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CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 UPDATES

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

 

Below is the FCC Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery (3R Plan). The College community has adhered to the requirements of stage 1 of the 3R Plan. We feel at this time that we can successfully move to stage 2 of the 3R Plan beginning September 21, 2020. Employees will be notified by their Senior Leader regarding any changes to the individual plan for their team.

 

FCC Roadmap to
Resilience and Recovery

 

 

 

 

For Students: Return to Campus Guidelines
For Employees: Dealing with COVID-19

 

 

Free Internet Access Through Comcast

 

For any students who do not currently have internet access, Comcast (Xfinity) is providing free internet access to the community through hotspots. You can visit https://wifi.xfinity.com. Comcast (Xfinity) is also offering a service called Internet Essentials; a low-cost internet service to those who qualify. Visit https://www.internetessentials.com for further information.

 

If you need help finding access to computers and/or the internet, send an email to assist@frederick.edu or call 301-846-2469.

 


 

Most Recent FCC Communications Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

September 25, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

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Stay informed with the weekly E-News from the FCC Center for Student Engagement (CSE).

 

 

September 18, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

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Stay informed with the weekly E-News from the FCC Center for Student Engagement (CSE).

 

 

September 11, 2020

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September 4, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

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September 1, 2020

President's Newsletter

President Burmaster Monthly E-News from President Burmaster
Stay informed with the monthly E-News from President Elizabeth Burmaster.

 

 

August 28, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

Girl with with pencil Weekly News for Students
Stay informed with the weekly E-News from the FCC Center for Student Engagement (CSE).

 

 

August 21, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

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Stay informed with the weekly E-News from the FCC Center for Student Engagement (CSE).

 

 

August 14, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

Girl with Books Weekly News for Students
Stay informed with the weekly E-News from the FCC Center for Student Engagement (CSE).

 

 

August 7, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

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Stay informed with the weekly E-News from the FCC Center for Student Engagement (CSE).

 

 

August 4, 2020

President's Newsletter

President Burmaster Monthly E-News from President Burmaster
Stay informed with the monthly E-News from President Elizabeth Burmaster.

 

 

July 31, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

Kyndel Brown Weekly News for Students
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July 24, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

Diana Omar Weekly News for Students
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July 17, 2020

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July 10, 2020

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July 2, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

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July 2, 2020

Office of the Provost/Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development

 

Message to FCC Students Regarding Stage 1 Operations

 

Stage 1 
Beginning Monday, July 6, FCC will move to Stage 1 of the Frederick Community College Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery plan. As we continue to develop ways to safely and thoughtfully offer a few in-person instructional experiences, we tried to anticipate questions and provide answers about what to expect should you register for a class that meets on Main Campus or at the Monroe Center.

 

When do I come to Main Campus/Monroe Center?
If you are registered for a course that is Hybrid-remote (HYR) you will have some time on Main Campus/Monroe as part of the course. Those specific dates and times will be found in your course syllabus. Please do not come to the main campus or Monroe on any dates/time other than those specifically listed in your course syllabus.  College services are all conducted remotely and public spaces are closed unless otherwise noted.

If you are registered for an Online (ONL) or Structured Remote (SR) course your entire course will be held online.  You should not come to Main Campus/Monroe Center for any course that has those designations.

 

What do I do when I arrive to Main Campus/Monroe Center?

Main Campus:
If you are driving to main campus you will be directed by signs to park in Lot #1 in front of the Student Center.  Signs will direct to you to the entrance. You will need to pass through the Student Center (H-building) prior to any scheduled class session, test, or for technical support so we can ensure you are wearing a mask.  DO NOT go directly to your classroom building! We ask that you come to campus with your own mask, however, if you do not have one we will provide you with one at the H building.  It is recommended to leave extra time when arriving to campus given the restrictions on parking location and limited building access.

If you are using public transportation, walking, or being dropped off you will need to proceed directly to the Student Center (H-building) to enter the campus.

Building doors will be unlocked 15 minutes prior to a class.  If arriving early you may wait in the Student Center or outside your designated classroom building entrance. We ask that wherever you are on campus you maintain a 6- foot distance between you and other people.
Buildings are locked 15 minutes after the start of the class.  If you are arriving late you will need to go to Security in the Student Center or call (301-846-2453) to gain access to the building.

