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Colleges and Universities around the State of Texas and throughout the nation are looking ahead to more "normal" times where more students can be in classrooms and fewer masks will be worn.

South Plains College is one of those looking to the future and announcing plans that will make getting back to normal achievable. According to a press release from South Plains College, the goal is to get back to 100 percent enrollment with no mask requirement by Summer II classes.

The plan will go like this. Beginning with Summer I classes, South Plains College will have 100 percent enrollment. Technical education increased to 75 percent enrollment with masks required. All Summer I students will need to wear masks in the classroom.

South Plains College then plans for 100 percent enrollment and no mask mandate for Summer II and Fall 2021 classes.

  • Employees
    • May 17 no mask requirement
    • If closed room meetings with individuals without immunization, please wear masks.
    • Employees with close student contact should continue to wear masks while in contact with students.
  • July 7 – First day of second semester
    • No mask requirement for faculty, staff and students
    • Technical programs that extend throughout the summer or whose end date is beyond the July 7 date will be considered on an individual basis for any mask requirements based on closeness of proximity, shared instruments and classroom/lab conditions.

South Plains College will continue quarantine rules for students, faculty, and staff who have not been vaccinated or who have not had COVID within 90 days. South Plains College also said they would keep areas sanitized, encourage getting immunized, and continue to use strict hygiene protocols.

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