Happy Thanksgiving, Roadmap to Spring, COVID Testing

Friday, November 20, 2020; 4:00 p.m.

Dear Students,

We’d like to take this early opportunity to wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving next week. The ongoing pandemic has made this a challenging semester, and so we truly hope you enjoy the holiday and get some time to relax. You deserve it.

After the break, all classes will transition to remote learning and campus operations will be altered a bit, so we encourage you to visit www.lsu.edu/roadmap to learn more about our post-Thanksgiving operations. The website now also includes information about the spring semester, which will look similar to fall but with fewer restrictions on meetings and events. While we’ll still rely heavily on online classes, the vast majority of them will be “synchronous,” which means they will be conducted in real-time. It may not be the same as an in-person class, but we firmly believe that attending via Zoom at the scheduled time is more beneficial than watching a recording of the class later.

Soon we hope to see a vaccine for COVID-19 and, with it, an improvement in the pandemic situation. If we do, we will review our policies and make changes to operations as we can. We would all like to get back to normal, and we’ll do our best to further ease restrictions as soon as it’s safe to do so. But please know that your safety, as well as the safety of our faculty and staff, is our guidepost.   

With this in mind, we’d be disingenuous if we didn’t say we are concerned about the potential for virus spread over the holidays. For those heading home, we strongly encourage you to get tested before you leave campus. Remember, you could be asymptomatic but still spread the virus to loved ones. Testing options on campus can be found at https://lsu.edu/roadmap/health/testing.php.

Now is also a great time to get a flu shot if you have not already done so. Flu shots are available on campus free for full-time students and $15 for part-time students. Find times and locations at https://www.lsu.edu/shc/wellness/flu-shots.php.

In closing, we have come a long way, but the pandemic is not over yet. Many parts of the state and country are facing a resurgence, so it’s more important than ever to remain diligent and continue to follow CDC protocols. We like our chances for a more open spring semester, but it will only be possible with your continued support and responsible behavior. Thank you for rising to the challenges of this semester, and again, Happy Thanksgiving.

Warmly,

Thomas C. Galligan

LSU Interim President and Professor of Law

 

Stacia Haynie

LSU Executive Vice President and Provost

J.W. Annison, Jr. Alumni Professor