Monroe:
If your class is at the Monroe Center, once you arrive you will be directed to the main door where you will need to enter to ensure that you are wearing a mask.  We ask that you arrive with your own mask, however, if you do not have a mask we will provide one. 

Doors to instructional spaces will be unlocked 15 minutes prior to a class.  If you arrive early, you will be required to wait in the designated area inside or outside the building.  We ask that wherever you are at the Monroe Center you maintain a 6- foot distance between you and other people.

 

Are there any special guidelines for getting in and around the Buildings?
Buildings will be locked until 15 minutes before a class session. Only designated doors will be unlocked and signs will direct you to the entrance doors.  All buildings have one-way traffic patterns to maximize physical distancing.  Once inside you will also see signs and floor cues that will indicate direction of travel throughout the building.  For example, hallways will be designated as one-way and stairs will be designated as up or down only.

 

Will the restrooms be open?
The restrooms will be open.  It is essential that you enter ONLY the building that your class is in and use the restroom in that building.  Please follow physical distancing expectations.

For classes on main campus that are outside your instructor will tell you which restrooms you should use.

If you are attending an outside class, such as Tennis, the instructor will have to call security (301-846-2453) to request to be let into a designated restroom building.

 

What do I do when class is over?
The campus is only open for limited instruction and testing.  The student areas are all closed including the Cougar Grill and all student lounge areas.  After class is over you should leave the campus.  If you have another class that day you can either wait outside or in the designated waiting area in the Student Center.

 

Will food be available on the Main Campus or Monroe Center?
There are stocked vending machines, including; snacks and hot and cold beverages in Linganore Hall across from nursing. There are also stocked snack and cold beverage vending machines in Gambrill Hall and the Monroe Center. Gambrill Hall is intended for staff.

 

Will water fountains be operational?
Yes. But please bring a refillable water bottle if you want to use the water fountain.

 

What guidelines are in place for my safety as I return to class?
Both Main Campus and Monroe Center are following CDC guidelines that include wearing a mask when on campus and following all physical distancing guidelines.

In some classes additional personal protective equipment will be used which may include wearing a face shield, a hospital gown, gloves, or some combination.  These addition supplies will be provided by the instructor. Signage will indicate if additional protective equipment is required for a class session.

The number of students in a class at a time has been limited for your safety. The chair/room set up has been modified to ensure the 6 –foot physical distancing requirements.  It is essential that you do not move class seats when you enter the room.

Special cleaning procedures will also be in place in all teaching/testing areas.  You will be expected to assist by using hand sanitizer as you enter and exit a classroom and you will be expected to assist in wiping down your work area/desk before and after a class session. These materials and written instructions will be provided by the College and will be in the classroom.

 

What do I do if I feel sick but I am scheduled for an on-campus class on Main Campus or Monroe Center?
If you are feeling ill DO NOT COME TO CLASS.  The instructor will work with you to make up the required work. 

 

What do I do if I have been in contact with someone in the last 14 days who test positive for COVID-19 and I have an on-campus class scheduled at Main Campus or Monroe?
If you have been in contact with someone in the last 14 days who test positive for COVID-19 DO NOT COME TO CLASS.  The instructor will work with you to make up the required work.  It is recommended that you get tested for COVID-19 if you have come in contact with someone who tested positive or who is sick with COVID-19.

 

Are there new rules I need to follow on campus?
Yes – the Code of Student Conduct has been modified to include the following COVID-Requirements:

COVID-19 Requirements:  All students must adhere to the following requirements related to personal responsibility while on College premises, as outlined in the FCC Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery. Failure to adhere to these requirements will be adjudicated in accordance with the procedures outlined in this document, Section VII, under the Code of Student Conduct Referral, Sanctions, and Appeal Process. 

 
  1. Face coverings, covering the nose and mouth, are required for anyone on College premises at all times.
  2. Hand sanitizer use is required upon entrance/exit to classroom/learning spaces and College premises.
  3. Physical distancing of at least six (6) feet is required and gatherings of no more than ten (10) individuals for anyone on College premises.
  4. Use of specified entrances and exits into buildings.
  5. Follow directional flow indicated on flooring with visual cues.
  6. Follow instructional space protocols defined for classrooms, assigned seating, computer classrooms, and specialty spaces.
  7. Follow physical distancing cues marked on flooring.
  8. Follow signage in bathrooms related to personal hygiene, hand washing, and physical distance.

