The Texas State University System’s seven member institutions have begun plans to resume face-to-face instruction this fall, while implementing enhanced health and safety measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19, TSUS announced May 1. Institution leaders are working to develop campus-specific operational plans based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and other public health agencies.
“Presidents at each TSUS institution will have flexibility to establish health and safety protocols based on local needs,” said Chancellor Brian McCall. “We have an obligation to accommodate students who want to continue their studies on campus this fall, but also a responsibility to keep our communities as safe as possible while the state and federal governments continue their work to manage the spread of COVID-19.”
In response to the announcement, LSCPA President Dr. Betty Reynard said she is heartened that students have a set date to return to campus.
“With all the uncertainty that has existed the past two months, it is encouraging to consider a Fall 2020 semester with students returning to campus,” she said. “Obviously, the culture of face-to-face instruction will be much different than in years past.
“As always, the safety of students and employees is our first priority. We will consider a variety of options that will provide our students with an optimal educational experience while taking every precaution possible against COVID-19. As we move into the summer months and state and national health officials offer updated guidelines, we will make more definite plans on how in-person classes will look at Lamar State College Port Arthur this fall.”
Health and safety protocols may include social distancing efforts, the use of face coverings, enhanced cleaning and sanitation, and health screening procedures. While institutions plan to resume face-to-face instruction this fall, these plans are subject to change if conditions worsen in Texas in the coming months.
The Texas State University System, established in 1911, consists of seven institutions serving more than 86,000 students from the Big Bend Region of West Texas to the Louisiana border. TSUS member institutions include Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Sul Ross State University, Texas State University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College Orange, and Lamar State College Port Arthur.