Students Need To Confirm Reading Critical COVID-19 Message

Log in to Howdy Portal to confirm reading fall guidelines.
By Texas A&M University August 17, 2021

Texas A&M University students can now log in to the Howdy Portal to confirm reading the latest COVID-19 guidelines for returning to classes in less than two weeks.

That is Step One of two that students are required to follow as we return to campus Aug. 30. Faculty and staff also will be required to verify having read the same document by completing a course assignment in TrainTraq, which will be uploaded soon.

Step Two: Students, faculty and staff are required to participate in the mandatory COVID-19 testing program between Aug. 23, 2021 and Sept. 10, 2021. Testing sites, hours of operations and additional information will be updated regularly on Texas A&M’s COVID-19 Guidance page.

Testing is widely available across campus at no cost. Times and locations are updated here weekly.

For those who test positive or are in close contact with a person who tests positive, the university has detailed directions. Among the highlights:

  • Mandatory reporting: Students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19, have COVID-19 symptoms, or who have had close contact with someone who received a positive test result for COVID-19 are required to log on to this site and complete the COVID-19 Report Form, and are asked to cooperate with the Texas A&M COVID-19 Investigation Operations Center.
  • Isolate/quarantine: Students, faculty and staff who test positive or have been identified as a close contact and have not been vaccinated are required to isolate/quarantine as described in *earlier communications from the university.
  • Fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff who have come into close contact with someone should be tested 3 to 5 days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.

Read this *guidance page for more details, including the type of tests offered and what to do if you’re at a site outside the flagship campus, as well as information about sanctions for individuals who do not comply with mandatory reporting and testing.

Vaccine Incentive: Chance To Win Equivalent Of 1-Year Free Tuition

To encourage vaccination, drawings for students who submit proof of vaccination will be held Oct. 15, 2021. Funding for education expenses will be awarded for those students selected in the random drawing. More details will be announced soon, along with an incentive program for employees.

Additional Information For Texas A&M Sites Across The State

For questions about COVID-19 guidance outside Bryan-College Station, please check with the following regarding testing and vaccine locations:

* This link is no longer active and has been removed.

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