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Frequently Asked Questions

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Do I have to wear a mask?

    Yes. As of July 27, 2021, CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.  Therefore, all individuals ages 2 and older are required to wear masks while indoors on the LSMSA campus.

    In the Living Learning Commons (LLC), masks are required in all common areas.  However, suitemates will determine together whether masks will be required within their four-person suite.

    The commitment to wearing a mask and following safety protocols is a foundational expectation for all members of the campus community and an essential component of our shared safety. We hope that students and parents understand this. Initial student incidents will be addressed interpersonally. A second incident will be treated as minor infraction. Repeated violations will be considered major infractions and may result in the student being asked to withdraw from LSMSA. 

  • Q: Can I wear a face shield, instead of a face mask?

    No. If you would like to wear a face shield in addition to a face mask, you may do so. You may not wear a face shield in lieu of a face mask.
    Face shields are primarily used to protect the eyes of the person wearing it. Face shields have large gaps below and alongside the face, where your respiratory droplets may escape and reach others around you. At this time, we do not know how much protection a face shield provides to people around you (CDC).
  • Q: Will LSMSA conduct COVID testing?

    LSMSA will arrange for COVID testing for students who are symptomatic or who are identified as a close contact of someone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.  Parents/guardians will be responsible for the cost of testing.  

  • Q: Why is it important for me to be tested in Natchitoches instead of just going home for a 10-day quarantine, if I have COVID-like symptoms?

    If you have COVID-like symptoms, each of your unvaccinated close contacts will have to quarantine, pending your test results. If you opt not to test, all of those individuals will have to quarantine for 14 days. Additionally, those individuals won’t know if they have/have not been exposed to COVID-19. It will be best for everyone if we can test symptomatic individuals promptly.
  • Q: How will the dining hall be handled?

    Several changes were made in Spring 2021 to allow for a safe dining experience. Tables were reconfigured to promote distancing, and plexi-dividers were  added to allow for limited socialization while eating. Outdoor dining areas were added, and take-out options are available to help reduce the number of students in the dining hall. More items are pre-packaged; there are fewer self-serve items. 

    More information can be found at the food service provider’s Safe Cafe site.
  • Q: Will students be allowed to leave campus?

    Yes, but they are encouraged to limit their trips off-campus. Parental permission will be required prior to any off-campus sign-out. 

    For the safety of the full community, we encourage students to utilize campus delivery, grocery pick-up, drive-through service, or other means of distancing wherever possible. Students are advised to avoid large and extended group gatherings unless all participants are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. 

    It is recommended that students wear a mask when off campus to protect others, themselves, and the LSMSA community.
  • Q: Are students allowed to have visitors on campus (family members or otherwise)?

    We recommend that campus visitors be limited to parents and guardians.  Basic exposure questions will be asked and a temperature check administered upon arrival. 
  • Q: Will visitors be allowed in the academic buildings?

    Any visitors will be subject to health screening and a temperature check upon arrival. All visitors will be expected to wear a mask at all times while on campus. We expect that visits will be limited to cases where meetings cannot be conducted through digital platforms.
  • Q: When should a student visit the nurse?

    Students should self-screen each morning utilizing the COVID-19 Screening Tool in the REACH Boarding System. If a student exhibits these symptoms at any time, they should immediately notify the School Nurse, instructor, residential life staff member, or other available LSMSA employee.