 

 

June 26, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

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June 23, 2020

President's Newsletter

President Burmaster Monthly E-News from President Burmaster
Stay informed with the monthly E-News from President Elizabeth Burmaster.

 

 

June 19, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

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June 12, 2020

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June 12, 2020

Commencement Announcement

Nearly 1,000 Frederick Community College graduates have triumphed through the extraordinary challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic to successfully complete their individual goals. The entire FCC Community is proud of the accomplishments of our students.
 
Several months ago, we were hopeful when we communicated with you on April 13, 2020 that we could reschedule the May Commencement for August 13, 2020. Based on physical distancing guidelines and restrictions on large gatherings, we now feel that FCC will be unable to host the 62nd Annual Commencement in the Athletics Center. Therefore, the graduation ceremony scheduled for August 13, 2020 is cancelled.
 
Commencement is an irreplaceable event that now requires a virtual alternative. Please join in celebrating the FCC Class of 2020 by clicking on the link below.

2020 Recognition of Graduates, Frederick Community College Virtual Commencement.

Congratulations to our incredible FCC 2020 Graduates!

 

 

June 10, 2020

Message from the Provost

Dear Frederick Community College Faculty and Staff,
We are in active planning for the restart of College operations on Main Campus and the Monroe Center. Following the Frederick Community College Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery (3R Plan) and the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery, we expect that some employees will return to work beginning July 6, 2020. The health and safety of those returning to work and learn are foremost in our thinking, and we will provide specific guidance to our faculty and staff in the coming weeks. Many of our College employees should anticipate working remotely through the summer.

The state of Maryland and local public health officials are indicating that practices, such as physical distancing requirements, will very likely remain in place into the fall. While a small number of in-person classes will be offered on main campus and at the Monroe Center, much of our teaching and learning will still need to be done online in the 2020-21 year. Face to face instruction and student interactions will be conducted where it is necessary, required, and feasible to do so in a safe environment. This requires instruction to be offered in a structured and innovative way to minimize the number of face-to-face sessions and exposure for students, faculty, and staff.

A Collegewide group charged to study remote learning has defined new learning modalities to describe how courses will be offered throughout the stages of the 3R Plan. I have accepted the group’s recommendation. During this period of resilience and recovery we will use structured remote (SR), hybrid remote learning (HYR), and traditional online (ONL) to describe the instructional modalities this fall.

Essential Definitions of Learning Modalities

  • Structured Remote Learning (SR): The course is conducted entirely online. The class may have online real-time/synchronous sessions that meet at the scheduled class times. Any virtual class sessions held during these times will be recorded for those unable to attend. The student will be unable to enroll in multiple courses with overlapping meeting times. Students should be prepared to meet the deadlines as listed in the syllabus and the course.
  • Hybrid Remote Learning (HYR): The course is primarily conducted online and there will be periodic in-person requirements during the scheduled class times. All in-person requirements follow current FCC social distancing protocols. The class may also have online real-time/synchronous sessions that meet at the scheduled class times. Any virtual class sessions held during these times will be recorded for those unable to attend. The student will be unable to enroll in multiple courses with overlapping meeting times. Students should be prepared to meet the deadlines as listed in the syllabus and the course.
  • Traditional Online (ONL): This course is conducted entirely online. There are no required online real-time/synchronous sessions. Online courses are not self-paced, and students should be prepared to meet the deadlines as listed in the syllabus and the course.
 

Some courses may already show as online (ONL) for the fall in the schedule of classes as soon as this week. Most everything else remains in the planning stage, and when decisions are made, updates will be sent to the College community. We understand students are currently facing important decisions about class scheduling for the Fall 2020 semester. We are working to create a plan that provides maximum flexibility and enables us to meet students where they are. Further guidance regarding learning modalities and faculty expectations will be forthcoming in the next two weeks.

