Health and Safety Guidelines Effective Monday, June 8

Eric Algoe, Vice President for Finance and Support Services | June 5, 2020 

The TXST COVID-19 work groups presented their recommendations to the President’s Cabinet, and we are now operationalizing and communicating our plan to bring all of our Bobcats back to our campuses safely.  While a detailed guide for employees and students is under development and coming in the next few weeks, we do have several important updates to share now as we prepare for the resumption of in-person instruction and a return from remote working. 

The following 10 principles will guide us in protecting the health and safety of our learning and working environments. 

1. Mask Up - Face Coverings will be Required Beginning Monday
Beginning Monday, June 8, 2020, cloth face coverings will be required indoors on Texas State campuses when physical distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained. Noncompliance with face covering requirements will be handled through existing employee discipline and student judicial processes. The university is in the process of acquiring masks to distribute to employees who do not have one of their own. 

2. Make Space 
Maintain Physical distancing of at least 6 feet where possible.

3. Wash Up
Practice proper hand hygiene. Frequent hand washing is one of the most important things we must do to keep our community safe.  When hand washing is not possible, hand sanitizer is a good substitute. 

4. Cover Up
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze using a tissue or your elbow.  

5. Clean Up
Help us keep our workspaces and breakrooms clean so that our custodial staff can focus on high-traffic areas. Custodial Services will routinely treat classrooms and other high-touch areas with a hospital-grade cleaner.

6. Stay Home
Sick persons must stay home.  The university provides a generous set of leave and benefit options for our employees.

7. Check Yourself
All employees must conduct a basic self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 at the start of their workday. In certain facilities such as student health services and the Child Development Center, staff will perform formal temperature checks and daily screens. 

8. Optimize Airflow
Many departments are collaborating to identify spaces where indoor ventilation improvements are warranted.

9. Set Boundaries
The university will be placing physical barriers, such as plexiglass sneeze guards, in key areas where there is significant face-to-face interaction. 

10. Request Modifications
Individuals at high risk for complications from COVID-19, as defined by the CDC, can request additional working or learning modifications. These modifications will be based on our normal procedures for working with employees and students with health issues.  Forms will be available soon to request a modification.

We all share in the responsibility of keeping ourselves and our fellow Bobcats healthy and our community safe. It is essential that everyone in our community practices healthy habits.  Let’s do our part!