Message to Faculty and Staff from UHV President Bob Glenn
Dear UHV Faculty and Staff,
As you know, UHV will return to normal pre-COVID-19 operations on Aug. 2. After 16 months of working from home, restricted access to campus and finding alternative ways to serve the needs of our students, we are excited for everyone to return to campus and see each of you in person again.
The past 16 months have been a difficult period, and I could not be more proud of how each of you have come together to support UHV and its students. Your hard work has helped UHV successfully navigate this pandemic. Now, as we prepare to return to normal operations, we ask that you continue your efforts not only to help our students, but also to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you.
Although we are excited to return to campus, the university will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in our communities, especially as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to spread. Please know that we will be monitoring the situation and will take appropriate measures to protect our students, faculty and staff in Victoria and Katy.
During the pandemic, UHV implemented safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the Victoria campus and UHV Katy. Many of those measures will continue, including increased cleaning on campus and hand sanitation stations. In addition, UHV will be hosting a vaccine clinic during the fall semester to encourage unvaccinated students, faculty and staff to get the vaccine. We will send out details of the vaccine clinic as they are finalized.
I also encourage each of you to take measures to protect yourself and those around you. Please continue to monitor your health daily before coming to work, and be sure to report any COVID-19 exposure or positive diagnosis through the online forms. In addition, although masks are no longer required on campus, we strongly encourage those who are not fully vaccinated to wear a mask to protect themselves from being infected by others, and to prevent infecting others should they have an asymptomatic infection. Although those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask according to CDC guidelines, you may choose to do so for an extra level of protection.
I know there will be more questions about safety measures and other concerns in the days ahead. Know that we have a commitment to protect UHV and its faculty, staff and students, and we will do everything we can to ensure everyone’s safety. If you have questions about the university’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, go to UHV’s COVID-19 webpages or contact the UHV COVID-19 Operations Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we prepare for the fall semester and the return of our students, I encourage everyone to reflect on what we have overcome during the past 16 months. We have made it through a difficult period, and we are looking forward to a new and exciting school year. I hope you all had an enjoyable summer, and I look forward to seeing you again in the new academic year.