We hope in a few weeks to outline with some greater specificity what the careful reopening in the fall will resemble. In the meantime, I would like to share the recommendations made to me by another Collegewide group charged with looking at social distancing in classrooms, labs, and specialty spaces. I have also accepted this group’s recommendations. The four stages are outlined beginning on page 3. In these challenging and uncertain times, Collegewide engagement, planning, and prudent stewardship of our resources are critical. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to help advance the College mission of serving students and the community.

I endeavor to be responsive to all of the queries and concerns that you send, and I am grateful for your many constructive suggestions, comments, and criticisms. You contribute to making Frederick Community College a better place. Thank you again for your continued patience and perseverance.

Sincerely,
Tony D. Hawkins, PhD
Provost/Executive Vice President

 

Recommendations for Social Distancing at Each Stage

 

Frederick Community College Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery Pre-Stage 1

  • Phasing in of some Operations & IT Teams staff on the main campus and Monroe Center
  • All other employees continue to telework
  • All instruction operating remotely
  • On campus/Monroe visit is permitted to faculty/staff/administrators with permission of AVP (masks required)

 

Frederick Community College Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery Stage 1

  • Begins July 6,2020
  • All teaching and learning will occur online and/or in alternative formats. Courses previously scheduled for face to face are encouraged to be conducted in structured remote (synchronous) format
  • Some specific face-to-face instruction may occur with permission- those courses should be identified as a hybrid remote design
  • Job functions that can continue to operate remotely should continue remotely, job functions that must be performed on campus, can return to campus
  • Student access to campus is by scheduled appointment, for a pre-scheduled class, and for pick-up from bookstore
  • The Gladhill Learning Commons (Library and Tutoring and Writing Center) and STEM Learning Center spaces will be closed. Services will be provided remotely.
  • Vulnerable populations (student, faculty, and staff) should stay at home
  • The following campus mitigation strategies will be in place
    • Face coverings are required for anyone on campus
    • Social distancing of at least 6 ft is required for anyone on campus
    • Hand sanitizer use required upon entrance/exit to classroom/learning spaces
    • Learning spaces will be rearranged to comply with social distancing guidelines including room for student flow or use assigned seating for students with accommodations who need access to exit room during class
    • Instructional space protocols have been defined for classrooms, computer classroom, and specialty spaces that need to be followed
    • Specified single entrance and exit into buildings
    • Directional flow indicated on flooring with visual cues
    • Physical distancing cues indicated on flooring
    • Signage in bathrooms encouraging personal hygiene and social distancing
    • No field trips or assemblies
    • No off-campus, in-person instruction unless permission is granted
    • Office hours to take place remotely
    • Used instructional spaces should be cleaned and disinfected according to CDC guidelines

 

Frederick Community College Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery Stage 2

  • The majority of teaching and learning will occur online in traditional online format for courses previously designed to be online or in structured remote (synchronous) format or hybrid remote for courses previously scheduled as face to face. Limited face-to-face instruction can occur for hybrid remote courses.
  • Access to campus/Monroe continues to be restricted
  • Student access to campus is by scheduled appointment, for a pre-scheduled class, and for pick-up from bookstore
  • Courses requiring hands-on learning will occur in hybrid format with lectures occurring in structured- remote format. Limited labs, studio, or hands-on learning/testing will occur in small groups in spaces designed and equipped for that specific instruction. Social distancing guidelines must be followed, no more than 10 individuals in a room, high priority classes will be prioritized at this Stage*

    *It is reasonable to prioritize critical workforce programs that impact the labor market to open first. Programs for prioritized re-opening should include:
    • First responder, frontline healthcare occupations, and public safety programs
    • Programs with refined skills, heavy machinery, extreme physical performance, and/or those with specialized personal protective equipment in critical infrastructure programs (energy/water/wastewater, food and agriculture, manufacturing, transportation/distribution/logistics)
  • The Gladhill Learning Commons (Library and Tutoring and Writing Center) and STEM Learning Center spaces will be closed. Services will be provided remotely.
  • Remote work will continue, if possible, return to campus according to Team plan
  • Internships and Clinicals will require review and approval
  • Off-campus instruction will require review and approval
  • Vulnerable populations (student, faculty, and staff) should stay at home
  • The following campus mitigation strategies will be in place
    • Face coverings are required for anyone on campus
    • Hand sanitizer use required upon entrance/exit to classroom/learning spaces
    • Social distancing of at least 6 ft. is required for anyone on campus
    • Specified single entrance and exit into buildings
    • Directional flow indicated on flooring with visual cues
    • Physical distancing cues indicated on flooring
    • Signage in bathrooms encouraging personal hygiene
    • Learning spaces will be rearranged to comply with social distancing guidelines including room for student flow or use assigned seating for students with accommodations who need access to exit room during class
    • Instructional space protocols have been defined for classrooms, computer classroom, and specialty spaces that need to be followed
    • No field trips
    • Office hours to take place remotely
    • Used instructional spaces should be cleaned and disinfected according to CDC guidelines

