COVID Updates for Fall 2021
How We're Keeping Our Campus Safe
Multiple factors inform the implementation of our COVID-19 protocols. The primary factors we consider include: 1) Level of community transmission of COVID-19; 2) COVID-19 vaccination coverage, including among students, faculty, and staff; and 3) any local COVID-19 outbreaks or increasing trends.
TLU’s COVID-19 Leadership Team promotes the following strategies to protect the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students:
- COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for all faculty, staff, and students. All TLU faculty, staff, and students are required to complete the Vaccination and Exemption Reporting Form. While vaccinations are highly recommended, exemptions are offered for those who cannot get a vaccine (or choose not to).
- Consistent and correct use of masks for everyone – vaccinated or unvaccinated. All faculty, staff, students, and visitors are required to wear masks indoors whether vaccinated or not. Masks should have two or more layers of washable/breathable fabric, cover your nose and mouth, and fit snugly against the sides of your face.
- Practicing physical distancing. When possible, maintain physical distancing between people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces. People who are not fully vaccinated should be especially mindful of physical distancing.
- Encouraging health-promoting behaviors such as hand washing and respiratory etiquette to reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19.
What You Need to Know / FAQs
Are masks required on campus?
Yes. TLU requires all faculty, staff, students and visitors to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status. This includes all campus buildings and classrooms, residence halls & apartments, hallways, meeting rooms, etc. Masks are:
- Not required if you are in your office or dorm room alone or you are eating.
- Not required outdoors if you're vaccinated.
- Required outdoors if you aren't vaccinated.
- Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.
- Completely cover your nose and mouth.
- Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps.
- Have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.
Note: Gaiters, mesh/lace masks, vented masks, and face shields (without masks) are not recommended.
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Need a COVID-19 test?
TLU has an arrangement with GRMC Urgent Care in Clear Springs for students to get a COVID-19 test. Students must coordinate their COVID-19 test through TLU Health Services to ensure the payment is covered by TLU.
The COVID-19 Leadership Team is working with Community Labs of San Antonio to coordinate on-campus testing for faculty, staff, and students. More information on how, when, and where to test will be provided soon.
Testing for in-season athletes is being coordinated according to NCAA, SCAC, and ASC policies and guidelines.
- Who to contact if you've tested positive for COVID-19
Where is Health Services located?
The TLU Health Services Center is in the lobby of the Clifton Residence Hall, across from the Moody Science Building. The entrance is on the south side of the building.
The Health Services Staff includes:
Hours are: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Lunch is from 12-1 p.m.
Who contacts faculty members if a student is in quarantine or isolation?
These notifications will come from Kyle Wych or another senior Student Life staff member. The student and Health Services will be copied on the email so everyone is notified. A sample of the e-mail is below:
You are receiving this email because <student name>, TLU ID# 12345678, is enrolled in one of your face-to-face courses this fall semester.
Because of COVID-19, <student name> has begun a quarantine period slated to end at the end of the day on <DATE> and will need to move to a remote learning status for your course. Going forward, if you have any questions about <student name>’s quarantine status, please contact Health Services at email@example.com.
<student name> has been told to contact you for instructions regarding transitioning to a remote status and is copied on this message so they are aware you have been notified.
Who should faculty contact about quarantine/isolation questions for students?
Faculty members should contact Health Services for questions regarding a student and their quarantine or isolation status.
How long are students potentially out due to COVID-19?
- Any student who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, will isolate for a period of 10 days from their positive test date (if asymptomatic) or from their symptom onset date (if symptomatic).
- Unvaccinated students who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 will quarantine for a period of 14 days from their last close contact.
- Fully vaccinated students who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, and are not displaying symptoms, should be tested 3-5 days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in all public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate if they test positive.
- The number of days missed from class may seem to vary from these guidelines at times, due to the actual date a positive test or close contact is reported to Health Services. There are also unique scenarios (ex. living with a person with COVID-19) where the quarantine and/or isolation window may be stretched up to 24 days or beyond.
What should faculty and staff do to assist with contact tracing?
The COVID-19 Leadership Team asks that faculty maintain a seating chart in all classes so Health Services can conduct contact tracing and easily identify students who were sitting close to a COVID-positive student.
Staff members who work with or supervise student workers need to retain work schedules and seating arrangements for contact tracing purposes.
Can a student request all online classes for health reasons?
Students may submit an application along with required documentation to Health Services to be considered for all online classes due to health reasons.
Can students have visitors in residence halls?
Students living in campus housing may only have visitors who are TLU students (no off-campus visitors including family members or friends from other universities).
Is TLU still hosting on-campus events?
TLU events are capped at 50% occupancy. Campus events are open to visitors but visitors must adhere to all TLU COVID-19 protocols and policies.