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Parents, if you feel a little confused over the different COVID-19 protocols for the top Texas universities, don’t stress. We’ve developed a quick guide to clear that up. With Texas universities now preparing for students to return to campus, it’s crucial that all students, faculty and staff are protected with the proper COVID-19 guidelines.
The University of Texas
Students are being asked to self-quarantine at home for 14 days before returning to campus. Access complete details, guidance here.
Texas A&M will provide free COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff at 11 campuses in Texas. Texas A&M officials are asking students and faculty to complete COVID-19 certification and training by Tuesday, August 11. The university is encouraging students, faculty and staff to get tested if they have experienced COVID-19 symptoms. Access complete details, guidance here.
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University of Houston
According to the University of Houston, only 17% of all registered students are enrolled in face-to-face class. No more than 4,500 students will be on campus at any given time, compared to 30,000 last fall.
UH is requiring that all of its employees complete COVID-19 training and a self-health screening as well as get approval from their supervisor before being allowed to work on campus. Access complete details, guidance here.
According to Rice University officials, students will have a staggered move-in to the university. Houston-area students can begin to move in their belongings, starting August 12th. They will then return to campus on the morning of August 16. Those students who are not in the Houston-area will begin their move-in on August 15th. Access complete details, guidance here.
Baylor University is slated to begin its fall semester on August 24. The school requires that all students must provide negative COVID test results before they are allowed back to campus. Access complete details, guidance here.
Houston Community College
Houston Community College’s fall semester will start on August 24th. However, all classes will meet remotely for the first six weeks. Students, faculty and staff can learn about all of the safety measures and protocols in place across campus with this guidance.
Houston Baptist University
HBU is slated to start its fall semester on August 24th with a combination of in-person, hybrid, remote and online courses which will continue through December 11th. Access complete details, guidance here.
Blinn College has made a few changes for the Fall semester to ensure that the school provides a safe environment for students and employees. These changes include a new self-certification, an expanded selection of 4-and 8-week courses as well as online and blended courses. Access complete details, guidance here.
Lone Star College
Lone Star College is also slated to begin with online classes and hybrid classes on August 24th. Check the school’s COVID-19 safety protocols here, including mask requirements and temperature checks.
Prairie View A&M
According to Prairie View A&M officials, students must complete the Student COVID-19 Certification training by August 20th. Access complete details, guidance here.
San Jacinto College
San Jacinto College has developed a comprehensive COVID-19 strategy, including a different status levels that correspond to the current state of the pandemic. The college is now operating on Level 3, which is the highest level of precaution. Access details, guidance here.
University of St. Thomas
University of St. Thomas will begin their fall semester on August 24th with a blend of in-person and online options. The school has a “Healthy Celts” coronavirus prevention plan. Access details, guidance here.
Texas Christian University
If Texas Christian students need immediate answers about health questions, they have access to a live chat feature in TCU’s COVID-19 guide.
Texas Tech University
Texas Tech has decided to adjust student billing this fall, since students won’t have complete access to campus resources. It’s now waiving its Online Distance Education Fee. Note: There will also be a limited number of on-campus housing units for students that test positive or have come in contact with a positive individual, to self-isolate for 14 days. Access details, guidance here.
Texas Southern University
According to Texas Southern officials, classes will begin on August 19th online and continue that way through at least September 14th. Access details, guidance here.
Texas State University
Texas State University students are being asked to quarantine 14 days before returning to campus. The university is also providing flexible online learning options for students to reduce crowding in classrooms. Access details, guidance here.