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Faculty and Staff Message: Return to Campus Updates for Fall 2020

Published on Mon 07/27/20
Dear College Station Campus Faculty and Staff:

It’s the time of year when we see students begin to return to campus. Some of our professional programs begin classes as early as next week while most graduate and undergraduate courses will begin in 23 short days. We are pilot testing equipment and completing documentation to make this as smooth as possible for those of you teaching face-to-face classes. Watch for more on this next week. Also, if you have a class with a common exam scheduled in the evening, please note the times of those exams have been rescheduled to later in the evening due to significant time conflicts for students from the previous schedule changes. For the latest in online learning resources, please visit our keepteaching page.


COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing is now available Monday through Friday for Bryan/College Station Texas A&M University students, faculty, and staff.
  • Priority for testing is given to those with symptoms associated with COVID-19 infections and those who have been in close contact with known or suspected cases. Close contact is defined as closer than 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer.
     
  • Appointment windows open 1-2 days prior to their availability.
     
  • Tests are administered in a tent located in Lot 27 adjacent to the Beutel Health Center.
     
  • To schedule an appointment, click here, or call 979-458-8310.
     
  • Lab results will be available within 2-3 days from the time the test is taken. Negative test results will be provided directly to the individual via email. Positive test results will be reported to state and county health offices and the Texas A&M Investigation and Operations Center will contact you directly to provide additional guidance.

Reporting

Last week, the university released guidance for reporting COVID-19 symptoms, exposure, or a positive test. Please review the information here and report to the university’s portal. Email COVID19Process@tamu.edu with your questions.


Contact Tracing

The Texas A&M Investigation and Operations Center will be handling contact tracing for the main campus as well as offering services for all off-campus locations and the regional System campuses. Contact tracing is very important for the safety of our campus communities. Your assistance will be incredibly valuable in helping our campuses continue to offer face to face courses. If contacted by one of the professionals at the center, please assist them and help make our communities a safer place for all.


Outdoor Study Space

To maximize study spaces on the main campus, we are acquiring 40-50 tents and over 500 café tables to provide additional seating outdoors for students. WiFi will be available. Additional furniture will be placed in existing covered areas such as those around the Evans Library and the Architecture building.


Air Circulation

Air circulation for each building was evaluated individually. Facilities Services has increased the amount of fresh air being pushed through the ventilation systems in most university-managed classroom spaces, while other buildings may have enhanced filtration or other engineering controls. Ventilation will begin 2 hours before and continue 2 hours after classes.

As you can see, it’s been a busy summer preparing for a very different experience this fall. Updates on the latest information are available on the central COVID-19 page. We are working diligently and investing well to support your needs and meet our goals of the best education as safely as possible to our returning students.
Best wishes as you wind down your summer activities in the coming weeks.


Media Coverage

 

KBTX News: 
Texas A&M Provost answers FAQ about students’ return to campus 

(July 3, 2020)

 

KBTX News: 
Texas A&M shares new details on what fall semester will look like

(June 30, 2020)