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CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 UPDATES

Information for Moving Course Instruction Online

 

 

 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Announcements

 

March 12, 2020

MESSAGE TO EMPLOYEES

To All FCC Employees:

In response to Governor Hogan’s announcement today, March 12, 2020, related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Frederick Community College will be taking the actions outlined below.

From March 16 through March 27, 2020:

  • All instruction on the main campus and the Monroe Center must be conducted in alternative formats. Faculty will communicate to their students through Blackboard and College email.
  • During these two weeks, students should not be on the main campus or the Monroe Center.
  • All College and community events and activities using College facilities are cancelled.
  • All staff and administrators scheduled to work during this two-week period should report to work. Normal hours of operation apply.
  • March 16 and 17 will be used for preparation for any faculty who want professional development and support related to the transition from face-to-face to online instruction or alternative formats. More information about meetings on these two days will be forthcoming for credit and non-credit faculty.
  • The Carl and Norma Miller Children’s Center, Cougar Grille, Smooth Joe’s, Bookstore, Learning Commons, Testing Center, and Tutoring and Writing Center will be closed (online tutoring may be available for some courses).

We appreciate all that faculty, staff, and administrators have done to ensure continuity of operations and instruction.

 

 

March 12, 2020

MESSAGE TO STUDENTS

To All FCC Students:

We thank you for all you have done during this difficult time related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). As we indicated in earlier communications, we need to follow the recommendations outlined by the State of Maryland and the Frederick County Health Department to ensure the health and safety of our College community.
 
In response to Governor Hogan’s announcement today, March 12, 2020, related to COVID-19, Frederick Community College will be taking the actions outlined below.

From March 16 through March 27, 2020:

  • All instruction on the main campus and the Monroe Center must be conducted in alternative formats. Faculty will communicate to you through Blackboard and College email.
  • During these two weeks, students should not be on the main campus or the Monroe Center. However, staff and administration will be available by phone and email. Information about support services will be forthcoming.
  • All College and community events and activities using College facilities are cancelled.
  • Faculty will communicate to students directly related to clinical or other off-campus assignments.
  • The Carl and Norma Miller Children’s Center, Cougar Grille, Smooth Joe’s, Bookstore, Learning Commons, Testing Center, and Tutoring and Writing Center will be closed (online tutoring may be available for some courses).
 

Be sure to sign up for FCC Alert at www.frederick.edu/fccalert and to check your College email regularly.

Your success remains our top priority. A student help line and email will be available beginning March 16, 2020 from Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at (301) 846-2469 and Assist@frederick.edu.

 

 

 

 


 

FCC COMMUNICATIONS

Corona Prevention

 

March 11, 2020

Update on COVID-19 Situation

Message To Students:
While there are, as of today, still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Frederick County, the FCC College community is committed to doing our part to minimize the spread of the virus.

As of now, no classes or events have been cancelled and we are operating normally. We are continuing our ongoing communication with the Frederick County Health Department and the Maryland Department of Health and are taking direction and recommendations from them. We are preparing for continuity of operations and instruction should a health emergency require the cancellation of College events or a modification in how we deliver instruction.

Please be sure to check your student email and sign up for the FCC Alert so that you will be informed as we progress through the spring semester. To sign up for the alert, visit www.frederick.edu/fccalert.

We thank all of the College community for their collective efforts in promoting health and wellness.

Please be sure you get credible information from these sites for all information related to COVID-19.

 

 

 

March 9, 2020

Executive Gardner and Dr. Brookmyer held public information briefing on COVID-19

FCC Meets with County Officials

On March 9, 2020, FCC President Burmaster, Chief of Operations Lewis Godwin, and Robin Shusko, Emergency Management, attended a public information briefing on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) held by County Executive Jan Gardner and Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, Frederick County Health Officer.

Executive Gardner and Dr. Brookmyer were joined at Winchester Hall by public safety, emergency management, and other community partners to provide an update on efforts to prepare the community for potential spread of COVID-19.

Video of that public information briefing can be accessed by clicking here.  

Executive Gardner said at the briefing: “We have been actively planning with our public health agencies, safety partners and community leaders and assure our residents that we are prepared for the coronavirus’s arrival in our community. Since this is a rapidly evolving situation, we encourage residents and businesses not to panic, but plan for the possibility that their daily routines could be temporarily impacted.”

Health Officer Dr. Barbara Brookmyer said, “The Frederick County Health Department is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus situation. We are receiving daily situational awareness reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Maryland Department of Health, and working closely with our county partners to prepare our community. At this time, the risk to Frederick County residents is still considered low. We encourage residents to continue to go to work and school, and everyone can do their part to protect themselves and others.”

Frederick Health has been updating its website with local updates, national updates, tips on how to protect yourself and others, and more. You can access that information on www.frederickhealth.org.

