Office of the President
Subject: Extension of Indoor Mask Requirement - A Message from President Clark
Dear campus community,
I hope that you are doing well and settling into the fall semester. Based on the recommendation of the Together Again Task Force’s Health Committee, BSU is extending the requirement to wear a mask in indoor public spaces through October 31, 2021. This requirement applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. BSU is doing everything in its power to keep our community as safe as possible, and the indoor mask requirement remains an essential part of our overall COVID-19 health strategy in light of continued risks posed by the Delta variant. Importantly, this decision is informed by the CDC’s latest data on community transmission rates, which finds that Plymouth County remains an area of high transmission. Until the transmission rate diminishes, the CDC recommends that “everyone in Plymouth County should wear a mask in public, indoor settings.”
If people are not complying with the indoor mask requirement, our preference is for members of our community to gently educate each other about responsible health and safety behavior. Recognizing that this may be challenging or uncomfortable, we have established two places where individuals not following recommended health guidelines can be reported: for students – Incident Report Form; and for BSU employees – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, the single most important strategy for controlling transmission of the COVID-19 virus and preventing serious COVID-related illness continues to be receiving a vaccination. As a reminder, all BSU students and employees are required to be vaccinated unless they have been granted a medical or religious exemption (those with an exemption must test for COVID on a weekly basis). BSU is making excellent progress on increasing vaccination rates, with 93% of students and 87.3% of employees being vaccinated.
We will review our BSU indoor masking requirement at the end of October. In the meantime, thank you once again for continuing to do your part in protecting yourself, your family and members of our BSU community.
Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq.