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COVID-19 Safety Protocol Changes Effective June 1

Based on Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-34 (March 2, 2021), recommendations from The Texas A&M University System, and current health trends from Potter and Randall counties as well as on campus, WT will transition to a new phase of COVID-19 safety protocols beginning June 1, 2021.

As of June 1, 2021:

  • COVID-19 limits on the number of people in face-to-face gatherings are removed;
  • Face covering and social distancing requirements are removed;
  • Testing and vaccines will be offered by individual appointment through Student Medical Services.

WT supports the individual rights of faculty, staff, and students to self-select wearing face coverings and to social distance. Whenever possible, WT will provide personal COVID-19 health and safety self-selection options.

Please understand that public health guidance cannot anticipate every situation. Individuals should stay informed, use wise judgement, and adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all.

Additional testing locations can be found through the Amarillo Public Health Department or your local healthcare provider. COVID-19 vaccines are available through the Amarillo Public Health’s walk-in clinic in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex or by appointment at various CVS, Family Medicine Clinics, United Pharmacies, Walgreens, and Walmart locations in Amarillo and Canyon.

The University will re-evaluate conditions on July 1, 2021 and at least monthly thereafter to provide the community with updates to safety protocols based on current conditions. COVID-19 safety protocols are subject to change at any time, so please visit the WTAMU COVID-19 webpage for the updates in safety protocols.

 

FAQs related to the June 1 protocol changes:

 

Are faculty, staff, and students required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before or after June 1, 2021?

No. The decision whether or not to take the COVID-19 vaccination is a personal choice. WT will not require showing any type of proof of vaccine in accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-35 issued on April 5, 2021.  

 

Can I get tested or vaccinated on campus? 

Yes. Vaccines and testing will be offered when available to WT employees and students by appointment through Student Medical Services. In addition, testing locations can be found through the Amarillo Public Health Department or your local healthcare provider. COVID-19 vaccines are available through the Amarillo Public Health Department’s walk-in clinic in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex or by appointment at various CVS, Family Medicine Clinics, United Pharmacies, Walgreens, and Walmart locations in Amarillo and Canyon.

 

Will classes be offered face-to-face after June 1, 2021?

Yes. University classrooms will be returning to normal pre-pandemic settings and courses. WT offers a robust selection of course options including 100% face to face, 100% online, and blended options as has been regular University practice. Students should consult the fall schedule of classes for available options. Hyflex courses are not scheduled to be offered by the University.

 

What if I suspect I may have been exposed to, have symptoms related to, or test positive for COVID-19? 

If you have been exposed to, have symptoms related to, or test positive for COVID-19, you are required to follow the CDC quarantine requirements . Please notify the University of your exposure or positive test at COVID19@wtamu.edu. WT will continue to provide contact tracing and space for students in the residence halls to quarantine or isolate as necessary.

 

What if I have questions related to COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, or University safety protocols? 

WT encourages you to ask questions, report, and share information related to COVID-19. Send an e-mail to COVID19@wtamu.edu. WT will respond as appropriate to individual concerns and will post updated information on the WTAMU COVID-19 webpage.  

 

How will I know the rate of infection on the WT campus? 

WT will continue to provide weekly metrics on the WTAMU COVID-19 webpage. You may also find Amarillo, Canyon, and both Potter and Randall counties infection metrics at:

https://amarilloalerts.com/src-report-card

https://covid-data-amarillo.hub.arcgis.com/

https://www.canyontx.com/611/COVID-19-Related-News-Updates.

 

Will University travel be allowed? 

Student and faculty travel related to University business will be approved by the College Dean or appropriate Vice Presidents. As a guide, The Texas A&M University System Risk Management recommends in-state travel is acceptable; out-of-state travel is subject to local COVID-19 considerations and should be limited to mission-critical trips; and international is restricted for most locations. Because travel restrictions are constantly changing and seem to be easing in some regions, it is important to work closely with the appropriate College Dean or Vice Presidents.