January 14, 2021
Welcome Back Bearkats!
This Spring semester, we have taken lessons learned, incorporated them into our university’s health and safety plan and adapted protocols to continually make our campus safer. Due to the increase in recent COVID-19 cases in our area, as a precautionary measure to slow a potential spread of the virus, SHSU has begun this semester with a two-week moratorium on all in-person events outside of classroom instruction.
We still have a mandatory face covering requirement and social distancing measures in place and have incorporated a COVID-19 learning module in Blackboard for students. We continually update our website to bring you the most up-to-date information and ask that you check our Staying Strong ’21 site daily. Please be sure to check ALL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS pages which are regularly updated as policies and requirements change.
Student testing continues to be offered at the student health center associated with a sick visit and a new offering for asymptomatic screening testing will start on Wednesday, January 20 (see details below.) Faculty and staff testing at the SHC will follow shortly thereafter. We will provide more details as they become available. In the meantime, students, faculty and staff can still get tested at two county testing sites.
Looking back to the Fall semester, we learned a great deal about COVID-19. We tested more than 6,500 faculty, staff and students in two months. Thanks to your collective efforts to control the spread of the virus, we successfully completed the semester and graduated more than 1,900 students in-person on December 19, 2020. Let’s stay strong and focus on what we can control now, as it will serve us well in the future.
COVID-19 Testing – Asymptomatic Screening
When: Beginning January 20, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The testing provided by the SHC is for asymptomatic screening. In order to be tested at the SHC, you need to do the following:
- Be a current SHSU student, faculty or staff
- Bring SAM ID to test
- Log into the Patient Portal on the SHC homepage and upload insurance information OR if uninsured, add your driver’s license information
- If you are uninsured, testing is covered under the CARES Act
COVID-19 Testing – Symptomatic
- Students: If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, seek medical care at the SHC
- Faculty/Staff: If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, seek medical care through your medical provider
Sam Houston State has been approved as a vaccine administration site allowing us to provide free vaccinations to students, staff, and faculty.
- What’s Happening Now: Currently, Phase IA recipients (front line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities) and Phase 1B recipients (people 16 and older with at least one chronic medical condition and those over 65 with an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19) are eligible to receive the vaccine.
- What’s Happening Next: The Student Health Center has developed a campus vaccine administration plan for when the shipments arrive. Unfortunately, due to the state distribution plan, we do not know when SHSU will receive its vaccine shipment but anticipate it will be later in the semester. The university encourages those eligible to get the vaccine now to do so through their healthcare provider or other resources.
- What to Expect: While the vaccine is not available to the general population and our Bearkat community yet, we will keep you informed every step of the way until it is.
Earlier this week, Human Resources sent an email to all faculty and staff announcing SHSU has chosen to participate in extending FFCRA which provides full time employees up to 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave for eligible COVID-19 conditions between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Please be advised this is an extension. If you have previously used this leave, it is no longer available to you.
Weekly updates of confirmed cases of COVID-19 will continue to be added to the university’s dashboard every Monday through Friday, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Since data is constantly evolving, we are currently looking at improvements to our COVID-19 Dashboard. To see the current number of cases, visit Dashboard Updates.
|Drew Miller||Student Affairs|
|Brian Loft||Academic Affairs|
|Robert Williams||Health Center|
|Joellen Tipton||Residence Life|
|Ann Theodori||SAM Center|
|Stephanie Knific||Marketing & Communications|
|Rachel Shorter||Tech/Desktop Services|
|Matt Roberts||Facilities Services|
|Rhonda Beassie||Human Resources|
|Candace Walkley||College of Osteopathic Medicine|
|Erica Bumpurs||Health Center|
|Mary-Katherine Breen||Academic Success Center|
|Wayne Barrett||College of Arts & Media|
|Anne Gaillard||Biology/College of Science & Engineering Technology|
|Steve Jeter||Public Safety|
|Jerrell Sherman||Dean of Students Office|
|Jessica Smith||Human Resources|
|Rachel Valle||Student Activities|
|Clint Lockwood||Enrollment Management|
|Terry Blaylock||Client Services|
|Kristy Vienne||Auxiliary Services|
|Bill Angrove||SHSU Online|
|Julie Schwab||Provost's Office|