JSCC announces COVID-19 protocols for the fall semester

Jackson State Community College has been intently monitoring the current trend of increasing infections of COVID-19. It is the position of the college to keep the doors of the institution open to students and to provide them with the educational experience they need to be successful. To achieve this goal, there are several guidelines that have been established.

  • Face masks are required in all buildings on campus.
  • Maintain a minimum physical distance of 3 feet.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and use hand sanitizer when this isn’t possible.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Monitor your health daily. Do not knowingly come to campus if you are feeling any symptoms of illness. Contact your professor, coach, or supervisor to advise them you will be isolating.

JSCC is following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In the event you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, please adhere to the following guidance.

Quarantine

Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19 unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Not Vaccinated?

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.

Exemptions from Quarantine Include:

  • Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Or

  • Someone who has COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and
  • Has recovered and
  • Remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)

National Immunization Awareness Month

The CDC observes August as National Immunization Awareness Month. Additionally, Governor Bill Lee issued proclamation 2145 on Tuesday, proclaiming August as Immunization Awareness Month in Tennessee. JSCC strongly encourages everyone to educate themselves with facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. Make an informed decision about whether or not to get vaccinated against this historic and deadly disease. Vaccination will protect you and others, and allow us all to pursue freely the endeavors that fill our lives with joy and meaning.

Thank you for all you are doing to make JSCC a safe place! We are looking forward to a successful year.