 

Frederick Community College Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery Stage 3

  • Teaching and learning for face to face classes will occur in a hybrid remote format with face to face sessions occurring with reduced number of students allowed within social distancing guidelines given the size of the teaching/learning space. Increased face-to- face instruction can occur.
  • Access to campus/Monroe continues to be restricted
  • Student access to campus is by scheduled appointment, for a pre-scheduled class, and for pick-up from bookstore
  • Courses requiring hands-on learning will occur in hybrid format with lectures occurring in structured- remote format. Limited labs, studio, or hands-on learning/testing will occur in small groups in spaces designed and equipped for that specific instruction. Social distancing guidelines must be followed, no more than 10 individuals in a room
  • The Gladhill Learning Commons (Library and Tutoring and Writing Center) and STEM Learning Center spaces will be closed. Services will be provided remotely.
  • Remote work will continue, if possible, return to campus according to Team plan
  • Internships and Clinicals will require review and approval
  • Off-campus instruction will require review and approval
  • Plans will be provided for vulnerable populations (student, faculty, and staff)
  • The following campus mitigation strategies will be in place
    • Face coverings are required for anyone on campus
    • Hand sanitizer use required upon entrance/exit to classroom/learning spaces
    • Social distancing of at least 6 ft. is required for anyone on campus
    • Specified single entrance and exit into buildings
    • Directional flow indicated on flooring with visual cues
    • Instructional space protocols have been defined for classrooms, computer classroom, and specialty spaces that need to be followed
    • Physical distancing cues indicated on flooring
    • Signage in bathrooms encouraging personal hygiene and social distance Learning spaces will be rearranged to comply with social distancing guidelines including room for student flow or use assigned seating for students with accommodations who need access to exit room during class
    • No field trips
    • Office hours to take place remotely
    • Used instructional spaces should be cleaned and disinfected according to CDC guidelines

 

Frederick Community College Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery Stage 4

  • Teaching and learning for face to face classes will resume with all students in-person in classes, labs, and hands-on learning/testing activities
  • Remote work will continue, if possible, return to campus according to Team plan
  • Plans will be provided for vulnerable populations (student, faculty, and staff)
  • Internships and Clinicals to resume as feasible
  • Off-campus instruction to resume as feasible
  • The Gladhill Learning Commons (Library and Tutoring and Writing Center) and STEM Learning Center spaces will be open and following social distancing guidelines as needed and in accordance with College policies
  • JBK and Art Gallery use (to be determined)
  • Gatherings of 10+ people can resume
    • Mitigation strategies used in Stage 1-3 will be evaluated and may continue.
    • Used instructional spaces should be cleaned and disinfected according to CDC guidelines.

 

 

June 5, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

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May 29, 2020

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May 22, 2020

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May 21, 2020

Frederick Community College Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery

A Gradual and Safe Path Forward
The Frederick Community College (FCC) Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery (the 3R Plan) is a gradual, safe path forward for FCC based on Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery and recommendations from the Frederick County Health Department. This FCC Roadmap to Recovery is not a calendar or set of fixed dates, but a guide to show the intended path forward. The FCC 3R Plan reflects the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery in that it is a gradual phasing in of face-to-face instruction, activities, and job functions beginning with a lower risk of virus transfer by limiting the number of contacts or contact intensity.
Learn More.

 

 

May 18, 2020

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May 12, 2020

Message from the Provost To Frederick Community College Faculty and Staff

There is an overwhelming desire in each of us to have everyone back on campus this fall and to resume some sense of "normal" life. At the same time, we each recognize the serious risks presented by COVID-19 that require a personal and collective responsibility to the health of our FCC community.