Additional resources on COVID-19 are available at:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - www.cdc.gov
The Maryland Department of Health - https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx
The Frederick County Health Department - https://health.frederickcountymd.gov/177/Current-Topics

You can also call 211 for general questions and resources on COVID-19.

 

 

March 6, 2020

Message to Students

FCC is continuing to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and has taken steps to promote health and wellness within our community and share the most up-to-date information.

We are partnering with the Frederick County Health Department and actively preparing for any potential health emergency in our community that would affect College operations. You have probably noticed flyers throughout the College that provide guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for things you can do to mitigate the spread of germs. We have attached a copy of the CDC flyer to this message. Members of our Operations Team have been working diligently in disinfecting common touch surfaces, such as pushbars, doorknobs, etc., as part of their standard cleaning procedures.

We thank all of the College community for their collective efforts in promoting health and wellness. Please be sure to check your student email and sign up for the FCC Alert so that you will be informed as we progress through the spring semester. To sign up for the alert, visit www.frederick.edu/fccalert.

 

 

March 5, 2020

FCC Working with Frederick County Health Department, Monitoring COVID-19 Situation

FCC continues to follow Health Department guidelines and recommendations

FCC is continuing to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and has taken steps to promote health and wellness within our community and share the most up-to-date information.

On March 5, 2020, President Burmaster and a group of FCC administrators participated in a phone call with members of the Frederick County Health Department led by Health Officer Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, which included the Community Health Services Director; the Director of Planning, Assessment, and Communication; a Communicable Disease and Outbreak Nurse; and the Strategic National Stockpile Coordinator.

During the phone call, health department officials provided updates and guidelines for minimizing the spread of germs in our community. FCC will continue to participate in partnership calls with the Frederick County Health Department weekly, or more often if needed. In the event of widespread community transmission or a health emergency, FCC would partner with the Frederick County Health Department related to any response.

As noted in our previous all-College Communication Central posting and email, we are continuing to follow recommendations from the Frederick County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Members of our Operations Team have been working diligently in disinfecting common touch surfaces, such as pushbars, doorknobs, etc., as part of their standard cleaning procedures.

We thank all of the College community for their collective efforts in promoting health and wellness. This collective effort continues as we ask individuals to follow the CDC and Health Department recommendations regularly.

Some tips to keep in mind:

  • Wipe down your phone, keyboard, and surface areas in your office.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Avoid sharing objects.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Use sick leave if you are not feeling well.

Dr. Tony Hawkins, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development (AACEWD), has met with College faculty and provided information related to the continuity of instruction to all of the members of the AACEWD team. If you have any further questions related to the continuity of instruction, please contact Dr. Hawkins.

On March 4, 2020, President Burmaster and Board of Trustees Chair Dr. John Molesworth attended a presentation by Dr. Sina Bavari, a scientific advisor to the World Health Organization on the COVID-19 virus. We will continue to seek out the best resources and most up-to-date information as this situation requires.

If you have any other questions, please contact Robin Shusko (RShusko@frederick.edu) or Chuck Tobery (CTobery@frederick.edu) at 301-624-2858.

 

 

February 28, 2020

Health Awareness and Tips

Cold and Flu Season

We thank all of the College community for their collective efforts in trying to promote health and wellness during this difficult cold and flu season. Our Operations Team have been working diligently in disinfecting common touch surfaces, such as pushbars, doorknobs, etc., as part of their standard cleaning procedures. We know that most offices have been doing their own disinfecting and using hand sanitizer to prevent germ spread. If anyone needs additional hand sanitizer or refills, it is available at the Security Office. 

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Wipe down your phone, keyboard, and surface areas in your office.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Avoid sharing objects.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.
  • Use sick leave if you are not feeling well.

The College is a part of a county-wide joint emergency command group. In the event of any kind of health emergency, we would be coordinating with County and City officials and communicating regularly with the College community. All official responses will come through our Crisis Management Team.
Our Executive Vice President/Provost Dr. Hawkins and his Academic Management Council will be communicating with faculty regarding continuity of instruction in the event of a health emergency.

If you have any questions, please contact Robin Shusko (RShusko@frederick.edu) or Chuck Tobery (CTobery@frederick.edu) at 301-624-2858.

Additional resources are available at: Frederick Health Department.

 

 

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS/COVD-19


Corona Symptoms

 

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

 

 

 

 

PREVENT THE SPREAD OF GERMS

Avoid close contact with people who are sick, cover your cough/sneeze, avoid touching your face, clean “high touch” surfaces, stay home when sick, and wash your hands often.

 

 

 

 

Some tips to keep in mind:

  • Wipe down your phone, keyboard, and surface areas in your office.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Avoid sharing objects.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Use sick leave if you are not feeling well.

 

 

 

 

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