A&M-San Antonio extends Spring Break for students to March 23

By University Communications

Wednesday, 03 11 2020

Faculty and staff continue readiness and preparation for impact of COVID-19, 
Including alternate modes for instruction – University remains open

SAN ANTONIO – Texas A&M University-San Antonio announced today the extension of Spring Break with classes going online for one week beginning Monday, March 23. The university will remain open as normal with all services operating. The decision allows faculty and staff to continue to ready the campus for alternate modes of teaching.

During the past several weeks, the university’s leadership team and a dedicated Risk Management Group have been hard at work to promote a healthy environment at A&M-San Antonio. “While we are not able to know with certainty if or when our campus might be affected by COVID-19, we are taking additional steps to ensure our readiness to maintain the safety of our campus community and the academic progress of our students,” said Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, president of A&M-San Antonio.

While current conditions do not indicate a need for campus closure, the university is preparing for such a possibility. Extending Spring Break week, which originally ended March 16, through March 22, allows faculty and staff to continue to ready the campus and prepare for alternative instruction beginning March 23. The university will continue to evaluate the need for extending online teaching. To mitigate risk, A&M-San Antonio is modifying campus operations, with measures including canceling large gatherings and events for the next few weeks, limiting university-sponsored travel and preparing faculty and staff for remote work. A special university website dedicated to COVID-19 information (tamusa.edu/coronavirus) will offer more details for canceling and postponing events.

The decision to extend Spring Break supports A&M-San Antonio’s commitment to its academic mission to provide the best academic experience possible for students during this time of uncertainty and this dedicated preparation time is key to fulfilling those obligations.

For the media: For the week of Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20:

  • All classes are suspended through March 22 to allow faculty and staff to prepare for remote instruction readiness and operational continuity. Online course instruction begins March 23. The university will evaluate the need to extend beyond March 27 and will continue to update students, as needed.
  • Campus will remain open for normal business operations.
  • Student support services will continue to operate, including the Library, Dining Hall, Student Wellness and Counseling Center, Parking, Bursar and Business Services.
  • Esperanza Hall (residence hall) will resume normal operations Sunday, March 15, for students in the residence halls who need to return to campus.
  • In anticipation of growing concern due to the spread of COVID-19, the university is canceling or postponing events. A list of these events can be found at edu/coronavirus/cancelled-events.html.

“Our primary goals remain protecting the health and safety of our university community, and accurately informing our students and employees as best as we can in this dynamic, evolving situation,” said Teniente-Matson. “Preparations include equipping managers and staff with comprehensive information and protocols.” 

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Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Established as a stand-alone university in 2009, Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a comprehensive four-year public university that reflects the culturally diverse, heritage-rich community it serves. Situated on nearly 700 acres in South San Antonio, A&M-San Antonio is a Military Embracing™ institution offering 29 undergraduate degrees and 14 graduate degrees to over 6,700 students. The University is home to the Henry G. Cisneros Institute for Emerging Leaders and the Cyber Engineering Technology/Cyber Security Research Center. A&M-San Antonio holds the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation. Military Times ranks the University No. 35 in the nation for “Best for Vets: Colleges.” Visit tamusa.edu for more information. #onamission