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In-person classes to continue as scheduled Jan. 10

In-person classes to continue as scheduled Jan. 10 - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

(File Photo) Students participate in the Week of Welcome block party in the CAB Courtyard August 19, 2021. This was also the first day of the fall 2021 semester. Photo by Clarissa Martinez

Due to the sharp spike in local COVID-19 cases following the holidays, universities and colleges around the city have announced the move to online curriculum or delayed the beginning of the spring semester altogether.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio now remains the last university in the city to begin the spring semester in-person, as scheduled, on Jan. 10 — a decision that mirrors the Texas A&M University System’s current plans.

However, the university plans to “help keep the campus community safe” by providing rapid tests and N95 masks, according to a Facebook post released by the university on Jan 7.

The Mesquite reached out to the Office of the President for comment on this issue on Jan. 6 but was forwarded to the Office of Marketing & Communications.

Marcom didn’t respond to calls but forwarded a new statement to faculty on Jan. 7.

“Faculty are encouraged to be as flexible as possible with your students if they fall ill this spring, whether with COVID or other serious illness.”

In its latest email to faculty members, the Office of Academic Affairs thanked faculty for continuing to provide “an excellent educational experience within the pandemic environment.”

The email says that instructors would now be allowed to conduct class online should they fall ill or be asked to quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure.

Despite the city reporting a daily average of more than 3,500 new COVID-19 cases as of Jan. 7, no further update has been provided by the university.

All campuses within the Texas A&M University System plan to conduct the new semester as scheduled.

However, the instructors at Texas A&M University-Commerce have the option to teach virtually the first week (Jan. 12-14), and Texas A&M University-Kingsville will require COVID-19 tests for all returning students, faculty and staff.

The Mesquite will address mounting student and faculty concerns in an upcoming story.

About the Authors

Gabrielle Tellez
Managing Editor
Gabrielle Tellez is a communications junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Social Media Editor at the Mesquite, minoring in English studies and specializing in digital marketing. When she isn't writing witty captions for social media, Tellez flexes her creative muscles by creating digital art using the latest design software. Certified in marketing strategies and local tourism, Tellez hopes to pursue her passions without straying too far from her beloved home of San Antonio.
Asiah Mendoza
Assistant Editor
Asiah Mendoza is a communications junior with a minor in psychology. Born and raised in San Antonio, she enjoys writing and listening to music in her free time. Her favorite things to do are go to concerts and discover new artists. After graduation, she hopes to combine her two interests and become a music journalist.

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