State of Texas Temporarily Moves Spring Classes Online Due to COVID
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State University has announced that it will move some classes to online / distance learning for the month of January. Classes will be online from January 18 to 30.
“We are taking these steps out of caution and hope the surge culminates quickly,” the university said on Twitter. “It is our intention – with your continued commitment and support – to return to face-to-face training on January 31.”
Depending on the State of Texas, Deans, Presidents / Directors, and Faculty will consult and communicate with students on courses that may need to stay face to face during this two week period due to licensing or academic requirements. ‘specific academic requirements.
Face-to-face instruction for all Texas state courses will resume on January 31, 2022.
In-person events sponsored by the university can be suspended or moved to an online / virtual format.
The university is also asking that all students, faculty and staff at Texas State University be tested for COVID-19 before returning to our campuses for the spring semester.
University residences will open to move in as planned, with all residents required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before moving in. The move-in period will be extended for students who choose to come to campus after or during the two-week online / distance course, depending on the university.
President Denise M. Trauth shared the news Monday January 3.
Read the full letter from President Denise M. Trauth below:
Dear students, faculty and staff,
To ensure the continued safety of our college community, I have an important announcement regarding Texas State University operations, spring 2022 course delivery, and student support services.
In response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we will be temporarily moving course sections to online / remote delivery from January 18, 2022 to January 30, 2022. Deans, Chairs / Directors and Faculty will consult and communicate with students about the courses. who may need to remain face to face during this two week period due to licensure requirements or a specific academic imperative.
Face-to-face teaching for all Texas State University courses will resume on January 31, 2022.
I want to be clear on the following points:
- No lessons are canceled.
- The semester will start as planned on January 18, 2022.
- Texas state campuses and offices will remain open to business, with services offered in person and / or virtually. The Alkek Library, transportation services, residences, catering services and access to recreation centers, LBJ student center and student health center will always be available on our campuses. We ask to practice social distancing and to wear masks in these spaces.
- Our top priority remains the safety and health of our students, teachers and staff.
During the month of January, the State of Texas is taking the following steps to help protect our college community from the spread of COVID-19:
As I mentioned in my email of December 27, 2021, the university requests that all students, faculty and staff at Texas State University be tested for COVID-19 before returning to our campuses for the semester of. spring. PCR or COVID-19 antigen testing can be used, including home antigen testing. Testing must be completed within 72 hours (3 days) of return to our campuses. To make an appointment, go to the Texas State COVID-19 Testing page.
Students in university residence
University residences will open to move in as planned, with all residents required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before moving in. The move-in period will be extended for students who choose to come to campus after or during the two-week online / distance course. More information will follow in a direct email to students of the Department of Housing and Residential Life.
Staff and workplaces
Delaying the start of in-person classes will drastically reduce the density of people on our campuses and provide a safer work environment for employees. We encourage remote working and flexible hours for employees where possible. Supervisors should work through their divisional leadership team for approval of plans. Division vice presidents will provide additional guidance specific to approvals within each division.
Events and activities
In-person events sponsored by the university can be suspended or moved to an online / virtual format. Event coordinators are encouraged to consult with supervisors to assess scheduled in-person events to determine whether they will be postponed, canceled, or transferred to remote delivery.
We expect a high level of COVID-19 transmission across Texas in January. While our Bobcat Trace contact tracers will respond to reported cases, it will be difficult for them to respond quickly due to the expected volume of cases. It is up to every member of our community to follow the CDC’s isolation / quarantine guidelines and take the necessary precautions if you are infected or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. Chief Medical Officer Dr Emilio Carranco will send an email to our community soon to outline important precautions and updated guidance from the CDC.
I cannot stress this enough – it is essential that we take all the steps we know how to protect ourselves from COVID-19. Although the university cannot impose actions, I strongly encourage you to be vigilant about wearing a mask, social distancing as much as possible, testing regularly, and getting vaccinated and boosted. Continue to monitor your university’s email system for other important updates and information.
I know it’s not the start of the semester we’ve all been looking forward to. We are taking these steps out of caution and hope the surge culminates quickly. We intend, with your continued commitment and support, to resume face-to-face teaching on January 31st. Thank you for your flexibility, your patience and your willingness to ensure the security of our university.
Denise M. Trauth