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Roane State Community College planning to offer in-person learning this fall

According to a press release, approximately 70% of classes remain all or mostly online for the Spring 2021 semester.

HARRIMAN, Tenn. — Roane State Community College is planning to offer in-person classes this fall, officials said.

According to a press release, approximately 70% of classes remain all or mostly online for the Spring 2021 semester.

“With case numbers falling, vaccination rates climbing and the public safety measures put in place over the last 11 months proving effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19, we are ready to bring students back to campus,” RSCC President Dr. Chris Whaley said.

Online courses will still be available for students but the number of on-ground class sections will be increased for fall. 

“We are working hard to deliver what many of our students want and need this fall, which is a return to in-person education,” said Dr. Diane Ward, RSCC’s vice president for student learning. “As we craft plans for the new academic year, the prospect of being back together on campus has become a very positive driving force with safety remaining the top priority.”

COVID-19 protocols will remain in place to protect the campus community. These protocols include wearing face masks and practicing social distancing as well as completing daily wellness screenings and checking in when arriving on campus. 

Students, faculty, staff and visitors will still be asked to self-report positive COVID-19 test results to the college and stay home if they are experiencing symptoms. Contact tracing and enhanced cleaning of facilities will also continue.

Administrators and members of the college’s COVID-19 Response Team caution that plans for Fall 2021 are tentative. 

If the pandemic worsens in the area prior to or during the fall semester, Roane State may implement a transition to online learning, officials said.

Additional information on plans for the fall will be released throughout the coming months.

For more information visit, roanestate.edu/coronavirus.