COVID-19

Health & Safety Protocols

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness that is primarily spread through droplets from person to person, although there is some evidence that it may also spread through contact with surfaces such as door knobs, light switches and other areas people commonly touch on a routine basis.

Some people who test positive for COVID-19 don’t exhibit symptoms, which means they could be spreading the virus to others without realizing they have it.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and how it has continued to spread throughout Mississippi, the Healthy At Hinds plan outlines strict protocols to follow for students, employees and anyone else planning to be at one of Hinds’ six locations.

Direct close exposure is defined as exposure (within the past 48 hours) to someone that is positive for COVID-19 in which the individual was less than 3 ft. apart for more than 15 minutes.

Face coverings

The use of masks is optional.

    Vaccination

    Hinds continues to encourage all employees and students to become fully vaccinated including boosters as warranted.

    MSDH recommends that all eligible students, faculty, and staff receive COVID-19 vaccination.

    Vaccination remains the primary public health prevention strategy to end transmission and allow for safe participation of in-person classes and sponsored activities. Mississippi colleges and universities should continue to promote COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible students, faculty and staff.

    • If exposed to COVID-19, no quarantine is necessary for fully vaccinated individuals unless symptoms develop, keeping students and staff fully engaged.

      Mitigating spread by contact

      • Washing and/or sanitizing of hands should occur each time, before and after, touching face or face covering.
      • Employees whose job duties require they often touch items belonging to others (such as credit, cards, receipts, mail, computers, etc.) should wear gloves that are regularly disposed of and replaced.
      • Interaction with and sharing of materials with other employees, students or visitors should be limited. For example, pens should not be placed on counters for visitors/customers to use. Everyone should try to use their own pens and other materials to reduce the spread.

      Self-check temperature before coming to work or class

      • Please continue to monitor your health and follow our COVID-19 policies regarding reporting positive cases or COVID-19 exposure.
      • All employees and students should self-check their temperature before coming on campus each work or class day.
      • The college reserves the right to conduct temperature checks for employees and/or students if needed.
      • Anyone who has a temperature above 100.4 degrees or experiences COVID -19 symptoms should not return to campus or leave as soon as the elevated temperature or symptoms are detected.
      • According to the Centers for Disease Control, those symptoms include: cough, shortness of breath, fever, new loss of taste or smell, chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

      Protocol for elevated temperature and other symptoms

      Elevated Temperature & Exhibiting Symptoms

      Elevated Temperature & Exhibiting Symptoms

      Any employee or student who has an elevated temperature or exhibits the symptoms above should do the following:

      • Contact your healthcare provider immediately
      • Leave campus immediately or do not come back to campus
      • Complete the Healthy At Hinds Self Reporting Form (Employee, Student)
      • May return to campus if symptoms resolve in 24 hours
      Positive COVID-19 Test or Direct Exposure

      Any employee or student who tests positive for COVID-19, or comes in direct contact with someone who has tested positive, should do the following:

      • Not return to campus
      • Contact your healthcare provider immediately
      • Complete the Healthy At Hinds Self Reporting Form (Employee, Student)
      • Direct Exposure – Full Vaccinated: No quarantine is needed for those who are fully vaccinated unless symptoms develop.
      • Direct Exposure – Not Vaccinated: Quarantine for five days and wear a mask for days six to 10 days, unless they are in their personal space.
      • Tested Positive: Quarantine for five days and must wear a mask for days six to 10, unless they are in their personal space.
      • Neither students nor employees should return to a Hinds campus until given permission by the proper authority.
      • It is not recommended and is strongly discouraged that a student or employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 have another COVID-19 test within 90 days of testing positive.
      24 Hours Fever Free

      Individuals can return from isolation after five days if they have been fever free for 24 hours and their symptoms are improving, per the CDC.

      Note: Protocols for nursing and allied health students may be different from other students. Those students should contact their instructors or program chairs for additional information.

      Social Distancing

      Social Distancing is not required.

       

        Capacity

        • Hinds Community College is currently at 100 percent capacity for classroom and events.

        Academic Calendar

        View important dates on the Hinds CC Academic calendar for on-campus and online programs.

        Student Responsibilities & Self Reporting

        Students will be required to do the following
        • Complete the “Healthy At Hinds” training in Canvas. This training is placed as the first module in all canvas shells.
        • Complete this training during the first week of their first course, including the acknowledgment that the training has been completed and that the student will abide by the guidelines.

