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Motlow plans to return to campus in Fall 2021

As spring semester approaches at Motlow State, the college turns an eye toward returning to on-campus learning in the fall. (Photo Provided)

LOCAL NEWS — Spring 2021 remote and virtual classes begin on January 19 but Motlow College says its eye is on a return to in person learning by fall 2021. That plan, of course, is contingent upon the status and spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Currently, new COVID cases continue to trend upward but more slowly than during the after Thanksgiving surge. Moore County gained two new, active cases overnight and have confirmed 47 new cases over the last seven days. Our positivity rate is currently 25.5 percent and we rank eleventh in daily new cases among all Tennessee’s 95 counties.

Students, employees, and visitors are currently still required to complete a self-assessment health form before coming to campus during the Spring 2021 semester. Additionally, those on campus will continue to be required to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and follow additional protective measures.

According to a press release, Motlow remains optimistic about its fall plans but leadership will make a final determination about fully returning to in person learning by late summer. Motlow says that current planning is based on Tennessee’s vaccination plan and Motlow’s pattern of success in its pandemic response.

The approaching Spring 2021 semester will continue to operate using an alternate schedule. The alternate schedule allows most classes to meet online in a virtual environment, with on-campus exceptions made for required course completion in programs such as nursing, mechatronics, and emergency medical services. College faculty and staff are available virtually Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Motlow’s new website, which debuted recently, includes easy and intuitive navigation to apply to the College, review updated campus and COVID-19 information, choose a course or program, and contact critical services such as the library and disability, counseling, and advising.

New students planning to attend Motlow beginning Summer or Fall 2021 are encouraged to apply by Mar. 31 to ensure completion of payment, planning, financial aid processing, orientation scheduling, and any needed placement testing before their term begins.

For more information, visit their website by clicking here.

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

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