Pandemic Preparedness Plan Status: Level 2
Roane State classes are being delivered online for Maymester and summer term in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instructions will be provided for courses that cannot be completed online. Roane, Oak Ridge, Knox and Clinton locations currently have limited access for skills testing. All other campuses remain closed until further notice. The latest information and resources can be found below.
Maymester classes and most summer term classes are being delivered online. Much like the limited on-campus completion of spring course skills testing, a very small number of courses that require in-person instruction will still need to be conducted on campus. For those classes, students will receive additional instructions regarding the steps they must take to access campus. These steps include the completion of a daily wellness screening as well as wearing a face covering and maintaining proper physical distance from others while on campus.
Students who are already registered for summer courses should check the class schedule on the RSCC website or in RaiderNet to confirm how their course(s) will be delivered. The notes for each section will contain information about modified class schedule and delivery. Students can also expect to receive an email from their instructors with additional information.
Roane State is currently planning to offer its normal mix of in-person and online classes for the fall semester. However, the college is prepared for another transition to online learning if the need arises.
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 and remain working from home at this time.
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 include Roane County, Oak Ridge, Knox and Clinton. Only certain buildings or areas are being used in these locations and only those who are approved are allowed access. All other campuses remain closed until further notice. Students, faculty and staff members who are impacted have been contacted with further instruction. All activity on campuses will comply with CDC guidelines for safe physical distancing, face coverings, sanitizing and other precautions.
The health and safety of our campus communities and the broader communities we serve are the top priority. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any of our campuses, we hope these steps will help prevent that from occurring.
The extremely difficult decision to postpone spring commencement was made in accordance with public health recommendations. We know how important it is to recognize the many wonderful achievements of our students so alternative arrangements will be made for an in-person commencement. Details will be finalized and announced soon.
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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