March 31, 2020
Based on the latest state and federal guidelines regarding the coronavirus situation, and as part of our effort to keep our students, employees and community safe and healthy, Walters State will not open facilities on April 6 as previously intended. However, the college will continue to hold instruction, student services and other college operations online for the duration of spring semester. Faculty and staff will continue to work remotely until further notice. Students should continue to check their eLEARN for course assignments and Senators Mail, the Walters State website and the college’s social media for further updates.
March 27, 2020
Message to Students From Dr. Miksa
We have almost made it through two full weeks of complete online instruction. I have had the opportunity to review and say “hi” to one of our classes online via Microsoft Teams. I have witnessed and heard about the great things you are doing and the efforts you are making to succeed in our online learning environment. Remember, our faculty are doing everything possible to make your online learning experience as enriching and rewarding as traditional face-to-face classes.
In case you missed it, Dr. Angi Smith, our Vice President of Student Services, did a Facebook Live event yesterday in which she answered student questions, talked about support services available online, advising for summer and fall semester registration, and many other important topics. You can watch the recorded video on the College’s Facebook page.
For more information about our student support services, additional resources that may help you during this time, and the latest updates from the College on the situation, please continue to visit this Coronavirus Update page.
And remember, if you are having any difficulties, please contact your instructor or someone in Student Services. We are here to help.
I feel extremely privileged to be leading such an awesome college with the best students!!!
Dr. Tony Miksa
March 19, 2020
All Walters State instruction will remain online through the end of the spring 2020 semester. This means students will not be coming to campus for in-person classes for the rest of the semester but will continue instruction online. However, the college plans to re-open all campuses on a limited basis to students on April 6 and remain open thereafter. Campus hours starting on April 6 will be from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Following federal, state and local health department guidelines on social distancing, students will be able to visit computer and tutor labs. Instructors might also request a student to visit campus to demonstrate a skill or perform a lab experiment, for example. Our plan to re-open campuses effective April 6 on a limited basis could change depending on how the coronavirus situation evolves.
At this time, all campus events and activities are canceled for the rest of spring semester. Sadly, this includes athletic games, concerts, plays, and all other events. Degrees and certificates will be awarded at the completion of graduation requirements and a decision on when and how we hold commencement will be made soon.
Remember, we are all in this together and we are committed to helping you finish the semester strong.
March 16, 2020
Message to Students From Dr. Miksa
I hope by now you have been engaging with your instructors online. I know this is not what you expected at the start of the semester but, as you are well aware, we are going through a very challenging time in our country and around the world. We chose to transition to all online instruction for your safety and in an effort to minimize the disruption in your educational progress.
Please be assured that WSCC will do our very best to provide you with an excellent educational experience during this unprecedented time. I know that our faculty and staff all want you to succeed and are here to help you.
Please know that I am thinking about each and every one of you. I look forward to seeing you reach your educational goals!!!!
Dr. Tony Miksa
March 12, 2020
In response to the evolving situation of the coronavirus and to protect our students, employees, and community, Walters State will transition all face-to-face classes to online instruction effective Monday, March 16, which follows the college’s spring break. All instruction will continue online March 16-22. This means all Walters State classes will continue online.
All Walters State campuses will be closed March 16-22. A decision on when to re-open the college and return to regularly scheduled face-to-face instruction will be made on Thursday, March 19.
All college events scheduled for the week of March 16-22 are cancelled. Events for this time period scheduled at the Walters State Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center are also cancelled.
Other WiFi Resources
Free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps.
Xfinity WiFi is free for everyone via hotspots. Discounting data limits.
Free access to its public WiFi hotspots.
Unlimited data to all current customers who have plans with data for the next 60 days.
Local Area Food Banks
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- Text “TN” to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line and to immediately be connected to a trained crisis counselor 24/7.
- The Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800.273.8255. If preferred, you can go to the website and participate in a chat feature. Also, the Tennessee Statewide Crisis Phone Line number is 855-CRISIS-1 or 855.274.7471.
- Visit Mental Health America for free, anonymous, evidence-based screenings for anxiety, depression, trauma, etc. Parents can take a screening to determine if their children are showing symptoms of depression or anxiety. The back-end of the screenings provides local resources and do-it-yourself exercises to help.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands often with soap and water. Scrub for 20 seconds, the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all areas of hands and rub them together until dry.
Avoid Touching Your Face
Avoid touching your face, including your ears, nose and mouth. Do not rub your eyes.
Avoid Close Contact
Avoid close contact. Do not be in close contact with sick individuals. Try to put at least six feet of distance between you and others.
Seek Medical Attention
Seek medical attention or contact your primary care provider if you are sick.