GSU, Tech prepare for returning students

As Louisiana Tech students return to campus this week, and Grambling State students will start spring semester next week, both universities are planning to combat COVID by mask-wearing and following certain guidelines. 

At Tech, masks are still required indoors throughout campus. Tech has also adopted updated CDC protocols for isolation of individuals who have tested positive for the virus.  

For individuals have been exposed, Tech has guidelines in place regarding quarantine, depending on vaccination status.  

If individuals have received a COVID-19 booster or completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months or completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last two months, then individuals should report the case to the appropriate University officials, wear a mask in public for 10 days and test on day five if possible. If individuals develop symptoms at any point, they should get tested and isolate until test results are received. 

For individuals who have completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines over six months ago and are not boosted; or completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over two months ago and are not boosted; or are unvaccinated, then report the case to the appropriate university officials. Then quarantine for five days. After that, individuals must continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days. If anyone can’t quarantine, a mask must be worn for 10 days. Test on day five, if possible. If symptoms develop, then individuals should get tested and isolate until results are received. 

Tech also strongly encouraged returning faculty, staff and students to get tested. 

“As you return to campus, take some time to get tested for the virus,” said Tech President Les Guice in an email to the Tech community Sunday, Jan. 2. “We encourage everyone to be tested on a regular basis as the quarter continues, especially if you have not been vaccinated or had a booster.” 

For GSU, first day of classes will begin Jan. 10. All activities will be governed with COVID protocols in place, which includes mask-wearing while indoors, social distancing and enhanced sanitation. 

On move-in day, Tuesday, Jan. 4, arrival will be staggered to reduce traffic and large gatherings. Prior to moving into the residence hall, students must provide either proof of vaccination and proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours of move-in, or proof of exemption filed with GSU and proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours.  

GSU classes scheduled as face-to-face, hybrid or hyflex delivery will employ social distancing and frequent cleaning of classroom spaces. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to take a COVID test prior to returning to work.  

Grambling State University officials will continue to monitor changes to UL System, local, and federal mandates surrounding COVID-19. Any updates will be shared at www.gram.edu/returntocampus. 


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