LSU postpones Phase 3 of reopening after spike in cases

LSU postpones Phase 3 of reopening after spike in cases
Memorial Tower on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, La. (Source: Nick Gremillion)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU was originally scheduled to enter Phase 3 of reopening on June 29, but has now pushed that date back after Governor John Bel Edwards announced the state as a whole would remain in Phase 2 for now.

The following letter was sent out to faculty and staff, and posted on LSU’s website, on Monday, June 22:

“Dear Faculty and Staff,

Following the Governor’s announcement today that Louisiana will not be proceeding to Phase 3 at this time due to an increase in cases of COVID-19, LSU will not be starting Phase 3 of our return to campus as previously planned. We will follow the state’s lead and remain in Phase 2 until further notice.

We must continue to act in the best interest of our faculty, staff and students, and that means keeping everyone safe. We are still very much in the midst of this pandemic, and have even begun seeing surges in the areas surrounding campus.

We still remain hopeful that we can begin our Fall semester on schedule, but frankly for that to happen every one of us will need to take the precautions seriously and ensure that those around us do as well. Stay home, wash your hands thoroughly and often, and maintain six feet of distance from others who are not a part of your household. Wear a face covering if you have to leave your house, or at the very least any time you are not able to maintain physical distancing. And hold others accountable for doing the same thing. If we all do our part, we can put ourselves in the best position to be on campus this fall.

If you are not a part of Phases 1 or 2, please continue to work remotely. We will continue to monitor the situation and will let you know when we have any updates.

In the meantime, please remain diligent about staying safe and healthy.

Tom Galligan, LSU Interim President and Professor of Law

Stacia Haynie, Executive Vice President & Provost

Dan Layzell, Executive Vice President & CFO”

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The school’s Phase 3 guidelines say 75% or less of personnel will be on campus while still maintaining the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) social distancing protocols.

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