To ensure the safety and health of faculty, staff and students, Texas A&M University recently provided guidance regarding fall 2021 operations related to COVID-19. This guidance is applicable to campus-based Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M AgriLife Research personnel and I encourage you to familiarize yourself with these requirements.
Some key points:
- The Texas A&M University System does not require employees to be vaccinated or to wear masks, however, employees and students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, wear a mask while indoors, and frequently wash their hands. These actions are known to be effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
- Mandatory testing for campus-based individuals: In the next few days, AgriLife Extension and AgriLife Research employees based on campus will receive a personalized email with a link to the secure Texas A&M COVID-19 Testing Program portal. The email will provide testing instructions and information about scheduling an on-campus test between August 23 and September 10, 2021. Everyone working on campus, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to submit to a COVID diagnostic test.
- Regardless of physical location, faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone who received a positive test result for COVID-19 are required to log on to this site to report it, and are asked to cooperate with the Texas A&M COVID-19 Operations Center.
- Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine consistent with CDC guidance. This requirement applies regardless of vaccination status and even if the person testing positive is asymptotic. Requests to work remotely during quarantine should be directed to a supervisor.
Please read the guidelines in their entirety to ensure you are fully informed about what is required.
Employees based away from campus should continue to follow current COVID-19 procedures until instructed otherwise. Questions may be addressed to Debi Fincher, Director of Ethics and Compliance, at 979.845.4789.
Patrick J. Stover, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, Texas A&M AgriLife
Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research