Neosho County Community College: NCCC Announces Temporary Mask Mandate
Official Statement from NCCC President, Dr. Brian Inbody
In adherence to CDC guidelines, beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, NCCC will be requiring masks to be worn indoors at all college-controlled facilities including the Chanute and Ottawa campuses. The college will remain in Level 4 of its COVID Response plan. Level 4 allows for visitors to use college facilities and in person classes at full capacity.
“The health and safety of our students and employees remains the chief concern of the college during these trying times,” said Dr. Brian Inbody, President. “The rise of the Delta variant and the number of break through cases necessitated us returning to masks at least temporarily until the situation improves.”
Inbody and the Core Emergency Response Team of the college made this decision in consultation with health professionals and reviewing current CDC guidelines. “We hope that this is a temporary measure and that we will be able to return to masks recommended in the very near future. We will be monitoring infection rates and hospital capacities weekly to make the best determination for the college community,” Inbody said.
While masks are now required indoors on campus, there are some exceptions. Masks will not be required while eating, when alone, or anytime outdoors. Additionally, students will be able to attend face-to-face classes as scheduled without having to remote in to lower room occupancy. “This safety measure will allow students to attend class normally while achieving a higher level of safety,” Inbody stated.
Community groups are still welcome to hold meetings and even luncheons on campus and fans will be welcome to sporting events. Concessions will be available at home athletic competitions.
Inbody hopes to return to Level 4 with “masks recommended” instead of “masks required” as soon as possible. “We encourage our students, employees, as well as members of the community to consider becoming vaccinated in order to slow the spread of this deadly disease and allow us to get back to normalcy,” Inbody said.
Updated Fall Guides as well as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and other resources are available on the college website at https://www.neosho.edu/COVID19News.