A Message from President Cynthia Teniente-Matson

Dear A&M-San Antonio Community,

I write today to share with you the news that our fall plan for instruction and University operations has now been released. The Fall 2020 plan, Community. Safety. TOGETHER., provides information on how, as a University community, we are working to preserve public health and safety while also meeting our mission to provide an academic experience of the highest quality.

Amidst all of the uncertainty, one thing is sure: Fall 2020 will not look like any of our previous fall semesters. Things we once took for granted are not possible now, in both our personal and professional lives. However, in the face of these challenges, I’ve observed a community spirit and collaboration at A&M-San Antonio that makes me very proud of our Jaguar family.

As we prepare to welcome faculty and students back to campus in fall, I call upon that spirit of community and encourage you to be mindful of our responsibilities to each other. We owe it to one another to be careful in our actions and interactions. Each of us must do our part to protect the health and safety of the A&M-San Antonio community.

Developed by the President’s Cabinet and the various committees of the Blueprint 2020 Fall Planning Task Force, Community. Safety. TOGETHER. charts a path forward that is responsive to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic conditions, as we understand them today. Of course, public health conditions in the face of this pandemic are evolving. We are optimistic, but not certain about what changes the fall will bring. In light of that, we will undoubtedly have to continue to be both flexible and creative in our ongoing response to unprecedented circumstances. Our plan represents our best thinking, based on what we know right now, about safely learning, teaching, living and working on campus in the coming weeks.

In this document, you’ll find details of the steps the University is taking to facilitate a safe and healthy return to campus this fall. These actions are informed by guidance from the A&M System, state and local governments and reliable public health organizations such as the CDC. We’ve also launched the Community. Safety. TOGETHER. website as a companion resource. The site includes a mechanism for you to provide feedback or ask questions about this plan.

I want to thank the many contributors to this plan – the faculty, staff and administrators who worked tirelessly to develop this framework for our safe return to teaching, learning and working on campus. Your work will make all of the difference for our students and their learning environment.

I also appreciate each of you, the faculty and staff who contribute so much to this remarkable community. Your patience, flexibility and dedication continue to inspire and motivate me. While Fall 2020 is sure to present us with new challenges, I look forward to facing them together.

Stay well,

Cynthia Teniente-Matson