Fall 2021

On behalf of the Texas A&M University-San Antonio community, the Blueprint 2021 Task Force has refreshed the University’s COVID-19 and variant guidelines for the fall 2021 semester (see below). These health and safety protocols—which align with federal, state, and local public health guidelines—will continue to keep our campus community safe throughout the pandemic.

As we move forward, we will actively monitor this guidance and provide timely updates to this website of any changes necessitated by evolving circumstances. For instance, while face coverings are currently not required, the Risk Management Group will continue to evaluate public health conditions and policies and make recommendations for appropriate COVID-19 protocols going forward.

As always, A&M-San Antonio will adhere to state and System guidance, and our plans will be informed by the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health experts. A&M-San Antonio’s COVID-19 Monitoring Committee and Risk Management Group remain active and will continue to advise the President and Cabinet.

Please remember that you play an important role in slowing the spread of the virus and its variants. Here’s how you can continue to keep our Jaguar community and your family and friends safe:

  • Self-monitoring: Take time each day before coming to campus to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and use the Reporting Portal should you test positive.
  • Vaccinations: Students and employees will continue to be informed about community vaccination resources and on-campus opportunities as they occur.
  • Safety: We encourage you to wear a mask when the situation warrants doing so or if you remain unvaccinated. Everyone should wash hands frequently and avoid close contact and large crowds.

FALL 2021 GUIDELINES

General safety and health protocols:

  • Face-to-face classes have been scaled up.
  • Face-to-face classrooms will be routinely cleaned throughout each day. Each evening all classrooms will be cleaned using hydrostatic technology.
  • Rigorous routine cleaning of frequently used surfaces (e.g., door handles, handrails, light switches, and faucets) will continue throughout each day by dedicated custodial crew members.
  • Sanitation carts with supplies will remain in classrooms and large gathering areas.
  • Plexiglass and sneeze guards will remain in place.
  • HVAC filtration with MERV 13 filters and increased air exchanges will remain operable.
  • Drinking fountains will remain disabled, but the bottle-filling function at water fountains will remain operational.

Testing and self-reporting tools:

  • The on-campus COVID-19 Testing Center will remain open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–noon and from 1–3 p.m. They are closed for the lunch hour 12 p.m.-12:59 p.m.
  • Employees and students are required to continue to self-monitor and self-report COVID-19 symptoms and exposure (see “Reporting Portal” tab).

Case management, monitoring, and exposure guidance:

  • The COVID-19 Monitoring Committee will continue to conduct weekly reviews of campus case numbers for COVID-19 to assess campus risks and potential changes to status, providing operational recommendations to the President.
  • Weekly reports will continue to be posted (see “COVID Cases” tab).
  • Case management and contact tracing will continue with the support of the University’s case management team.
  • COVID-19 cases or exposure will continue to require isolation and quarantine measures.

Pandemic updates and emergency communications:

  • Regular safety and emergency communication will continue using official A&M-San Antonio channels. These include digital monitors, emails, text alerts, campus signage, and this website.
  • The University will continue to provide updates based on risk assessments to help guide operations.

Events and spaces:

  • Improvements have been made to spaces that host large group events to enhance virtual and hybrid experiences, including Vista Room (Central Academic Building), Auditorium, and Ceremony Room (Patriots’ Casa).
  • Additional outdoor furniture has been procured and will arrive during the fall semester.
  • Spaces used for events will continue to be cleaned following COVID-19 protocols, including sanitation of technology such as handheld mics.

Support for faculty and staff:

  • The Office of the Provost will provide updates to faculty as needed.
  • The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities will assist faculty with student concerns should circumstances arise where a student does not comply with safety protocols.
  • If requested, face shields will continue to be provided for instructional staff or those in face-to-face service areas.
  • Division vice presidents, in consultation with Risk Management, will have the flexibility to determine the most effective modality (e.g., in-person, virtual) for business operations and services and assessing remote working environments.
  • New employees will continue to be required to complete mandatory training regarding COVID-19 safety protocols.

Travel:

  • Only travel that is essential to the mission of the University is permitted.
  • Currently Texas A&M University System guidance allows for domestic travel; however, prior approval from your division vice president is required.

All international travel requests must be routed through Concur to obtain the required approvals prior to departure (see “Travel Guidelines” tab). Travel to destinations identified as high to extreme risk for reasons other than COVID-19 will require review by Risk Management. Travel to destinations identified as high to extreme risk due to COVID-19 only will be permitted with approval from the appropriate vice president or dean. For more travel information, use this link.

  • The self monitoring app is launched. Please download the app to access here.