AGS COVID Statement

As the host for the 42nd Arkansas Governor's School (AGS) July 5-August 1, Arkansas Tech University is serious about its responsibility to provide a safe learning and living environment for participants in this prestigious program.

We live in uncertain times. The trend lines in the COVID-19 pandemic relative to the number of positive cases and hospitalizations in Arkansas have been positive for the past several months, but medical and public health experts remain cautious as new variants develop and spread. As I write this, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations in Arkansas is at its highest point in more than three months and the Arkansas Department of Health has received reports of positive cases at a similar residential camp for adolescents elsewhere in Arkansas.

As a result, and acting upon recommendations from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Education, I want to share the following safety precautions that will be in place during AGS 2021:

As we know from our experiences over the past 15 months, the situation with COVID-19 can and does change rapidly. Please remember that AGS is offering a virtual option for participants who are not comfortable with the on-site option.

We are excited to welcome our AGS 2021 participants to Arkansas Tech on July 5. If you have any questions now, between now and the beginning of AGS or during the four-week program, please contact me at rlasey@atu.edu and I will be happy to assist you.

See you soon!

Dr. Robin Lasey

Director