Housing

Esperanza Hall (EH) has developed an emergency and safety plan following CDC guidelines and required safety practices pertaining to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The following strategies and procedures for housing well and sick students living in on-campus housing are designed to:

  • Provide students the opportunity to live on-campus in a supportive environment
  • Educate students to practice habits that reduce the spread of infectious diseases
  • Reduce the spread of infection if a student is sick
  • Maximize simplicity of students living on campus and staff supporting the students
  • Minimize contact between well and sick students and staff supporting the students
  • Maximize support for sick students

EH has developed cleaning plans, including disinfection for all common areas with electrostatic disinfecting spray, for common spaces that will be completed daily as a preventative measure. Signage and physical barriers promoting social distance and good hygiene will be applied throughout the residence hall. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed at entry points to EH, the reception desk, staff offices and other key areas. Self-cleaning stickers will be placed on touchpoints and doorknobs across the University. Sneeze guards will be placed in the reception area, and furniture will be re-arranged in social and public spaces to comply with social distancing.

Resident Assistants (RAs) will receive special training about infectious disease and will be expected to role model ideal safety behaviors.

If you have a question about Fall 2020 housing, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students with any questions (dos@tamusa.edu or (210) 784-1354).

Move-In Day Protocols

Move-in will happen over four days, Aug. 12-15, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Students will be assigned the day and time of their move-in and receive written instructions from EH. The schedule will allow social distancing and cleaning regimen to be practiced throughout the check-in process. Common areas will be closed, and residents and guests will be required to wear masks in the common areas. 

Prior to move-in, residents will be notified to take training plus certification of responsibilities if have not already done so and on the consequences should they fail to take the training and certification.

Before arriving on campus, resident students will be provided a checklist for self-screening that must be completed daily for the 14 days prior to coming to campus. Students will be instructed to bring the checklist for check-in.

Information related to public safety, social distancing and mask recommendations will be mailed to students pre-move-in. Resident students will be informed of COVID-19 testing availability during their check-in dates.

Safety Protocols Private Rooms (Living Spaces)

Resident students will be encouraged to practice proper hygiene protocols, including frequent hand-washing practices, consistent with CDC guidelines. EH staff will also encourage students to wipe down all living, studying, working and eating areas before leaving any room in which they have been working or eating. This includes a private living space or any shared-space location or equipment in housing (for example, shared bathrooms, light switches, doorknobs, handles, etc.). The resident will provide supplies of cleaning products, but if a resident needs these supplies, they will need to contact Dean of Students office to offer support for their safety and well-being. 

Resident students will be discouraged from leaving campus once they arrive on campus.

EH will house residents this fall and has a plan for returning residential students. Rooms are limited to no more than two students sharing one bathroom. The private vendor that operates this facility, American Campus Communities (ACC), is expected to follow all University practices on proper hygiene and social distancing. ACC will also provide a certification letter to the University adhering to approved actions. Housing will set aside six isolation beds if a resident student is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or requires isolation.

Isolation Protocols for Positive COVID-19

In the event of necessary isolation due to a resident exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or testing positive to a COVID-19 test, EH has identified six isolation beds. EH will email the sick student an informational handout regarding health care options, food options, and facility care options and ask about their well-being.

EH will coordinate with Dining Services to provide meals to isolated students. EH will help isolated students find the time to use the laundry room once a week while practicing safe hygiene requirements such as masks and gloves. Upon use of the laundry facility, EH will immediately clean and disinfect the area. 

The student’s emergency contact will be notified if a student has symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19. Isolated students will not be allowed to host guests.

EH will work with the Dean of Students and faculty to assist students with their academic workload.