Service-Learning and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Last updated 8/20/2021.

CCELL understands the unique circumstances our service-learning faculty, students, and community partners are experiencing amidst the changes COVID-19 and the Delta variant have brought upon daily life. We recognize that transitioning to online instruction, online coursework, and/or virtual service while also prioritizing your own and your loved ones’ health and safety was a challenge. We also recognize adapting to changed life after the Delta variant emerged is going to be challenging. The CCELL team is here to make your work as comfortable and convenient as possible. We’ve also collected some of your most frequently asked questions and provided answers below.

Service, Service-Learning, and Community Engagement Guidelines

A list of CCELL recommendations to help faculty plan for service experiences, service-learning classes, and various forms of community engagement in Fall 2021.

e-Service-Learning Resources 

Frequently Asked Questions

My community partner remains open – it is okay for students to continue doing direct service?
As of August 20, 2021, the answer is yes, as long as the community partner is okay with it, the student wants to and is able to, and everyone abides by current state/federal social distancing and health and safety guidelines. We strongly encourage vaccination for anyone who is eligible and masking in all face-to-face service-learning environments, regardless of vaccination status. Because this can/might change so rapidly, however, it is best to advise students on a backup plan or to have a backup plan in place. See our current service guidelines and our report on e-service-learning for tips and guidance.

I will be teaching online – can I still use S-L pedagogy?
Absolutely. See our current service guidelines and our report on e-service-learning for tips and guidance.

My question isn’t here/I’m confused.
Contact our Director, Dr. Sarah Becker (sbecker@lsu.edu) for support and answers.

I’m graduating this semester - can I still get the Engaged Citizens Distinction?
Yes, we will be working to make sure that students can complete the ECP as smoothly as possible. Please check your email regularly for updates and contact us via email at ccell@lsu.edu, if you have a need or a question.

I am doing service currently, is it okay for me to continue going?
For now, students may continue doing service as long as their community partner allows it and you work within current federal and state social distancing and health and safety guidelines. We strongly encourage vaccination for anyone who is eligible and masking in all face-to-face service-learning environments, regardless of vaccination status. 

I feel safest staying at home – can I do service remotely?
If you want to get some hours done while practicing social or physical distancing or in self-quarantine, email us. We have simple ideas for how you can serve others while also protecting your own and your loved ones’ health.

My community partner closed – what should I do?
Reach out to us to troubleshoot your situation. We are here to advocate for you and to help keep things as simple as possible in this time of crisis.

My question isn’t here/I’m confused.
Contact our coordinator, Grace Moody (gracem@lsu.edu) for more information.

We are no longer accepting face-to-face volunteers at our site. What should we do?
You probably already have, but an email or phone call to your campus partner (e.g., faculty member or student organization) is all that’s necessary. No need to add extra work to your to-do list at such a difficult time when you are already likely stretched thin. 

We have virtual needs – are there volunteers available to work from home?
CCELL is collecting names of organizations who have work-from-home volunteer opportunities and will work to link them up with people who would like to do service in this time of crisis. Please email us with your needs and/or opportunities to get involved in ways that abide by current state/federal social distancing guidelines. 

My question isn’t here/I’m confused.
Contact CCELL at ccell@lsu.edu for information.

Resources

Click to view and download the resources linked above.

Course-Specific Service-Learning Assignment

E-Service-Learning Report: Best Practices, Pitfalls to Avoid, and Recommendations

E-SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

E-SERVICE: A GUIDE FOR STUDENTS