Moving Forward Fall 2020 – 2021

Southeastern Community College has resumed campus operations and faculty and staff are working hard to prepare to resume on-campus classes for fall 2020. Every member of the Southeastern community must be ready to create a culture of health and safety. 

The health and safety of our community is our paramount priority as we adapt to the COVID-19 threat. 

This website is the information source for our plan for Fall 2020. Details and announcements will be added as decisions are made throughout the summer. Please check back frequently and stay informed about the role you will play in creating a successful academic year. 


Arriving on Campus

The Southeastern community will gather on campus for fall semester in a very different way to reduce the threat of COVID-19. 

Students, faculty and staff should not report to campus if they are experiencing symptoms of or have been exposed to COVID-19. Instead, please isolate, seek medical consultation and follow provider recommendations prior to coming to campus. 

On arrival, both new and returning curriculum students must report first to Student Services in A-Bldg and Faculty/Staff will report to Human Resources. 

Beginning in JulyStudent Services will serve as a one-stop check-in center for curriculum students.  

Faculty and staff who have not been on campus during the summer, must go to Human Resources where the following screening will be completed: 

  • Complete a COVID-19 self-screening questionnaire 
  • Speak with an SCC staff member about any health-related questions or concerns 
  • Complete a short educational module to learn about campus policies and protocols to protect our community’s health and wellness 

Upon reporting to a Continuing Education class, Con Ed staff or faculty will issue the Self-Monitoring Questionnaire to students prior to entering the class. 

Effective June 26, 2020 face masks are required in public spaces, including on SCC campus when employees and/or students are or may be within six (6) feet of another person or cannot practice social distancing guidelines. 

Your Daily Health Checkup

All students, faculty, and staff are expected to complete their own daily self-checkup to help monitor their own health. Answer the following questions and seek advice from your healthcare provider if you have concerns: 

Self-Monitoring Questionnaire

Further guidance for health monitoring and resources will be distributed to the campus community prior to the start of fall semester. 


Call your doctor if you develop symptoms, have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled from an area with widespread occurrences of COVID-19 . Please CALL your health care provider before going in to avoid potentially exposing others.

You can also contact your county’s public health department; they will advise you on the appropriate next steps:

Columbus County: 910-640-6615
Bladen: 910-862-6900
Brunswick: 910-253-2250
Horry: 843-915-8800843-915-5654843-448-8407
New Hanover: 910-798-3500
Pender: 910-259-1230
Robeson: 910-671-3200

The North Carolina Division of Public Health also has a call line at 866-462-3821 to address general questions.


Please be aware of misinformation. Reference reliable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and N.C. Department of Public Health. Please help dispel rumors and the circulation of incorrect information on our campus and in our community. Get the facts about COVID-19, and help by sharing accurate, verified information with others.

If you Become Ill

All students, faculty and staff who report COVID-19 symptoms or who are exposed to the virus must follow the testing, contact tracing and quarantine protocols established by Southeastern Community College, the Columbus County Health Department and the State of North Carolina. 

If you experience COVID-19 Symptoms and begin to feel ill, first refrain from direct contact with others and report your symptoms to your instructor or supervisor immediately.  Consult with a healthcare provider.  

Faculty, staff and students should refrain from coming on campus and consult their healthcare provider or local hospital for directions if they begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19.   

Faculty, staff and students who have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor or in the case of a student, the instructor should be notified, contact their healthcare provider, and utilize sick leave to stay home or do not report to class. 

Faculty, staff and students with confirmed cases of COVID-19 should follow CDC-recommended steps, should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments. 

Faculty, staff and students who are well but who have a family member at home sick with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should notify their supervisor, follow CDC recommended precautions, stay at home, and utilize pandemic leave (and sick leave after pandemic leave ends). 

