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CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 UPDATES

Returning to Campus

 

Courses and campus services are now offered face to face, with online courses and resources available as needed.
 
In a conference call with the Frederick County Health Department on August 2, 2021, it was reported that the Delta variant is more contagious than the previous COVID strains. The incidence of infection in the County is on the rise.
 
To keep our College safe and mitigate the spread of the Delta variant, we will continue to follow all published guidelines from the CDC, Governor Hogan's Office, and the Frederick County Health Department.

  • We will be following all health protocols, including ample hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, cleaning, etc.
  • Starting immediately, masks will be required in all indoor spaces.
  • In individual offices, wearing masks will be optional. 
  • In group meetings, the wearing of masks will be required. 
  • In all classrooms, masks will be required.
  • In outdoor settings, masks are not required.
  • Student athletes and coaches are required to wear masks while practicing indoors. Athletics will continue to follow all league COVID requirements.
  • The Cougar Grille will operate with limited services.
  • The Bookstore will be open for six hours a day, with masks required and a limit on the number of patrons allowed in the Bookstore at a single time. 
  • The Student Game Room will remain closed.
  • The Bess and Frank Gladhill Learning Commons will have limited hours. 
  • The Carl and Norma Miller Children's Center will open on August 16 and operate from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, following the state of Maryland guidelines for childcare centers (including appropriate masking to protect children and our professional team).
  • Classes will begin as scheduled on August 21. We will continue to offer in-person, hybrid, and online classes to our students. 

Students are not required but are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. We will hold vaccination clinics for students on our main campus and at the Monroe Center.

 

The following are general guidelines for students and employees related to exposure, quarantine, and their return to class procedures for all affected by COVID-19.

 

 

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Students
Guidelines for Dealing with COVID-19


 

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Employees
Guidelines for Dealing with COVID-19
FAQs for Stage 4

 


 

Frederick County Department of Health Information

 

The Frederick County Health Department provides detailed information on COVID-19 testing options and locations available in Frederick County. Find out how and where you can be tested and view additional community resources regarding COVID-19 including statistics, FAQs, facility guidance, and recovery. Please check this link regularly. https://health.frederickcountymd.gov/614/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19.

 

 

Maryland Department of Health Updates

 

This is a rapidly evolving situation and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) will provide updates as they become available. A Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard has been created by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency that will be updated daily at 10 a.m., based on the most recently available data from across the state. Please check this link regularly. https://coronavirus.maryland.gov.

 


 

Response to COVID-19 and Distance Learning Plan

 

The Frederick Community College (FCC) main campus and Monroe Center reopen on August 2, 2021.


FCC Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery (3R Plan) Timeline
View the FCC Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery (3R Plan)


On July 6, 2020 FCC entered Stage 1 of the Frederick Community College Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery plan. The College community adhered to the requirements of Stage 1 of the plan and successfully moved to Stage 2 on September 21, 2020. Additional information is available here.

On October 6, 2020, Stage 2 was amended to thirteen (13) individuals in specifically identified rooms on the main campus and at the Monroe Center. All other capacity limits remain at ten (10) individuals.

On January 5, 2021, Stage 2 was amended back to ten (10) individuals based on the Maryland Department of Health Advisory dated December 17, 2020.

On June 7, 2021, FCC moved to Stage 3 of the Frederick Community College Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery plan, with plans to enter Stage 4 on August 2, 2021.

On July 2, 2021, FCC announces the following changes when the College moves into Stage 4 of the 3R Plan on August 2, 2021:

  • Face coverings will be optional for all FCC faculty, staff, and students while on the main campus or at the Monroe Center.
  • Physical distancing requirements will be lifted along with other restrictions in place in Governor Hogan's Executive Order 21-06-15-01
On August 2, 2021, the College moves to Stage 4 of the 3R Plan.

On August 4, 2021, Stage 4 was amended to include the following:
  • We will be following all health protocols, including ample hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, cleaning, etc.
  • Starting immediately, masks will be required in all indoor spaces.
  • In individual offices, wearing masks will be optional. 
  • In group meetings, the wearing of masks will be required. 
  • In all classrooms, masks will be required.
  • In outdoor settings, masks are not required.
  • Student athletes and coaches are required to wear masks while practicing indoors. Athletics will continue to follow all league COVID requirements.
  • The Cougar Grille will operate with limited services.
  • The Bookstore will be open for six hours a day, with masks required and a limit on the number of patrons allowed in the Bookstore at a single time. 
  • The Student Game Room will remain closed.
  • The Bess and Frank Gladhill Learning Commons will have limited hours. 
  • The Carl and Norma Miller Children's Center will open on August 16 and operate from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, following the state of Maryland guidelines for childcare centers (including appropriate masking to protect children and our professional team).

 

 

 


 

September 9, 2021

Announcing New FCC Coronavirus Advisory Group

 

A message from Dr. Thomas Powell, FCC Interim President:

As we are seeing locally and nationally, the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to stay with us longer than we all had originally thought and hoped. It is therefore imperative that we as a College community continue to take this virus seriously and do all we can to mitigate its impact on our community and each other.

As a College, we have responded incredibly to this pandemic. We moved through the four stages of our Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery Plan with patience and intention and successfully reopened access to the resources on main campus and at the Monroe Center to students, faculty, and staff last month.

As we deal with the Delta variant and prepare for other variants to come, we want you to know that we continue to closely monitor the situation and carefully assess the impact COVID-19 has on our College. To aid in this critical work, we have created a new Coronavirus Advisory Group, led by Dr. Tony D. Hawkins, Provost/Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development. This new group is made up of employees from departments and teams across the College. The group will stay on top of current COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations from local and national health officials, monitor the COVID-19 impact on our students and employees, make health and safety recommendations for students and employees, and ensure all this information is communicated to each member of our College community quickly and transparently.

This group, as well as multiple subgroups that are being formed, will meet regularly.

The group will provide operational/implementation planning and outreach in the following areas:

 

We thank all members of our College community for helping us keep each other safe during this pandemic. We will communicate outcomes and updates from the Coronavirus Advisory Group as quickly as we are able. If you have questions related to the Coronavirus Advisory Group, you can contact the Office of the Provost at 301-846-2490.

 


 

Course Formats

 

Frederick Community College is now offering courses in a variety of formats, including in-person, online, structured remote, and hybrid remote.

 

 

 


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