SAN ANTONIO – Despite Current Increase in COVID-19 Cases and hospitalizations both in the city and throughout the state, local colleges and universities are preparing for the return of students during the school year.
With the delta variant continuing to increase, some schools require masks and some may require COVID-19 testing, among other health guidelines.
We have listed the current plans for these universities and colleges below. We will update this list as more information becomes available.
Our Lady of Lake University has a mask mandate for all students and staff, regardless of immunization status.
The university also encourages everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For those who are not vaccinated, OLLU says they will be asked to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis to help mitigate the spread.
If students present their immunization card, the university says students will be exempt from weekly testing. However, they will still be asked to participate in some random sampling trials.
Students who present their immunization records to university officials will receive a $ 100 gift card.
The University of the Incarnate Word requires face masks for vaccinated and unvaccinated people in the interior of all UIW campuses.
Although the university does not require the vaccine for students, UIW officials said it is strongly recommended and that COVID-19 testing will be mandatory.
The face-to-face classes are still planned and will begin on August 23rd.
University officials said that due to the changing situation of COVID-19, these protocols are subject to change.
Texas A&M University-San Antonio strongly recommends masks for students and staff, especially if they are not vaccinated.
Students should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If they test positive, they must report it through the university's reporting portal .
Face-to-face classes will continue as planned, with additional health protocols. Classrooms will be cleaned routinely every day and night, sanitation carts will be placed in classrooms and large gathering areas, and there will be Plexiglass and sneeze guards, according to university officials.
The on-campus COVID-19 testing center will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. at noon and 1 p.m. at 4 pm
The University's COVID-19 Monitoring Committee will continue weekly reviews of the case numbers of the campus to determine campus level risk and possible changes in works.
Although the Trinity University campus is close to meeting its goal of 90% for vaccines, some COVID-19 protocols still exist. Officials said they will re-evaluate these protocols in mid-September.
Teachers, staff, and students will be required to submit their required immunization status forms to "indicate their immunization status. vaccination and vaccination intentions ".
Those vaccinated against COVID-19 should still wear masks indoors, but will not need to be tested weekly surveillance or quarantine if exposed to COVID-19.
Those who are not vaccinated should also wear face masks indoors and outdoors "where social distancing cannot be maintained ". University officials said they will also be asked to participate in weekly surveillance tests and will need to quarantine and isolate them if necessary.
On-demand COVID-19 testing will be available to everyone on campus.
You can learn more about the COVID-19 protocols at Trinity University on their website here.
These COVID-19 protocols will be implemented for Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip's College and San Antonio College.
Due to the increase in COVID-19, by fall 2021, most courses will be remote during the first two weeks of the semester. ster, from August 23 to September 6
The university operations in person will continue in university counseling, defense and centers welcome, libraries, tutoring services and more.
On Monday, August 16, the university officials said everything Employees, students and employees of suppliers who are scheduled to work regularly on the site will be tested weekly for COVID-19. Screenings will be available several days a week at each of DSO's colleges and locations.
No face covering required but highly recommended for everyone on campus, according to university officials.
Universities will have an incident reporting process and response plan in place for those who test positive for COVID-19 . Once the university is notified of a positive COVID-19 test, the student will need to complete the COVID-19 Incident Reporting Form and will not be able to access the campus.
You can learn more about the COVID-19 protocols here.