July 20-22, 2020
Letter to students
Fall Courses & Face-to-Face Instruction
LC State is excited to welcome students back and resume in-person instruction. The college will offer a blend of protocol compliant (i.e., adjusted room capacities to allow for social distancing) face-to-face instruction, an expanded number of remote learning options, and hybrid educational experiences this fall. All courses will maximize the use of LC State’s brand new learning management system Canvas, so that, should the need arise, a pivot to remote delivery could be executed without class disruption. Instruction will be guided by the Fall 2020 Instructional Delivery Plan. To encourage students to avoid classes if they have symptoms of illness, faculty will be told to accommodate students who need to miss class meetings due to illness.
LC State will require all faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors to wear face coverings when inside buildings and outside when social distancing cannot be maintained. Though students and employees are expected to provide their own, face coverings will be provided to guests who do not have one and to students in the event they do not bring their own.
Transition to Remote Delivery after Thanksgiving
LC State is modifying the fall semester schedule to minimize disruption while maximizing health and safety. The semester will be the traditional length, beginning on Aug. 24 and ending final exams on Dec. 18, but all classes will transition to remote learning after Thanksgiving break. Ending face-to-face instruction at Thanksgiving break will allow students to complete the last two weeks of the semester remotely and avoid potential spikes in infection rates related to Thanksgiving week travel. Final exams will be given remotely, though the Testing Center will remain open to accommodate some testing as will the Library, carefully maintained as a Clean Zone.
LC State is planning to welcome residential students to campus this fall. Residence hall capacities have been adjusted, and consistent with local health department recommendations, quarantine spaces created in case they are needed. Prior to and upon arrival, students will be screened and those reporting or evidencing high-risk responses to screening questions will be connected with and directed to local health providers for follow-up as needed. These individuals will be instructed to self-isolate while awaiting test results or until a 14-day quarantine period has passed. Residence hall rooms and campus rentals will be supplied with signs/guidance reminding students to remain in their rooms if they have symptoms of illness and to call Student Health Services or Public Health to determine if they should be tested for coronavirus based on their symptoms.
Food Services will be operational during the fall 2020 semester, with specific protocols determined based on State of Idaho and Sodexo corporate guidelines. Self-serve food options will not be available, at least during the fall semester, but grab-and-go food pick up options will be available. The dining area will be set up and arranged per Idaho’s restaurant guidelines, which include social distancing and appropriate spacing between tables. If a student is quarantined his/her meals will be delivered.
Student Activities & Events
LC State is making plans to provide and host protocol-compliant student activities, sports and events. Will they look different than in the past? Yes. But, the opportunity to network with other students and the rest of the campus community remains an important aspect of the LC State experience.
The NAIA Council of Presidents voted on July 28 to postpone the national championships in cross country, men's soccer, women's soccer, and women's volleyball to spring 2021. This decision still allows NAIA conferences to compete in the fall and winter, if they so choose. The Cascade Collegiate Conference, which LC State is a member of, announced that competition in all CCC sports is suspended until at least Nov. 1 and will be reevaluated at that time. LC State supports these decisions and looks forward to launching the fall semester focused on health, safety and academics with a look to resuming competitions later in the school year.
College-sponsored non-essential travel will be practically non-existent. Departments, faculty, staff and students should leverage remote technology whenever possible at least through the fall semester. Questions about whether or not travel is “essential” should be engaged in conversation and review with immediate supervisors, and requests are ultimately subject to vice president and/or president approval. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and those who travel may be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return. Travel guidelines for July and August are posted here.
Public Health Strategies
Students, faculty and staff will be required to wear facial coverings and observe physical distancing and other public health practices in enclosed public spaces for as long as public health professionals advise to do so. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed at the entrances of all buildings and lobby capacities have been adjusted. LC State is working to modify and equip classrooms as well as administrative and student support services to be protocol compliant. In some cases, this means modifying classrooms with plexiglass instructor station inserts, moving class section locations to allow for social distancing, and adjusting event and building traffic flow. The college is also investing in remote learning infrastructure, internet hot spot access points, and AV upgrades to enhance synchronous remote instruction options. Additionally, LC State will employ enhanced cleaning protocols across campus.
