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Quarantine and Isolation Information

Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines: Please refer to CDC’s Isolation and Quarantine page HERE.

Employees or their supervisors, and students should contact the Pandemic Coordinator, Jennifer Dame - [email protected], if they are subject to isolation or quarantine due to a positive COVID test, exposure to the virus, or are experiencing symptoms.

If individuals have tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 (if not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations):

  • Do not come to the main campus or the Monroe Center
  • Report this to the Pandemic Coordinator
  • Consult with a doctor or state public health agency regarding next steps to take
  • Stay home until you have been cleared by your doctor or state public health agency
  • Students should continue to attend classes remotely, if able, and inform faculty of any missed classes (Consult the Pandemic Coordinator)
  • Employees can use available leave or leave without pay while in quarantine (Consult HR for assistance)
  • Receive clearance from the Pandemic Coordinator before returning to main campus or Monroe Center

 

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Masks

Masks should still be worn by people with symptoms of COVID-19, a positive COVID-19 test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19. Additionally, people may still choose to wear a mask at any time based on personal preference, informed by personal level of risk. 

Effective March 1, 2022: masks will no longer be required in indoor spaces on the FCC main campus and Monroe Center, with the exception of classrooms, including shared laboratory and other instructional spaces.

Masks are required for on-site vaccine and testing clinics.

 

 


 

 

COVID-19 Information and Data

Frederick County Daily Dashboard: Local COVID-19 Data (Updated M-F by noon)

 

 

COVID-19 Community Level in Frederick County: LOW

 

COVID-19 Community Level is a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. This metric does not apply to healthcare settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes.

 

For more information on the actions taken by FCC to protect the health, safety, and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and the College community, please refer to The Frederick Community College Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery (3R) Plan.

 

 


 

 

Vaccine Requirements and Campus Vaccination Clinics

Vaccinations are not required but are strongly encouraged. Masks are required for on-site vaccine and testing clinics.

Frederick Community College offers Vaccine and Booster clinics on-site. The clinic is open to FCC students, employees, and their families only.

Date: May 10, 2022
Time: 10am - 12pm
Location: Student Center – Room H102A
Vaccines available: Pfizer 12+, Moderna 18+

Information about 2nd boosters may be found here: COVID-19 Vaccine | Frederick County Health Department, MD.

Other details: Pfizer and Moderna boosters available for all eligible. 1st and 2nd dose Pfizer (must be 12+) and 1st and 2nd dose Moderna (must be 18+) available. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian with them. Proof of age preferred. Walk-ins welcome.

Save time by pre-registering here:  https://www.marylandvax.org/appointment/en/reg/7161101992.

 

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Interim President Dr. Tom Powell receives his booster at the campus vaccination clinic.

 


 

 

Campus Testing Sites

Frederick Community College is offering on-site rapid COVID-19 testing to students and employees. Testing is performed every Wednesday morning on main campus. Masks are required for on-site vaccine and testing clinics.

A sign-up link for each week’s appointments is emailed to students and employees on Monday and posted on Comm Central. Testing takes about 15 minutes and you will be called shortly after testing if you test positive. If you do not receive a phone call after your testing, it means your test was negative.

Testing is by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Guidelines for Appointments

  • Testing is available for FCC students and employees only.
  • Registrants must provide their FCC student or employee ID number and phone number when registering. Additional instructions are provided for CEWD students when registering if they do not have an FCC email.
  • Due to the nature of the testing, only the individual being tested is allowed into the building.
  • Appointments for registrants who do not meet these guidelines will not be honored.
  • If no appointments at FCC are available, go to How To Get Tested | Frederick County Health Department, MD (frederickcountymd.gov) to find information about other testing sites.
  • Please cancel your appointment if you cannot make it so that others may get tested.

Get free at-home COVID-19 tests
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 2 sets of 4 free at-home tests.
COVID.gov/tests - Free at-home COVID-19 tests

 


 

 

Advisory Group

The College continues to closely monitor and carefully assess the impact COVID-19 has on our operations and instruction.

FCC formed a Coronavirus Advisory Group (CAG) that continues to evaluate the effects of COVID-19 since resuming full operations for the fall semester. The CAG consists of employees from different departments and teams throughout the College, and is co-chaired by Dr. Tony Hawkins, Provost/Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development and Jennifer Dame, the Pandemic Coordinator. The CAG is tasked with gathering, discussing, and sharing information with the College community, but is not a decision-making body.

The Coronavirus Advisory Group (CAG) will:

  • Facilitate prompt and transparent communications to the College community
  • Monitor the COVID-19 impact on our students and employees
  • Make health and safety recommendations for students and employees

CAG communications and additional information are available here.

