Limited access at four Roane State locations begins May 4

ROANE STATE – Roane State Community College campuses and facilities have been closed since March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most classes transitioned online after that date and will continue in an online format for the rest of the spring semester.

However, there are some academic programs that have been unable to complete all course requirements online. In order to hold the affected classes and skills testing in person, Roane State is permitting extremely limited access to four locations beginning Monday, May 4.

The locations included in this plan are Roane County, Oak Ridge, Knox and Clinton. Only certain buildings and areas will be accessible during the limited opening and only those who have been contacted with instructions and a meeting schedule will be allowed to enter those areas.

Roane State has implemented specific guidance under this plan in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and allow those who must return to campus to do so safely. Guidelines include daily wellness screenings for everyone as they enter campus buildings, face covering requirements, enhanced cleaning of facilities, limits on the number of people per classroom and physical distancing.

The small number of students, faculty and staff who are permitted to return to campus under these circumstances in order to complete course requirements will be contacted directly. Those who have not been contacted and cleared to be on campus will not be granted access.

All other Roane State campuses remain closed until further notice. Additional information will be provided once a plan is in place for a phased reopening of those locations. Faculty and staff who are not associated with one of the affected programs will continue working remotely.

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