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 Fall 2021

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
  • Until Further notice, all individuals on campus -vaccinated or unvaccinated- must wear a mask where 6-foot distancing cannot be maintained.
  • 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

Asymptomatic individuals

ALL EMPLOYEES, STUDENTS & VISITORS*

1. DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU ARE SICK.

2. 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.

3. You will not be allowed on campus if you have:

a. Unexplained cough

b. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

c. Any two of the following symptoms

o Fever>99.9°F

o Sore Throat

o Congestion unrelated to usual seasonal allergy symptoms

o Repeated shaking with chills

o Headaches

o Muscle Pain

o Nausea or vomiting

o Diarrhea

o New onset Loss of Taste and/or Smell

d. Contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

4. Until further notice, all individuals on campus -vaccinated or unvaccinated- must wear a mask where 6-foot distancing cannot be maintained.

5. Practice Frequent Handwashing

a. 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.

b. 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.

6. Maintain appropriate Physical Distance

    Any planned campus event must submit a safety plan to the Health & Safety Office.

    7. Support Contact Tracing

    a. 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.

    b. Faculty are expected to maintain seating charts to assist with contact tracing.

    8. Cleaning and Disinfecting

    a. Housekeeping returned to routine cleaning practices as recommended during Phase 3.

    b. Cleaning supplies are available in all buildings for faculty, staff and students who wish to clean their own workspaces.

    9. Use of kitchen and lounge areas

    a. Mask requirement does not apply while consuming food or drink or when seated in lounge to eat or drink provided appropriate distancing between individuals is maintained.

    b. 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.

    Suspected (symptomatic) or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

    ALL EMPLOYEES & STUDENTS*

    1. DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU ARE SICK.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    a. Employees also have the option to notify Lake Line Direct regarding testing for

    COVID-19.

    b. Students who do not have health insurance may go to

    http://LakeUrgentCare.com regarding a telemedicine evaluation and testing for COVID1-9 or visit https://www.lpca.net/main/for-... to locate a federally qualified health center.

    4. If you are advised to get a COVID-19 test, here is a list of testing resources (these change frequently)

    a. Community Testing Sites

    b. Our Lady of the Lake Physician’s Group COVID Recovery Resources Program:

    1961 Staring Lane Baton Rouge, LA 70810

    8a-12p Monday-Friday

    Ololrmc.com/covidrecovery

    1-888-977-0336

    Bring FranU ID badge and request the Covid test for FranU

    5. You can return to campus when cleared by Health & Safety Director:

    a. You have been without fever for at least 24 hour without taking medication to

    reduce fever during that time; AND

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

    At least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms began.

    OR

    b. 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.

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

    Asymptomatic but tested positive for COVID-19

    ALL EMPLOYEES & STUDENTS*

    1. DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS

    2. Notify the Director of Campus Health & Safety AND

    c. Employees notify direct supervisor

    d. Students notify faculty or course coordinator

    3. May return to campus when cleared by Health & Safety Director.

    a. After 10 days have passed since positive test

    4. 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*

    1. DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS

    2. Notify the Office of Health & Safety AND

    a. Employees notify direct supervisor

    b. Students notify faculty or course coordinator

    3. All people (vaccinated and unvaccinated) should take a COVID test immediately after a

    known or suspected exposure to COVID-19 and take the following actions:

    a. If positive, isolate immediately.

    b. If negative, retest again between 5-7 days post-exposure.

    i. Fully vaccinated individuals do NOT need to quarantine while waiting on results if you are asymptomatic. You should wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.

    You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing yourCOVID-19 vaccine series.

    4) Unvaccinated Individuals:

    Quarantine and self-monitor for symptoms from 14 days since the last possible exposure.

    a. 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.

    b. Exception 2: Quarantine can end after 10 days post-exposure without testing and if no symptoms developed during daily monitoring.

    c. 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.

    ii. 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.

    5. May return to campus when cleared by the Health & Safety Director

    6. If you develop symptoms, follow the guidance above for “Suspected Cases of COVID-19”

    *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.

            COVID-19 Vaccine

            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 laws. Documentation of COVID-19 vaccine or a properly executed waiver must be submitted by all students through Softdocs and by all employees through Axion.

            Am I required by FranU to get the COVID-19 vaccination?

            Yes, all FranU faculty, staff and students who will be on campus for ANY reason are required to be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination with one of the following COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson. Any student whose course registration is limited to online programs that do not require meeting physically on campus for any reason or at any time will be excluded from submitting proof of the COVID-19 vaccine.

            What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

            To ensure adequate time for an immune response to occur, a person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after completion of a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or 2 weeks after single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

            If I get a vaccination now do I still need to submit a negative COVID test before coming to campus?

            Yes, you are not considered fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after final vaccine dose, so you still need to submit results of a COVID test to healthandsafety@franu.edu prior to returning to campus for Fall 2021.

            Where can I get vaccinated?

