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Recovery Levels by Campus Activity & Operations

As a recommendation of the Public Health Task Force, phased levels of campus activity and operations were developed to assist the decision-making process relative to the prevalence of COVID-19 in San Antonio. This guidance takes into account local, state, and federal recommendations, as well as those from the San Antonio Metro Health Department and UT System. The tiered-approach outlined below highlights a broad operational picture, and is guided by both community and campus-based considerations as noted in the sections below.

UTSA Fall 2021 Recovery Level

Level Zero (Normal Campus Operations)

Recovery Levels by Campus Activity With Anticipated Timeline

Level 4 Spring/Summer/Fall 2020

  • Mostly Virtual Operations
  • All classes online.
  • Campus facilities predominantly closed with the exception of essential personnel to sustain infrastructure, facilities, academic, and research operations. Housing available for students with exemptions

Level 3 Spring 2021

  • Limited On-Campus Activity
  • Limited classes identified for in-person modality; all others virtual.
  • Dining, library, and other academic support services have limited on-campus activity.
  • Campus facilities open.
  • Few campus events permitted with restrictions.
  • Visitors highly discouraged.

Level 2 Summer 2021

  • Moderate On-Campus Activity
  • Increased proportion of classes delivered in person; all others virtual.
  • Events and academic support services continue to evaluate operations.
  • Visitors for business and personal functions permitted on a limited basis

Level 1 Summer 2021

  • Mostly On-Campus Activity
  • Limited proportion of classes and operations conducted online.
  • Classrooms near or at capacity.
  • Academic and campus support services return to near-normal activity.
  • Visitors for business and personal functions permitted with minimal restrictions.

Level 0 Fall 2021

  • Normal Campus Operations
  • Classrooms at capacity.
  • Academic, campus support services, and research activities resume all on-campus operations.
  • Visitors for business and personal functions permitted per pre-pandemic processes/procedures.

Positive Indicators Impacting Recovery Levels

The following considerations will be discussed by university leadership regarding the escalation or retraction of campus operations to another level. Several factors/indicators may guide those decisions, which include community-wide considerations, as well as on-campus conditions, which will dictate the university’s operating picture during COVID-19 response and recovery.

  • If community conditions improve, as determined by local health authorities; substantially lower rate of infection within the San Antonio community
  • Vaccinations with proven efficacy become available and widespread in the community, with treatment options are readily available and effective
  • Healthcare system stress levels indicate significant reductions in community-wide COVID-19 cases and treatment relative to the indicators outlined by San Antonio Metro Health Department
  • UT System approval to relax campus restrictions and increase on-campus operations

Declining Indicators Impacting Recovery Levels

Community Considerations

  • Significant, applicable action(s) by state or local officials
  • Escalation of the City of San Antonio/Metro Health Department risk-based guidelines and indicators
  • Hospital admissions, occupancy (bed limits) reaching critical levels, and/or capacity to treat in crisis conditions
  • Trends among sister institutions of higher education (IHE) relative to conditions in San Antonio
  • Upward trajectory of influenza-like illness (ILI) – when compared to traditional rates – and COVID-19-like surveillance within a 14-day period
  • Degradation of robust testing capacity in community including screening and contact tracing for symptomatic individuals and their close contacts.

Campus Considerations

  • Student/employee COVID-19 related death due to prevalent exposure/transmission on-campus
  • Employee absenteeism with focus on critical areas such as environmental services (i.e. ability to maintain a safe, hygienic campus)
  • Increases in percent positive cases relative to testing
  • Overall positivity rate, such as sustained day-over-day increases
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) and/or test shortages/availability
  • Inability to adequately test for COVID-19 due to supply chain issues (e.g., collection kit, processing reagents)
  • Clusters of COVID-19 cases on-campus (i.e. housing, athletes, employees/departments, classroom and research areas, etc.) that overwhelm our ability to quarantine/isolate and contact trace
  • Upward trajectory of influenza-like illness (ILI) – when compared to traditional rates – and COVID-19-like surveillance within a 14-day period
  • Increasing cases of community transmission (no known source) in student population