Return to Classroom: People-based Protocols

Dyersburg State Community College takes its approach to safety and the practice of physical/social distancing very seriously. With everyone’s health and safety in mind, the following expectations, based on CDC guidelines and advice from public health professionals, will apply to all Dyersburg State faculty, staff, students, and visitors coming on-site to any DSCC location.

The DSCC Policy for Public Health Expectations for COVID-19 Safety establishes a method for using COVID-19 recommendations, protocols, and requirements while on-site at any DSCC location. The DSCC Form for Public Health Expectations for COVID-19 Safety will be available online in Dynamic Forms. The policy allows DSCC an avenue to standardize expectations of all constituents and allows for personal accountability and responsibility of each individual to help maintain the health and safety of all persons on-site at any DSCC location. All individuals will affirm they understand the symptoms of COVID-19 and will agree to follow and practice the following requirements to ensure the health and safety of others.
 

Faculty/Staff Protocols
  1. Complete the DSCC Form for Public Health Expectations for COVID-19 Safety prior to coming on-site.
    1. Faculty/staff will agree to conduct self-monitoring for the development of COVID-19 symptoms daily before arriving on-site
    2. Faculty/staff will wear a face mask while on-site unless alone in a private office (in accordance with the Tennessee Pledge and DSCC Policy 10:05:01:01).
  1. Faculty/staff at DSCC locations will be screened for temperature checks and symptoms at designated building entrances. If they fail the temperature check or display symptoms, they will be asked to leave the location and will be encouraged to follow up with their healthcare provider.
     
  2. Faculty/staff who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will need to self-quarantine for 14 days at home and are encouraged to follow up with their healthcare provider.
     
  3. Faculty/staff who test positive for COVID-19 will complete the faculty/staff DSCC Self-Isolation Form. Faculty/staff members will notify their direct supervisor via phone and email and call Human Resources immediately. The Office of Human Resources may be reached via phone at 731-286-3316 and via email at employee_covid19@dscc.edu. Human Resources will then notify the President and Vice President for the College by phone and email of the positive case(s) and area(s) impacted.
    1. If faculty/staff are able to work, they may continue to work from home, if their position allows, and in consultation with their supervisor and Vice President with approval of the President. If approved, faculty/staff must sign and complete the Alternate Work Arrangement Agreement and Alternate Work Schedule Reporting Form.
    2. If faculty/staff are not able to work, they will need to make arrangements with their supervisor to claim the appropriate sick leave for their situation. Information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act sick leave can be found here.
    3. Faculty/staff must self-isolate for a period of at least 10 days after symptom onset. They may return to work after isolation of at least 10 days with the last 24 hours with no fever and with reduced symptoms. Any supporting documentation should be emailed to employee_covid19@dscc.edu prior to returning to work.
 
Student Protocols (if on-site)
  1. Complete the DSCC Form for Public Health Expectations for COVID-19 Safety prior to coming on-site.
    1. Students will agree to conduct self-monitoring for the development of COVID-19 symptoms daily before arriving on-site.
    2. Students will wear a face mask while on-site.
       
  2. Students at DSCC locations will be screened for temperature checks at designated building entrances. If they fail the temperature check or display symptoms, they will be asked to leave the location and will be encouraged to follow up with their healthcare provider.
     
  3. Students who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will need to self-quarantine for 14 days at home. Students will contact their instructor(s) to let them know that they will not be in class as expected and may want to follow up with their healthcare provider.
     
  4. Students who test positive for COVID-19 will complete the student DSCC Self-Isolation Form. Students will notify their instructors and email the Office of the Dean of Student Services at student_covid19@dscc.edu immediately after receiving positive test results. The Dean of Student Services will notify the Vice President for the College and the President immediately by phone and email.
    1. If students are able, the expectation is that they will attend classes via Zoom and complete assignments. If they are not able to continue their classes via Zoom and complete assignments, they will work with each individual instructor.
    2. Students must self-isolate for a period of at least 10 days after symptom onset. They may return to class after isolation of at least 10 days with the last 24 hours with no fever and with reduced symptoms. Any supporting documentation should be emailed to student_covid19@dscc.edu.
       

NOTE: Students who are employed as essential workers in a higher-risk environment for infection with COVID-19 (such as nurses, EMTs, or correctional officers) should contact their program’s dean/director for additional screening and guidance.


Visitor Protocols
  1. If visitors wish to come on-site to a DSCC location, they will need to schedule an appointment online or call the department office directly to set up an appointment. To view the DSCC Directory, click here.
     
  2. If visitors already have an appointment/visit scheduled, please note the following requirements.
    1. Visitors will wear a face mask while on-site.
    2. Visitors will agree to mandatory temperature checks and answer COVID-19 screening questions.
       
  3. If visitors answer "yes" to any of the screening questions or have any symptoms, they will be asked to leave the DSCC location and reschedule their meeting and/or will be given options of how they can be served virtually. If they have medical documentation clearing them to return or have self-quarantined for a minimum of 14 days, they may reschedule their original meeting or appointment.

Definitions

Self-Quarantine: According the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before the person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without having symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. A minimum of 14 days is required for quarantine prior to returning to work/class.

Self-Isolate: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, isolation is used to separate people who are infected with the virus from people who are not infected. Before returning to work/class an individual must stay separate from others for a minimum of 10 days with the last 24 hours with no fever and with reduced symptoms.