Response to Executive Order GA 34
March 3, 2021
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
On March 2, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Executive Order GA 34 that removes the face covering mandate and capacity restrictions for businesses and other establishments effective March 10, 2021.
The Executive Order states “Public schools may operate as provided by, and under the minimum standard health protocols found in, guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Private schools and institutions of higher education are encouraged to establish similar standards.” At this time, the latest TEA guidelines (issued December 2020) require face coverings and other safety protocols in public schools. Therefore, Texas State University will keep our mandatory face covering policy and classroom density restrictions in place.
For the past year, we have successfully worked together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses by following our 12 Health & Safety Guidelines. Wearing face coverings and reducing classroom density are two of the most successful tools to combat COVID-19 infection in our community. We will continue to receive guidance on this issue from The Texas State University System Office of General Counsel, but at this time, we intend to keep our health and safety precautions in place through the end of the semester.
I have often said how proud I am of the commitment our students, faculty, and staff have shown to protect themselves and others by adhering to the precautions we have in place. At Texas State, we value personal interaction and engagement and believe these qualities can continue during the pandemic if we make safety our priority. Continuing to require face coverings and limit classroom occupancy at this time on our campuses ensures we are doing everything in our power to keep our community safe.
Denise M. Trauth