Safety is priority as Texas State University prepares return to face-to-face instruction
In preparation to resume in-person teaching for classes held during the second summer session beginning July 6 and the fall 2020 semester, Texas State University has established several pandemic and post-pandemic work groups to address areas related to safety, learning and university operations.
During the current spring semester in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Texas State transitioned more than 5,200 courses to remote delivery on March 30, and approximately 5,000 students moved from the San Marcos Campus. The university has remained open with essential staffing through the spring semester, supporting students virtually and on campuses. More than 80 percent of faculty and staff are working remotely to sustain university operations. Summer I classes (June 1-July 1) will continue to be delivered remotely with plans for students returning to the university on July 6 for the summer II session.
“As we anticipate returning to face-to-face instruction for summer II classes and the fall semester, we are working to adapt university operations to ensure we have a safe, healthy learning and working environment for our students, faculty and staff,” said Texas State President Denise Trauth. “When we return to in-person instruction, we are preparing to operate in a very different environment. I have established five work groups to create a university-wide plan that will drive the actions we will take to mitigate risks, deliver quality education, and protect our university community.”
“In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, uncertainty abounds. Texas State University is committed to entering the unchartered waters wisely. Together, we have the knowledge, creativity, and ingenuity to face challenges associated with the COVID-19 crisis and come out of this situation stronger and better than ever, “ Trauth said.
Recommendations from the work groups will be reviewed by the President’s Cabinet by June 15 with a university plan ready for implementation July 1.