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Dear Tarleton State University Community,

With the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, it is imperative that we intensify our commitment to the simple behaviors that will keep us safe. By adhering to these basics, together, we can stop the spread.

Local and state leaders, as well as public health experts, are encouraging everyone to …

  • Wear a face covering in public. All employees should have received one reusable covering with the Tarleton logo.
  • Be meticulous in the way we wash our hands and how we touch surfaces. Try to avoid touching your face, eyes and nose. Use hand sanitizer.
  • Adhere to social distancing, staying at least 6 feet apart.
  • Avoid large gatherings, especially those indoors.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

I urge you to follow ordinances in the areas where you live or visit. For example, the Tarrant County mandate to wear a mask at all businesses and at outdoor gatherings with more than 100 people starts today and lasts through Aug. 3. Therefore, our Fort Worth campus will be adhering to the Tarrant County mandate to ensure the safety and well-being of our Fort Worth faculty, staff and students.

The health and safety of our Tarleton family remains top priority. We stand ready to do whatever is necessary based on guidance from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, The Texas A&M University System, the Centers for Disease Control and local, state and federal health officials.

We remain fully committed for a fall return. As our Chancellor, John Sharp, has said numerous times, the campus experience builds camaraderie and reinforces the traditions that turn today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.

Our goal was to have at least 75 percent of employees back on campus by July 1. In light of recent developments, however, we will hold staffing to 50 percent until July 13. Please work with your supervisor to determine your schedule.

I am so grateful for your persistence, determination and flexibility. We are #UnitedAsOne — a beacon of hope and opportunity for the region we serve.

As always, Bleed Purple. And let’s take care of one another!

Dr. James Hurley