Face mask requirement to begin Thursday, Aug. 12
UA-PTC Chancellor Margaret Ellibee announced today that, effective Thursday, August 12 face masks are required for all students, employees, and guests in all UA – Pulaski Tech indoor settings including classrooms, labs, performance spaces, common areas, shared spaces of all buildings, and other locations where people congregate. Private offices are excluded.
All campus Covid mitigation strategies will be reevaluated by the Chancellor on a weekly basis. Covid information affecting the College community will also be disseminated to students, employees, and guests weekly.
This action is a result of a University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees resolution passed Aug. 11. The resolution directs all UA System affiliated institutions to implement face covering policies for students, faculty, staff, and guests, regardless of vaccination status, in indoor public settings where physical distancing cannot be assured. The new resolution is in accordance with CDC guidance regarding the COVID-19 Delta variant.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that, based on the spread of the Delta variant, communities with high transmission of COVID-19 should require individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings in indoor public settings. The Board’s policy will remain in effect as long as the use of face coverings continues to be recommended by the CDC and that the policies may be adjusted in accordance with future public health guidance. Read the Board of Trustees policy in its entirety: Delta Facemask Resolution
“We will continue to be vigilant in keeping public health as our top priority at UA-PTC. We’ll maintain a flexible approach to doing what is necessary to deliver a high-quality education to our students while protecting the health and safety of our community. CDC, ADH, and UAMS guidelines inform these approaches and mitigation strategies. The College will maintain this vigilance until the pandemic is over.”
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