Expectations of Employees/Students with COVID-19 Symptoms, Awaiting Test Results or with a Sick Family Member at Home with COVID-19

  • Employees/students who have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor/instructor, contact their healthcare provider, and stay home.
  • Employees/students with confirmed cases of COVID-19 should follow CDC-recommended steps. Employees should use emergency leave (and sick leave after emergency leave ends), and should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments. Students should not return to class until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
  • Employees/students who are well but who have a family member at home sick with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should notify their supervisor/instructor, follow CDC recommended precautions, stay at home, until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
  • Employees and students who have tested and are awaiting test results should notify their supervisor/instructor and stay at home until test results have been received.

COVID-19 Campus Exposure Procedure

Guidelines for Distancing and Hygiene

Cleanliness and hygiene are everyone’s job and responsibility. The entire college community must work together to keep others healthy and safe. 

SMO will continue providing daily cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms, breakrooms, bathrooms, classrooms, buildings and all public spaces. The Campus Health & Safety Committee will coordinate and administer the campus-wide COVID-19 supply program and will provide disinfecting wipes, or sprays for computer labs, classrooms, and public spaces for individuals to clean surfaces regularly. 

All employees/students and visitors will be required to exercise caution and continue social distancing and personal hygiene practices in order to protect from the spread of the coronavirus as per the guidelines below.  

Expectations of Faculty/Staff: Hygiene Practices per CDC guidelines

Vice Presidents, Division Chairs, Department Directors, Department Chairs, and Program Directors/Coordinators will work to ensure that established social distancing and hygiene practices (listed below) are maintained by employees and students. 

Faculty and staff should limit close personal contact and maintain a minimum 6-foot distance apart. 

Faculty and staff in individual offices should consider working with office doors slightly closed. 

Faculty and staff should engage in frequent hand washing, the use of hand sanitizer, and sanitizing of surfaces regularly: 

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as feasible. 
  • Use hand sanitizer after interactions with people or objects, if soap and water are not readily available. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes into the sleeve or elbow, not hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch
  • Touch surfaces (buttons, door handles, counters, workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, etc.) regularly. SCC Maintenance will provide disinfecting wipes, or sprays for computer labs, classrooms, and public spaces for individuals to clean surfaces regularly. 
  • Avoid touching your face. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands. 

Faculty and staff are encouraged to wear cloth masks advised by the CDC in public spaces anytime they cannot maintain a safe social distance from others. 

Faculty and staff should avoid using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible.  If necessary, clean and disinfect them before and after use. 

Faculty and staff should limit the number of people at gatherings, ensuring that North Carolina (NC) guidelines is followed. Examples include: 

  • When in-person meetings are necessary, no more than the number of people defined in NC guidelines by the Governor’s executive order should be present, and social distancing should be in place. 
  • Video conferencing and conference calls can be used instead of in-person meetings. 
  • No events, meetings, or gatherings will be approved that includes more than what NC guidelines define. 
  • Please note that the multi-person limit on gatherings includes other personnel that may be present in that space. 

Faculty and staff should remain mindful of social distancing in small spaces including elevators, hallways, stairwells, and restrooms. 

Faculty and staff should eat in a location that allows for appropriate social distancing (e.g. outdoors, in an enclosed or private space, in an office with the door closed, etc.). 

Faculty and staff should eliminate any shared-use coffee pot and the practice of sharing food in common areas. They should also disinfect the handles of departmental microwaves and refrigerators after each use. 

Faculty and staff should clean and disinfect high-touch, shared surfaces regularly (buttons, door handles, counters, workstations, keyboards, telephones, etc.). 

Note: All visitors to campus, including contractors, vendors, guest speakers, etc., will be expected to follow these guidelines. 

Expectations of Employees/Students:  Social Distancing – Keep Your Distance to Slow the Spread

Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

What is social distancing?

To practice social distancing: 

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people 
  • Do not gather in groups 
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

In addition to everyday steps to prevent COVID-19, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally and across the country and world. 

Limit close contact with others outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you—or they—have no symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 

If you have been exposed or are sick 

Why practice social distancing?

COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. 

