Based on the most recent guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, JSU will require face masks/coverings in all public indoor campus spaces for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, regardless of academic or extracurricular activity. Face masks are not required when outdoors. However, masks should be considered in crowded outdoor settings or during activities of close prolonged contact with others.
Additionally, our fall 2021 classes are in person, with a possible limited number of virtual course options. However, we have modified all classrooms to accommodate social distancing. We also continue to strongly recommend faculty, staff and student vaccinations, which we offer every Tuesday on our main campus in collaboration with Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center.
Our upcoming Fall Faculty and Staff seminar, scheduled for Aug. 11-12, will be held virtually. Welcome Week activities will move forward, leaving consideration for modification as needed. A virtual town hall for students and parents will be held on Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. CST to provide more insight into our fall 2021 COVID-19 plan and address further questions and concerns.
Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to monitor its impact on the city and state and reevaluate our policies as necessary. We recognize that Mississippi is currently experiencing an influx in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and our recommendations are made with this in mind. We ask that the JSU community remains diligent in its efforts to protect itself and others.