Face Coverings & Masks During COVID-19 | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Face Covering Requirements

For the safety of our college community and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, NWACC requires all college members returning to NWACC to wear a face covering/mask upon entry/exit into buildings, while walking through any public or shared spaces, while using shared equipment, and when encountering others in the classroom or inside college buildings. 

NWACC REQUIRES face coverings at all college locations, even though the state mandate has ended.

Face coverings are to cover both the mouth and nose to minimize spreading respiratory droplets when talking, coughing or sneezing. The college community is asked to provide their own personal face coverings. If you are not able to obtain your own, NWACC will have single use, disposable masks/face coverings available at Department of Public Safety (DPS) stations and at building entrance tables.

Box for Masks

There is also a cloth face covering/mask drop box located outside the DPS 
station in Burns Hall where college members can donate cloth face coverings and pick out a face covering if needed. If you'd like to donate new cloth face coverings, please call DPS (479-619-4229) to arrange a drop off. 

NOTE: Please be sure to wash or disinfect cloth masks regularly. 

Brightwater Students: You will be required to wear an approved mask while at Brightwater and in labs; there's no need to take a mask from the drop box. One of these approved masks will be provided to you on the first day of classes.

Donate a Mask

If you are interested in volunteering your time to sew and donate a new cloth face covering/mask, please do the following:

  • Please place individual face coverings inside individual resealable plastic bags. This will allow the least amount of hand contact and limit exposure. 
  • Please call DPS (479-619-4229) to arrange to drop off your donation.


Take a Mask

If you are in need of a free donated face covering, please do the following: 

  • Pick out a free face covering/mask from the drop box outside of the DPS station in Burns Hall. 
  • Please only take the number of face coverings/masks you need.
  • Be sure to disinfect or wash your cloth face covering regularly.

Face coverings are free but if you'd like to offer a donation to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund, you can do so online

 Mask Drop Box


Face Covering / Mask Resources:

The following local businesses may have elastic in stock. Call first for availability.

Sew In Heaven 
3162 West M.L.K. Jr Blvd Suite 10 
Fayetteville, AR 72704 
Phone: (479) 333-2201
20 yard minimum @ .60 a yard – will mail upon request

Rogers Sewing Center 
1802 S 8th St #71b 
Rogers, AR 72756 
Phone: 479-636-8240
5 yard maximum allowed @ .50 a yard

NOTE: NWACC's Public Relations may be able to connect you with a donation of elastic. Please contact publicrelations@nwacc.edu to inquire.


Face Covering Pick-Up Location

A FREE donated face covering can be taken from the drop box located outside the DPS station in Burns Hall. Please take only what you need.