Roane State announces plans for fall semester with COVID-19 precautions

Roane State Community College has outlined plans for a fall semester that includes both online and in-person learning options for students, with recommended safety precautions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Fall classes at Roane State are scheduled to start on August 19 and registration is still available at When the new semester begins, all students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to complete certain steps to gain access to campus, including:

  • Wearing a face covering
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Completing a daily wellness screening

Additionally, Roane State is requesting that students and employees self-report a COVID-19 positive test result as soon as possible using an online portal on the college website. Positive tests should be reported regardless of remote work or learning status.

“These safety measures have been put in place in order to protect every member of the Roane State Family so that our mission of providing a stellar education can continue,” said Dr. Chris Whaley, President of Roane State. “We ask for patience and understanding from our students this fall as this will certainly be an adjustment for all of us. Given what we’ve accomplished so far, we know we are up to the challenge.”

Uncertainty surrounding the pandemic has prompted many new and returning students to seek distance learning opportunities. In order to meet this increased demand, and to further reduce the number of people on campus during high traffic times, Roane State has added more web classes and transitioned others to remote delivery as needed.

“We have more online offerings for Fall 2020 than any schedule we’ve ever published,” said Dr. Diane Ward, Vice President for Student Learning. “As students continue to request an online option, we will work to meet those needs.”

Beginning Monday, August 3, regular business hours resume at all campuses as part of the phased reopening. Schedules vary by campus and are available online at Please note that some student services may continue to be offered online temporarily following the phased reopening at the request of students and staff.

For additional information about Roane State’s fall semester, visit For details on the college’s continued response to COVID-19, visit

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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