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Return-to-Campus Plan

The focus of The Ragin' Cajun Resiliency Plan Task Force365体育官方网址's planning is to have in-person classes on our campus this fall semester.

365体育官方网址However, we must engage in scenario-based planning for recovery and reopening to respond to any contingency. The University will also need to complete budget planning taking into consideration multiple scenarios, revenue forecasts from all sources, and expenditure reductions.

Employees looking for information about returning to work should visit the Human resources website.

Potential Scenarios

  • Best-case Scenario: Fall semester is Face-to-Face
    • University Phase 1: Summer semester instruction is primarily delivered remotely, but we begin preparations to transitioning to work on-campus, including face-to-face (F-F) teaching, research, and community engagement.
    • University Phase 2: Fall semester is fully back on-campus and extended operations start on time, although with possible modifications for social distancing restrictions.
  • Middle-of-the-Road Scenario: Fall semester is Modified Face-to-Face
    • University Phase 1: Summer semester instruction is primarily delivered remotely, but we begin preparations to transitioning to work on-campus, including face-to-face (F-F) teaching, research, and community engagement.
    • University Phase 2: Fall semester starts fully back on-campus and extended operations start on time, while planning for the contingency of another peak in the virus that demands additional mitigation later in the Fall semester, necessitating a return to online instruction and remote work.
  • Worst-case Scenario: Fall semester is also Remote Delivery Only
    • University Phase 1: Summer semester instruction is delivered remotely.
    • University Phase 2: Fall semester also has to be remote instruction and remote work because of another peak in COVID-19 cases. On-campus and extended operations cannot be restarted until January 2021, with contingency plans to mitigate any peak in the virus for Phase 3.

Pre-Phase 1: Immediate identification of crisis and actions

365体育官方网址We are now emerging from our crisis response phase in which we identified the specific nature of the crisis and took actions required to ensure the safety of our workforce and our students, followed by telework and online instruction through the end of the spring semester.

365体育官方网址Our campus leaders are now working on a variety of plans to ensure the wellbeing of our community remains paramount. The sweeping plans will consider classroom size, class structures and schedules, safety in student housing and protective methods for monitoring and maintaining our collective and individual health.

These plans, of course, are highly dependent on the continued decline in the number of COVID-19 cases within the greater Acadiana area, as well as guidance from federal, state and local government and public health officials. Phase 1 of the Governor’s Plan began on May 15, 2020, with the relaxation of some of the restrictions currently in place on businesses and religious organizations. The Governor’s Plan considers Universities and Colleges to be a Phase 2 activity.

365体育官方网址As such, the University Phase 1 Plan begins with June 8, 2020, as the effective date.

University Phase 1: Short-term (June 8, 2020 – August 2020)

Goal for Phase 1

Health and safety of all personnel is the first and foremost consideration. During Phase 1, the University will continue remote operations and remote instruction for the summer semester. All camps and other campus activities at least through June have been canceled.

Planning during Phase 1 will focus on what areas/functions will be needed to ramp up on-campus operations during the Fall semester, and who will need to be on campus during Phase 1 to accomplish those Phase 2 goals.

  • We anticipate beginning initially with only those faculty and staff involved with critical infrastructure, healthcare, and research support.
  • The remainder of the return-to-campus process will continue gradually over the summer, as we phase in critical administration and business operations, support services and operations, and ending with the return of faculty and students near the beginning of the fall semester. This process will use risk-based criteria and assessments.
  • As we phase in the plans to return to campus over the summer, we must continue to be mindful of social distancing expectations and other CDC guidance on preventive measures.
  • Additionally, we must consider the needs of faculty and staff who are caring for school-aged students at home, as well as minimize the chance of exposure for our faculty and staff who are immuno-compromised, vulnerable, and in higher-risk categories.

Transition Measures to Phase 2

  • Public Health Risk Measures
    • Transmission Rate of less than 1
    • Symptoms
      • Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) reported within a 14-day period (AND)
      • Downward trajectory of COVID-like syndromic cases reported within a 14-day period
    • Cases
      • Downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period (OR)
      • Downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period (flat or increasing volume of tests)
    • Hospitals
      • Treat all patients without crisis care
      • Robust testing program in place for at-risk healthcare workers, including emerging antibody testing
  • Economic Measures
    • Total revenue losses due to projected declines in enrollment (tuition and fees)
    • Auxiliary revenues due to physical distancing and reduced capacity (e.g., housing, parking & dining)
    • Refunds (foundation, athletics)
    • Reduced research expenditures and contract service fees
    • Lost productivity costs
    • Delayed graduation costs
    • Unreimbursed or matched emergency response costs
    • Decline in state funds

University Phase 2 – Fall (August 2020 – January 2021)

Goal for Phase 2

Careful resumption of on-campus operations, with the goal of 100% Face-to-Face instruction, with physical distancing and safety measures as recommended by local and state authorities. However, scenario-based planning will also develop contingencies for the medium and worst-case scenarios.

Issues to consider:

  • Testing – Campuses need to develop policies related to testing for the coronavirus for all students, when they first arrive on campus and at regular intervals throughout the year.
  • Quarantine – Setting aside appropriate spaces for isolation and quarantine (e.g. hotel rooms) for student residents and others.
  • Cleaning – Significantly upgraded sanitation depth and frequency.
  • Pre-Campus Requirements – Testing, immunization (if available), and other prerequisites for before students arrive on campus
  • Online Learning – An accelerated migration to online and blended learning, to minimize the need for large lecture gatherings. Especially important for those at risk
  • Class Lectures – “Jack-O-Lantern” seating, with ~six feet between students
  • Protection of Faculty – Particularly those categorically at-risk, and with underlying conditions
  • Housing – Increased use of off-campus housing, to reduce density
  • Sports and other Crowd Producing Events – Currently under discussion; generally, near-term elimination of “crowd-producing” events
  • PPE – Students and employees may have to wear masks on campus

Transition Measures to Phase 3

  • Public Health Risk Measures
    • Transmission Rate as close to 0, as possible.
    • Symptoms
      • Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) reported within a 14-day period (AND)
      • Downward trajectory of COVID-like syndromic cases reported within a 14-day period
    • Cases
      • Downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period (OR)
      • Downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period (flat or increasing volume of tests)
    • Hospitals
      • Treat all patients without crisis care
      • Robust testing program in place for at-risk healthcare workers, including emerging antibody testing
  • Economic Measure
    • Revenue Losses/Enrollment Losses

University Phase 3 – Long-term (beyond January 2021)

To be planned at a later date.