New Health and Safety Guidelines Announced

Detailed plans regarding classes and safety protocols

Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) has announced details for the College’s new health and safety procedures at its Dyersburg, Covington and Trenton locations. The College is following guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.

Most students will start the first week of fall semester by attending classes online or via Zoom teleconferencing Aug. 24-28 to allow faculty time to prep students and communicate class delivery methods. Students are encouraged to log in to DSCC eLearn to check for an email from their instructor(s) with more information and a Zoom link.

As students, faculty and staff arrive on-site, a daily COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire, temperature check and face mask will be required before entry. Submitters will either receive an entrance pass or fail message via their MyDSCC email based on the answers to the screening questions. The questionnaire needs only to be filled out once daily, however, those receiving an entrance pass will need to be prepared to show it upon entry into each building. Passes expire each day at 11 p.m. CDT. Temperatures will be checked using a digital kiosk each time a person enters a building.

The College recommends that students arrive 15-20 minutes early before classes or appointments to allow time for the check-in process and should maintain 6-foot distance from others as they wait their turn. Designated entrances and exits for each building will be marked with a green entrance and red exit sign. Maps showing these entrance and exit locations can be viewed ahead of time at Classroom desks will be marked to provide adequate social distancing between students.

“We are looking forward to seeing our students back this fall semester,” stated Dr. Karen Bowyer, president of DSCC. “As we return to the classroom, whether it be via online, Zoom, or in-person, we ask that everyone be patient as we put our new health and safety guidelines in place to keep everyone safe.”

Students, faculty and staff are required to fill out and submit the Public Health Expectations for COVID-19 Safety Form one time only before classes begin to show their commitment to keeping the DSCC community safe and healthy.

Additional information regarding how to access the daily COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire via MyDSCC email accounts on the Microsoft Outlook app, along with helpful pre-arrival tips and guidelines can be found online at The full return to classroom plan, along with helpful resources and guidance, can be found at