Return to Classroom: Place-based Protocols

Working In Office Environments

If you work in an open environment, be sure to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from any others. Consider staggering chairs or desks to achieve 6 feet of distance. You should wear a face mask at all times while in a shared workspace/room. You should use your own computer, phone, headset and equipment, and not use colleagues’ equipment.

The Office of Physical Plant will assess open work environments, classrooms, labs,  and meeting rooms to institute measures to physically separate and increase distance between employees and students such as:

  • Visual cues such as floor decals, colored tape or signs will indicate where people should stand while waiting.

  • One-way directional signage will be used for entries and exits as well as, for large open workspaces with multiple through-ways to increase distance between employees moving through the space.

If you work or have a meeting with DSCC Faculty/Staff in a personal office,  there should be no more than one person in the office unless the required 6 feet of distance can be consistently maintained. If more than one person is in a room, face masks should be worn at all times.

Face masks must be worn at all times in any public setting at all DSCC locations (e.g., common workspaces, public spaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, breakrooms, outdoor spaces, in restrooms, etc.). Face masks must be worn by every person in common areas.

Using Restrooms

Restroom usage should ensure physical distancing is achieved. Observe how many individuals are in the restroom and use every other stall. If the restroom is fully occupied, you may wait outside the doorway but stand 6 feet apart near the wall or come back at a later time.

Using Elevators

Elevator usage should ensure physical distancing is achieved. Using stairs whenever possible will assist vertical circulation given that elevator capacities may be challenged. If you are using the elevator, wear your face mask and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol upon departing the elevator. Custodial crews will be wiping down elevator buttons more frequently during the day.


According to the CDC standard, convening in groups carries a high risk of viral transmission. Gathering sizes are governed by the CDC, local authorities, and the Health Department (no more groups larger than 10 (must follow social distancing and wear face mask when gathered). Where feasible, meetings should be held in whole or in part using online collaboration tools (e.g., Zoom). When allowed, in-person meetings are limited to the restrictions of gathering sizes, assuming individuals can still maintain 6 feet of separation for physical distancing requirements. Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables (e.g., consider staggering seats) or add visual cue marks in meeting rooms to support physical distancing practices between attendees. During your time on-site, you are encouraged to communicate with your colleagues and supervisors as needed by email, scheduling an appointment or  Zoom conference, telephone or other technology approved by DSCC. 


If you are eating in a break room or office, maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others. Individuals should not sit facing one another. Eating alone is encouraged. Observe occupancy limits and avoid crowding of break rooms. Remove your face mask only in order to eat, then put it back on. Wipe down the table and chair you used once you are done. Common breakroom food and beverage items should not be used (e.g., shared coffee pots, shared water pitchers, etc.). Reusable kitchenware (e.g., forks, plates) should not be used and should be replaced with disposable options.


Faculty, staff, and students with parking permits should park in their designated zones. Faculty/staff should contact the Business Office and students should contact the Learning Resource Center.  

Building Cleaning And Disinfection Protocols

Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place at each DSCC location for high-risk/high-touch areas (e.g., door handles, light switches, handrails, interior doors, door push plates, common spaces, flat surfaces such as tables, elevator buttons). Increased cleaning will be performed in restrooms in common areas. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed at entrance and exit points for buildings at each DSCC location, as well as near elevators. Doors will be automated, where possible.  If disinfectant wipes are available, employees and students will be asked to use the wipes to clean their desktops and/or computer keyboards/other equipment before leaving their offices, classes and meeting spaces.

If an individual in a building tests positive for COVID-19, the entire building might be shut down. Whenever possible, the immediate space(s) occupied by the positive person will be deep-cleaned based on CDC protocols and will be reopened once sanitized. The Office of Physical Plant closely monitors the latest guidance for slowing the spread of COVID-19, including best practices for ventilation and for cleaning and disinfecting. High-touch surfaces and common areas are routinely cleaned to protect against exposure to COVID-19. If a COVID-19 positive person is identified, the building(s) will be closed immediately and will remain closed for 24 hours. Then after 24 hours, custodial staff will enter the building and begin cleaning and disinfecting. 

Custodial staff are currently using chemical dispensing systems for disinfectants. Staff have increased frequency of cleaning of restrooms, elevators, stairwells, and other high touch surfaces. Signage has been added to buildings to encourage frequent handwashing, social distancing, and capacity limits as recommended by the CDC.

Each facility is equipped with a supply of COVID-19 related products such as, disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, etc. The use of electrostatic sprayers will be used as an enhanced measure of disinfection throughout the day in high-traffic facilities. These sprayers allow for quick coverage of hard-to-reach places—including the sides, underside, and backside of surfaces thus, providing superior coverage for better germ protection. These sprayers will be used as both a pre- and post-disinfectant strategy.

