Working on campus looks different this semester, and flexibility and preparedness is key to ensuring our faculty and staff stay healthy while continuing to support the university. Ensuring our faculty and staff feel safe and prepared is of the utmost importance.
Current work modalities continue in summer
Work modalities for faculty and staff continue to include on-campus, telecommuting and hybrid options in the spring. All existing telecommuting agreements are active until July 31, 2021. No new agreements are required. As the situation continues to evolve, work modality options and telecommuting agreements will be reviewed as needed.
Fall 2021 semester planning
Fall 2021 will welcome Roadrunners back to campus with extensive in-person classroom instruction and enriching out-of-classroom activities for our students. UTSA’s Public Health Task Force is currently preparing recommendations for a safe return to campus and will host a town hall later this semester after their report is released.
Telecommunting encouraged, offered on office-by-office basis
We encourage offices to explore whether some or all of their employees may continue to telecommute beyond July 31 without impacting their ability to offer a full-range of services. These decisions will be made on an office-by-office basis. We encourage supervisors and managers to begin fall planning now and reach out to your HR Business Partner for support and answers to specific questions.
Accommodations are being made for high-risk employees
Some vulnerable individuals may need to observe ongoing physical distancing for prolonged periods of time, even when others have returned to campus. UTSA is providing flexible working and learning conditions for those individuals at higher-risk or who live with or care for individuals at higher-risk, including extended telework accommodations.
Department care kits for spring are available by request
If your department requires more of the PPE supplies, you can submit a Care Kit Request form. Items available in the care kits are: hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray bottles, dissolving disinfectant tablets, paper towels, disposable surgical masks, and black cloth face coverings.
Staff and faculty must wear face coverings while working on campus
Face coverings are required in all public and common spaces on UTSA’s campuses. Wearing a face covering is optional if you are alone in an enclosed space, such as a laboratory or private office. UTSA is providing face coverings to all faculty, staff and students. More information about face coverings on campus >>
Risk assessments of physical spaces have been conducted
Assessments evaluated the need for protective barriers in high-traffic areas, break room protocols, signage needs, and more. Signage kits were provided prior to the start of the fall semester.
Common spaces and offices are cleaned regularly
Classrooms, community spaces and high-traffic areas are cleaned regularly. Additional resources are available, including hand sanitizer stations, disinfecting supplies, plastic barriers for high-traffic areas and compliance training to help all Roadrunners take personal safety measures in gathering spaces.
Personal offices are cleaned and sanitized on a periodic basis. Departments received additional supplies to clean and sanitize personal workspaces, such as phones, keyboards and computer mice.
You are strongly encouraged to self-monitor your health
As a Roadrunner, we must all do our part to keep each other safe and healthy during these unprecedented times, both on and off campus. Key to this effort is to conduct vigilant, daily self-assessments for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus for work or class, as well as for those who are telecommuting or engaging in virtual instruction. UTSA developed a daily health self-assessment tool which is also available on the UTSA mobile app and the LiveSafe app. All students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors are highly encouraged to conduct daily health assessments as a way to do your part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
If you feel sick, stay home
Staying home when you feel sick helps protect our campus community. If you are experiencing fever and respiratory symptoms, call your health-care provider or nurse advice line. If you must quarantine, contact your supervisor to discuss arrangements to work from home, if applicable for your position. If you need to take leave due to COVID-19 concerns, learn more about the Extended Family Medical Leave Act.