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May 1, 2020: Texas Reopening Order

Dear Tarleton Family,

This past Monday, April 27, Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans to strategically begin reopening the state. Today, many businesses, organizations and agencies will be allowed to open, albeit with social distancing protocols and revised capacity restrictions. For details on the new measures, review the governor’s “Texans Helping Texans” report.

As a result of the governor’s executive order, I have established a “REOPEN TARLETON” covid-19 task force to begin developing a smooth reopening. We anticipate a resumption of in-person/on-campus instruction and normal operations for the fall semester. I would emphasize that this scenario remains fluid, however, as we monitor developments related to covid-19 and receive counsel from federal, state and regional public health officials. A four-phase framework to begin the “REOPEN TARLETON” process will be utilized. It will align with our current model of methodical and flexible planning, predicated upon health data and compliance with directives from the governor’s office, and reflect guidance from The Texas A&M University System.

For now, we will maintain our virtual (online) learning platform and limited on-campus operations, as has been the new normal since spring break. Our task force will begin work on timelines and procedures to reopen more campus-based employment opportunities for everyone. We will keep you updated through your department leadership.

Our top priority in a phased, gradual reopening is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and community. The plan will promote a healthy and safe environment for our Texan Family.

I hope that you and yours are well as we collectively navigate this unprecedented pandemic. We must all continue to do our part in controlling the spread of this terrible virus. As a reminder, please continue to practice safe measures and maintain social distance whenever you are in public.

Once again, I thank you for your resilience, patience and commitment to our institution. We are all blessed to be part of such a great university. Better days are ahead. Let’s prepare for an outstanding return in the fall.

As always, forever Bleed Purple and Roll, Texans!

Dr. James Hurley