Sidewalks, Pathways and Outdoor Amenities

The CDC and the DSCC Office of Physical Plant encourages that you maintain space between you and others as a best practice and is required at all DSCC locations to avoid exposure to the COVID-19 virus and to slow its spread. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others whenever possible, even if you have no symptoms. Physical distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk. Everyone on-site should follow these physical distancing practices:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm's length) away from other people.

  • Do not gather in groups.

  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid gathering.

In the interest of creating a culture where health and safety are promoted and realized, face masks must be worn by all individuals at each DSCC location in public settings (e.g., common workspaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, break-rooms, campus outdoor spaces, in restrooms, etc.). Appropriate use of face masks is important in minimizing risk to the wearer and those around them. A face mask is not a substitute for physical distancing.

Additional criteria are being developed for outdoor spaces and will be updated in the near future. Be mindful to follow the directional signage and be prepared to change your daily routine to adhere to the new circulation patterns.


Entry to buildings will be regulated and monitored. After entering a building, sanitize your hands at the nearest sanitizer station and follow signage and all physical distancing guidelines outlined herein.

DSCC will identify suitable building access points. Where appropriate, departments and building coordinators should attempt to coordinate arrival and departure times of faculty, staff, and students to reduce congestion during typical “rush hours” of a day’s schedule. We encourage you to plan ahead and arrive 15-20 minutes before your scheduled start to ensure you are quickly screened and approved for entry.

Building entrance and exit points are being mapped for every building and will have appropriate signage on the entry area, including ADA accessible circulation. Buildings will include signage and visual markers, including directional signage signifying flow, physical distancing signage showing where people should stand (in certain buildings), and informational signage regarding protocols. Be mindful of following the directional signage and be prepared to change your daily routine to adhere to the new pedestrian traffic patterns.

Dining Facilities (Jimmy Naifeh Center ONLY)

All patrons visiting dining operations and picking up food will be required to wear a face mask. While standing in line, you should stand on decals on the floor that signify 6 feet of distance from the person in front and behind. Hands must be washed or sanitized prior to picking up food items in dining operations. You should touch only items you will be picking up and taking with you. Payment will be made using contactless devices. Once payment is tendered, follow the directional signage so that paths do not cross and a distance of 6 feet from others is maintained at all times. Seating will be limited, if offered at all, in dining locations to ensure proper social distancing both at the table and while moving around in the dining area.


Procedures for visiting the bookstore:

  • Face masks are required. This will help protect you and our employees.
  • Please follow our ENTER and EXIT signs posted on the doors to follow the flow of traffic and promote social distancing.
  • Follow directional signs on the floor as well as markers for social distancing.
  • Our employees will be available to help you and still practice social distancing.
  • Please Note: We can only allow 10 occupants in the store at a time including employees.
    • Because of this, we encourage you to order online. Items can be delivered or available for in-store pickup. 

Bookstore hours

  • Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County Bookstore:
  • Dyersburg Campus Bookstore:
    • Mon-Thurs: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at  or call 731-286-3241.


Athletic Events

Women's Soccer will proceed as planned. The 2020 NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship in Evans, GA, originally scheduled for Nov. 16-21, will now be held Nov. 18-23. The change comes due to conflicts with the rescheduled 2020 Masters Tournament in Augusta, GA.  

The NJCAA has provided safety protocol recommendations for fall championship hosts. For a full list of safety protocol recommendations for regular season competition, facilities and equipment, and fall championship hosts, visit NJCAA Safety Protocol Recommendations.

Women's and Men's Basketball seasons will begin practice starting Sept. 14, 2020. Competition will be permitted to begin starting Oct. 16, 2020. 

Softball and Baseball - Spring 2021 sports will proceed as planned. As the season approaches, the NJCAA National Office will provide additional guidance on any possible changes as necessary.

NJCAA Path for 2020-2021 Sports

NJCAA COVID-19 Safety Protocols


Visitors and guests are not allowed at any DSCC location during this time. Invited guests (e.g., Athletics, vendors, contractors, etc.) are allowed only with explicit permission and are expected to abide by all DSCC people- and place-based protocols. These include health screenings, wearing face masks, and maintaining social distancing.

Those needing assistance should contact each location for information on how they can be served virtually or through a scheduled appointment at 731-286-3240 (Dyersburg), 731-855-1419 (Trenton), or 901-475-3100 (Covington). The faculty/staff directory can be found here.