Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Information

Thank you for visiting Rowanty Technical Center's website. Here you will find the latest information we have to offer our community during the Coronavirus outbreak.

  • Friday, March 13, 2020

At approximately 2pm, Governor Ralph Northam has issued an executive order closing all Virginia public K-12 schools for two weeks. Rowanty will issue a mass alert via phone with the following message:

Good evening,

On Friday, March 13th, Governor Northam ordered all K through 12 schools in Virginia to be closed for a minimum of two weeks due to the spread of COVID-19, novel coronavirus 2019. As a result, Rowanty Technical Center will be closed for students beginning March 16th through at LEAST March 27th. We will keep you informed with any information regarding classes and scheduled work as it develops, as well as any new closing information. Thank you and best wishes for good health to everyone.

  • Monday, March 16 – Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Rowanty staff and teachers will work to clean the building and to prepare and plan for the eventual reopening and return of our students. Staff and teachers will make calls to each individual student, to ensure everyone in the Rowanty family has what they need during this time.

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Rowanty Job Fair has been officially canceled for 2020. Please email for more information.

  • Monday, March 23, 2020

Governor Ralph Northam has issued an order closing all Virginia K-12 schools through the end of the academic year. Rowanty will send send a mass alert via phone with the following message:

Good evening,

During a press conference on Monday, March 23rd, 2020, Governor Northam announced schools will remain closed through the end of the year. We realize this raises many questions about what this means for our Rowanty family. Please be assured that we have been planning our course of action since the first closing announcement and that this new announcement will undoubtedly alter some of our plans drastically. We take the education, certification, and job placement of our students very seriously. Following guidance from the Virginia Department of Education, our staff and teachers will continue to work together to plan for the rest of the year and will provide information to students and their families as soon as it becomes available. We wish everyone well and thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.

  • Tuesady, March 24, 2020

Principal Cheryl Simmers has released the following statement:

Rowanty seniors, we are in the process of planning to insure your ability to take specific certifications. Those programs listed below are directly impacted for state or union testing:

CNA students – We are stuck in limbo for clinical hours until it is safe to enter our facilities. We will, however, make plans as soon as we can. Please continue to use your State Board handbook as a guide for studying for written part of the test. Other helpful study guides are posted on Google classroom. Take this time to practice as many of your skills at home as possible. We will hold review sessions for testing as soon as we can.

Cosmetology students – There are plans in the works to insure the loss of hours do not eliminate your ability to sit for state boards. Use your candidate bulletins to continue to study. Use the scripts provided to help you with practical skills. We will keep you posted, but be assured we have not forgotten you.

Auto Tech students – For those of you that have passed the written portion of the State Inspection License test, Mr. Wells will be in touch to discuss opportunities to test for the hands-on portion.

Welding students – Mr. Clements will gather information for us to be able to still offer you the Vertical 3G testing.

All other seniors – Please know you are not forgotten. We will be discussing ways to help you end your senior year with all of the skills and assistance you will need to become employed. Please keep your resume updated. We are looking at ways to connect you to employers.

To my juniors, you are not forgotten. Please just breathe. We will get through this and will have a plan in place soon.

To our students, parents, community members, and employers, please know we appreciate your support in the past and we hope you will be there for us as we move forward. If you are willing to assist in any way, please contact me at

Be assured we are working diligently to find ways to connect you to our soon-to-be graduates. If you are on our job fair contact list, we will reach out when our plan is finalized. If you wish to be added to our job fair contact list, please send us an email at

Thanks to everyone for their understanding and patience. The Rowanty family will bounce back stronger than ever as long as we continue to work together.

All my best!

Cheryl Simmers