Understandably there are questions about summer and fall classes and plans for returning to the main campus and the Monroe Center. Let me begin with what is known and our preparations for a new "normal" life.

President Burmaster recently informed us of the extension of on line instruction and remote operations through Monday, July 6. At that time, we will offer some face-to-face courses through the end of the summer term. The modified 2020 Summer Schedule is as follows:

  • Classes that can be offered in an alternative, on line format will be scheduled for the first 3- week, first 5-week, and 10-week sessions that are scheduled to begin May 29, 2020. In addition, classes scheduled during the 8-week session that begin June 12, 2020 and second 3-week session beginning June 26, 2020 will also be offered in an alternative, online format. Classes that are tentatively scheduled that cannot be offered in an alternative/online format will be rescheduled to the second 5-week session that begins July 6, 2020.
  • The second 5-week classes (beginning July 6) will be offered as originally scheduled in face-to-face, online, or hybrid formats - if permitted by the Governor's recovery plan for Maryland. In addition, courses from the first summer sessions that could not be run in alternative/online formats have been added/rescheduled, i.e. facility-dependent courses like STEM labs and simulations.
  • CEWD non-credit classes scheduled to begin after May 20 that are not offered in an alternative, on line format have been postponed or canceled. CEWD will determine schedule changes in accordance with the timeline and process for returning to the College, consistent with the Governor's recovery plan.

We are hopeful to be on campus this fall and are working diligently to understand and create the conditions to make that possible. At this point, however, there is still too much uncertainty to make a concrete decision. Until there is a vaccine for COVID-19, we will remain at risk and will need to account for the virus in all of our operations. We must carefully plan and take necessary steps to ensure a safe reentry - for our students, employees, visitors, and stakeholders.

With this in mind, the Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development Team will develop a phase-in plan for our return. While the Academic Management Council (AMC) continues to meet regularly to strategize, I will also seek input from two new groups on:
(1) Social Distancing/Space Usage, and (2) Remote Learning.

  • The Social Distancing/Space Usage group will study social distancing issues affecting the learning environment. The group will be chaired by Patricia Meyer and Dr. Sandy McCombe Waller and discuss space guidelines, protocols, and social distancing rules in classrooms and laboratories.
  • The Remote Learning group will be comprised of faculty and CTL staff and will develop plans for a robust remote learning model. This group will be chaired by Dr. Kelly Trigger and Dr. Brian Stipelman. They will use the lessons learned from our quick transition to on line learning in March, and plan accordingly if students can't return this fall or there is a significant disruption due to another COVID-19 outbreak during the semester.

The work of these groups will require a clear understanding of facts and realities and a creative approach to problem-solving. If you would like to participate, please contact one of the group chairs by Friday, May 15. Meetings will be scheduled daily between May 26-29. I have asked to receive their reports by June 3.

Finally, there are a number of things we must ask of you as we look ahead to a safe return to the College. You may be required to wear a mask wherever you go, and gloves in certain situations. Your movements may be restricted to certain areas. And we must all comply with social distancing guidelines. This will likely prohibit large gatherings and may significantly limit the number of people with whom you can be in close proximity.

The COVID-19 virus will remain a fact of life moving forward. Natural immunity, which has been slowed by the shutdown, will not yet have fully developed. No vaccine can be counted on until 2021 at the earliest. It is unclear what course other schools will choose, but Frederick Community College will employ every measure we can to manage this situation with maximum safety for everyone.

Sincerely,
Tony D. Hawkins, Ph.D.
Provost/Executive Vice President
Frederick Community College

 

 

May 8, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

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May 5, 2020

Message from the President To All Faculty, Support Staff, and Administrators

I thank all of you for your patience, hard work, and commitment to fulfilling our mission as a community college during the past months. We all have learned humility as we recognize there is still so much we don’t know about COVID-19. As we approach the end of our spring semester, I congratulate all of you on a job well done in putting our students and their course completion as our top priority. Your dedication to our work and your compassion for each other is what has gotten us all through this unprecedented time.

