ALERT: Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates and Announcements

Updates and announcements relating to COVID-19 and its impact on the Lamar State College Port Arthur community.

08/03/2020 10:01 AM: Free COVID-19 Testing On Campus

COVID 19 Testing is an important tool to help prevent the spread of COVID 19. Testing makes us aware of our health status which allows us to protect ourselves, our family, coworkers, and students. In order to help you learn your health status, LSCPA has scheduled a COVID-19 Testing Site on campus. COVID-19 Testing for LSCPA Employees Only has been scheduled on Tuesday, August 4 beginning at 8 a.m.
All LSCPA employees are strongly encouraged to be tested.
To expedite testing you should:
  1. Register online the day before arrival. The link is https://honu.dxresults.com/PatientSignup.aspx?LabId=290
  2. Bring a valid ID such as your driver’s license.
  3. Bring your campus ID.
 
COVID 19 Testing for LSCPA Employees Only
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
8-11 a.m.
Carl Parker Multipurpose Center
 
COVID 19 Testing for the Community
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
1-4 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday, August 5 and 6, 2020
8-4 p.m.
Carl Parker Multipurpose Center
 
I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to ensure a healthy, safe campus.
Regards,
Betty Reynard
Betty Reynard, Ed.D., President

07/06/2020 11:54 AM: Face masks required on campus

As the Summer II semester kicks off on Tuesday, July 7, please remember that all students, faculty and staff are required to wear a mask at all times while on campus to help prevent COVID-19 infections. The face mask requirement policy is consistent with CDC guidance and an Executive Order issued by Governor Greg Abbott.

Keep in mind that face masks must be work correctly to be effective. The World Health Organization offers a video on the proper use of a mask: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Tv2BVN_WTk&feature=youtu.be

It is also important that you wash your hands before and after each class. Hand sanitizer dispensers have been located throughout the campus for your use. The CDC offers this video on proper handwashing: https://youtu.be/d914EnpU4Fo (English) or https://youtu.be/d6GqqqSC4Zw (En Español).

At LSCPA, we are committed to provide a safe environment for our community while supporting our educational mission. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we all work together to defeat COVID-19.
 

07/02/2020 11:00 AM: Campus will extend Phase II of Reopening Plan

LSCPA is pausing at Phase II of its reopening plan because of the significant rise in cases over the past week or so.

We had planned for all employees to begin a traditional work schedule in July but we are delaying the implementation of Phase III and the reopening of the campus until Monday, July 20.

Phase II guidelines have the campus open to the public Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff will work from their offices until 5 p.m.

Eligible employees, with supervisory approval, may design a flex schedule that will allow them to work from home. Although faculty will teach courses online, some limited technical courses will meet on campus.
 

06/23/2020 15:51 PM: Mask requirements at LSCPA

In accordance with a county-wide order issued by Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, Lamar State College Port Arthur will require the use of masks at all times in its buildings on campus. This order begins at noon on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 and affects staff and employees at all Jefferson County businesses.

By following Judge Branick’s order, as well as state and national protective protocols, LSCPA is hoping to do all it can to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

06/17/2020 17:13 PM: Important campus announcement

This message to all Lamar State College Port Arthur community members is issued to comply with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) regarding emergency warnings and LSCPA policies for compliance with the Clery Act.
To Students, Faculty and Staff:
At Lamar State College Port Arthur, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the Southeast Texas community comes first. LSCPA’s administration is constantly monitoring issues around COVID-19 that may directly impact our community. We are writing to inform you of recent developments relating to COVID-19.

Today, an LSCPA staff member notified the College that they tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first positive test of a member of the LSCPA community. The employee is part of the Student Services staff working on the third floor of the Student Center. In due diligence to maintaining the utmost safety, access to the third floor of the Student Center will be closed. All dealings with advising, financial aid and other Student Services offices will be handled remotely.
The College has notified the Port Arthur Department of Public Health to ensure they are aware of the employee’s test results, and so that the Department of Public Health can follow-up as appropriate with any individuals who may have been exposed.

While this is the first case confirmed at LSCPA, we are aware of the additional cases being reported in this region and remind everyone that we all have a role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. LSCPA has identified viable telework options and moved instruction online during the spring and summer semesters in order to reduce the number of individuals required to be on campus.

We ask that you do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by following health-authority-
recommended practices:
  • Practice Social Distancing: Keep 6 feet or more of distance between yourself and others not residing in your home.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
  • Keep hand sanitizer or wipes with you.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Do not leave your home unless absolutely necessary.
  • Discontinue in-person meetings and use virtual options if possible.
  • If at all possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Watch for cough, trouble with breathing, or other signs of respiratory infection.
  • Monitor temperature for a fever above 100.4 degrees F.
  • Stay home when sick or if other family members are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent infection.
Ongoing updates regarding LSCPA’s response to COVID-19 are posted at https://www.lamarpa.edu/General/Alerts/COVID-19. Please continue to follow best practices to keep yourself and other members of the community safe and healthy.
 
 

05/21/2020 14:46 PM: FREE summer courses at LSCPA

Lamar State College Port Arthur CARES for all of our students and wants to assist every student during this time of uncertainty and economic unrest. Therefore, during the summer 2020 semester we will continue providing LSCPA students with the hope of a productive and secure future by offering them the opportunity to pursue their educational goals and enroll in TWO SUMMER COURSES FOR FREE for ALL students!