Based on consultation and recommendations from Public Health and our St. Joseph Regional Medical Center partners, incoming students from hotspot areas will self-quarantine prior to arriving on campus, best practice mitigation strategies are being implemented, and testing may be indicated in some situations. After being asked to shelter-in-place, students who are experiencing symptoms or who have come into contact with infected/potentially exposed individuals will contact health care support by phone to determine if formal screening (testing) is required.
Information & Updates
LC State is committed to providing regular updates as new information becomes available. These updates may be all-campus updates, or updates to specific groups such as employees, students, campus residents, or student athletes. Please check your college email account regularly and also this webpage (www.lcsc.edu/coronavirus) for the latest information. Questions can be emailed to email@example.com.
No official travel is to occur outside of Idaho. Any business occurring outside the state should be conducted via distance technology. Per CDC and state guidelines, LC State is requiring any students, faculty, or staff who have travelled internationally to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return/arrival to the United States. International Programs and Residence Life are working with Fall 2020 students to accommodate this. Anyone who arrives on campus after travelling domestically is asked to self-screen for symptoms of illness and/or exposure to COVID-19 and take appropriate steps thereafter. Practices such as frequent handwashing and wearing face coverings are expected as well. People who are traveling from areas with “widespread community transmission” are asked to self-isolate as well. Travel guidelines for July and August are posted here.
The college will continue to participate in Study Away/National Student Exchange, but all international travel is suspended for the next academic year and student participation in National Student Exchange will be suspended at least until the conclusion of the Fall 2020 semester.
Campus groups that wish to host campus events and conferences are asked to refer to the updated guidance. Note that all events must include the self-screening protocol included in the guidelines (i.e., In the last 72 hours, have you….) and the acknowledgement-of-risk included in the guidelines.
All buildings will be provisioned with signage indicating that those who enter the building are acknowledging a certain level of risk of exposure to COVID-19 along with other signs related to prevention measures (e.g., wearing face coverings and frequent handwashing).
Examples and printable signs can be found here.
Please see LC State's response plan flow chart.
Yes. For details please see LC State's Face Coverings Guidelines.
Yes. As announced earlier, LC State intends to start the semester with its usual mix of course delivery options – live lectures and labs, hybrid courses that blend online and live delivery, and courses taught completely online. These plans have not changed, though some additional steps have been taken in an effort to mitigate the risks associated with the pandemic.
Wearing face coverings is strongly encouraged by health officials and, in an effort to promote the safety and well-being of our campus community, LC State will require students, faculty, and staff to wear face coverings while in campus buildings and classrooms. Face coverings are not required if people are socially distanced (6 feet or greater) while outside or for those who have documented medically-based reasons for not wearing them. Students requiring a medically-based accommodation to be excused from wearing a face covering should contactand provide appropriate documentation from a qualified medical provider.
For more details please see LC State's Face Coverings Guidelines.
To allow for social distancing in the classrooms themselves, we have moved many of our classes to larger spaces on campus. In other cases, lecture classes and labs will be taught with a modified method whereby part of the class is in a classroom with the professor while the other part of the class participates in real time via distance technology. Each faculty member will have their own rotation schedule and will explain how this will work via email before classes begin. Faculty members will utilize best instructional practices for the discipline they are teaching.
Note that classes will shift to remote delivery after Thanksgiving break. Services, including Residence Halls and Food Services, will continue to be available.
For those who live in campus housing, you will notice some modifications to the layout of our rooms and community spaces. We’ve taken these steps in an effort to promote social distancing. If needed, we have also set aside spaces for students who show symptoms of illness or who may test positive for the coronavirus to isolate. For students who need to isolate, meals will be delivered.
We are planning to have a robust menu of student activities this fall. All are being planned such that social distancing and other cautionary measures can be implemented.
You will notice several signs on and in campus buildings outlining health tips and safety protocols. Be sure to read them and take the messages to heart. At the entrance of each building, we will have hand sanitizer stations and encourage you to use them. We also encourage the entire campus community to be vigilant about handwashing and staying home if they have signs or symptoms of illness.
Now more than ever, it is important to follow your LCMail messages, course bulletins posted in Canvas, and to monitor the college’s website. Your course instructors will correspond with you as the semester draws near about specific instructions related to your classes, about technology you’ll need to access your classes, and other information you’ll need to be successful in your fall classes. We’ll continue to provide updates abouton our website as well.
Additional FAQs will be added over the summer. For now, please direct additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org