Back to Class: Texas A&M Protocols and Free COVID-19 Testing Information Described
January 7, 2022, 4 p.m. CST
Good afternoon, Aggies:
We look forward to seeing everyone back on the Texas A&M University campus and in the classrooms in 11 days (Tuesday, January 18). Please carefully read the following updated guidelines for COVID-19 protocols as we launch the spring semester.
Various meetings and activities, including new student lectures, are scheduled for next week as scheduled. Meanwhile, the employees, who were working from home this week, will return to work on campus on Monday, January 10.
The university recently acquired a large number of home test kits from the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Details will follow soon on how the free tests will be distributed campus-wide to students, faculty and staff over the coming weeks. Supplies related to these tests will be made available to all TAMU campuses in the state.
Texas A&M and public health experts strongly encourage everyone to do their part to keep the university healthy by doing the following:
- Get tested regularly – whatever the vaccination status. The free test is widely available on the main campus and off campus. This helps identify clusters of cases, and not everyone has symptoms.
- Wear a properly fitted mask.
- Get the full vaccine. To verify here for campus locations and here for off-campus sites including CVS and Walgreens. If you’re not sure when you should get the booster, the CDC explains it here.
- Get the flu shot. This The influenza vaccine website breaks down locations by zip code.
For those on campuses outside of Bryan-College Station, please check the respective campus website for testing and vaccine locations.
Other guidelines to keep in mind:
- If your COVID-19 test is positive, complete and submit the A&M Self-Assessment Form.report form. The Galveston Self-Report Portal is different from the main campus and is located on This site.
- Those who live on campus should also inform their residence staff. Other protocols are described here. Where possible, students are encouraged to complete isolation and quarantine in off-campus accommodation or permanent residence.
Health experts have warned that variants of the virus are expected to continue to emerge. A&M is working closely with the Texas Department of Emergency Management and will continue to monitor COVID-related conditions in the region, state, and nation, as well as local hospital capacity.
We know from experience that the uncertainty of the pandemic often interferes with plans, which is why we urge everyone to remain patient and flexible over the next few weeks as decisions are made. We believe it is extremely important that we take action now to prevent the unnecessary spread of the disease.
Improved protocols may be needed if conditions worsen, so make a habit of checking for updates here.
Hope you have a good semester and best wishes for the new year.
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President
Texas A&M University