This is an important Campus Closure update for our Texas students:
- The Austin and Dallas campuses remain closed due to adverse winter weather conditions. Most employees are able to work remotely, and online coursework should continue as normal when possible.
- On-campus lab activities canceled through Sunday, February 21 will be rescheduled.
- Online resources including Blackboard remain unaffected. If you have Internet access, we ask that you do all you can to keep working and stay on track with coursework.
- Students needing extra time or extensions on assignments because of severe weather or infrastructure challenges should make those requests directly to faculty.
- Faculty will work with you to make up content and assignment.
- Absences will be excused, as needed and appropriate.
Resources to Help If You Need Assistance
Local resources and emergency services offer the best approach to obtain current information. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1, or (877) 541-7905, and find information about resources in your local community. Additional options include:
- United Way: Dial 2-1-1 or www.211texas.org
- American Red Cross: 512-928-4271 or www.redcross.org/local/texas/central-and-south-texas
- Texas Division of Emergency Management: 512-424-2208 or https://tdem.texas.gov/
- Travel information and roadway conditions, including closures and evacuation routes: Call 511 or visit www.txdot.gov/
Texas has initiated several ‘warming centers’ through the state. Shelter protocols differ by municipality but typically are available if you need shelter due to urgent circumstances, such as no power or heat for more than two hours. These warming centers allow you to stay for several hours or spend the night (bring appropriate bedding). You must wear face masks to comply with current COVID-19 safety protocols.
- Dallas: Call 211 Texas or 877-541-7905 for warming station locations or visit www.211texas.org/. Real-time updates are provided via City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management via Facebook and Twitter. A list of warming station addresses can be found here.
- Austin: The Palmer Events Center, at 900 Barton Springs Rd., remains Austin’s primary warming center. Other warming centers can be found here.
- Dallas local businesses and services that have remained open can be found here.
- Austin local businesses and services that have remained open can be found here.
In addition, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences students have 24×7, confidential access to ComPsych to assist with current updates regarding winter weather resources, including how to get help, shelters, power outages, road conditions and more. Log into the ComPsych website and click on the Alerts icon on the top right of the homepage. You can also reach ComPsych by phone or on your mobile device.
- Telephone: 844-819-4777
- Website: www.guidanceresources.com (Web ID: USAEAP)
- Mobile App: Guidance Resources Now (Co Code: USAEAP)
Tips and content include:
- What can I do if I am caught in a winter storm?
- Protecting pets during and after a disaster
- Staying safe during winter storms and extreme cold
- Coping during a power outage
Please continue to check your USA.edu email and MyUSA portal for updates. Faculty may also share important course information in Blackboard. Stay safe, monitor local news and government agency alerts, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.