Health and Medicine
Roanoke College plans to start the fall semester two weeks early and complete it by Thanksgiving. College officials say the primary goal is to maximize the likelihood of completing the full semester on campus. Here is a letter Roanoke College President Mike Maxey sent today to the college community:
Dear Students and Families:
Greetings from Roanoke College! As always, I hope this letter finds you safe and well. While our campus is quiet, teams of individuals are working tirelessly to determine how we can all safely return to campus this fall. I am grateful to the Health Services, Campus Safety and Student Affairs teams at Roanoke College as well as our local public health experts who have been working through complex scenarios as we plan for the coming semester with diligence and care.
Below you will find our revised plans for the fall academic calendar.
Roanoke College will begin the fall semester early, starting classes two weeks ahead of the originally planned schedule. Wednesday, Aug. 19 will be the first meeting of day classes. Students will move into residence halls in August, with many of the same health protocols we are using now as students collect their belongings.
Our calendar has been revised to reduce the risks of mid-semester travel and maximize the likelihood that we can remain on campus for the entire fall semester.
The traditional fall break week in October has been removed from the academic calendar. The new calendar includes the same number of class days as the original fall 2020 calendar. The last day of classes for the fall semester will be Tuesday, Nov. 17. Reading Day will be Wednesday, Nov. 18. Exams will begin Thursday, Nov. 19, will include exams on Saturday, Nov. 21, and will conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 24. There will be no classes after Thanksgiving, and students will be expected to leave campus by Wednesday, Nov. 25. A full academic calendar will be posted to the Registrar’s webpage soon.
Below is a list of a few important new dates:
4 new confirmed or probable coronavirus cases are being attributed to the Roanoke Valley, according to the latest numbers released this morning by the Virginia Department of Health. State health officials are reporting 3 new cases in Roanoke City and 1 new case in Salem. No new coronavirus related deaths are being reported in the Roanoke Valley. Numbers in Roanoke County and Botetourt County remain the same.
Governor Northam says he expects Virginia public schools to resume in-person classes when the next academic year begins, but it will be a phased-in reopening; some instruction will be in-person, but some will remain remote. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:
Here is a portion of the governor’s Tuesday announcement:
Schools will have to provide six-foot distancing between desks and, in all likelihood, stagger schedules. Northam says daily screenings will be needed for students and staff, and older students will be encouraged, but not required, to wear face masks whenever possible. Each school system will have to submit a plan to the Department of Education before the phased-in reopenings are possible in that city or county.
It comes after Northam issued an executive order March 23rd that closed all public schools over COVID-19 concerns. The governor says all health metrics look positive, numbers that include the number of new cases, testing capacity and hospital beds available statewide.
NEWS RELEASE: RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced a phased approach that allows Virginia schools to slowly resume in-person classes for summer school and the coming academic year. The K-12 phased reopening plan was developed by the Office of the Secretary of Education, Virginia Department of Health, and the Virginia Department of Education and is informed by guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Phase One: special education programs and child care for working families
- Phase Two: Phase One plus preschool through third grade students, English learners, and summer camps in school buildings
- Phase Three: all students may receive in-person instruction as can be accommodated with strict social distancing measures in place, which may require alternative schedules that blend in-person and remote learning for students
- Beyond Phase Three: divisions will resume “new-normal” operations under future guidance
- Daily health screenings of students and staff
- Providing remote learning exceptions and teleworking for students and staff who are at a higher risk of severe illness
- The use of cloth face coverings by staff when at least six feet physical distancing cannot be maintained
- Encouraging the use of face coverings in students, as developmentally appropriate, in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained
10 new probable or confirmed coronavirus cases have been attributed to the Roanoke Valley, according to numbers released this morning by the Virginia Department of Health. State health officials are reporting 5 new cases in Roanoke City, 4 in Roanoke County, and 1 new case in Salem. Numbers in Botetourt County remain the same. No new deaths related to coronavirus have been reported in either of the localities.
There are two new confirmed or probable coronavirus cases being attributed to the Roanoke Valley, according to the latest numbers released this morning by the Virginia Department of Health. The two cases are being reported in Salem bringing the total case count there to 40. There are no new cases or deaths being reported in Roanoke City, Roanoke County, or Botetourt County.
There are 22 new probable or confirmed coronavirus cases being attributed to the Roanoke Valley, according data released this morning by the Virginia Department of Health. State health officials are reporting 14 new cases in Roanoke City, 6 in Roanoke County, 1 in Salem, and 1 in Botetourt County. There are no new deaths being reported in the Roanoke Valley.
According to data released this morning by the Virginia Department of Health, there are 951 new COVID-19 cases statewide bringing the overall case count to 47,856. State health officials are also reporting there were 17 new coronavirus deaths over the latest 24 hour period, increasing the total number of dead in the Commonwealth to 1,445. There are no new deaths or cases being reported in the Roanoke Valley.
This is the day Governor Northam promises to set forth the guidelines that come with the Phase Two re-opening set for tomorrow. One of most widespread impacts involves restaurants, which will once again be permitted to serve customers inside. That means getting ready in a hurry, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports: