Temporary mask mandate in effect at Northark

Temporary mask mandate in effect at Northark

Wed Jan 12, 2022 at 03:46 PM

A spike in Covid cases just two days into the spring semester has prompted North Arkansas College officials to implement a mask mandate effective January 13. Dr. Rick Massengale, Northark president said classes began Monday, January 10, with four cases on campus.  Within a 24-hour period, 12 more cases were reported. “My wife is the gambler and she’s good at it,” he chuckled. “I don’t want to sit still and roll the dice on that number increasing each day. Protecting the health and safety of our campus community is our number one priority. The Healthy Campus Task Force met this morning and after careful consideration of the situation in the state, county, and the recent surge at the College, recommended a temporary mask mandate. Masks must be worn inside classrooms and indoor shared spaces where a 6-foot distance is not possible, such as hallways and gathering areas.”  The College recommends use of KN95, N95 or double-layer masks for those who can tolerate them, handwashing, and social distancing.

Classes remain in-person with students having the option of attending remotely. “We’re going to take every precaution we can to mitigate the spread of the virus so we can continue face-to-face instruction,” Massengale said. Students can register for the spring semester until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 14. If students prefer to be advised and register via Zoom they should call (870) 391-3505 or email admissions@northark.edu. Currently enrolled students who want to attend class remotely should contact their instructors.  They are also advised to let instructors know if they do not have computer access at home so that accommodations can be made.

Individuals should not come to campus if they are sick, have a fever or are awaiting Covid test results. Individuals who have been exposed to someone with Covid, have symptoms, or have had a positive test should report it online at https://bit.ly/3HZZStG or they can call Kris Greening at (870) 754-4578.

 Northark will closely monitor the situation as it evolves. The latest news and updates can be found at www.northark.edu/coronavirus. Active case counts are updated each Friday. Students, staff, faculty, parents and the general public can send questions or concerns by email to coronavirus@northark.edu.

North Arkansas College is committed to providing an educational and work environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence. No form of sexual discrimination will be tolerated. See the full North Arkansas College Title IX Policy and Procedures for the specific definitions of sexual harassment and sexual violence, including examples of such conduct.