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CURRENT MASK STATUS


MASKS UP INDOORS

Clerc Center

Masks

Color
Indoors
Indoor Exceptions
Outdoors
Outdoors Exceptions
Red:
Masks required
  • Employees alone in offices
  • Individuals alone in designated mask break spaces
Masks required at all times, including while walking to and from designated outdoor break areas
When 6 feet or more from others in designated, marked outdoor mask break areas
Yellow:
Masks required
  • Employees alone in offices
  • Individuals alone in designated mask break spaces
  • Masks not required for fully vaccinated individuals
  • Masks encouraged for unvaccinated individuals
N/A
Green:
Masks required: Due to the presence of unvaccinated students, the Clerc Center will have a MODIFIED GREEN status and require masks in all student spaces at all times.
  • Fully vaccinated employees meeting in enclosed spaces without students or visitors
  • Employees alone in offices
  • Individuals alone in designated mask break spaces
Masks not required
N/A

MASK TYPES

With the rise of the omicron variant, there is evidence that cloth masks are not very effective at protecting the wearer. Gallaudet is now requiring that all campus community members wear one of the following mask types:
  • KN95
  • N95
  • KF94
  • BendShape (clear mask)
  • Safe ‘N’ Clear (clear mask)
  • Surgical masks
  • Double-ply cloth masks

Unaccepted mask types include: 

  • Neck gaiters
  • Respiratory masks

Exceptions to Mask Requirements for ALL statuses (Red, Yellow, Green):

  • When eating or drinking, with appropriate physical distancing (note: no eating is permitted in classrooms during class periods; quick sips of beverages are permitted);
  • When alone in a private room or office;
  • When presenting to a large assembly, standing or sitting at least six feet away from anyone else;
  • When in the swimming pool at the Field House;
  • Deafblind individuals and their support service providers (SSP) or interpreters may remove their masks if they all agree to do so;
  • When receiving services that require access to the face, mouth, or head;
  • When a medical condition or disability prevents removing the mask without assistance; those individuals should contact eop@gallaudet.edu for an exemption;
  • When necessary to lipread in times of emergency, involving threats to life, health or safety;
  • When lawfully requested to do so for facial recognition purposes;
  • Children under two years old;
  • Young children in outdoor areas at the Clerc Center specifically designated for mask breaks for them with six-feet distancing.

Gallaudet recognizes that traditional masks can be a barrier to communication for facial expressions, non-manual markers, and lipreading for our community members. Clear masks are available to all of our students, staff, and faculty. If you have not received yours, please go to the SLCC Atrium during Shild T3 testing times and request.

Questions may be sent to coronavirus@gallaudet.edu.

All Clerc Center Community members will receive masks upon request at SLCC during testing hours:

How to use KN95/N95/KF94 masks: These masks may be rotated throughout the week, allowing them to air out in between use. They may be reused as long as they are clean, undamaged, and still retain their shape, for up to 10-20 uses. More masks are available upon request at SLCC during testing hours. Care instructions for BendShape clear masks: Mask washing instructions
Mask Status
Criteria
Mask Usage Policy
Green:
Masks Optional
Cases: 0 outbreaks and 0 positive cases

and/or

Vaccination Rate: 75% or greater
Indoors
Fully vaccinated: optional
Unvaccinated: strongly encouraged

Outdoors
Fully vaccinated: optional
Unvaccinated: encouraged
Yellow:
Mask Up Indoors
Cases: 2 outbreaks and/or 4-5 positive cases

and/or

Vaccination Rate: 70% or greater
Indoors
Fully vaccinated: required
Unvaccinated: required

Outdoors
Fully vaccinated: optional
Unvaccinated: encouraged
Red:
Mask UP
Cases: 3+ outbreaks and/or 6+ positive cases

and/or

Vaccination Rate: <65%
Indoors
Fully vaccinated: required
Unvaccinated: required

Outdoors
Fully vaccinated: required
Unvaccinated: required

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