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Information on Coronavirus

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Campus Signage Available for Print

There are various signage documents that can be downloaded and printed to place around campus to encourage social distancing and promote CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. View signage documents

Tarleton-themed Face Coverings for Purchase

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CARES ACT Grant and other Emergency Aid for Students

Tarleton State University serves a broad community of students including Stephenville, Ft. Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS, and many online with unique needs as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to meet the needs of Tarleton students and their families who have been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Tarleton will award approximately $5.7 million in emergency grants to assist students as part of its Tarleton CARES Emergency Aid Program. These funds will be used to address financial hardship, including housing and food insecurity, medical expenses and lack of educational support and supplied (including technology). 

Information about how to apply for funds

View CARES ACT Funding Report: 7/2/2020
View CARES ACT Funding Report: 5/18/2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act for Employees

This act requires employers, including Tarleton State University, to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.

FFCRA Request Form

View Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Ley Familias Primero de Respuesta al Coronavirus

Tarleton continues to monitor the spread of the coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, as more cases are confirmed in the United States and other countries.

We continue to use the best advice and guidance available from the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionWorld Health Organization and the Texas Department of State Health Services. Tarleton leadership from across the university is meeting regularly to discuss and review the rapidly evolving situation regarding the spread of COVID-19.

We have activated the emergency operations plan and convened our response team to coordinate preparedness and response activities.

At this time, no one within our campus community has tested positive for COVID-19. Nevertheless, we want to make sure our community is informed and follows preventative measures.

Emergency Management on Campus

The university is relying on local and state health officials, as well as members of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Centers for Disease and Preparedness and the World Health Organization, to ensure a consistent and coordinated response. The university also is working with The Texas A&M University System to ensure that issues related to campus communities are appropriately addressed.

Administration leaders are actively planning for a range of scenarios and potential short- and longer-term impacts, with particular focus on the health and well-being of the university community, as well as on the continuity of university operations.

Despite the rapidly changing nature of this situation, we are prepared to respond as necessary. Student Health Services and the departments of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, along with many campus partners, all are paying close attention to this situation.

Texas A&M-Texarkana virus expert fights ignorance about coronavirus

The coronavirus behind the current pandemic is scary, but ignorance about it is even scarier.

That’s why Dr. Benjamin Neuman, head of Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s biology department, has been so busy lately trying to answer questions from journalists around the world, as well as children.

In March, Dr. Neuman started taking questions from kids on Dr. Ben Neuman’s Science Group on Facebook. The group quickly exploded with thousands of followers.

Both kids and reporters like Dr. Neuman’s reassuring style of explaining complicated things simply.

Don’t miss my chat with Dr. Neuman! Watch the whole episode on the Texas A&M System’s YouTube channel.

Stay safe,

John Sharp, Chancellor, Texas A&M System

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Student Health Services Director Bridgette Bednarz recommends the same hygiene precautions as with other infectious diseases, such as the flu:

  • Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer (located throughout campus)
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Stay home when sick and avoid close contact with those who are
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Behavior of Bias

Be aware that concern around this emerging issue can lead to stigma and bias.

  • Coronavirus doesn’t recognize race, nationality or ethnicity.
  • Wearing a medical mask does not mean that a person is ill.