The primary mode of COVID-19 transmission is through respiratory droplets. Mounting evidence on masks’ ability to contain these droplets and limit the spread of COVID-19 has informed our decision to require cloth face coverings on campus at all times for all students, faculty, and staff while they are indoors or cannot maintain a 6 ft. distance outside. Please see below for some general guidelines on masks.
- Students should bring more than one mask with them, and each mask should be clearly labeled with their name.
- Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly (but comfortably) against the side of the face.
- A new or clean mask must be worn each day. Additional disposable masks and face shields will be available in the classroom as well as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.
- Hands should always be sanitized before and after donning a mask.
Masks not permitted:
- Studies have shown that neck sleeves/gaiters, bandanas, or scarves are less effective than other types of face masks and should not be worn.
- Face coverings should not have an exhalation valve; although the valve allows you to exhale, it expels droplets.
- Face coverings made of mesh material; mesh does not adequately cover the mouth and nose.