Dear Campus Community,
This is an important announcement regarding significant changes in COVID-19 protocols on campus. First and foremost, thank you for following directives and staying safe. We have had very few reported COVID cases over the last six weeks. While restrictions are loosening, please vaccinate and continue to exercise caution and good judgement to limit the further spread of COVID-19.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance based upon the most recent health data and scientific research that as of May 16, face coverings would no longer be required indoors or outdoors for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Following review by the State of Nevada and the Nevada System of Higher Education, new guidance has been issued regarding COVID-19 protocols.
Based on this guidance, effective immediately, Nevada State College individuals, including students, employees, and members of the public, who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, are no longer required to wear a face covering while inside buildings, inside classrooms, or outside on campus. Fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC, means two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine is administered, i.e., Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine is administered, i.e., Johnson & Johnson Janssen. Please note that individual programs, such as nursing and teaching, may have requirements related to clinical placements and practicums that may vary from this guidance. Also, as this change is occurring in the middle of the first summer session, please respect your instructors request that you continue to wear face coverings while in the classroom for the balance of the first summer session.
As to individuals, including students, employees, and members of the public, who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you are still required to wear face coverings while inside NSC buildings and classrooms, irrespective of whether other individuals are present. You are also required to wear face coverings while outside on campus in group settings or where social distancing cannot be maintained. For individuals who have not fully received a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a face covering remains mandatory under the law.
Students and employees are obligated to follow codes of conduct and workplace policies. We expect students and employees to voluntarily comply with the updated face coverings policy without any specific questioning of their vaccination status. It is part of our personal integrity and civic responsibility for each of us to comply.
Starting June 1, Clark County will lift restrictions involving capacity limits, large gatherings and social distancing. The guidance has been adopted by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Clark County Board of Commissioners.
Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and our campus community. We encourage all Nevadans over the age of 12 to get vaccinated. Visit https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/vaccine/distribution/ to schedule a vaccination appointment. Recent statistics point to less than 50% of eligible people are vaccinated in Southern Nevada. Let’s be the solution by getting vaccinated and encouraging others to do the same.
Wearing a face covering also remains an effective means of preventing infection for both unvaccinated and vaccinated people. Regardless of what someone chooses (mask or no mask), the college seeks to bolster our sense of community and asks everyone on campus to be respectful of individual decisions on wearing face coverings.
If you suspect or are confirmed to have COVID-19, complete the Self-Report Form at nsc.edu/coronavirus. Resources are also available in the State Safe app.
As always remember that the current COVID-19 policies on face covering remain subject to amendment whereby mitigation efforts or restrictions may be further relaxed or strengthened. We will continue to share information specific to Nevada State through official channels, including nsc.edu/coronavirus.
Be State Safe!