COVID-19 Operational Plan

Henderson State University has announced its intent to return to in-person instruction for Fall 2020. This COVID-19 Operational Plan provides guidance for students, parents, faculty, and staff as we prepare to transition back to on-campus instruction. 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arkansas Department of Health.

Guiding Principles

  • 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 Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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 instructions from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Governor’s Office directive to wear face coverings to minimize the potential of COVID-19 virus spread. Face coverings must be worn in classrooms, offices, public spaces and areas used by multiple people. Face coverings should fit snugly, completely cover the nose and mouth, and consist of at least two layers of cloth. The university will provide one face covering for students, faculty, and staff. Some additional face coverings will be available primarily for students.

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