Roane State implements phased reopening plan with COVID-19 precautions

Roane State Community College is implementing a phased reopening so students can access many of the services they need on campus ahead of the fall semester.

For the remainder of June, the following offices will operate from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the designated locations:

  • Bookstore (Roane and Oak Ridge)
  • Bursar/Business Office (Roane and Oak Ridge)
  • One Stop (All campus sites)

Beginning Monday, July 6, 2020, the offices listed above will transition to a Monday through Thursday schedule on the Roane County and Oak Ridge campuses from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Success Coaches will also begin a return to campus for in-person appointments. All campus sites will begin offering One Stop services on the 4-day summer schedule. This schedule will continue for the remainder of July.

On Monday, August 3, 2020, Roane State will return to its regular schedule. At this time, most services will be available in-person on all campuses. Normal business hours vary by campus and are available online at Operations that can be completed remotely will continue to do so in order to further reduce the number of people on campus.

As a reminder, nearly all summer term courses are being delivered online. A small number of courses that require some elements of in-person instruction are meeting on campus. Additional precautions are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including wearing face coverings on campus, maintaining physical distancing, completing daily wellness screenings, and enhanced cleaning of classrooms and other common areas.

The phased reopening plan outlined above will lead into a fall semester that offers a mix of in-person and online classes so students can choose what best fits their needs and comfort level. 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.

“These efforts are all part of our plan to keep students, faculty, staff, and our communities safe while ensuring that learning never stops at Roane State,” College President Dr. Chris Whaley said. “We want to encourage our new and returning students – don’t delay your future. Now more than ever, education is critical to achieving your goals.”

Roane State is a two-year college providing transfer programs, career-preparation programs and continuing education. Founded in 1971, the college has locations in Roane, Campbell, Cumberland, Fentress, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, and Scott counties as well as a branch campus in Oak Ridge. For more information, visit

Remember, eligible adults can now attend Roane State tuition-free with the new Reconnect grant. Learn more at

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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