TCAT-Elizabethton going exclusively online instruction during next few weeks

John Thompson • Updated Mar 24, 2020 at 8:06 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton announced Tuesday that it will be going to a fully online remote learning format in response to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Effective today, there will be no traditional person-to-person contact in classrooms until April 6.

In a press release issued, the college said it “will continually evaluate our status and the effects the pandemic is having during the interim and beyond the April 6 timeframe and will update everyone on any change in status that might occur in a timely fashion.

“We will plan to return to distance education operations (with some in-person regular instruction on Monday, April 6), however this is subject to change. Upon return, the current spring 2020 trimester may extend to the end of April for make-up work.”

The online phase of instruction will mean that only essential staff will be on campus and only when they are required. All campus buildings will be secured, with no entry from the public. The public is encouraged to visit the college website at www.tcatcelizabethton.edu for the latest updates.

Support services of the college, including financial aid, student services, business office and IT support will be reaching out to instructional staff with additional guidance in each of those areas of operations as the online instruction commences.

The press release from the college concluded by saying “the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton cares deeply about our whole college family — faculty, staff, students and the communities we serve.

“We take very seriously the health and welfare of these valued members of our family. We also care and take great pride in the high quality of education we provide and our commitment to a high level of student completion and the success of our students when they enter their chosen profession.

“The decisions we make are not arrived at without due care, we give a great amount of consideration to the impacts and consequences our decisions may have, however these are unprecedented times we are experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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