            FranU strongly urges members of its community to get an available appointment for vaccination wherever they can as soon as they become eligible. The State of Louisiana has opened vaccination to all individuals aged 12 and older. Call 1-855-453-0774 to find a vaccination location near you, visit the Louisiana Department of Health’s website here or here for vaccine information and locations. Out of state residents should contact their local or state authorities for information.

            • Through the Lake Health System https://fmolhs.org/coronavirus...

            • Outside of the Lake Health System https://ldh.la.gov/covidvaccin...

            • You can also try Individual pharmacy websites. Examples: o Walgreen's https://www.walgreens.com/phar... o CVS https://www.cvs.com/immunizati... o Walmart https://www.walmart.com/cp/flu...

            • Federal COVID-19 drive through Community Vaccination Center.

            o Located at 7359 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge in the Bon Carre rear parking lot of the old Bon Marche Mall.

            o Drive through hours are:

            • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

            • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays

            • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays

            o All people ages 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Louisiana, though 12 through 17-year-olds are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. o Pre-registration and an appointment are required. Click here to register and schedule an appointment.

            Will there be exemptions to immunization against COVID-19?

            Students, faculty, and staff may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for reasons consistent with Louisiana state vaccine laws.

            EMPLOYEES to be determined by FMOLHS Employee Health

            STUDENTS: Students may request exemption by providing documentation attached to the COVID-19 Vaccination Form in Softdocs as described below. Clinical students should note that clinical placement is not guaranteed to students who are not fully vaccinated.

            • Medical exemption: attach documentation from physician stating why the COVID-19 vaccine is contraindicated.

            • Religious exemption: attach documentation from your faith leader (priest, minister, rabbi, etc.) stating why your faith does not allow COVID-19 vaccination.

            • Ethical exemption: attach documentation stating why you are ethically opposed to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

            What is the deadline for submitting proof of vaccination or request for exemption?

            Faculty, staff and students planning to be present on campus, for the 2021-22 academic year must provide proof of having received their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine by August 13, 2021. Persons submitting documentation of the first dose of a two-dose vaccine will be allowed access to campus and will be marked “partially compliant” until proof of the second dose is provided.

            How do I submit proof of vaccination?

            EMPLOYEES to be determined by FMOLHS Employee Health.

            STUDENTS submit their Covid vaccine documentation in Softdocs. Have your requested documentation ready to submit as attachment.

            The form titled "STU-COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting Form" has been updated and may be accessed through myPortal> Softdocs Etrieve Central> Forms> STU-COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting Form. Only complete the form if your Student ID and name automatically populate when you click on the form. If those fields are blank, please wait 24 hours and try again. If still blank, contact the ISSC at 765-HELP to put in a Footprints ticket.

            I already had COVID-19. Do I still need to show proof of vaccination?

            Yes.

            I lost my vaccine card.

            Contact the site where you received your vaccine. They may be able to provide you with proof of vaccination. You can also contact your state’s health department. Some states have registries that include adult vaccines. In Louisiana, check MyIR or the LA Wallet app. Proof of vaccine is required.

            I have two vaccine cards.

            If you received separate vaccine cards for each dose of a multi-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), please upload a photo or scanned copy of the front of each card.

            If I have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, can I still receive the vaccine?

            It is recommended that you seek the advice of your personal health care provider. Generally, as long as you have been released from isolation, are no longer symptomatic and have been medically cleared by a doctor after having COVID-19, you are able to get vaccinated. You do not have to wait until 90 days after your diagnosis. As long as you are not actively sick, you are able to get the vaccine.

            Do I still need to follow FranU’s health and safety protocols-vaccinated or unvaccinated?

            Yes, everyone is expected to continue to follow all campus health and safety protocols, including required COVID-19 testing, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, completing your daily health assessment and reporting and symptoms or exposures to the Health & Safety Office via Softdocs form for this purpose.

            Are masks required on campus?

            In alignment with the recent announcement by Governor Edwards, we are requiring masks indoors for all – vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals – if you cannot maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Anyone not yet fully vaccinated is required to mask and distance in public settings and particularly indoors for their safety and the safety of others. Recent data shows that while vaccination reduces one’s chance of becoming infected with COVID-19, those who do become infected with the Delta variant despite being fully vaccinated are likely at risk of transmitting it to others.

            If a student tests positive, will others in those classes be notified that there has been a positive test?

            People will be notified if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Close contact is defined as being within less than 6 feet away from the COVID-positive individual for at least 15 minutes cumulatively over a 24-hour period. Use of seating charts in classes will aid with contact tracing.

            What is the procedure if you are notified that you have been in close contact with someone with a positive test?

            All people should take a COVID test immediately after a known or suspected exposure to COVID-19.

            • If positive, they should isolate immediately.

            • If negative, they should retest again between five and seven days post-exposure.

            • If they develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any point they should test and immediately isolate pending the results.

            At this time CDC advises that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine following an exposure to COVID-19 but test 3-5 days following exposure