On March 2, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order that rescinds the previous orders regarding COVID mitigation strategies. This order rolls back many restrictions for most of Texas and instructs higher education institutions to consult with the Texas Education Agency as they develop and maintain their own protocols.
The King’s University’s (TKU) Directional Leadership Team and TKUnited Taskforce have carefully reviewed this order and recommendations and have determined a way forward. Effective March 22, 2021, masks will be optional while maintaining a social distance of six feet or more. If social distancing is not possible while on campus, a mask should be worn.
“You don’t have to have a mask to come to TKU anymore,” says TKU President, Dr. Jon Chasteen. “However, if you are unable to be outside of six feet from another person, a mask is required.”
While this policy will take place campus wide, some TKU faculty or staff members may ask students to wear a mask in a classroom or another particular place on campus. In such an event, wearing a mask is required. “We are a family, and we are going to get through this COVID crisis as one,” says Dr. Chasteen. “We appreciate your patience and grace with one another.”