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Returning to classes: Texas A&M protocols and free COVID-19 testing information outlined

January 7, 2022, 4:00 p.m. CST

Good afternoon, Aggies:

We look forward to seeing everyone back on the Texas A&M University campus and in the classrooms in 11 days (Tuesday, Jan. 18). Please read carefully through the following updated guidance related to COVID-19 protocols as we kick off the spring semester.

Various meetings and activities, including New Student Conferences, are scheduled to be carried out next week as planned. Meanwhile, employees, who worked from home this week, will return working on campus Monday, Jan. 10.

The university recently acquired a large number of at-home test kits from the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Details will soon follow about how the free tests will be distributed throughout the campus to students, faculty and staff in the coming weeks. Supplies related to these tests will be made available to all TAMU campuses across the state.

Texas A&M and public health experts strongly encourage everyone to do their part in keeping the university healthy by doing the following:

  • Get tested regularly — regardless of vaccination status. Free testing is widely available across the main campus and off campus. This helps with identifying clusters of cases, and not everyone has symptoms.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask.
  • Get fully vaccinated. Check here for on-campus locations and here for off campus sites, including CVS and Walgreens. If you’re not certain about when you should get the booster, the CDC explains it here.
  • Get the flu shot. This flu vaccine website breaks locations down by zip code.

For those on campuses outside Bryan-College Station, please check with respective campus website for testing and vaccine locations.

Other guidelines to keep in mind:

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, fill out and submit A&M's self-report form. The self-reporting portal for Galveston is different from the main campus and can be found on this site.
  • Those living on campus should also inform their live-in residential staff. Further protocols are outlined here. When possible, students are encouraged to complete isolation and quarantine in off-campus housing or permanent residence.

Health experts have warned that variants of the virus are expected to continue emerging. A&M is working closely with the Texas Department of Emergency Management and will continue to monitor COVID-related conditions in the region, state and nation, as well as local hospital capacity.

We know from experience that the uncertainty of the pandemic often interferes with plans, which is why we urge everyone to remain patient and flexible in the coming weeks as decisions are made. We believe it is critically important that we take steps now to avoid unnecessary spread of the disease.

Enhanced protocols may be necessary if conditions worsen, so please make it a habit to check updates here.

I hope you have a great semester and best wishes in the new year.

Greg Hartman
Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice President
Texas A&M University