VCCS mask mandate caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will continue in effect

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The facemask mandate imposed last summer due to a surge in coronavirus cases will remain in effect at Virginia’s Community Colleges.  While we’re seeing improvement, the rates remain at a level at which CDC guidance calls for indoor masking regardless of vaccination status.

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(Graphic above provided by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)

VCCS Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance and Technology Craig Herndon provided the following update this week:

  • Virginia’s community colleges join our Virginia colleagues in higher education in keeping a close eye on the science and on the policy landscape that drives our mandate and mandates at other Virginia institutions of higher education.
  • Two of the key principles driving our decision-making process include (1) placing the health and safety of our students, our team, and our community as the highest priority, and (2) a commitment to follow CDC guidance, which calls for implementing layered prevention strategies to include indoor masking for vaccinated and unvaccinated people when transmission rates are substantial or high.
  • The most recent data from CDC show that nearly all of Virginia’s localities continue to experience substantial or high rates of transmission. We continue to monitor CDC guidance, community transmission rates, the higher education landscape, and the external policy environment to determine their impact on our current approach.
  • In monitoring community transmission rates, we will be looking for stability in addition to rates that fall below CDC’s threshold for substantial

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