LSU requiring masks inside, keeps vaccination mandate in place ahead of spring semester

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Louisiana State University President William Tate IV has announced the school’s COVID-19 protocols for the spring semester.

We would like to thank again everyone who vaccinated, tested regularly and masked throughout the fall semester. Our student immunization rate of over 84 percent represents the best in the state for public universities and is among the highest immunization percentages in the SEC. As a result, our fall positivity rate was extremely low and we were able to successfully complete our semester. In consultation with our Faculty Health and Medicine Advisory Committee, and carefully reviewing the nationwide skyrocketing of the Omicron variant, we build on our successful fall approach and provide you with our protocols. for the spring semester 2022.

LSU President William Tate IV

Tate says masks will be required indoors, 50 feet from entrances and exits, at campus events and on campus buses.

Students living in on-campus accommodation, including halls of residence, Greek houses, or on-campus apartments, will be required to show proof of a negative test taken five days before returning to campus.

LSU’s vaccination mandate remains in place. Unvaccinated people will need to be tested monthly throughout the semester.

“The spring academic calendar is unchanged and we look forward to seeing you all back on campus soon,” Tate said. “Thank you for your continued cooperation as we work to ensure the safety and health of all members of the LSU community. “

Here are the following protocols:

Masks: Masks will be required inside and within 50 feet of the entrances / exits of buildings where there is a gathering. Masks will also be required during campus events and on campus buses. Cloth masks are acceptable, but K-N95 and N95 masks offer the best protection to the wearer and are encouraged. Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth.

Classroom: During the first two weeks of the semester, instructors whose courses are listed in the spring catalog as being taught face-to-face can choose to deliver their lessons in synchronous (real-time) mode entirely remotely, hybrid or entirely face-to-face. face formats. At the end of the two-week period, if the community and campus COVID-19 positivity rates are below 10%, the campus will resume delivering scheduled classes.

Entrance test: All students living in accommodation on campus (residences, apartments on campus and Greek houses) will be required to present proof of a negative test taken within 5 days before returning to their residence or proof of a positive test at in the last 90 days. . Any type of COVID test, including a home test, will be accepted. Anyone who tests positive on an entrance test must self-isolate before returning to campus. Students will soon receive a link to the portal where they can download their test results.

Monthly test: Students and employees who are not vaccinated will be required to take a test every month throughout the spring semester.

Wastewater test: Wastewater monitoring will continue throughout the spring semester. COVID tests will be required for all students in residences, campus apartments and homes in Greece whose sewage shows a significant spike in the virus.

Ventilation: We will continue to use HEPA filters in all classroom spaces. HEPA units should be kept on at all times and are designed to operate 24/7. While they make noise, they also clean the air to protect against airborne bacteria, allergens, molds, and viruses, including COVID-19.

Vaccination and reminders: Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our community. The LSU vaccination mandate remains in place. Unvaccinated community members will resume ongoing testing protocols. Those who are eligible for the recall, as stated by the Louisiana Department of Health, are strongly encouraged to obtain the recall before returning to campus.

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