Springfield universities detail COVID masking and precautions as school year approaches

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Drury University and Missouri State University shared new COVID-19 procedures, including masking guidelines.

For new and returning DU Panthers, masks will be required in classrooms and indoor gatherings where social distancing is not possible.

“Masks will not be required in residences, mess rooms, individual offices and workspaces, or in areas that allow social distancing,” Drury explained on Twitter.

The University says the masking policy will be reassessed every 30 days to be revised based on on-campus vaccination rates and local COVID-19 conditions. Drury will be hosting a vaccination clinic on August 23 for all students, staff and faculty, with vaccination incentives offered.

According to the Drury Panther plan, all students living on campus will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test before moving into a residential facility. Anyone helping them move in will also need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test. Commuting students will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test by August 23.

“All unvaccinated students, staff and faculty will be tested every 2 weeks, and unvaccinated athletes and their coaches will be tested weekly,” the plan says.

To learn more about Drury’s plan, click here.

Moving south to the state of Missouri, President Clif Smart shared in his Clif Notes that MSU will start the semester with a temporary hiding policy. Smart says masks will be mandatory indoors across campus and take effect Sunday, August 22.

He says there is an exception for classrooms that run intersessional classes; masks will be required in these classrooms when intersessional classes begin August 16.

“We will re-evaluate the policy every 30 days, which means the first review date has been set for September 21. If necessary, we will extend the policy. We will use the guiding principles of the University’s emergency plan to decide how long the temporary mask policy should remain in place, ”said Smart.

Smart said MSU has coordinated with OTC as many students attend school at both locations. He adds that OTC plans to announce a similar masking policy on Tuesday.

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