The University has developed plans to help keep our campus community safe during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The plans designed by the FranU COVID-19 transition team maintain an authentic, distinctive FranU academic experience for our students while providing flexibility in instruction in the current environment and the utmost regard to keeping the University community as safe as possible.

  • The University is taking recommended steps to mitigate the risk of spread to the extent possible, and the degree of success will depend on a mutual commitment from all those in the FranU community.
  • Safety measures align with mandates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Louisiana Department of Health, the Louisiana Board of Regents, and other federal, state and local agencies. Specifically, FranU has created specific guidelines based upon what phase of return Louisiana and/or the City of Baton Rouge current operates (phase 1, 2, 3).
  • The FranU COVID-19 transition team continues to monitor for any shifts in the national or local health landscape that might require further adaptation. It remains, however, impossible to guarantee a COVID-19-free environment.
  • Because of the nature of the coronavirus, anyone working or participating in activities on campus must understand that they are assuming the risk of potential community spread.
  • Faculty, staff and students are expected to abide by national, state and local mandates and recommendations both on and off-campus. Full participation is critical to prevent alteration of face-to-face course delivery due to COVID exposure and/or infection.
  • FranU requires all faculty, staff, and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will share opportunities for no-cost vaccinations through FMOL Health System and in the community.
  • The FranU COVID-19 transition team is committed to keeping all stakeholders informed of any new, pertinent information that arises.

If we all work together, we can build and sustain a culture that takes our health, public health, and the safety of others seriously.

Plans of Action

Instructional Delivery Spring 2022

Classes will meet in person to the extent possible. Faculty will be prepared to continue instruction online to ensure that student learning will continue no matter the state of the pandemic and the expectations of public health officials.

  • Flexibility in instructional delivery is necessary to accommodate student and faculty needs. For example, some students may not be able to return to campus because of health concerns. During the semester, students who test positive for the virus or come into contact with someone who tests positive may be required to isolate or quarantine and will not be able to participate in in-person classes. Faculty conducting face-to-face sessions will have plans in place to accommodate such situations as they occur.
  • Special attention will be given to the particular academic needs of first-year students that will help foster their engagement.
  • Most classes will include a face-to-face component. Information on the delivery mode of courses can be found by students in webservices.
  • Regular weekly office hours, whether face-to-face or via Zoom, should be posted on syllabi. Many faculty offices are not large enough to allow for meetings with one or more students while maintaining social distancing guidelines. During some portions of the day, the amount of students and faculty occupying classrooms will prohibit faculty and staff from occupying their offices. In some cases, classrooms that will no longer accommodate classes will be available for meeting spaces for faculty working with small groups of students. Faculty will be provided a schedule indicating when office occupancy will be permitted.
  • Service learning, research and internships are essential components of a FranU education. Information on how these activities will be conducted in manners adhering to public health guidelines will be provided by department chairs, program directors and/or individual faculty to students planning to engage in these activities.
  • Protocols to facilitate learning that require specific adaptations (simulations, science labs, etc.) will be provided by department chairs and program directors or lab faculty where applicable.

Safety Plan

The Safety Plan addresses the transition back to campus in a phased manner. Here is some of what you can expect when arriving on campus:

Screening

PLEASE MONITOR YOUR HEALTH STATUS AND DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU ARE SICK.

All FranU students, employees and visitors are expected to monitor themselves daily for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Report any COVID-19 symptoms, exposures, and/or test results to Campus Health and Safety using Softdocs.

Masks
  • Masks are optional while indoors on campus.
  • The face-covering requirement is subject to change as we continue to monitor cases and immunization rates of our faculty, staff, and students.

FranU has returned to routine cleaning and disinfecting of all buildings as recommended for Phase 3. Additionally, cleaning supplies are available for those who wish to use them before or after class, equipment use, etc.

COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

FranU requires all faculty, staff and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In the interest of the health and safety of the entire campus community, exemptions are limited to those reasons consistent with Louisiana state law RS17:170. Documentation of COVID-19 vaccine or a properly executed waiver must be submitted by all students and employees through Softdocs. Any employee who holds a second job with an FMOLHS entity MUST submit either a medical or religious exemption to Employee Health to comply with the requirements for employees of FMOLHS (see information on TeamLink).

All of the above information is subject to change depending on the federal and state guidance and the progression of the pandemic.