 

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Message from the Provost on the Mask Requirement for Classrooms and Instructional Spaces

Dr. Tony D. Hawkins, FCC Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development:

As COVID cases start to rise again due in part to the BA.2 Omicron subvariant, we will continue the indoor mask requirement in all Frederick Community College classrooms and instructional spaces through the end of the Spring 2022 semester. BA.2 is now the dominant strain in the United States. While recent studies show that BA.2 does not cause more severe illness than the initial Omicron variant, they also show that BA.2 is even more transmissible.

These circumstances present a challenge, but we have learned to adjust our mitigation measures to respond to changing conditions throughout the pandemic. We strongly recommend wearing a properly-fitting, high-quality mask, which are available for free at the Welcome Center on main campus or the Security Desk at the Monroe Center.

We will continue to monitor College case numbers and positivity rates, COVID-19 community levels, and global developments relating to the pandemic, which will inform our decision of when to no longer require mask wearing in classrooms.

Thank you for your continued support, adaptation and feedback as we try to return to normal.

 

 


 

 

Coronavirus Advisory Group (CAG)

FCC formed a Coronavirus Advisory Group (CAG) that continues to evaluate the effects of COVID-19 since resuming full operations for the fall semester. The CAG consists of employees from different departments and teams throughout the College, and is co-chaired by Dr. Tony Hawkins, Provost/Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development and Jennifer Dame, the Pandemic Coordinator. The CAG is tasked with gathering, discussing, and sharing information with the College community, but is not a decision-making body.

The Coronavirus Advisory Group (CAG) will:

  • Facilitate prompt and transparent communications to the College community
  • Monitor the COVID-19 impact on our students and employees
  • Make health and safety recommendations for students and employees

CAG communications and additional information are available here.

 

 


 

 

Coronavirus Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting Summary for April 19, 2022


The Coronavirus Advisory Group (CAG) met on April 19, 2022 to continue its ongoing discussion on FCC information related to COVID-19. The group is chaired by Dr. Tony Hawkins, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development, and Jennifer Dame, FCC pandemic coordinator.

During the meeting, the group discussed the decision to continue the mask requirement for classrooms and instructional spaces, heard updates on current cases and trends, were provided information on testing and clinic response, and more. A summary of the meeting is below.

Mask Requirement for Classrooms and Instructional Spaces
Jennifer Dame, FCC pandemic coordinator, discussed the decision to continue the mask requirement for FCC classrooms and instructional spaces through the end of the spring 2022 semester. A survey done by the Faculty Association showed that 45.1% of respondents were in favor of keeping the mask mandate while 47.9% were in favor of making masks optional in classrooms and instructional spaces. Due to these factors, it was decided to keep the mask requirement in place for the rest of the semester:

  • The survey results did not show an overwhelming preference one way or the other
  • Cases are starting to rise again
  • There are only a few weeks left in the semester

The announcement about continuing the mask requirement for classrooms and instructional spaces through the end of the semester was sent out to students and faculty, posted to social media and Comm Central, and added to the FCC homepage and COVID communications page.

Current Cases Among Faculty and Staff
Jennifer shared that there are currently no self-reported active cases of COVID-19 among students or employees. She reminded faculty and staff to encourage students to report any cases to her at [email protected].

New CDC Tool Available
Jennifer showed the group a new tool that CDC put out called the quarantine and isolation calculator. Individuals can use this online tool to input their information if they test positive or are exposed to someone who tested positive. Based on information provided, the tool will tell you how long you need to isolate or quarantine. The CDC quarantine and isolation calculator can be found on the CDC website.

Current COVID-19 Metrics
Jennifer gave an update on current health metrics and shared that while Frederick County is still in the low community level of transmission, numbers have been increasing slightly recently. The positivity rate in Frederick County has increased from 2.17% on March 15 to 5.12% on April 19. DC and parts of Virginia have now entered the medium community level of transmission.

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Clinics
Weekly testing has continued at FCC, though it is now only being offered at the main campus from 8 to 9 a.m. on Wednesdays. Testing had been also offered at the Monroe Center but after a total of only five tests were administered over seven weeks, it was decided to discontinue that testing location.

At the latest vaccine and booster clinic on campus that was held on April 12, 26 shots were administered. The next on-campus vaccine and booster clinic will be held on May 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Next Meeting
The Coronavirus Advisory Group will hold its next meeting on May 17. 

 

 


Previous & Archived Communications
 

FCC Response to Coronavirus

The Frederick Community College Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery (3R) Plan details actions taken by FCC to protect the health, safety, and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and the College community.


