Rust College continues COVID-19 precautions to keep students, staff safe

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. — Mississippi State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs tweeted Tuesday wondering if a graph showing a sharp downturn in COVID-19 cases is a “Light at the end of the tunnel.”

Meanwhile, a north Mississippi college has enacted some of the toughest COVID-19 policies in the state.

Have questions about the spread of coronavirus? We have an entire section dedicated to coverage of the outbreak. CLICK HERE for more.

As FOX13 found out, leaders at Rust College in Holly Springs said they’re helping keep COVID numbers down and help keep students safe.

COVID precautions at Rust College go well beyond the mask.

”Most classes are virtual,” said senior Kelvin Wilson. “They actually give students the option. If they feel uncomfortable in class they can just do it virtually. Most hands-on classes, like mass communication, which is my major, it’s pretty much spaced out with like ten people in my class.”

Wilson told us he likes the fact that he can choose either in-person or virtual.

Beyond requiring masks and social distancing, the college has held two COVID town halls with info for students and question-and-answer sessions.

Administrators told us if students leave campus to go home for the weekend they will have to take a COVID test or submit a negative test result before returning.

“They are kinda going about it pretty good and keep some Germex and keep your mask on and stay 6 feet away from everybody. They are kind of going about it a great way,” said Quincy Stokes.

The student body of 605 students got back on campus on Aug. 13.

The school told us they have only had 15 COVID cases on campus since.

The student health center on the Rust College campus is also doing free COVID testing and vaccinations.