Managing COVID on Campus

Campus Mitigation Measures

ALL EMPLOYEES, STUDENTS & VISITORS

  • DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU ARE SICK.
  • All FranU students, employees and visitors are expected to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and report symptoms to the Office of Health & Safety.
  • You will not be allowed on campus if you have:
    1. Unexplained cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Any two of the following symptoms
  • Fever>99.9°F
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion unrelated to usual seasonal allergy symptoms
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Headaches
  • Muscle Pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • o Diarrhea
  • New onset Loss of Taste and/or Smell
    1. Contact w/ anyone diagnosed w/ COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • FranU is following the CDC mask guidance issued 2/25/2022 correlating with East Baton Rouge Parish risk level.
  • Practice Frequent Handwashing
    1. Frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Maintain appropriate Physical Distance
    1. Any planned campus event must submit a safety plan to the Health & Safety Office.
  • Support Contact Tracing
    1. Contact tracing is a method used to trace and monitor contacts of infected people. You may be contacted if you were exposed to a known case on campus. If so, you are expected to comply with advice on quarantine from the Health & Safety Office.
  • Faculty are expected to maintain seating charts to assist with contact tracing.
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting
    1. Housekeeping returned to routine cleaning practices as recommended during Summer 2021.
  • Cleaning supplies are available in all buildings for faculty, staff and students who wish to clean their own workspaces.
  • Refrigerators and microwaves may be used provided hand washing is done before and after use as well as cleaning and sanitizing all items and equipment after use.
  • DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU ARE SICK.
  • All FranU students, employees and visitors are expected to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and report symptoms to the Office of Health & Safety.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should follow up with your health care provider for testing and follow the provider’s instructions. If you have emergency warning signs (difficulty breathing) get emergency medical care immediately.
    1. Employees also have the option to notify the FMOLHS Louisiana COVID Line: 855-321-1223 regarding testing for COVID-19.
  • Students who do not have health insurance may go to http://LakeUrgentCare.com regarding a telemedicine evaluation and testing for COVID-19 or visit https://www.lpca.net/main/for-patients/find-a-health-center to locate a federally qualified health center.
  • If you are advised to get a COVID-19 test, here is a list of testing resources (these change frequently)
    1. Community Testing Sites
  • Our Lady of the Lake Physician’s Group COVID Recovery Resources Program:
  • You can return to campus when cleared by Health & Safety Director:
    1. You must be without fever for at least 24 hours without taking medication to
  • If at any time a healthcare provider confirms the cause of the individual’s fever or other symptoms is not COVID-19 related and approves the individual to return to work/school, then the individual can return to campus. Documentation will be required.

9) Use of kitchen and lounge areas

Suspected (symptomatic) or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

ALL EMPLOYEES & STUDENTS

1961 Staring Lane Baton Rouge, LA 70810

8a-7p Monday-Friday and 8am-12 noon Saturdays and Sundays

Ololrmc.com/covidrecovery

1-888-977-0336

Bring FranU ID badge and request the Covid test for FranU

reduce fever during that time; AND

There is improvement in symptoms (for three (3) days; AND

At least seven (7) days have passed since symptoms began.

OR

YOU MUST Mask at all times until symptoms are completely resolved.

Asymptomatic but tested positive for COVID-19

ALL EMPLOYEES & STUDENTS

  • DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS
  • Notify the Director of Campus Health & Safety AND
  • Employees notify direct supervisor
  • Students notify faculty or course coordinator
  • May return to campus when cleared by Health & Safety Director.
  • After seven (7) days have passed since positive test
  • If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “Confirmed Cases of COVID-19)

Exposure to Someone with COVID-19

ALL EMPLOYEES & STUDENTS

  • DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS
  • Notify the Office of Health & Safety AND
    1. Employees notify direct supervisor
  • Students notify faculty or course coordinator
  • All people (vaccinated and unvaccinated) should take a COVID test at least 5 days after their last close contact to someone with COVID-19.
    1. Individuals who are not “up to date” on COVID vaccine* must stay home and quarantine for 7 full days.
  • Individuals “up to date” on COVID vaccine* (or had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 within the past 90 days) do NOT need to quarantine while waiting to be tested or while waiting on test results provided you remain asymptomatic.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any point (vaccinated or not) you should test and immediately isolate pending the results. Wear a well fitted mask around others. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Testing guidelines for employee exposures updated 8/2/21

  • Employees should contact the Team Member Louisiana COVID Line at 855-321-1223 to coordinate testing for team members to ensure they are not billed for the test.
  • If COVID positive, contact the Leave of Absence (LOA) team at loa@fmolhs.org or 833-482-7547 for guidance on applying for leave.
    1. Exception 1: Clinical and science lab students may be advised to follow a different quarantine protocol recommended by their program director or Dean to maintain academic progression. Students following this exception may not come to campus if they have Covid-19 symptoms and they must use surgical masks when on campus.
  • Exception 2: Quarantine can end after 7 days post-exposure without testing and if no symptoms developed during daily monitoring.
  • Exception 3: When diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available, quarantine can end after 7 days post-exposure if a diagnostic specimen (molecular/PCR or antigen) tests negative AND if no symptoms developed during daily monitoring.
  • The specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (e.g., in anticipation of testing delays), but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after 7 days.
  • May return to campus when cleared by the Health & Safety Director
  • If you develop symptoms, follow the guidance above for “Suspected Cases of COVID-19”

*DEFINITIONS

  1. “UP TO DATE” with COVID vaccine: When you have received all COVID-19 vaccine doses you are eligible to receive.
  2. Exposure:Contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus.
  3. Close Contact: A close contact is someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes. People who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 after they completed at least 5 days of isolation are not considered close contacts.
  4. Quarantine: Quarantine is a strategy used to prevent transmission of COVID-19 by keeping people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 apart from others.
  5. Isolation: Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others.

Noncompliance with the Employee and Student policies detailed above may result in disciplinary action according to current HR process for employees and Student Code of Conduct process for students.

ADMINISTRATORS ONLY: OUTBREAK

  • Coordinate with local health officials for outbreak associated with the campus. Once learning of a COVID-19 cluster on the campus, immediately reach out to Region 2 Medical Director of LDH (Dr. Dawn Marcelle 225-342-693 or Dawn.Marcell@la.gov) to help administrators determine a course of action for FranU.
    1. Short term closure of specific buildings based on number of confirmed cases
  • Notify faculty, staff and students of confirmed cases on campus while maintaining confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, as applicable.
  • Arrange for thorough Cleaning and Disinfecting
    1. Close off areas used by the infected person. Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area and then begin cleaning and disinfection.
  • Cleaning staff should clean and disinfect all areas (e.g., offices, bathrooms, and common areas) used by the infected person focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.
  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • For disinfection most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
  • Implement strategies to continue education and other support services for students.

Updated 3/2/2022