Spring 2022 Opening School Update

Wednesday, January 05, 2022
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Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Friends of the College:

At Texas College, our chief priority remains to best ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and constituents. In this regard, the College continues to closely monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Though situated in East Texas, Texas College's student population draws from across the globe. With consideration to this, the College continuously reviews local, regional, state, national, and international data to best shape a comprehensive assessment of the pandemic’s landscape and its potential impact on the College’s population. This process informs our planning efforts and enables us to provide the safest environment that is most conducive for education.

With the emergence of the Omicron variant, the current rise in cases, and the projected surge, Texas College has pushed back the start date of the Spring 2022 academic term. The upcoming semester is now slated to begin on Monday, January 24, 2022; on-campus residential students will return to campus on Saturday, January 22, 2022. This deferral is intended to strategically position the spring semester’s start on the receding side of the anticipated influx.

To further mitigate risk and best accommodate the needs of our students, the Spring 2022 semester will offer classes through two instructional modalities: in-person/face-to-face and virtually/online. Moreover, our COVID-19 safety and prevention protocols stringently remain in place to best minimize opportunities for exposure. Though not an exhaustive list, these measures minimally include: required wearing of face masks; social distancing; screening; testing; contact tracing; hand washing/sanitizing; and sterilization of facilities. Further, individuals external to the campus (i.e., non-students/faculty/staff) must have an approved appointment for in-person meetings. Additionally, Texas College also strongly suggests that individuals be fully vaccinated to best protect themselves.

Given the fluidity of the variant and its continual spread, the College will continue to monitor the data and science daily and modify preparations as necessary to best ensure the safety of Texas College students, faculty, and staff. Should modifications occur, individuals are encouraged to visit our website, www.texascollege.edu, to find the latest updates surrounding the Spring 2022 semester.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to loom with the Omicron variant’s spread and projected escalation, Texas College encourages all to continue to maintain resilience and strength as we persevere together. Throughout these challenging times, remain vigilant and engage in the precautionary best practices to preserve the health and safety of our communities. And, above all, continue to be sustained with the wisdom and comfort of God. As a college founded in faith, rest assured that the health, safety, and well-being of each student, faculty, and staff, as well as those beyond, remain at the forefront of our prayers daily. Reciprocally, we ask the same — for continued prayers and continued support for Texas College and for each individual that comprises the Texas College Family.

— The Texas College Administration