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Spring 2021 Information

  • Over the holiday break, staff is strongly encouraged to limit contact with persons outside their immediate household and practice strict adherence to the CDC social distancing guidelines, as well as follow other health and safety measures. Review the Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings guidelines provided by the CDC. 
  • Get a COVID-19 test within one week prior to returning to our campuses. For testing locations in Texas, visit TX COVID-19 Test Collection Sites and Curative, Inc. Testing Sites. Faculty and staff who do not obtain a COVID-19 test prior to returning to campuses will be expected to complete testing during the designated staff testing period of January 4 to January 15, 2021. Free COVID-19 testing will be available on both campuses.  You can pre-register for testing on the San Marcos Campus at SM COVID-19 Testing and on the Round Rock Campus at RR COVID-19 Testing

Read the December 7, 2020 message to staff from Eric Algoe, Vice President for Finance and Support Services, for more information.

Read the December 7, 2020 message to faculty from Provost Gene Bourgeois for more information.

Health, Wellness and Safety for Employees

As our valued employees continue their important work in support of both remote and face-to-face instruction at Texas State, these safety measures offer guidance for the workplace. The Roadmap also provides valuable resources for employees. 

Visit New Virus, New Habits: Bobcat Employee Training Guide for information on health and safety measures and resources. A guide to providing faculty and instructors with information on the operational status of the university, ensure training on health and safety measures, and facilitate planning for and implementing instructional activities in fall 2020 and beyond may be downloaded from the Faculty Guide webpage on the Office of the Provost’s website. 

Guiding Principles for Supervisors and Employees

For the most part, university operations in the spring 2021 will look similar to fall 2020. The prioritization of health and safety, remains essential and it continues to require creativity in the workplace. Some services may have to be delivered remotely, some employees may have to work in the early morning hours while others work in the evenings, and some departments will need all employees present in order to fulfill their mission. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution – While divisional vice presidents have the discretion to make adjustments based on need, all supervisors are encouraged to work with their employees to adapt and remain flexible during the pandemic.

  • Most of these adaptations will not be permanent, but we must adapt and be flexible in the short-term. When the pandemic passes, we will return to many of our traditional ways of doing things, having learned some new things and we will be stronger than ever.
  • To limit the number of people in an area at a given time, consider plans for staggered schedules where employees work remotely on some days, or portions of days, and/or on weekends, early morning hours, late evening hours, or a combination of these. 
  • Adapt with your employees’ physical and mental wellbeing in mind, communicating changes quickly to everyone involved.
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*Information provided in the Roadmap may change or be updated as needed to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

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