Phase II - Fall 2020 & Spring 2021

This back to campus plan was developed using the best-known practices and guidelines set forth by the White House Opening Up America Again Plan and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While this plan is based on the most current information available, the phases and other guidelines are subject to change to address emerging conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Phase I, the Macon Cove and Union Avenue campuses re-opened July 8, 2020.

Phase II launched with the reopening of the Whitehaven and Maxine A. Smith Centers Aug. 20, 2020. During Phase II, courses are taught via a variety of modalities to include online, virtual, hybrid and on campus. Career and technical courses with a lab component will be taught on campus along with select workforce development programs

Phase III began with the return of Student Affairs offices to campus April 19, 2021. Students receive on-campus assistance by appointment only using the Navigate App. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to visit the following offices: Academic Support Center, Admissions, Advising, Career Services, Center for Access (formerly known as Disability Services), Counseling Services, Financial Aid, Records, Recruitment, Retention and Student Success, Student Development and Testing Services. All other faculty and staff continue teleworking. On campus deliveries resume. The online bookstore is fully operational. No on-campus public events.

Phase IV began with the return of all employees to on-campus work Aug. 2, 2021. All locations open with full on-campus operations. Students continue to receive assistance online, but also receive on campus by appointment Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campus bookstores are open. On-campus gatherings limited to 30 persons and facilities rental to persons or organizations outside of Southwest remains prohibited until pandemic conditions improve. Health screenings are no longer required for campus access. Face coverings are required and social distancing is practiced until pandemic conditions improve and in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

Back to Campus Phase III


The plan is divided into THE FOLLOWING sections:


This plan was developed with guidance from several sources, including Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, The College System of Tennessee, The White House Opening Up America Again plan, The Centers for Disease Control, The Shelby County Health Department and Baker-Donelson law firm.

Special thanks to the following members of the Southwest Tennessee Community College COVID-19 Task Force for their diligent work:

Southwest COVID-19 Task Force

Dr. Tracy D. Hall, President
Dr. Kendricks Hooker, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Jacqueline Faulkner, Vice President for Student Affairs
Jeannette Smith, Chief Financial Officer
Cynthia Graham, Vice President for External Relations
Michael Boyd, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services
Iliana Ricelli, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Cynthia Abadie, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs
Sherman Greer, Executive Director for Government Relations
Daphne J. Thomas, Executive Director for Communications, Marketing and Community Relations
Dr. Shelia Bouie, Chair for Health and Natural Sciences / Nursing, Medical Advisor
Merry Mattix, Department Head - Emergency Medical Technology

Southwest Back to Campus Operational Levels