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**All in-person class and learning spaces have been arranged to allow for maximum physical distancing. These spaces will be disinfected 2-3 times throughout the class day. Students will also be provided with disinfecting wipes upon entering these spaces.**

COVID-Flex or Co-Flex (course section 3-digit number beginning with “3”; i.e. ENGL 1301-300)

  • Students will meet in-person for one course day a week; and attend virtually on the other class day(s) that week.
  • These courses will meet in-person at a designated time and on a designated day with one group of students each class day, and virtually through Blackboard Collaborate on the other class days:
    1. Group A would attend in-person class on M; and WF class days virtually.
    2. Group B would attend in-person class on W, attending virtually MF.
    3. Group C would attend in-person on Friday, attending virtually MW.

Co-Flex Hybrid (course section 3-digit number beginning with “9”; i.e. ENGL 1301-900)

  • Some Co-Flex courses may be presented in a hybrid format, meaning there may be class days that meet entirely online.
  • Students in a TR course may be divided into two groups: Group A meeting in person Tuesdays and attending virtually on Thursdays; and Group B meeting person Thursdays and attending class virtually Tuesdays.
  • For MWF courses following this model, students may be divided into two groups instead of three: Group A may meet on Monday and participate via Blackboard Wednesday; Group B may meet on Wednesday and participate via Blackboard on Monday; all students in the course would participate virtually on Friday per faculty instruction.
  • For some course sections with fewer students, all students may meet in person one class day, while attending virtually the next.

Face-to-Face Courses (course section 3-digit number beginning with “0”; i.e. ENGL 1301-001)

  • Students will meet in person each class day.
  • Students in most face-to-face courses may have the option to attend the course remotely, since most faculty will also be livestreaming each class via Blackboard Collaborate.
  • Faculty permission to attend courses remotely may be required for some courses.

Web Conference (course section 3-digit number beginning with “4”; i.e. ENGL 1301-400)

  • ALL students are expected to meet at the date and times designated on the course schedule which are conducted entirely online, and are referred to as synchronous online courses.

Online (course section 3-digit number beginning with “6”; i.e. ENGL 1301-600)

  • Online courses are completed entirely online.
  • While students can participate in these classes much at their own pace, there will be deadlines, due dates and assignments that must be met.
  • Faculty may require that tests in these courses are completed online on a specified date and time.
  • Faculty may also require minimal face-to-face attendance for tests or lectures. As much as 15% of these courses may require some face-to-face meetings as determined by faculty.

Labs

  • If a lab is online, you will see that indicated in Blue and Gold. If the lab is not online, you will receive specific instructions from the department in which that lab;is housed by the first week of classes.

Lab, Studios and Performance Spaces

As part of Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s ongoing strategy to support students in accessing remote courses during the current COVID-19 pandemic, computer labs across campus will be open this fall. Capacity will be limited in labs to allow for social distancing. Please see the map for the locations of labs across our campus.

For students wishing to remain on campus to access their online course material, it is strongly encouraged to set up in computer labs to keep proper social distance, versus sitting in a hallway or other high traffic areas.

For your own safety and the safety of others, please do not sit or loiter in hallways in between classes.


Computer Lab Map Legend

  1. Business Administration 107
  2. Bailey Art 189
  3. Fore Hall 111, 112
  4. Speech 172
  5. Manning Hall 127, 212
  6. Rhode Hall 243
  7. Kleberg Agriculture
  8. Engineering Complex 103, 104, 106, 218, 275, 240
  9. Gross Hall 108, 109
  10. McNeil Engineering 308
  11. Steinke Center 124A
  12. Kleberg Hall 121
  13. Music Education 157
  14. Jernigan Library

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Attendance Management System

A new QR code system in each learning space will assist the University in managing attendance and, if needed, initiating preliminary contact tracing. Upon entering a learning space for face-to-face classes, students and faculty will be required to scan a QR code unique to that space. Attendance, date, and time will be logged in a central database.

Individuals will scan the code through their smart phone using either their camera or a free QR code reader application. Upon scanning the code, individuals will be prompted to enter their University email address and password. As needed, the information from the database can be used in the University preliminary contact tracing process.

A team of University preliminary contact tracers will communicate isolation/quarantine requirements, and coordinate resources and testing while using the university’s technology and other screening & symptom reports. The team will respond to the university’s COVID-19 positive cases and close contacts in a timely manner as well as report the COVID 19 positive cases to the regional/ local Texas Department of State Health Services.