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05/01/2020 11:30 AM: LSCPA plans to resume face-to-face instruction this fall

The Texas State University System’s seven member institutions, including Lamar State College Port Arthur, have begun plans to resume face-to-face instruction this fall, while implementing enhanced health and safety measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Institution leaders are working to develop campus-specific operational plans based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and other public health agencies.

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05/01/2020 10:00 AM: All Summer I classes moved online

Lamar State College Port Arthur will conduct its Summer I semester exclusively online as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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05/01/2020 08:00 AM: LSCPA Cares Emergency Aid

Students at Lamar State College Port Arthur can apply for a share of more than $500,000 in federal COVID-19 emergency aid.

FIND APPLICATION FORM HERE

05/01/2020 08:00 AM: Sempra donation bolsters LSCPA Food Pantry

Sempra LNG, through its Foundation’s COVID Nonprofit Hardship Fund, has decided that no student should go hungry. The Sempra Energy Foundation has donated $20,000 to the Port Arthur Higher Education Foundation which, in turn, will provide $6,000 to the Lamar State College Port Arthur Food Bank.

FIND OUT HOW TO USE THE FOOD BANK HERE

04/24/2020 11:30 AM: Summer and Fall Registration Open

Lamar State College Port Arthur administrators are in discussions regarding the status of the Summer I semester in regards to online vs. face-to-face classes. A final decision will be announced on May 1, 2020. You can register online now for Summer and Fall semesters. For information on admissions and registering for classes, go to www.lamarpa.edu/registration2020 or call Enrollment Services at 409-984-6467 or (800) 477-5872. (www.lamarpa.edu/enroll)

04/02/2020 16:00 PM: Update from LSCPA President

LSCPA President Dr. Betty Reynard sends an update to students, faculty and staff regarding the campus schedule during the pandemic.

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03/31/2020 12:00 PM: Hope Center offers tips on handling COVID-19 difficulties

The Hope Center (hope4college.com) is offering a tip sheet on how to handle the difficulties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains some very useful tips on finances, food and staying healthy.

SURVIVING COVID-19: A REALCOLLEGE GUIDE FOR STUDENTS

03/30/2020 15:37 PM: Faculty and Staff Flexible Work Arrangement

Faculty and Staff: To enable Lamar State College Port Arthur employees to comply with shelter-in-place or other restrictions that may be issued by local or state officials, we are providing the following guidance regarding managing your work schedule.  We recognize these shelter-in-place restrictions may eventually affect many, if not all, of our employees and students. LSCPA is committed to providing flexibility and appropriate work options that not only answer the needs of our employees, but ensure the continued operation of the college. The expectation is that anyone working remotely is reachable, available, and demonstrating work outcomes. These individuals must submit the Flexible Work Arrangement and have it approved by their supervisor.

03/25/2020 17:00 PM: LSCPA donates much-needed medical supplies

The LSCPA Allied Health Department made a donation of supplies, including the much-sought-after N95 respirator masks, to CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth Hospital.

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03/17/2020 10:00 AM: COVID-19: Social Distancing and Hand Washing

While governmental agencies locally and across the nation are working to control the COVID-19 virus, it is up to us to do all we can to safeguard ourselves from infection. Critical aspects of containing the spread of COVID-19 include social distancing and consistent, thorough hand washing.

Social Distancing

The White House recommends that gatherings of people should number no more than 10 as an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Read more from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House.

The current social distancing recommendation is that you should maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people. COVID-19 is spread through the particulates produced during regular conversation, coughing or sneezing. Maintaining a safe distance will help minimize your risk of being infected.

Hand Washing

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

When washing your hands, follow these five steps every time.

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

The CDC offers additional handwashing tips.

CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands

03/16/2020 16:11 PM: LSCPA classes offered exclusively online

With the closing of all Port Arthur ISD facilities starting Tuesday, March 17, all LSCPA classes will be offered exclusively online starting Monday, March 23, and running until further notice. The only exception will be various lab classes where online instruction is impossible. All LSCPA students, including dual enrollment and those enrolled in Woodrow Wilson Early College High School, should monitor their LSCPA email account for further information from their instructors in the coming week. If you need assistance, staff will still be answering phones on campus. Check www.lamarpa.edu for a directory of faculty and staff phone listings.

03/13/2020 16:12 PM: Faculty and staff non-essential travel canceled

Faculty and Staff: In relation to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced today that all state agencies are required to cancel non-essential travel until further notice. If you have questions about travel requests or if your travel request was approved, please contact your immediate supervisor for clarification. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

03/13/2020 14:00 PM: NJCAA announces all spring sports postponed

The National Junior College Athletics Association announced that all spring sports have been postponed until April 3 when the situation regarding the safety of travel can be revisited. This decision affects all Seahawks softball games scheduled during the period of postponement.

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03/12/2020 15:00 PM: Face-to-face classes cancelled 3/16-3/20

LSCPA is cancelling face-to-face classes for the college's students for March 16 through March 20. Dual Enrollment and Woodrow Wilson Early College High School students will attend classes as regularly scheduled. LSCPA online classes will continue as scheduled.

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