, students must be symptom-free for 72 hours and provide medical documentation to the LC Student Wellness Center upon return to campus. Please note: The College will not provide refunds for room and board unless the residential halls are required to be closed by the CDC and/or the State of Louisiana.

Stay Wildcat Strong as we navigate the challenges of these unprecedented times.

Keep safe, pray, and Press On!

RICK BREWER, PhD, MBA
President & CEO
Professor of Management
Louisiana College

COVID-19 HEALTH BEST PRACTICES & GUIDELINES

Campus-wide:

  • More sanitizing stations and disinfecting wipe dispensers are being installed around campus.
  • Masks will be mandatory when inside buildings, except when specific exempt activities are being performed. One mask will be given to each student.
  • Floor decals and signage will be displayed to reflect traffic patterns and promote social distance awareness.
  • Facilities staff will continue with enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of all buildings.

Classroom:

  • Each course will be assessed and modified as needed to minimize risk for students and faculty. Approaches will include:
    • mandatory face-coverings
    • reduced room capacity or relocating classes to a larger venue to allow for social distancing
    • remote-learning options in place for each course to allow students and faculty to quarantine or self-isolate as needed

Housing:

  • Move-in day and residence hall assignments will be modified to minimize exposure of residential students and families as they move into the residence halls.
  • Designated traffic flow patterns will be indicated for residence halls along with more sanitizing stations at access points.
  • Students will be required to wear face covering when in common areas. Social distancing in these spaces will be encouraged by removing and rearranging furniture as need.
  • Training and signage will be used to regularly remind students about the risks and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Students are responsible to provide their own thermometers to check temperatures daily. Any temperature of 100.4 or greater should be reported immediately to the campus nurse.
  • A dedicated space will be reserved for those that need to quarantine or self-isolate on campus, but students will be strongly encouraged to go home during quarantine.

Dining:

  • Style of food offerings will be modified to protect staff and guests and limit the number of high-contact items.
  • Both “to-go” and “dine-in” options will be available with separate flow and exits for guests using each option.
  • The dining area will be open with a reduced capacity. Increased numbers of outdoor dining options will be placed close to the dining area to encourage outdoor seating when weather allows.

Athletics:

  • All athletic programs are implementing enhanced procedures to screen all athletes using physical assessment, temperature screening, and a COVID-19-specific questionnaire.
  • Designated workout schedules will be set for each athlete/program to ensure reduced capacity and social distancing.
  • Enhanced hygiene and sanitizing procedures have been implemented for facilities and equipment before and after each training session or workout.
  • Coaches must wear face coverings for any indoor sessions. Athletes will be encouraged to wear face-covering when it is feasible and social distancing is difficult.
  • High contact surfaces and shared items will be reduced when possible. Athletes will bring their own towels and water bottles/jugs with a no sharing policy in place.

LC WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR, ASSESS, AND COMMUNICATE

Updates to the Fall 2020 plan for opening will be frequently communicated using one or more of the following messaging platforms:
  • Posted signage throughout the campus
  • Wildcat Strong webpage
  • Social media
  • LC email
  • Wildcat Alert text messages
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