To mask or not to mask?

Dear Texas Woman’s Community,

I hope this message finds you well on this sunny, warm day from Houston to Austin, where I am today, and up through Dallas and Denton.

Yesterday Gov. Abbott announced that starting next Wednesday, he is rescinding the statewide mask mandate and allowing all businesses to open to full capacity; yet, he urged us to use personal responsibility.

At Texas Woman’s, we will exercise said responsibility by continuing our current set of practices—grounded in CDC guidance, including the guidance for wearing masks.

Chancellor Carine Feyten sits at her desk wearing a protective face mask

We have always taken this guidance as a minimum but also implemented additional protective measures. I credit your care—one of our core values—in following our health agency-based guidance with our relatively low number of COVID cases. From what we have learned about COVID so far: an effort to protect others ends up also protecting you.

I know some universities have canceled spring break. We have not. Many of you use that time to recalibrate for a strong finish to the spring semester. So, enjoy the spring break next week, but do keep up your vigilance.

At Texas Woman’s, we will go farther, if we go together!

With a pioneering spirit,

Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D.
Chancellor and President

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