Should I come to campus?
If you are in a Structured Remote (SR) or Online course (ONL), you will not be required to come to campus for class sessions. If you are in a Hybrid Remote class (HYR) you will be expected to come to campus for some specific class sessions. These sessions will be scheduled during posted course times and will be listed in your course syllabus.
During the first three stages of the FCC Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery plan, most campus buildings, offices, and common areas will remain closed to students and there will be few reasons for students to visit campus if they are not in a Hybrid Remote class (HYR). College services will be provided in a virtual format and your instructors, advisors, and college staff are prepared to provide a high level of service remotely.
What can I expect if I have to go to main campus or the Monroe Center?
During the first three stages of the FCC Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery plan, face masks and physical distancing of at least six feet will be required for all faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors. Everyone on campus will be asked to follow new signage for entering buildings and passing through hallways. Students and faculty will be asked to use college-provided hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting rooms, and learning spaces will be rearranged to comply with physical distancing guidelines.
What do I do when I arrive to Main Campus/Monroe Center?
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.
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 is no food available for purchase on Main Campus or Monroe Center. You will need to bring any food and drink you require with you.
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 additional 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 six –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 tested positive for COVID-19 and I have an on-campus class scheduled at main campus or Monroe Center?
If you have been in contact with someone in the last 14 days who tested 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:
A. 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 plan. 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.
If I enroll in a Hybrid Remote class (HYR), what can I expect?
- Face coverings, covering the nose and mouth, are required for anyone on College premises at all times.
- Hand sanitizer use is required upon entrance/exit to classroom/learning spaces and College premises.
- Physical distancing of at least six (6) feet is required and gatherings of no more than ten (10) individuals for anyone on College premises.
- Use specified entrances and exits into buildings.
- Follow directional flow indicated on flooring with visual cues.
- Follow instructional space protocols defined for classrooms, assigned seating, computer classrooms, and specialty spaces.
- Follow physical distancing cues marked on flooring.
- Follow signage in bathrooms related to personal hygiene, hand washing, and physical distance.
You will be expected to come to campus for periodic class sessions that your instructor will tell you about at the start of class. Plan to arrive on campus as close to the start of class as possible. Students who arrive early or need a place to wait between classes will be directed to the Student Center. Physical distancing guidelines – including use of masks and hand sanitizer – will be enforced and classrooms can be occupied by no more than ten people. Your instructor will ask you to wipe down spaces or equipment before or after use. Students who willfully violate social distancing rules may be asked to leave campus; this will be addressed as disruptive behavior under the FCC Code of Student Conduct.
What is the difference between an Online Course (ONL) and a Structured Remote Course (SR)?
They both meet online, but how they meet is different:
Online Courses (ONL)
Courses designated as online (ONL) are held entirely online and do not meet at a scheduled time. Students complete work on their own time.
Structured Remote Courses (SR)
Structured Remote Courses (SR) are entirely online but have scheduled class times. Your professor may use that time to have real-time virtual sessions, which may include virtual lectures, group discussions, or other class activities. Real-time virtual sessions will occur a minimum of once per week during scheduled class times. Scheduled real-time virtual session dates will be designated on the syllabus. Students are expected to attend real-time virtual sessions. However, these sessions will be recorded and made available for students unable to attend. If graded assessments are provided during a real-time virtual session, students not in attendance will be provided an opportunity to make up work or be provided with a comparable alternative assessment without penalty.
Can I enroll in more than one Structured Remote Course (SR) or Hybrid Remote Course (HYR) that meets at the same time?
No. Students should not sign up for two classes during the same time slot, even if they are virtual. You will not be able to attend sessions that occur at the same time.
What will happen to my class if the campus re-opens?
Online and Structured Remote Courses (SR) will not require in-person attendance even if campus re-opens during the final stage of the FCC Roadmap to recovery plan.
Some Hybrid Remote classes (HYR) may require additional scheduled, in-person attendance during class sessions during the final stage of the FFCC Roadmap to recovery plan. These additional classes would meet during the standard class time.
What if I start in one type of class but decide I want other options?
Read your syllabus carefully at the start of each course, review course expectations and the schedule, and ask your instructor questions. Consult with an academic advisor to find an alternative class if you don’t feel you are able to complete the class as scheduled. Students should consult the refund dates in the schedule and be mindful of withdrawal timetables. If a change is necessary, you must switch during the Drop/Add period.