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Northland drops mask mandate on campus

The change is effective March 7

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EAST GRAND FORKS – Northland Community and Technical College is dropping its mask mandate, which has been in place nearly continuously since the arrival of the coronavirus almost two years ago, the college announced in a news release.

Northland announced that it is making masks optional for students, employees and visitors inside campus facilities starting Monday, March 7.

NCTC says the easing of protocols is a step toward “pre-pandemic normalcy on campus.”

Northland President Dr. Sandy Kiddoo made the campus-wide announcement on Friday, March 4, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the region continues to drop, the news release said. She cited declining numbers in Polk and Pennington counties bringing the area into the CDC's medium risk level.

"Through the consistent and collective efforts of our entire college community, we now have reached a point where we can safely update our mask guidelines," Kiddoo said in the release.

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Masking will remain optional for all students, staff, and faculty who wish to continue the practice.

"Each person should decide at their own pace what is best for their health and personal risk," stated Kiddoo. "Those who feel more comfortable or safe while wearing a face-covering are encouraged to continue doing so at their discretion. All members of the college community are reminded to be patient and show respect for the personal decision each person makes with respect to face coverings."

The college will continue monitoring the pandemic to ensure the campus remains as safe as possible.

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