COVID-19 Operational Plan

This COVID-19 Operational Plan provides guidance for students, parents, faculty, and staff. This plan will continue to evolve based on local conditions related to COVID-19 and our response to federal and state guidelines and requirements. Flexibility in operational planning will be necessary in the coming months as the university follows guidance from the State of Arkansas, Arkansas State University System, and the Arkansas Department of Health.

Guiding Principles

  • Effective August 12, 2021, masks are required, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor areas on campus—including classrooms, common areas and shared spaces of all buildings. Individual offices, residence hall rooms, and apartments are excluded. The Arkansas State University System Board of Trustees authorized chancellors to make this decision for each campus based on local conditions. Clark County and the entire state is classified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as HIGH RISK for community spread. Additionally, health care facilities are overburdened. The directive will be reconsidered once Clark County returns to MODERATE RISK.
  • When in doubt, stay home. Please don't share your sniffles - COVID or otherwise - with friends and neighbors.  If you are feeling ill, report via our self-reporting form.  Also, don't be shy about testing.  With the Delta variant, asymptomatic spread is a very real problem. Along with being easier to spread to others, the Delta variant has some different primary symptoms.  Please check with ADH and CDC for current guidance on what is suspicious.
  • Henderson State University will continue to provide a quality educational experience for our students through a flexible combination of in-person, remote, and hybrid instructional methods.

  • We will be ready to transition between in-person and remote instruction depending on local conditions and guidance from the State of Arkansas, Arkansas State University System, and Arkansas Department of Health. Non-instructional employees also will be ready to pivot between on-campus and remote work assignments pending developing conditions.

  • We will work with the Arkansas Department of Health to determine and implement processes for self-assessment, monitoring, and contact tracing.

  • We will follow best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency for cleaning and sanitizing facilities.

COVID-19 Related Leave Policy for Employees

Effective Aug. 25, 2021, Henderson State University will provide COVID-19 leave to employees who are required to isolate or quarantine during the upcoming fiscal year.  Under an ASU System COVID-19 Leave Policy, employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or are required to quarantine may access this additional leave.  The goal of the campus policy is to keep employees safe and healthy while ensuring that all campus services remain operational.  To access the COVID-19 leave, HSU employees must follow campus guidelines requiring quarantine, isolation, testing, and notification.

HSU employees who have been in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 case or employees who exhibit symptoms or have tested positive are required to complete the reporting form found at .

If the employee performs critical operations related to university services, the employee’s supervisor should contact HR to determine if a remote work option is available.  The degree to which remote work is implemented is determined by the Human Resources department at the designation of the Chancellor.  If the employee is not able to perform work remotely, they may access up to a total of 80 hours of COVID-19 leave.  After the COVID-19 leave is exhausted, employees shall use accrued leave to cover the additional time away from work.  

Employees shall not return to campus until released from their isolation or quarantine period.  Employees must comply with campus guidelines and instructions related to isolation, testing, and notification to access COVID-19 leave.