COVID-19 Key Dates and Resources

Key Dates Regarding Facilities Access:

Beginning June 29, 2020

Main Campus: Gallatin – Thigpen Library and the Learning Commons will be open for students to use with social distancing and masks. It is required that each person visiting a campus location complete the COVID-19 Screening form prior to arrival. 

Cookeville Campus – The library and Learning Commons will be open from 7:15 a.m. – 3:15 a.m. Monday through Friday

Springfield Campus – Closed, but open online

Livingston Campus –  Closed, but open online

Beginning August 3, 2020

All Vol State Campus locations will have limited operations open. Livingston, Springfield and Cookeville campus locations will be open with limited access to offices and services during normal business hours. All locations will be open for student access with regulated admission, social distancing, self-screening and mask protocol in place. 

Fall Classes Mainly Online:

The adjustments will help us handle whatever comes up next in the COVID-19 health crisis. If you have registered for fall classes, some of your classes may have changed to include more online components. Every student should check now for changes. We will still have limited on-campus classes this fall, but to keep the number of students on our campuses at a safe level, where we can practice social distancing, we are utilizing the power of online learning to supplement classes.

For students who have already applied and registered for fall classes: you can see if a class that you have already registered for has been adjusted by accessing Schedule Planner via My Vol State. We also have a video and written instructions to take you through it step-by-step: www.volstate.edu/covid-adjustment

For new students or people considering college: We are adding more online components to make us flexible. We will have limited in-person classes on our campuses, primarily focusing on courses that feature hands-on class work. Our Online offerings have expanded to include the versions listed below. Students can register for all of these classes now. New students will need to apply first at www.volstate.edu/apply. The semester begins August 24.

Vol State will offer four class formats for Fall 2020. 

  • Online – Fully online classes within eLearn, as we have usually done them. These are labeled Online: Asynchronous, meaning you can log in and receive instruction and do your work at any time. Asynchronous means there are no assigned class times, but there will be assignment due dates each week.
  • Virtual – Classes will use a videoconferencing service (for example, Zoom) to meet at an assigned time to deliver live instruction. eLearn will be used to submit assignments or access additional materials. These are labeled Virtual Class:Synchronous, which just means that they have assigned days and times for the online class meetings. Our videoconferencing services are free. Software may be downloaded directly from volstate.edu.
  • Hybrid – A combination of online or virtual and an on-site, in-person component. The idea is to limit the number of class meetings.
  • On-Site Face-to-Face – Traditional classes occurring at one of our campuses. This is primarily for classes that have a significant “hands on” component, such as some science labs, and Health Sciences, Art, and Music instruction, to name a few.

If you are new to online learning, that is not a problem. We will walk you through it. Vol State is ranked number seven in the nation, and number one in Tennessee, for online learning at community colleges, according to the review group College Consensus. We use an online system called eLearn. It’s a web page that will have your classes and assignments. Please take a few minutes to visit this explanatory web page and get acquainted with eLearn: https://www.volstate.edu/elearnsuccess

In addition, we have computers and other IT related resources that may be provided if you need assistance

No matter what happens this summer or fall with COVID-19, we are ready to support you in your classes and help you do well in those classes. We’ll be in touch with new information periodically, so please keep checking your student email regularly and visit the Vol State website and the Vol State Facebook page for timely updates. Advisors are available to help if you have questions. Email advising@volstate.edu or call 615-230-3702 to set up an online or phone appointment.

Resources

Current Travel Advisories

Keeping Yourself Healthy

Prepare now by helping to prevent spread of COVID-19. Individuals can lower the risk of transmission by consistently practicing simple, everyday non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs):

  • Staying home when you are sick or if you have been in close proximity to someone who is sick.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue
  • Washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands,
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a mask or cloth if you are sick and around people or at a mass gathering in a community where the virus spread is already occurring.

Symptoms and Transmission

  • Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing
  • Person-to-person spread is occurring. According to the CDC, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus.

Travel Sources

  • Spring Break is scheduled for March 9-13 and students, faculty and staff who have made plans should visit the CDC (link) and State Department (Link) websites to make informed decisions regarding travel. Several countries are now under travel advisories and more are expected to be added as the situation evolves. 
  • Visit this site for updated contact information for major airlines.

Supporting Those Returning from Affected Countries

Vol State strives to be an inclusive community that welcomes and respects all people. Acts that violate the institution’s core values are not tolerated. Reporting, understanding and preventing unacceptable behaviors such as bias are essential. Contact our Office of Student Services if you feel you have experienced such an incident or are a witness to an incident involving any member of our community.