Because of the continued uncertainty of this highly transmissible virus, FCC will continue in a slow, cautious, and safe way in our transition back to face-to-face College operations and instruction. We will extend the May 20, 2020 date under our current plan for remote operations and instruction until Monday, July 6, 2020. Between now and July 6, each Senior Leader will work with their team to develop a phase-in plan for our return to the main campus and Monroe Center that is based on the best practices as outlined in Governor Hogan’s Roadmap to Recovery. In preparation for July 6, the necessary cleaning of facilities, securing masks, and obtaining other social distancing supplies and equipment will be undertaken. Please work with your direct supervisor as we continue to work remotely and prepare for July 6. Provost/EVP Dr. Tony Hawkins will be communicating directly with AACEWD, faculty, and students related to the continuity of instruction and how this is impacted by the July 6 extension.

Perhaps the silver lining of this hard experience is that faculty, staff, administrators, and students have all come together in a courageous spirit of helping one another and learning new things. FCC is a very special place.

Stay safe and stay well.

Best wishes,
President Burmaster

 

 

May 1, 2020

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April 24, 2020

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April 17, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

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Stay informed with the weekly E-News from the FCC Center for Student Engagement (CSE).

 

 

April 13, 2020

Message from the President regarding Commencement

We recognize that the Coronavirus Pandemic has created challenges, but celebrating Commencement is too important a life milestone to miss. Therefore, the May 21, 2020 Commencement Ceremony has been rescheduled so that our graduates can feel the excitement of celebrating with their fellow students and loved ones.

Here is the information for the rescheduled Commencement Ceremony:

New Date/Time: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Regalia: Oak Hall  – Order by the extended deadline of June 15. There is no charge for caps, gowns, or guest tickets.

The Commencement ceremony is a highlight of the college experience, and we look forward to seeing our students walking and wearing their caps and gowns, as everyone celebrates their success and accomplishments.

Following the Ceremony, there will be a reception for graduates, family, friends, and the community in the Cougar Grille.

For additional information, visit FCC Commencement

 

 

April 3, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

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April 2, 2020

Message from the Provost

To the Incredible Students of Frederick Community College,
We recognize that this is a disruptive and challenging time for you. As the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development, I want to pledge our complete commitment to ensuring your academic success during this difficult period in your lives. Your faculty members and I understand that online learning may be new for many of you, and that others may be struggling with access to learning resources, economic dislocation, or health challenges for you or your family. Please don’t give up!

Frederick Community College will do everything to make sure the COVID-19 pandemic does not interrupt your educational goals. To remove any extra unnecessary stress and pressure, the deadline for withdrawing from a credit course with a “W” will be extended to Thursday, April 30, 2020. (The new withdrawal date applies only to classes where a grade has not already been assigned.) This extended deadline should provide you with more time to continue adjusting to your online courses and to speak with your professors and advisors before making any decisions. I encourage you to stay the course.

As we continue to develop more ways to support students during this time, we ask that you reach out to your faculty, advisors, or other FCC staff if you have any concerns about your classes. All FCC faculty are prepared to work with students to be flexible with course information, assignments, and due dates.

Be well. Be safe. And thank you for committing to your academic and career goals at FCC.

Sincerely,
Tony D. Hawkins, PhD
Provost/Executive Vice President
Frederick Community College

 

 

March 30, 2020

FCC Business Plan Contest on Moves to Online Format

The Frederick Community College seventh annual Business Plan Contest will still go on as scheduled for April 28, 2020, though the contest will be moved to an online format due to the current State of Emergency in Maryland. Click here to read more.

 

 

March 27, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

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March 23, 2020

To All FCC Students:

We are all in this together. I understand how difficult this must be for you as a student during this unprecedented health crisis. Thank you for all you are doing to protect public health as we continue with alternative/online modes of instruction and operations. Faculty, staff, and administration will continue to help you complete your academic and career goals. Your success is our priority. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, on March 16, 2020, Frederick Community College made the transition to online and alternative modes of learning. We are thankful to all of you for working with your faculty during these challenging times.

Our plan for continuity of instruction and operations was originally in place through March 27, 2020. College leadership has monitored the changing situation daily and has considered ongoing and updated information from the Frederick County Health Department and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

In consideration of Governor Hogan’s Executive Order today, March 23, 2020, the College has made the decision to extend the remote instruction and operations plan currently in place through the end of the Spring Semester, May 20, 2020. Your faculty will be in touch with you related to this extension.

