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LCTCS, NLTCC release statements, adjust schedules in wake of COVID-19

by David Specht

Schools closed Monday and Tuesday

Today, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System announced college and system office closures for Monday, March 16, 2020, and Tuesday, March 17, 2020. For March 17, all essential personnel, as deemed by the System President and College Chancellor, should report to work. This decision adheres to the Executive Order signed by Governor John Bel Edwards today, which among other actions, seeks to reduce the amount of face-to-face public interaction to limit the potential spread of the Coronavirus or COVID-19.

Additionally, LCTCS colleges are adjusting their academic calendars as necessary to accommodate the Executive Order and to transition to the use of online instructional methods where applicable. For programs associated with occupational competencies and clinical experiences, faculty will finalize instructional plans during this transition period. For students who do not have access to broadband technology, each college will ensure that students can access dedicated computer labs for online learning and assessment with proper precautions taken for the health and wellness of students, faculty, and staff per CDC recommendations

Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College reached out to students in response to the LCTCS announcement.

“The health and safety of the NLTCC student community is our top priority. Recent developments require all NLTCC campuses to be CLOSED on Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th. Only faculty and staff will return to campus on Wednesday, March 18th,” the statement read. 

“All student classes and clinical experiences are cancelled for the week of March 16-20. 
Students will return to campus on Monday, March 23, 2020 during their regularly scheduled class. On that day, during the first class, each student will be provided with an altered course schedule for the remainder of the spring semester designed to maximize lab time and reduce health risks to all. 

“Jumpstart students should be in touch with their district personnel after Wednesday, March 18th for the details regarding semester completion.”

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