Health and Safety

We are committed to keeping our campus safe during these unprecedented times. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff continue to drive our reopening plan.

Here’s how we’re keeping our campus safe:

#1. All employees and students are required to self-certify by August 15 via electronic certification that the individual:

  • is not COVID-19 positive;
  • is not experiencing fever, cough or other COVID-19 symptoms as identified by the CDC;
  • has not been in close contact with anyone known or suspected to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days;
  • has not traveled to or through an area with state or local travel restrictions that mandate quarantine upon arrival home in the previous 14 days.

If an individual fails to meet any of these criteria, that person will be required to notify the applicable University official—students should contact the Dean of Students and faculty/staff should contact the Executive Director of Human Resources. The individual must not report to campus and should follow CDC self-quarantine guidance. The individual will only be allowed to return to campus upon receiving appropriate medical clearance from their healthcare provider.

This certification is part of mandatory COVID-19 training that must be completed prior to returning to campus. Students will complete their training via Blackboard. Faculty and staff will complete Texas A&M University System training via TrainTraq.

#2. The use of face coverings along with other measures including practicing physical distancing and frequent hand washing can slow the spread of COVID-19, which is spread mostly through droplets released when a person coughs and speaks.

Face coverings are required in all public spaces on campus, including lobbies, hallways, classrooms, labs, and stairwells.

Face coverings are not required in private dorm rooms, private offices with one occupant or outdoors when proper physical distance can be maintained. Individuals must provide their own face coverings.

#3. All learning spaces on campus have been assessed for the maximum capacity that allows for proper physical distancing—typically 1/3 of the normally assigned room capacity.

New room capacities will be clearly labeled outside each space classroom and laboratory.

  • Face-to-face classes have been assigned rooms based on physical distancing requirements and section enrollment.
  • Room furnishings have been removed as needed.
  • Signs will designate available seating in each learning space. Not every seat in a room will be available.

General spaces

  • Public health campaign signage encouraging social distance, proper hygiene, and general COVID-19 education is displayed across campus.
  • Barriers, signage, and decals mark appropriate social distance and available seating in addition to encouraging the separation of individuals.
  • Individuals are encouraged to bring their own water bottles or refillable water bottles to minimize touch/use of water fountains. All water fountains will be sanitized frequently by SSC custodial staff.
  • Foot traffic in and out of buildings will be guided by directional signage. Each building will have designated entries and exits.

#4. All learning spaces will be cleaned twice daily Monday-Friday. The first cleaning will be done in the early hours prior to the first class meeting at 8 a.m. A second cleaning will be done at midday or the afternoon based on the schedule.

No class will meet in a classroom during the hour at which a cleaning for that classroom is scheduled. In addition, students will be provided with sanitizing wipes upon entering each learning space to wipe down their areas if they wish.

#5.Beginning August 3, symptomatic students, staff, and faculty and those identified as a close contact with a COVID-19 positive case will be able to receive free COVID-19 testing on campus.

The Texas A&M University System will provide monthly tests to each System institution thanks to an agreement Chancellor John Sharp negotiated with Curative Inc., a national testing company based in California. Curative has committed to turning around test results within 30 hours from when the sample arrives at their labs.

The on-campus testing will be available Tuesday-Thursday in a designated area near the Student Health & Wellness building on the northwest side of campus. Sample collection involves an easy self-swab process. All testing is by appointment only. A link to online registration will be provided once available.

Faculty and staff with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas employee health insurance are encouraged to arrange for COVID-19 testing with their primary care physician, as the test is covered through insurance. Testing will not be available for the family of faculty, staff, or students.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 they must self-isolate; if a student has been in close contact with a positive case they must self-quarantine and self-monitor for 14 days days regardless if they test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Students who need to self-isolate or self-quarantine will be encouraged to return home or to their off campus apartment. Students unable to return home or who reside on campus, can comply by staying in Bishop or Turner Halls, where sections have been converted to quarantine and isolation spaces. Individuals will be assigned a room, asked to bring sufficient clothing for the duration, and may not have visitors. Internet service is available so they may continue their studies. Food service will be provided. Students will be asked to self-monitor their symptoms and check their temperature twice daily during their quarantine/isolation period. In addition, representatives from Student Health and Wellness will periodically check-in with students during this time.

#6. The University is committed to providing the highest quality education without interruption should a student contract COVID-19, have to self-isolate, or self-quarantine.