Spring Break will still be observed from April 6 through 12, 2020.

One of my greatest joys as your president is awarding your diploma at the Commencement ceremony. It is with great sadness that we have to reschedule the May 21, 2020 Commencement ceremony for a later date when we are confident of the safety and well-being of our graduates and their guests. The new date of Commencement will be determined and you will be notified of the new date no later than April 15, 2020. You will also be notified regarding the rescheduling or cancellation of other end of year ceremonies.

The rescheduling of the Commencement ceremony will not affect students graduating, receiving degrees and certificates, and transferring to other institutions.

This is a difficult and uncertain time for us all. We urge everyone to continue to take precautions, especially social distancing per Governor Hogan’s directive, and as recommended by the Frederick County Health Department, the Maryland State Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

All College buildings remain closed.

We understand students may require extra support during this time. The FCC Foundation maintains a Student Success Fund for currently enrolled students needing emergency assistance with food, and other needs. Students can self-apply at www.frederick.edu/studentsuccess. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

We will continue to work through this together and provide updates to our College community as the situation warrants. Please monitor your College email, FCC alert, and our College website.

If you have any questions, you should email assist@frederick.edu or call 301-846-2469.

Libby Burmaster
President
Frederick Community College

 

 

March 23, 2020

To All Faculty, Staff, and Administrators:

We are all in this together. The FCC community has come together during this unprecedented crisis. Each of you is doing your part to support our students and each other. Thank you for all you are doing to protect public health as we continue with alternative/online modes of instruction and operations. Your dedication and eagerness to help others through this period is a reflection of the quality of our FCC community.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, on March 16, 2020, Frederick Community College made the transition to online and alternative modes of learning. On March 17, 2020, most College employees started working remotely. We thank all our faculty, staff, and administrators for their transitioning to this new teaching and working environment while continuing to prioritize student need. We are grateful to our students for working with us during these challenging times.

Our plan for continuity of instruction and operations was originally in place through March 27, 2020. College leadership has monitored the changing situation daily and has considered ongoing and updated information from the Frederick County Health Department and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

In consideration of Governor Hogan’s Executive Order today, March 23, 2020, the College has made the decision to extend the remote instruction and operations plan currently in place through the end of the Spring Semester, May 20, 2020. All faculty will submit grades by May 20, 2020. Dual enrollment high school grades are due by May 22, 2020. Provost/Executive Vice President Dr. Hawkins will be in touch with all faculty related to this extension.

Spring Break will still be observed for students and faculty from April 6 through 12, 2020 and for staff and administrators from April 8 through 12, 2020.

We will be rescheduling the May 21, 2020 Commencement ceremony for a later date when we are confident of the safety and well-being of our graduates and their guests. The new date of Commencement will be determined and you will be notified of the new date no later than April 15, 2020. You will also be notified regarding the rescheduling or cancellation of other end of year ceremonies.

The rescheduling of the Commencement ceremony will not affect students graduating, receiving degrees and certificates, and transferring to other institutions.

This is a difficult and uncertain time for us all. We urge everyone to continue to take precautions, especially social distancing per Governor Hogan’s directive, and as recommended by the Frederick County Health Department, the Maryland State Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

All College buildings remain closed.

We understand students may require extra support during this time. The FCC Foundation maintains a Student Success Fund for currently enrolled students needing emergency assistance with food, and other needs. Students can self-apply at www.frederick.edu/studentsuccess. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

An all student email blast also provided students a list of community resources they could access.

We will continue to work through this together and provide updates to our College community as the situation warrants. Please monitor your College email, FCC alert, our College website, and Communication Central.

Libby Burmaster
President
Frederick Community College

 

 

March 22, 2020

STUDENT SUCCESS FUND ANNOUNCEMENT

For the rest of the Spring semester to May 20, 2020, instruction and College services will be delivered remotely. We understand students may require extra support during this time. The FCC Foundation maintains a Student Success Fund for currently enrolled students needing emergency assistance with food, and other needs. Students can self-apply at www.frederick.edu/studentsuccess. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

 

 


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