Employees Returned to Work In-Person
As part of our phased approach to safely resuming a vibrant campus atmosphere and full university operations, most staff and university administrators who were previously working from home have returned to our campuses and to work schedules they had before the pandemic.
Although the temporary process we put into place for employees to request a COVID-19-related modification to their work is ending, employees with disabilities will continue to have the option to request an accommodation via the ADA Coordinator.
Also, Texas State’s General Workplace Policy (UPPS 04.04.01) for flexible schedules and temporary remote work agreements remains in place. The guiding principle in determining whether these arrangements make sense is if they enhance services to our students, faculty, or staff. Supervisors should use this guiding principle when considering requests and options.
Important actions for a safe in-person fall semester
- Get vaccinated and wear a face mask: While Texas State cannot currently require you to be vaccinated or to wear a face mask, we strongly urge you get vaccinated and wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. These prevention measures significantly reduce the risk of infection and transmission of COVID-19. Please schedule a vaccine appointment today.
- Get tested. Regardless of vaccination status, get tested before the start of the fall semester and when selected to participate in Texas State’s random COVID-19 testing program. Consider testing every two weeks in addition to testing if you experience any symptoms. Delta presents as a cold or allergies. If you experience any of those symptoms you should test to rule out COVID-19. Testing information can be found on the Texas State’s COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Response Steps webpage.
- Stay home and get tested if you develop cold-like or other COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status.
- Promptly Report to Bobcat Trace if you test positive for COVID-19 or have had close contact with someone who received a positive test result. Reporting information can be found on the Texas State’s COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Response Steps webpage.
- Isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Stay home and away from others for 10 days from the start of symptoms or the positive test if no symptoms.
- Quarantine if you have been identified as a close contact and stay home for the prescribed time period.
- Fully vaccinated Bobcats who are asymptomatic are not required to quarantine but should get tested for COVID-19 three to five days after last exposure. They should also wear a face mask when indoors in public spaces for 14 days since the exposure or until a negative test result is obtained three to five days after exposure.
- Unvaccinated Bobcats are required to quarantine for 7 days, test five to seven days from the date of exposure, and produce a negative test to leave quarantine and return to work or school. If an unvaccinated Bobcat cannot test, they must quarantine for 10 days and be symptom free before returning to work or school.
Explore Helpful Information for Employees
Overview: Temporary changes to where a person works (remote work) require department head approval. An example of when this will be used is if an employee must be quarantined for 14 days because they were a close contact, but they are still able to work and their job duties are conducive to remote work. Long-term changes to where a person works (telecommuting) require vice presidential approval.
For Remote Work – which is the occasional or short-term (no more than 30 total workdays in a rolling 12 month period) performance of normal work duties at a location away from the employee’s regular work location, most often the employee’s home – a formal agreement with department head approval is required. (UPPS No. 04.04.01 Section 02.05)
For Telecommuting – which is long-term performance of some or all of the duties assigned to an employee conducted at an approved non-university worksite – a formal agreement with vice presidential approval is required. (UPPS No. 04.04.01 Section 02.07)
- Telecommuting Flowchart created by Human Resources: This flowchart illustrates how supervisors make decisions regarding whether or not a position can be performed effectively via telecommuting.
- Navigating the Transition Back to In-Person Work: Human Resources curated a selection of videos and articles to help support employees in the transition back to a full in-person workforce on TXST campuses
- Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty and Staff: Explore FAQs about remote work, telecommuting, workplace modifications, travel, insurance, and time and leave.
- Human Resources Website: The HR website features helpful information about employee benefits updates related to COVID-19, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) | American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and more
- Latest University COVID-19 Updates and Statements: The latest university-wide messages regarding COVID-19 and modifications to university operations are posted here.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) - American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) | Effective April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) reinstates leave categories originally provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which ended December 31, 2020. Detailed ARPA Policy Information.
For more information about Time and Leave, as well as Remove Work, Travel, and Insurance, visit FAQs for Faculty and Staff
Access the multiple resources available to you as an employee:
- Bobcat Balance, an employee assistance program, offers you and members of your household various free and confidential services and resources to help you through life’s challenges.
- Bobcat Balance also provides perspectives on pandemic-specific supervisor topics. Access mental health and wellbeing benefits from HealthSelect.
- Live. Work. Be well. Manage every aspect of your wellness with WellCats, the Texas State Employee Wellness Program.
- Additional resources include: Supporting Your Well-Being during Times of Change and Uncertainty, available FREE via LinkedIn Learning.
Texas State University is resuming normal processing of travel scheduled on or after August 9, 2021.
Return to Pre-COVID-19 Processes
- Lifts travel restrictions implemented in March 2020.
- Removes requirement for explanation of why the travel is essential and Vice President approval.
- Effective immediately, allows purchases for non-refundable pre-travel expenses such as airfare and hotel.*
*Please review the hotel’s cancellation policy in case your trip dates change.
Travel Request Training & Process
- Domestic and international travel may be allowed with divisional vice president or Director of Athletics approval. Travelers are reminded to adhere to current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance.
- Travel increases your chances of contracting and spreading COVID-19. If you travel, take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, such as wearing a mask, avoiding large crowds, physical distancing and washing your hands often.
- If you travel for personal reasons, please follow the CDC guidelines for travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- We recommend you get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Wait 2 weeks after getting your second vaccine dose to travel—it takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination.
- While COVID-19 testing is no longer recommended for fully vaccinated persons travelling domestically, all faculty, staff, and students who are not vaccinated should get a COVID-19 test 1-3 days before the trip and 3-5 days after the trip. Unvaccinated persons should also quarantine for 7 days after the trip even with a negative COVID-19 test. Appointments can be made for free testing on the San Marcos campus and testing sites near the Round Rock Campus. For testing locations in Texas, visit TX COVID-19 Test Collection Sites and Curative, Inc. Testing Sites.
International Travel Guidance:
- The CDC has issued a public health order requiring all international travelers flying to the United States beginning January 26, 2021 to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 3 days of the flight departure date. The COVID-19 test may be a PCR or antigen test.
- Fully vaccinated persons should get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after the trip and monitor for symptoms for fourteen days. No quarantine is needed.
- Unvaccinated persons should:
- Get a COVID-19 test 1-3 days before the trip and 3-5 days after the trip.
- Quarantine for 7 days after the trip even with a negative COVID-19 test.
- Social distance from others, wear face masks when around others, and avoid all non-essential activities while in quarantine.
- Leave quarantine only to carry out essential activities (i.e., completing check-in and employment paperwork and getting a COVID-19 test).
- Continue self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 and avoid being around others who are at increased risk for severe illness for fourteen days.
- Contact professors for instructions on managing course work while in quarantine.
- Per standing guidance from Governor Abbott’s Executive Order No. GA-36 issued on May 18, 2021, and confirmed by The Texas State University System Office of General Counsel, Texas State is not able to require face coverings.
- We recommend that everyone, vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear face coverings indoors.
- Face coverings are not necessary outdoors but are recommended for unvaccinated persons in crowded settings.
- We want our guests to feel safe and comfortable; so, face coverings are welcome. While offices cannot require that face coverings be worn, you may ask patrons/guests not wearing a face covering in your office suite if they would like a face covering.
- Office managers may place an order for face coverings by completing the COVID-19 Department Order Form.
*Information provided in the Roadmap may change or be updated as needed to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.