The field of teacher preparation is in an unprecedented professional context with regard to providing safe field experiences and internships during a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 variant cases in central Arkansas. As a result, the School of Education continues to strongly encourage all students going into field experiences and internships in K-12 schools this fall to become vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, including the booster.
The best way to protect yourself and those you spend significant time with outside of school is (1) to get vaccinated and (2) to wear a mask when you cannot social distance, which is difficult in most classrooms and school spaces. Additionally, it will be important for you to know and to follow district policies concerning COVID-19 protocols, noting that these policies are changing constantly. If you test positive for COVID-19, follow the district guidelines for quarantining yourself and immediately contact your Cooperating Teacher and University Supervisor about your status.
Please be aware that current state law combined with FERPA does not allow us to ask if children you are teaching or educators that you will be working with have been vaccinated. Likewise, schools cannot ask you about your vaccination status.
Vaccines are readily available to you at local pharmacies and other vaccine providers. Additionally, eligible Arkansans can make an appointment at a community pharmacy. Vaccine clinics and events may also be available in your area through hospitals, health care providers, or your worksite.