Social distancing, or the more accurate term physical distancing, will be integrated into campus life. Classes and hands-on labs that are offered in person will be divided in half, so students and faculty will be spread apart:
- All classes will require students and instructors to wear masks.
- The College will be providing reusable masks to students, faculty, and staff. Disposable masks may be provided on a case-by-case basis.
- To reduce density where possible, students on campus will live in either a double or single room.
- Most areas on campus currently use MERV-15 (minimum efficiency reporting value) ventilation filters, which filters out the COVID-19 virus. This exceeds the MERV-13 state requirement for malls.
While there are still many unknowns about the virus, we do know that masks help slow the spread of germs and increasing your distance from someone decreases the ability to spread (or shed) the virus. We want to make sure that we do everything we can to protect ourselves and those around us.
Masks must fully cover your mouth and nose and fit snugly in line with the guidelines for best practices from the CDC. While face shields are permitted, they can only be worn with a mask underneath that meets the aforementioned guidelines. Laundering masks between each use is strongly encouraged. Please check out the CDC link for some excellent tips for finding a great face covering.
View more about face coverings at the CDC's Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 website.