Last updated    AUG 18, 2021

Are Masks Required at CMC Campuses?

For the first few weeks of the fall semester, masks will be required in public indoor settings at all CMC campuses and facilities

Masks are required to be worn in indoor public settings, including classrooms, on all CMC campuses. The college will re-evaluate this policy on or about Labor Day, after which we may adjust our policies to follow prevailing public health guidelines.

A survey conducted on Monday, August 16 found that 89% of CMC faculty and staff have received a COVID-19 vaccination. Despite these high vaccination rates, the COVID-19 Delta variant is on the rise in our communities, and survey data indicated that nearly two thirds of respondents would feel safer if everyone wears a mask to begin the semester.

Additionally, college leadership feels wearing masks at the beginning of the semester will ease and facilitate the transition back to an in-person environment, and eventually to something resembling the pre-COVID teaching and learning environment.

“If vaccination rates continue to increase and transmission rates improve, we expect to conform our procedures to county-level public health guidelines,” said CMC Chief Operating Officer Matt Gianneschi. “In the meantime, and while the summer tourism season is still in full-swing, we will  ask students and staff to wear face coverings while we monitor local public health data in order to consider adjustments to our procedures.”

“Not everyone will agree to the proposed directions, but all can appreciate and recognize the clarity necessary to welcome students back to campus,” says CMC President Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser. “If we all cooperate and do our part, hopefully we will be able to relax this requirement in the very near future.”

Monitor the Trail Map webpage for updates.

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