School officials promote flex courses and new safety measures on campus
By Jeff Harrison
Rose State College is not changing its plans to offer on-campus instruction this fall.
Officials say safety protocols and a new Flex course option will allow them to continue educating students while providing a safe and healthy environment.
“In another era, the difficulties presented by COVID-19 may have caused an insurmountable obstacle for higher education,” president Jeanie Webb said in a news release. “However, we live in a world with endless opportunities to connect through virtual communication as technology evolves. Even our most vulnerable students can pursue their educational goals through FLEX and online learning.”
Rose State’s new Flex model allows students to choose how they want to participate in a course whether in person, by Zoom or online. Classes will be set up with scheduled meeting times, room location and a professor. Students can switch between the three options throughout the semester.
The school has also implemented new safety and sanitation procedures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. They include social distancing, mandatory face masks or coverings, hand sanitation stations, and additional cleaning throughout campus.
“We’re taking measures to provide a learning environment that is as safe as possible,” said Tamara Pratt, vice president of external affairs.
Pratt said the Flex program is also beneficial if the school had to shift to distance learning, like it did in spring.
“The first go around of this, we did distance learning and there were some bumps and bruises,” she said. “This allows us to transition to online learning and not miss a beat.”
While classes will continue, fall sports will not. The NCJAA is moving all championship sports to the spring, including Rose State men’s and women’s soccer, softball, baseball and volleyball. Athletes will continue to practice and scrimmage this fall.
Last week, Oklahoma City Community College officials announced that all classes scheduled for fall will be conducted online amid concerns about the pandemic. The college originally planned to offer a mix of in-person, online and hybrid courses, but changed course due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases.
Rose State’s fall semester is scheduled to start Aug. 17.