ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY - MOUNTAIN HOME
HEALTHY CAMPUS PLAN
Preserving the health and safety of students, employees, and our community while sustaining the high-quality and accessibility of our academic programs and services are our top priorities.
• ASUMH will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State of Arkansas officials including the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. CDC guidelines for Institutes of Higher Education
• While we cannot eliminate all risk of exposure and infection on campus, the plan will attempt to manage and mitigate those risks
• Important information will be communicated through the ASUMH website COVID-19 page, portal.asumh.edu, mobile app, text messages, emails, campus video messaging boards, social media, and Blackboard. Educational and informational signs will be posted on campus.
Questions or concerns from students, parents, employees, or the public may be sent to: Dr. Julia Gist at email@example.com or through the COVID-19 Requests, Concerns, and Assistance Form.
HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS
1. No requirement. ASUMH does not currently require the COVID-19 vaccine.
2. Strongly recommended. ASUMH strongly recommends that students, faculty, and staff receive a vaccination to immunize themselves against COVID-19 and protect others.
3. Vaccinated students have a better chance for an uninterrupted semester. In keeping with CDC guidance, if you are fully vaccinated, you are less likely to get sick and need to isolate for 10-14 days; you will not be deemed “close contacts” and have to quarantine for 7-10 days, and you will not need to test for COVID-19 unless you show symptoms.
2. Mask policy: Face masks or face shields are required for all persons while they interact within any facility operated by ASUMH. Exceptions to this requirement will include the allowance to remove the face covering while in an office or workspace alone or at the discretion of the instructor, when removing the mask will facilitate instruction and adequate social distancing spacing allows. This requirement for face masks will begin on Monday, August 16, 2021. The caseload and hospitalizations in the area will be reviewed at least every thirty days and a determination of the repeal or continuation of this requirement will be made at that time.
1. Three-feet distancing in classrooms. ASUMH has adopted CDC guidance for K-12 schools and established a minimum of three-feet distancing in all classrooms, meeting rooms, and conference rooms.
2. General Policy. We trust our campus community to manage their physical distancing in areas not listed and outside.
1. Hygiene practices.
2. Personal Health
Stay home when sick and see your personal health provider. Notify your faculty or supervisor if absent.
Isolate or Quarantine if you test positive for COVID-19 or are a considered a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person.
Complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form at https://asumh.edu/covid-19/
General Policy. We are all part of a larger community and we encourage you to remember that fact when making decisions that could impact the health and safety of others.
1. Technology. All classrooms are equipped with the technology to deliver lectures through zoom.
2. Student Responsibility. If a student is required to miss lecture/lab because of illness, isolation, or quarantine they should notify their instructor of their absence and develop a plan to remain current in the course.
This plan will be updated as appropriate for guidance and/or regulatory issues from federal, state, or local health officials. Questions about this plan may be directed in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the June 3, 2021, ASU System Board of Trustees meeting, the board approved a resolution to rescind effective immediately the requirement for face coverings to be worn on ASU System campuses. Trustees adopted the policy on Aug. 12, 2020, as a measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Act 1002 of 2021 requires all state and local requirements for mask coverings to end on June 28.
We do request that you continue to report a positive Covid test, exposure, or symptoms through the COVID-19 reporting form.
On Tuesday, November 3, Governor Hutchinson announced Winter Strategies for Preventing COVID-19. The main strategies are:
1. Wearing a mask
2. Social distancing
3. Testing if you have symptoms
4. Contact Tracing - answer the phone
877-272-6819, 833-283-2019, 501-686-5875 and 501-214-2410
5. Compliance Checks in bars, food establishments, and other facilities.
6. Get a flu shot
Arkansas State University Mountain Home continues to work closely with public health officials at all levels to support the health and safety of our campus community. The university’s COVID-19 Task Force aligns its prevention and preparation efforts with guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arkansas Department of Health.