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LSMSA Closed to all Visitors due to COVID-19

Update as of March 23; 9:30 AM
Governor John Bel Edwards issues Stay at Home Proclamation
1.  Effective Monday, March 23, at 5 p.m., all state public buildings are closed to the public, which means that no visitors will be allowed into any of the six LSMSA buildings on campus.
 
2.  LSMSA's online instruction to students shall continue until April 9th, unless otherwise extended by the Governor.
 
3.  Support of online instruction by staff shall continue, per guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)“Educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions, if operating under rules for social distancing.”  
 
4.  All faculty and staff, with the exception of identified essential personnel, are to work from home, unless they are without access to the Internet. To contact any faculty or staff member, please utilize email. Time in the office will be limited and staff will only be on campus when necessary.  
 
5.  As a state agency, LSMSA is not closed (only to visitors at this time); so we will continue to monitor the main phone line (318-357-2500), relay messages, and maintain all typical operations (finance, maintenance, enrollment services, IT) unless we are directed otherwise.

What does the Stay at Home Proclamation mean? 

A Stay at Home directive is a stricter form of social distancing. It means: 
  • Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others) 
  • Only go out for essential services 
  • Stay six feet or more away from others
  • Don’t gather in groups.  
Essentially this means that Louisiana residents are bound to a stricter enforcement of social distancing and are to shelter at home unless going out for essential tasks.This order is in effect until Sunday, April 12th. According to his directive:  
 
We can:
  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities 
  • Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first) 
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru 
  • Care for or support a friend or family member 
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others 
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary 
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies 
  • Receive deliveries from any business which delivers  
We should not:
  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order 
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need 
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out 
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facility, except for limited exceptions as provided on the facility websites. 
The Proclamation can be found on the Governor's COVID-19 Website.  
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