Social Distancing and Mask Procedures

Social Distancing and Mask Procedures

This information is subject to change as guidelines and directives from the ADH are modified.

These guidelines are based on three main reasons to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Love your neighbor — As Christians, we should protect the sick and vulnerable. While COVID-19 does not seem to affect young people as drastically, there are members of our student body who are high-risk, faculty and staff are more susceptible to symptoms, and we care for the greater community of Siloam Springs.
  2. Love yourself — Close contact exposure to someone with COVID-19 (withing 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) will lead students to being quarantined for 14 days. No one wants to go through that so you are helping yourself.
  3. Love being at JBU — If we experience too many COVID-19 cases at JBU, it is possible that the Arkansas Department of Health could force us to send students home. We don't want to have to do that.

We expect that JBU will be required to adopt policies and practices such as social distancing and wearing of masks to alleviate the spread of COVID-19. Currently, the ADH guidelines support a 6-foot social distancing and that people wear a 2-ply cloth mask when in public or when unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others. Faculty, staff and students will be asked to observe these policies and students should arrive in the fall with personal cloth masks.

As noted in the classroom and academic accommodations page JBU is working on reconfiguring classroom spaces to allow for social distancing. Other campus events, including chapel, will also be reconfigured and more information will be available closer to the fall.