As cases of COVID-19 increase and students return to class this fall, the state’s public colleges and universities are demanding masks.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – All public colleges and universities in Kentucky will need masks indoors this fall semester.
The move was announced in a joint statement from the presidents of four-year universities in Kentucky, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and the Council on Post Secondary Education.
The statement said in part, “After careful consideration of updated CDC guidelines, consultation with public health officials and the current spike in cases due to the highly contagious variant of COVID-19 Delta, all colleges and Kentucky public universities will need face coverings. to be worn in all buildings on campus, by vaccinated and unvaccinated people. “
Some colleges and universities in the state had previously announced their own guide to masks, including the University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky, and the Jefferson Community and Technical College.
Read the full joint statement:
As presidents of our respective universities and the community and technical college system, we look forward to the fall semester. We have a clear desire to find the regular rhythms of campus life.
Just a few weeks ago, we looked like we were on the verge of returning to a sense of normalcy that we all longed for. And as we remain eager to start the semester, we again face the challenges of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant and the need to take precautions that we hoped were no longer necessary.
After careful consideration of updated CDC guidelines, consultations with public health officials and the current spike in cases due to the highly contagious variant of COVID-19 Delta, all public colleges and universities in Kentucky will demand the wearing of face coverings in all campus buildings. , by vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
As presidents of colleges and universities, we are united in our commitment to provide a high quality educational experience for our students in the safest way possible for everyone in our communities. We urge students, faculty, or staff who have not yet been vaccinated to consider doing so immediately. It is the most effective way to protect yourself, your loved ones, your colleagues, your classmates and those around you against this disease.
As we welcome students to campus for face-to-face classes over the next two weeks, it is extremely important that everyone feel as safe as possible in the current environment so that they can learn, teach and support our campuses at the highest level. possible. We appreciate that everyone is doing their part to make this a reality.
As all of our campuses are providing detailed guidance to respective communities, it is important that public higher education mobilize in this fight against COVID-19 and move the Commonwealth forward through high quality education. Despite this virus and the toll it has taken on everyone, we are excited about what this year will bring. If everyone does their part, we can beat this disease.
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