Changing COVID-19 guidance for UT Austin and FAS

March 22, 2022

Dear FAS colleagues,

In this week’s COVID-19 newsletter from the executive committee, you may have noticed changes in how the university is talking about masking, COVID-19 testing and general health and wellness recommendations.

Ongoing COVID-19 challenges and the role of flexible work

Jan. 25, 2022

Dear FAS colleagues,

On the heels of President Jay Hartzell’s message to students and employees about changes to spring semester instruction and operations, I wanted to help frame how this impacts FAS. While the move to more in-person instruction starting Jan. 31 is an important one, we must continue to acknowledge and confront the challenges of the ongoing pandemic and how campus density may impact our employees and our work.

Welcome to the spring semester

Jan. 10, 2022

Dear FAS colleagues,

As we approach the start of the spring 2022 semester, I want to welcome all of you back to the important work we do together to advance the university’s mission. I hope you enjoyed the winter break and had opportunities to relax and recharge while also connecting with family and friends. If you are new to FAS, we are glad that you are part of our diverse, innovative and service-oriented team.

Retirement of FAS COVID-19 Guide for Staff

Oct. 28, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

After many months of adhering to guidance from federal, state and local officials, as well as our own university health experts, our campus has seen a reduction in new cases of COVID-19. I applaud FAS staff for your contribution to reducing the spread of this disease by also following the additional guidance in the FAS COVID-19 Guide for Staff, which was developed largely with on-campus staff in mind.

Update on Flexible Work, New Testing Program

Sept. 15, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

In his message to all employees, President Jay Hartzell extended the timeframe for some staff to return to campus to Oct. 4 while also allowing faculty to adjust their teaching modality during this time frame. This extension is intended to address concerns about community spread of COVID-19 and provide more time to continue to reduce density on campus where possible.

Updated FAS COVID-19 Guide for Staff

Aug. 19, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

There is no denying this has been a challenging few weeks as the COVID-19 Delta variant has moved into Central Texas. In the last week, we have seen the university begin rolling out contingencies to help minimize density in classrooms, request students get tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus, and I have requested FAS leadership reduce any unnecessary on-site work to help with density as well.

Update on Flexible Work as Austin moves to COVID-19 Stage 5

Aug. 10, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

University executive leadership and the university-level health and wellness committee have been meeting to discuss contingency plans for the fall as Austin and Travis County move into COVID-19 Stage 5.

Implementing Fall Plans; Reminders of Existing COVID-19 Guidance

Aug. 4, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

As summer comes to a close, I wanted to provide an update on where we stand with our plans for the fall and share some important reminders about COVID-19 precautions and guidance we should all be mindful of as we enter in the fall months.

COVID-19 guidance for FAS staff

June 11, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

Thank you for your extraordinary commitment to health and safety in the months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together you have contributed to the decline of COVID-19 cases on our campus by wearing masks, social distancing, and keeping hands and workspaces clean.

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What to expect from FAS this spring

Jan. 19, 2021

Dear FAS Colleagues,

I hope you enjoyed the winter break with your family, friends and loved ones. I spent time virtually with my five brothers and sisters; it’s rare we are all able to come together given our schedules and we live in different parts of the country. COVID-19 made our visit different from usual, but I’m grateful we were able to safely celebrate the new year together.

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