Changes To Face-Covering Policy - March 2022

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March 10, 2022

Wittenberg Community,

We have been following the CDC’s community risk level for Clark County, which now stands at “medium.” In light of this status, ongoing guidance from the Clark County Combined Health District and the CDC, and the high vaccination rate and low case rate among our students, faculty, and staff, we are changing our indoor face covering policy.

Effective immediately, Wittenberg is making face coverings optional indoors with the understanding that faculty, staff, and event organizers may still wish to require masks in their classrooms, at select events, and in healthcare settings. We ask that all members of our community respect any area-specific face covering expectations, recognizing that non-compliance may carry consequences.

The CDC has stated that at all levels, people can wear a mask based on personal need and preference, informed by personal level of risk. To review all the CDC’s guidance on community levels and/or use the helpful tool to check any county’s risk level at any time, we encourage you to visit the CDC website here.

We want to use the change in policy to encourage a face-covering friendly campus. As noted above, other than in circumstances (classrooms or events) where the organizer or faculty/staff member has specified wearing a face covering as a requirement, the decision to wear or not wear one is up to the individual. Those who wish to wear a face covering and those who choose not to should be supported in their decision.

As a reminder, unvaccinated and vulnerable individuals are strongly encouraged to continue to wear face coverings. Individuals who are exhibiting symptoms should get tested and should wear a mask until results are known. Weekly testing for unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff, and those that have opted for the Testing Pathway will also resume following Spring Break.

We have been in this together from the start of the pandemic. We now ask that our community continue to show that same Tiger spirit as we finish out the semester.

Sincerely,

The COVID Response Team

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