         

        Self-check temperature

        All students should self-check their temperature before coming on campus or going to class each day. Any student who has an elevated temperature or exhibits the symptoms of COVID-19 as outlined by the Center for Disease Control should do the following:

         

        Positive COVID-19 Tests and/or Direct Contact

        Any student who is unvaccinated and tests positive for COVID-19, or comes in direct contact with someone who has tested positive, should do the following:

        • Complete the Healthy At Hinds Student Self Reporting Form
        • Direct Exposure – Full Vaccinated: No quarantine is needed for those who are fully vaccinated unless symptoms develop.
        • Direct Exposure – Not Vaccinated: Quarantine for five days and wear a mask for days six to 10 days, unless they are in their personal space.
        • Tested Positive: Quarantine for five days and must wear a mask for days six to 10, unless they are in their personal space.
        • Refrain from returning to a Hinds campus or class until given permission by the Dean of Students office.

         

        Fully Vaccinated Individuals
        • If exposed to COVID-19, no quarantine is necessary for fully vaccinated individuals unless symptoms develop, keeping students and staff fully engaged.
        • All students regardless of vaccination status are required to produce a negative COVID-19 test prior to checking in.

        Employee Responsibilities & Self Reporting

        Healthy At Hinds Training

        All Hinds employees will be required to complete a Healthy At Hinds training through Canvas as part of their normal duties. All employees should complete this training. Included as part of the training are the following:

        • Protocols for informing the college of a positive COVID-19 test or need for quarantine due to exposure.
        • Guidelines for returning to campus after a positive test.
        • Acknowledgment of the guidelines.

         

        Self-check temperature

        All employees should self-check their temperature before coming to work each day. Any employee who has an elevated temperature or exhibits the symptoms of COVID-19 as outlined by the Center for Disease Control should do the following:

         

        Positive COVID-19 Tests and/or Direct Contact

        Any employee who tests positive for COVID-19, or comes in direct contact with someone who has tested positive, should do the following:

        • Contact their supervisor
        • Complete the Healthy At Hinds Employee Self Reporting Form
        • Direct Exposure – Full Vaccinated: No quarantine is needed for those who are fully vaccinated unless symptoms develop.
        • Direct Exposure – Not Vaccinated: Quarantine for five days and wear a mask for days six to 10 days, unless they are in their personal space.
        • Tested Positive: Quarantine for five days and must wear a mask for days six to 10, unless they are in their personal space. Individuals can return from isolation after five days if they have been fever-free for 24 hours and their symptoms are improving, per the CDC.
        • Refrain from returning to work until given permission by their supervisor.

         

        Fully Vaccinated Individuals

        If exposed to COVID-19, no quarantine is necessary for fully vaccinated individuals unless symptoms develop, keeping students and staff fully engaged.

        Residence Halls

        Move-In Procedures

        Housing is taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of students. Students are assigned designated times for move-in, and restrictions placed on the number of a student’s family members allowed in a residence hall at a time. The designated move-in times will be communicated to the students.

        For housing-related questions contact reslife@hindscc.edu or call 601-857-3222.

        Fully Vaccinated Students

        All students regardless of vaccination status are required to produce a negative COVID-19 test prior to checking in.

        Athletics & Student Activities

        Increased Capacity

        Effective July 30, Hinds Community College will convert back to 100 percent for classroom and events.

        Facilities Maintenance

        As part of the safety protocol for facilities, the following measures are being taken:

        • Cleaning of facilities and frequently touched surfaces and areas will be increased and performed routinely throughout the day.
        • All facilities will be fogged with a peroxide-based cleaner routinely.
        • Access to any contaminated area will be restricted for a minimum of eight to 12 hours. Disinfecting and a deep cleaning of the area will be performed prior to the area being reopened.
        • Hand sanitizer dispensers are installed throughout each campus.
        • The college is taking action to encourage social distancing through signage, spacing in classrooms, public areas and other high traffic areas. Public, gathering spaces on campus will be marked for social distancing or closed altogether.
        • Water fountains will be covered and marked “do not use.” Touchless bottle filler water stations are acceptable and will be available.
        • Vending machines will remain available for students and employees and will be cleaned regularly.
        • Elevators capacity will be limited to two passengers at any time.