GSBS Update for Feb. 21
Researchers in the Houston area should be prepared to return to their labs as well. The Smithville campus remains under Level 4 operational status. Students should check with faculty advisors to see when it is safe to return to labs. Please remember to follow all COVID-19 institutional protocols when you return to campus.
- MD Anderson Employee Assistance Program including Counseling Services, 713-745-6901. MD Anderson EAP is also available through the MD Anderson Employee App and MyHR.
- UTHealth Employee Assistance Program including Counseling Services, 713-500-3327 or 800-346-3549.
- Emergency loans for students: GSBS students in good academic standing may apply for a 90-day interest-free emergency loan up to $1,000. Students must submit an e-loan application and promissory note. Click here for complete details.
Update from MD Anderson regarding operations for Monday, Feb. 22
On Sunday (Feb. 21) afternoon, the city of Houston lifted its boil water notice and MD Anderson's water recovery protocols are underway. MD Anderson facilities teams are working quickly to activate chlorine testing and flushing procedures in all facilities in preparation to return to normal COVID-19 operations Monday (Feb. 22) morning. This must be done building-by-building.
The winter weather and water pressure event has ended. MD Anderson anticipates moving back to a Level 2 operational status for COVID-19 on Monday. Today (Feb. 21), and until such time as a building has been deemed safe by MD Anderson facilities, only workforce members with a critical need for patient care, research or facilities activities should be there in-person.
The goal is to have all locations up and running on Monday, Feb. 22. Once a building has been cleared by the facilities team, building managers will notify occupants. If you are on campus and notice a water leak, please promptly report the issue by calling 713-563-5000.
Unless you hear otherwise, you should plan to arrive for your scheduled shift on Monday. Entry screening and all COVID-19 protocols still are in place.
Please continue to monitor MD Anderson's email messages and intranet for the latest information.
GSBS Winter Weather Update for Feb. 17-19
- UTHealth will remain on controlled access* for the rest of the week (Thursday, Feb. 18, and Friday, Feb. 19) and plans to resume regular COVID-19 campus operations on Monday, Feb. 22.
- MD Anderson will remain at Level 4* operational status at this time until further notice.
- Houston researchers working at MD Anderson labs should not come to campus from Wednesday through Friday at any time unless it is absolutely necessary due to the water issues. Those who do come should just stay for the minimum amount of time needed to handle their urgent needs. Bring drinking water with you; do not drink from water fountains. Smithville and Bastrop campuses remain at Level 4 and no one should come to those locations at this time.
*Links provided are updated frequently so please bookmark them and check them often.
Need tips to prepare for the winter storm? Click here to review Harris County's Winter Weather Resources.
- METRO will temporarily suspend operations all transit services beginning Monday, Feb. 15 due to freezing weather across the region. Read more here.
- TMC Shuttle Services will be suspended until further notice. Remote parkers should park in their on-campus location.
Inclement weather conditions or natural disasters severe enough to cause closure are very rare, but when they do occur, GSBS policy is as follows:
- With regard to lectures, didactic classes and other official on-campus school functions, the GSBS will close when our first parent institution (UTHealth or MD Anderson) closes, and re-open when the last one re-opens. The GSBS web site will give the current status of classes.
- Students should follow their faculty advisor’s institutional policies to determine when to return/report to their laboratories.
Personal Refuge: UTHealth and MD Anderson are not equipped to serve as a shelter during a hurricane or other emergency situation. Only ride-out team members (whose job responsibilities require their presence on a 24-hour basis) will be permitted access to facilities. Family members and pets will not be permitted to shelter at any UTHealth or MD Anderson facility during a hurricane or other emergency situation.
Students should check the following websites:
For students working at MD Anderson: www3.mdanderson.org/employeealert/
For students working at UTHealth: uthealthemergency.org
Faculty, staff and students can also log onto www.cancellations.com/ for a complete list of area closings, including UTHealth schools.
Other sources of information:
Traffic Incidents and Road Closures
- Channel 2 KPRC (NBC affiliate)
- Channel 11 KHOU (CBS affiliate)
- Channel 13 KTRK (ABC affiliate)
- Channel 26 (KRIV)
- Channel 39 (KHCW)
- Channel 45 (KXLN)
- Channel 47 (KTMD)
- 950 AM (KPRC)
- 740 AM (KTRH)
- Call (toll-free) 1-866-237-0107 for UTHealth closure
- Call 713-792-7464 for MD Anderson closure
Institutional Text Alert Systems