June 29, 2020

Texas A&M University at Galveston Employees,

Under the direction of President Young and Colonel Fossum, the TAMUG HR office issued guidance in mid-May regarding a phased approach to returning employees to work on campus. This phased approach was designed to slowly begin the process of bringing everyone back to campus and to evaluate the effect of returning people to their regular worksite. It began with 25% of employees being allowed to return to work on campus and then moved to 50% as of June 1. This approach has worked fairly well; however, some new concerns have arisen with the recent rise of COVID-19 cases locally and in the state of Texas.

As you are aware, our phased approach was due to make another adjustment beginning on July 1. The Phase 3 adjustment would have allowed up to 100% of employees to return to campus based on each college’s/division’s operational needs and managerial discretion. In light of the recent growth in COVID-19 cases, we are suspending the implementation of Phase 3 until July 20. Therefore, Phase 2 guidance will remain in effect until then (up to 50% of employees in any area). As we have stated before, these percentages are not targets that must be achieved. If what your college/division is currently doing is working well and meeting your business needs, there is no need to adjust your current practices. In addition, some colleges and divisions have adopted a rotational approach where, for example, certain staff will come to the office on Mondays and Wednesdays and a different group will come to the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Any plans of this nature are fine.

As before, we will continue to monitor what is happening and adjust this plan accordingly. In the event additional adjustments are needed, these adjustments will be communicated to you in a timely manner. We encourage all employees to also visit the TAMUG COVID-19 website for employment-related resources concerning COVID-19.

Thank you,

Human Resources