TIMELINE OF  CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE
All recent actions and guidelines remain in effect unless otherwise indicated.

 

February 28, 2022

As of March 1, 2022, masks will no longer be required in indoor spaces on the FCC main campus and Monroe Center, with the exception of classrooms, including shared laboratory and other instructional spaces. Masks should still be worn by individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Masks will continue to also be required at our on-site COVID-19 testing clinics.

Of course, anyone who prefers to continue wearing a mask is welcome to do so.

 

January 7, 2022

Stage 3 of the The Frederick Community College Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery (3R) Plan to resume January 10, 2022.

 

Frederick Community College will remain open and essential services to our students will continue during the emergency period.
• Main campus buildings and the Monroe Center will remain open during regular business hours. Pandemic cleaning protocol and security services will be maintained during this time.
• Offices, including the Welcome Desk in the Student Center and the FCC Foundation Scholarship Office, will be covered during regular business hours to ensure that phones are answered, and students have access to information and services.
• Remote work will be permitted for employees, as appropriate. Supervisors will determine the remote work schedule to ensure that essential services are provided, in consultation with their Senior Leader.
• The IT help desk will remain available to students, faculty and staff. Appointments are required. (on campus Extension 3333; off campus- 301-846-2509)
• We will NOT use the away message on emails to inform individuals we are working remote during this emergency period. Remote work is work and emails must be answered. Information regarding FCC’s current work status may be added to the signature of employee emails.
• We will begin the Spring semester with classes offered virtually with the intention of returning to the original format as quickly as possible. Provost Hawkins may approve a few exceptions based upon academic needs of students and classes that can be taught safely with appropriate mitigation strategies. Detailed information will be contained in Blackboard.
• Masks will be worn in all indoor public spaces and during meetings.
• Meetings and activities should be held virtually unless otherwise authorized by the Senior Leader, in consultation with Pandemic Coordinator Jennifer Dame.
• The Learning Commons will be closed. All Learning Commons functions will be provided remotely.
• The JBK Theater will be closed.
• The Bookstore will operate daily with limited staff for in-store pickup. Locker pickup remains available and free shipping will be offered through February 6 to provide contactless delivery.
• Dining services will operate Monday-Thursday from 8:30 to 2:00 and Fridays from 8:30 to 1:00 with limited staffing and grab and go items. Made to order items will be suspended temporarily.
• Miller Children’s Center will open on Tuesday January 18. On-site testing will be available for staff. Weekly, we will decide on the status of the Center during the emergency period.
• The game room will be closed.
• The fitness center in the Athletics Center will be closed.
• Athletic contests will continue for scheduled competitions. Limited practices/workouts may be approved by the Director of Athletics. NO spectators will be permitted at competitions.
• Only essential travel may be done during this period.
• Any employee or student who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed will report this to our Pandemic Coordinator, Ms. Jennifer Dame ([email protected] or 301-624-2739).
• All employees will receive regular compensation during this emergency period.

Reassessment - Our College leadership team will regularly assess the COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations in Frederick County. Should we need to modify or rescind these emergency procedures we will notify the campus community directly.
Vaccines and boosters - All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to receive their vaccines and boosters if they can do so safely. If the new federal regulations on vaccines become operational, we will notify all employees with the procedures for compliance.
Testing for COVID-19 - We have arranged with Frederick Health to provide weekly COVID-19 testing on campus. The dates and times will be forthcoming.

 

December 29, 2021

Due to rising COVID-19 cases, FCC moved classes and operations to a remote environment from January 3 to January 9, 2022. Click here for more information.

 

August 4, 2021

Stage 4 was amended to include the following:

  • Masks are required in all indoor spaces.
  • In all classrooms, masks are required.
  • In individual offices, wearing masks is optional. 
  • In group meetings, masks are 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-19 requirements.
  • The Cougar Grille will operate with limited services.
  • The Bookstore operates 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 remains closed.
  • The Bess and Frank Gladhill Learning Commons operates with limited hours. 
  • The Carl and Norma Miller Children's Center operates 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).
  • FCC continues to offer in-person, hybrid, and online classes.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated, but not required. We will hold vaccination clinics for students on our main campus and at the Monroe Center.

 

August 2, 2021

FCC entered Stage 4 of the 3R Plan.

 

July 2, 2021

FCC announced 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.

 

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.

 

January 5, 2021

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

 

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.

 

September 21, 2020

The College community adhered to the requirements of Stage 1 of the plan and successfully moved to Stage 2. Additional information is available here.

 

July 6, 2020

FCC entered Stage 1 of the Frederick Community College Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery plan.

 

March 11, 2020

Coronavirus is declared a global pandemic.

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