Monday, May 17th 2021

KC relaxes COVID-19 protocols, masks now optional

With COVID-19 cases decreased in the area, KC is relaxing some COVID protocols; however, COVID-19 isn't over just yet.

The best precaution is vaccination (CVS, Walgreens and Walmart offer vaccines on a walk-in basis or by appointment.) KC will also host vaccination clinics in the Parks Fitness Center.

Please monitor potential symptoms. (Find out more at If you are sick, please stay home andwash your hands regularly (for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer).

Face coverings are now optional across all KC locations. For those attending on-campus classes, wearing a face covering is neither mandated nor discouraged as classes open at 100 percent capacity. Hand sanitizing stations will still be available in all buildings.

Students are strongly encouraged to wear masks when working in close proximity with others, such as in labs or group projects.

Other changes beginning include: 

  • attending face-to-face classes physically.
  • reopening water fountains (per filters being replaced),
  • scheduling face-to-face meetings, 
  • renting facilities to outside organizations,
  • hosting summer camps, 
  • allowing more than one person at a time on elevators,
  • and adjusting to 10 minutes between classes.

“In light of the fact COVID cases are seeing a marked decrease in our area and with more people receiving the vaccinations, and in line with new guidelines from the CDC, Kilgore College has decided to make mask-wearing a matter of personal choice for the summer sessions. Both faculty and students are ready for some sense of normalcy in the classrooms,” said Dr. Mike Turpin, vice president of instruction and chief academic officer.

The college’s cabinet will continue to evaluate this situation and adjust accordingly if the number of cases resurges.