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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

 

 

 

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)

 

June 5, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

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

 

 

May 29, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

3 students at table Weekly News for Students
Stay informed with the weekly E-News from the FCC Center for Student Engagement (CSE).

 

 

May 22, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

3 students at table Weekly News for Students
Stay informed with the weekly E-News from the FCC Center for Student Engagement (CSE).

 

 

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

Center for Student Engagement News

4 students at table Weekly News for Students
Stay informed with the weekly E-News from the FCC Center for Student Engagement (CSE).

 

 

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

4 students at table Weekly News for Students
Stay informed with the weekly E-News from the FCC Center for Student Engagement (CSE).

 

 

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

Center for Student Engagement News

3 students at table Weekly News for Students
Stay informed with the weekly E-News from the FCC Center for Student Engagement (CSE).

 

 

April 24, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

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

 

 

April 17, 2020

Center for Student Engagement News

3 students at table Weekly News for Students
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

4 students at table Weekly News for Students
Stay informed with the weekly E-News from the FCC Center for Student Engagement (CSE).

 

 

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

4 students at table Weekly News for Students
Stay informed with the weekly E-News from the FCC Center for Student Engagement (CSE).

 

 

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.

 

 

STUDENT NEWSBLASTS

 

 


FCC PREVIOUS COMMUNICATIONS (ARCHIVE)
 

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS/COVD-19
 

PREVENT THE SPREAD OF GERMS
 

CORONAVIRUS/COVD-19 RESOURCES
 

 

 

  • 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.