LIT President Lonnie Howard has released the following statement regarding COVID-19 and the school's plans:
While this COVID-19 situation continues to change hour-by-hour, Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) will continue to work remotely and use alternative & distance learning methodologies through the end of the semester. However, essential instructional and operational staff may return on April 3 (utilizing social distancing and increased hygiene protocols). Staff should ask their supervisors if they are considered essential.
We are very aware that several counties have issued “stay home orders.” Should this occur in our area; we will consult our state system as well as local elected officials to seek guidance and best determine what this might mean for the Institute. Additionally, Spring 2020 Commencement is canceled, and we are surveying prospective graduates to select a preferred date.
We fully encourage students to follow the CDC’s recommendation for social distancing, and instructors will be flexible to meet your needs. The Lamar University Library is open for students. If students cannot access this resource and do not have Internet service at home, there are free options available through Spectrum (Charter Communications) to help students in the Golden Triangle. Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll or find out more information call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. These details are subject to change, verify all information with the internet service provider.
Keep in mind that we have survived Harvey, Imelda, and we will survive this too. Conversely, this is not to say it will be easy. As your president, I realize the gravity and difficulty of this situation. We will continue to be flexible, understanding and keep students first. As new information comes to light, we will send updates and post via our website, local media and social media.