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. COVID-19 can live for hours or days on a surface, depending on factors such as sunlight, humidity, and the type of surface. Social distancing helps limit opportunities to come in contact with contaminated surfaces and infected people outside the home. 

Although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone can get and spread COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family, and their community. 

Your Healthy Habits

Whether you are on campus or away, it is important that you take precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is a shared responsibility and all faculty, staff, and students are always expected to follow these guidelines and take these precautions. 

If you are in a category the CDC has deemed as a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, consult the CDC’s extra precautions site and speak with your healthcare provider about risks and how to manage them. 

Personal Protective Gear


Southeastern encourages the use of cloth face masks and will supply cloth masks to SCC employees and students. Disposable masks will be made available to those in need of one. Those using a disposable mask made available by the college are encouraged to use them in an appropriate manner.  Once the mask becomes soiled or damaged, a replacement mask can be made available.   

Everyone is required to wear face mask when they are or may be within six (6) feet of another person or cannot practice social distancing guidelines. Employees/students are encouraged to keep a mask with them at all times so it can be readily used when it’s necessary.  

November 23, 2020 Update

On November 23, Governor Cooper issued a new executive order, EO 180.  This order requires masks to be worn in public places in certain indoor and outdoor situations.  The order was an extension and modification of existing mask requirements in EO 169.

The order requires that in any public place outside the home, a mask must be worn indoors if anyone in the indoor space is not a member of the same household.  Further, a mask must be worn outdoors if it is not possible to be consistently distant by more than 6 feet from non-household members.

What does this mean for SCC faculty, staff, students, and visitors?
Following the issuance of EO 180, effective December 7, our current standard protocols of mask use and social distancing will be modified as outlined:
  • Masks will be worn in all indoor areas to include classrooms, labs, foyers, hallways, etc.  An exception to this standard will be when an employee is working alone in their office.  When two or more meet in an office, classroom, conference room, etc., masks will be required to be worn by all.
  • Masks will be worn in all outdoor areas when two or more non-household members cannot be consistently distant by more than 6 feet.  As such, masks will be required outside where employees/students gather socially or to study.
  • The college will continue to follow social distancing guidelines as previously established.


When to wear gloves:

For the general public, CDC recommends wearing gloves when you are cleaning or caring for someone who is sick. 

In most other situations, like running errands, wearing gloves is not necessary. Instead, practice everyday preventive actions like keeping social distance (at least 6 feet) from others, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol), and wearing a cloth face covering when you must go out in public. 

Gloves in the workplace

Guidelines and recommendations for glove use in work settings will differ from recommendations for the general public. 

Other ways to protect yourself

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus and is mainly spread through droplets created when a person who is infected coughs, sneezes, or talks. You can protect yourself by keeping social distance (at least 6 feet) from others and washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) at key times and practicing everyday preventive actions.

COVID-19 Dashboard

SCC will communicate COVID-19 cases related to campus to our campus community which includes students, faculty, and staff. These are cases reported to the Human Resources Office and verified by a laboratory test. In cases where a student or employee fails to disclose to the college that they have tested positive, the college will have no way of knowing and communicating that information. This type of communication will include only positive cases of which the college has been made aware. 

Confidentiality laws prohibit the college from disclosing any identifying information about affected individuals. Any individual who has tested positive will be isolated, and anyone believed to be at risk for exposure will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine. 

SCC Covid-19 Dashboard

The North Carolina Dashboard

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services maintains a COVID-19 dashboard that is updated daily. The NCDHHS also provides information about how it defines and collects data for the dashboard. 

Notification of COVID-19 Cases

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19, the college will follow contact tracing and notification protocols as directed by local and state health authorities. Identified contacts will receive guidance about monitoring and testing at the direction of the Columbus County Health Department. 

Contact tracing may include notification of: 

  • Close personal contacts identified by the confirmed positive individual 
  • Classmates, college staff and faculty members with whom the student/staff or faculty member may have come in contact while contagious 
  • Employees providing on-campus services to visitors/clients with whom they may have come in contact while contagious