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Gadsden State returns to ‘normal access’

Dr. Kathy Murphy, president of Gadsden State Community College, announced to employees and students via email that the College is returning to normal access, effective immediately.

“As we transition to summer semester, I have re-evaluated our COVID-19 protocol,” she said. “It was our plan to begin summer semester with adjusted-normal access. However, based on the decline of serious COVID-19 cases and the increased number of individuals who have been vaccinated, we will transition immediate to normal status.”

Masks are no longer mandatory in any of Gadsden State’s buildings on any of its five campuses; however, Murphy said masks may be worn as a matter of personal preference.

“I fully respect your right to continue wearing a mask without requiring others to do so,” she said. “We all have a personal responsibility for our health and well-being, and I encourage you to continue to find ways to minimize your risk of contracting COVID-19.”

Murphy encouraged employees and students to maintain appropriate distance and consider getting the vaccination if they have not already. Gadsden State has had two vaccination clinics for employees and one clinic for employees, students and the public.

“Dealing with the pandemic has not been easy for any of us,” she said. “In a career that spans three-plus decades, COVID has been the single biggest challenge of my career. I pray COVID is quickly moving into the rearview mirror.”

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