RSCC updates COVID protocol, ends mask requirement

Roane State Community College has announced updates to its pandemic response plan, including the removal of the face mask requirement for individuals who are fully vaccinated.

As of yesterday (Monday, May 17th), the college is also ending its daily wellness screening requirement for campus access.

These changes follow updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued last week, and school leaders say that over the next few weeks, the college will be working to implement these new protocols into its existing response plan and communicate changes to the campus community.

Until further notice, Roane State will maintain some of the preventive measures put in place during the pandemic in order to keep campuses as safe as possible. Protocols that will remain in place include:

  • Self-reporting of positive COVID-19 test results to the college
  • Contact tracing performed by the college’s COVID-19 response team
  • Regular cleaning of classrooms, labs and other communal areas
  • Social distancing recommendations
  • Remote work for some college employees

Roane State students, employees and visitors should also continue to practice frequent hand washing to prevent the spread of illnesses. If you experience any symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, you should not come to campus.

Following the latest guidance from the CDC, the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) recommends anyone who has not yet been vaccinated do so as soon as possible. TBR is also highly encouraging those who have not been fully vaccinated to continue to wear a mask and to engage in social distancing, both to protect themselves and others.

The CDC guidance, “When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated,” contains other important information and is available here.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

Check Also

TDOT grant to fund improvements in LaFollette

(Press release, submitted) State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) announced today that the city …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *