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Avila University Policy on Face Coverings
UPDATED July 30, 2021: With the new CDC guidelines and the indoor mask mandate issued by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the Avila University campus will need to properly wear a mask when inside our buildings. This includes all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. This policy is in effect indefinitely.
We will continue to follow the guidance of the KCMO Health Department, the State of Missouri Health Department, and the CDC. Should vaccination rates increase, and infection rates decrease, the guidelines may change again. Until then, Avila University reserves the right to requiring face coverings across the Avila University campus in indoor spaces, except in the following areas:
- In an office or residence hall room alone if social distancing (at least 6 feet) can be maintained;
- While eating or drinking, but community members should seek to physically distance and should return to use of face coverings when no longer eating or drinking;
- In the gyms or athletic facilities if participants are able to physically distance (at least 6 feet) and other protective measures are in place (such as plexiglass separators, not sharing equipment, ability to disinfect equipment between users in addition to regular cleanings of facility);
Avila leadership is continuing to work on the issues associated with face coverings and this message will continue to evolve along with health and safety standards. The university assumes students, faculty, and staff will exercise common sense to keep the community safe in all circumstances.
Bystander Intervention is our best strategy to help our community be mindful about wearing face coverings. We encourage community members to calmly suggest a face-covering be worn if someone is not wearing one in a public shared space (always assess your own safety first). You could start by asking the person if they have a face-covering with them. If they don’t- remind them that they can obtain a face covering from the University. With face coverings, it helps to point out that you wear a face-covering to protect other people and that COVID-19 can be transmitted when someone is not demonstrating any symptoms of infection. You may also report concerns about community members not wearing face coverings to:
- Nancy Burford (to report a concern regarding Avila employee)
- Darby Gough (to report a concern regarding a student)
- Campus Conduct Hotline at 866-943-5787
While disciplinary action may be a possibility for the refusal to wear a face covering, our primary focus is on promoting awareness of the reasons for face coverings in order to encourage personal responsibility and voluntary compliance with our face-covering policies.
Widespread use of face coverings among the Avila community, in conjunction with other protective measures, is designed to lessen the risk of community transmission of COVID-19. The CDC recommends the widespread use of face coverings due to the possibility of transmission by asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic carriers of COVID-19. The use of face coverings may help prevent a carrier from spreading the virus to others, and should be utilized in conjunction with other protective measures. Face coverings are not a replacement for physical distancing and increased hygiene measures. Even if you are not concerned about community transmission, widespread use of face coverings may also help to alleviate anxiety of others in the Avila community.
Face coverings should cover the nose and mouth, and may include cloth face coverings or clear face shields. Avila University has purchased a covering for every member of the community, but community members will need to supplement with additional face coverings if they cannot wash the coverings regularly as recommended by the CDC. For information on cleaning face coverings, go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
It is important to properly wear a face covering. The CDC recommends washing hands before putting on a face covering, ensuring that it fits properly, removing the face covering without touching the face, and washing hands after removal. The CDC’s detailed guide for proper use of face coverings is available at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
No. According to Current CDC guidelines related to COVID-19: It is not known if face shields provide any benefit as source control to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. The CDC does not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings.
Students are expected to provide and maintain their own masks. If you forget yours you can pick up a disposable mask in any department office or in the bookstore.
No. Gaiter-style neck sleeves are NOT considered acceptable face coverings. Disposable masks are available in all offices if you need one.