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Roanoke College plans phased return to campus for Spring semester

Roanoke Valley News

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) – As students are getting ready to return to Roanoke College’s campus next week, school officials have outlined a phased return to campus.

Classes begin on Jan. 18 with most classes beginning online to allow students to move to campus in controlled phases.

Select studio and lab classes will be held in person. Students in those classes will be contacted directly.

The college says they plan to have all students back on campus by Jan. 30 with a return to in-person classes on Jan. 31.

The phased return will enable the college to bring students back to campus in smaller groups and work to ensure COVID, as well as flu cases, are kept at a manageable level.

Below is an overview of Roanoke College’s plans for the phased return.

Group 1 – Jan. 15 & 16

The first group of students arrives for move-in on these dates. This group includes seniors, select academic groups, international students, student workers needed for the opening of the College, and those required to be here by NCAA-established timelines. Any additional spots will be filled by lottery.  

  • Students in this group will be contacted directly to set up a move-in appointment.  
  • Housing check-in will be a drive-through process in the lower Olin parking lot.  
  • Students may bring up to two vaccinated adults to assist with move-in. 

Group 2 – Jan. 22-23

  • Students in this group will be contacted directly to set up a move-in appointment. 
  • Check-in will be a drive-through process in the lower Olin parking lot.  
  • Students may bring up to two vaccinated adults to assist with move-in. 

Commuter Students and Off-Campus Students

Students who live off-campus need to provide a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of their first on-campus class or work shift.  

Roanoke College is advising students to keep an eye out for additional communications via email. This includes:

  • The Residence Life office and Student Health Services will contact you with specifics on selecting your move-in appointment, pre-arrival testing information and arrival instructions. Students who test positive in pre-arrival testing may be asked to isolate at home. Student Health Services has a robust student testing and quarantine plan in place. 
  • The Business Office will update student accounts with pro-rated credits for Group 2 (Jan. 22-23 arrivals) by early February. Additional information is available at roanoke.edu/healthy campus. 
  • Welcome back orientation will be moved to a virtual format. Students involved will be contacted directly with the details and a schedule.  

Once students arrive on campus, they will need to submit a health assessment each day.

For more questions, visit the Healthy Campus directory or email questions@roanoke.edu.

Read the full letter released by Roanoke College President Michael Maxey which outlines the phased return plan by clicking here.

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