Pandemic Preparedness Plan Status: Level 2
Campuses are open. RSCC is following CDC guidelines along with the Tennessee Pledge and state requirements. The latest information and resources can be found below.
On Monday, August 3, 2020, Roane State returned to its regular schedule with the final step in phased reopening. Normal business hours vary by campus and are available online at roanestate.edu/campuslocations. Please note that some student services may continue to be offered online temporarily following the phased reopening at the request of students and staff. Operations that can be completed remotely will continue to do so in order to further reduce the number of people on campus.
RSCC is offering a mix of in-person and online classes this fall so students can choose what best fits their needs and comfort level. Information on Fall 2020 plans can be found at roanestate.edu/reopening. Anyone who comes to campus is required to complete a wellness screening each day of their visit. The screening can be accessed at roanestate.edu/checkup. On campus classes will incorporate face covering requirements, physical distancing, and frequent cleaning of facilities. Additional web sections are being added to accommodate increased interest in online courses.
For more information on Roane State’s continued response to COVID-19 or plans for the fall semester, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, June 18, 2020, a Roane State student reported a positive COVID-19 test result to the college. The student had not shown any symptoms and was quarantining at home. This was the first confirmed case of the virus on any of Roane State’s campuses.
The positive case was found during a precautionary health screening required by a state licensing board and was conducted at a local health department.
The student was reported to have been inside the Coffey-McNally Building of the Oak Ridge Branch Campus (ORBC) on Tuesday, June 16. Upon learning of the positive test result, the college began the process of closing the building and notifying each person who had been in direct contact with the student.
Cleaning of the affected building followed CDC guidelines before reopening on Monday, June 22, 2020. Students, staff and faculty members impacted by the building closure were advised of alternate arrangements as needed. Roane State also notified the Anderson County Health Department of the positive test.
Please continue to wash your hands frequently, wear face coverings in public and stay home if you are sick to help protect yourself and others during the pandemic.
On March 23, 2020, Roane State closed all campuses following an extended spring break and migrated most classes to an online format in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Campuses remained closed through April 30 in accordance with the State of Tennessee's Safer-at-Home order. Only a small number of essential personnel were permitted on campus during this time. The majority of college employees continued their work remotely.
On May 4, 2020, (following the expiration of the Safer-at-Home order), limited access on four campuses began so that programs could complete required in-person skills testing. The limited access locations included Roane County, Oak Ridge, Knox and Clinton.
On June 24, 2020, Roane State outlined its phased reopening plan for the remainder of the summer term and leading into fall. The final phase (return to normal business hours/end of summer schedule) was implemented on August 3, 2020.
If the pandemic worsens in our area, the majority of in-person classes may be transitioned to an online environment. The health and safety of our campus communities and the broader communities we serve are the top priority.
You can also visit our resource pages on Distance Education and Momentum (or D2L) for more information. Students and faculty may login to Momentum at the following link: https://elearn.roanestate.edu/d2l/login. If you are facing a challenge continuing your classes online, email email@example.com and we will do our best to help you find a solution.
Any member of the Roane State community can email firstname.lastname@example.org if they have an immediate need during the coronavirus pandemic such as food, transportation, childcare, and internet/computer access. While Roane State may not be able to assist directly with every request, we will connect students, staff, faculty and their families with local resources whenever possible.
Two Roane State locations, the Roane County campus and the Oak Ridge Branch Campus, were utilized as sites for free drive-through COVID-19 testing in April thanks to efforts by our state and local health departments. Approximately 1,875 total tests were administered during those events. We were proud to be able to serve our community in this way during the campus closure period.
As with any contagious illness, please follow safety recommendations from health officials, including:
We will continue to pass along additional information over the coming days and weeks regarding COVID-19 and our response, so please check your Roane State email regularly and monitor this webpage. Please also sign up for RaiderAlerts and follow our social media accounts @RoaneState on Twitter and Facebook.
Visit the links below for up-to-date information from the CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health about the virus.
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