Students in these situations will be able to access class lectures remotely either in real-time or on their own time since most lectures will be recorded and streamed on Blackboard. Students who become sick or are unable to attend class in person due to quarantine/isolation or online should make arrangements with the faculty member to make up the missed work as they would for excused absences under normal circumstances. In addition, students who are registered in a face-to-face course and are not in self-isolation or in self-quarantine, but feel more comfortable attending class virtually may discuss their options with their faculty.

#7. A new QR code system in each learning space will assist the University in managing attendance and, if needed, initiating preliminary contact tracing. Upon entering a learning space for face-to-face classes, students and faculty will be required to scan a QR code unique to that space. Attendance, date, and time will be logged in a central database.

Individuals will scan the code through their smart phone using either their camera or a free QR code reader application. Upon scanning the code, individuals will be prompted to enter their University email address and password. As needed, the information from the database can be used in the University preliminary contact tracing process. A team of University preliminary contact tracers will communicate isolation/quarantine requirements, and coordinate resources and testing while using the university’s technology and other screening and symptom reports. The team will respond to the university’s COVID-19 positive cases and close contacts in a timely manner as well as report the COVID 19 positive cases to the regional/ local Texas Department of State Health Services.

#8. We know that these are challenging times for everyone. A recent national survey indicated that 80 percent of college students say the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health.

Students may be grappling with anxiety and other mental health issues. The Student Health and Wellness clinic will be open in the fall and plans to offer both face-to-face and telemedicine/telemental health services.

University Housing and Residence Life

Residence Halls on campus will remain open for the fall semester. Standard room assignment procedures will be followed. Increased sanitization, social distancing and the use of face coverings in public spaces are among the tools used to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the residence halls. Students living in the residence hall will receive an email before moving in instructing them to complete the required COVID-19 training. Moving-In will be done by scheduled appointment to allow for social distance.

Sanitization will be increased in public spaces and high touch areas. Residents are strongly encouraged to supply their own cleaning and sanitizing products for their personal areas.

Students registered in online courses only are exempted from the University’s residence policy that requires students with less than 30 completed semester credit hours to live on campus. Students with compromised immune systems should discuss their health situation with their medical provider before deciding to return to campus residence halls.

Read more about Residence Life’s Fall 2020 plan
http://www.tamuk.edu/housing/resources/UHRLCOVID19.html

Personal Responsibility

Students living in the residence halls are strongly encouraged to do their part to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

  • Students will receive a welcome packet that includes a thermometer and educational materials to encourage self-monitoring.
  • Social distancing must be practiced at all times. The number of in-room/suite visitors at one time will be limited and all guests must be Texas A&M-Kingsville students. No non-student guest will be permitted. No overnight guests will be allowed. Family members may be allowed as guests for brief visits. Changes in local public health conditions may necessitate the further limiting or suspension of visitations.
  • Students are not required to wear a face covering when alone in their dorm rooms; however, they must place one on if someone joins them in their room.
  • Residents are expected to check their temperature daily and self-assess for symptoms.
  • If a student has been in close contact with a positive case and even if they are not presenting symptoms, they must notify a residence hall advisor immediately and stay in their room until further instruction.

COVID-19 On-Campus Testing 

In order to protect the Javelina Nation, Texas A&M-Kingsville will be committed in providing the Curative’s self-collected RT–PCR COVID-19 testing on campus during the Fall 2020 semester.   To stop the spread among the Javelina community, the university’s primary’s commitment will be conducting diagnostic testing on individuals (Students, Faculty, & Staff) with COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure to COVID-19. As the campus develops moderate to substantial community transmissions and resources allow, the university may consider testing some or all asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff to identify outbreaks and notify control measures.   Faculty and Staff will be strongly encouraged to use their Blue Cross Blue Shields’ insurance benefit of free COVID 19 testing so that testing resources can be earmarked for students who cannot afford their medical expenses or are uninsured.  

SOURCE: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/ihe-testing.html 

How To Get Your Schedule

STEP

  1. Login to JNET and select the Campus Resources Tab
  2. Click on Blue and Gold from Campus Quick Links Menu and login
  3. Click on Registration, then Student Detail Schedule, and Select Fall 2020 Term
Sample screenshot of schedule from blue and gold.  illustration shows where to locate section, group, time of class, Day and location, and schedule type.

Our Commitment to Safety!

Texas A&M-Kingsville is committed to protecting our Javelinas from COVID-19. Watch this short video to see how we are sanitizing our campus for a safe return.