Today's Date:

January 7, 2022

Message from Dr. Powell

Given the surge in the COVID-19 virus due to the omicron variant, as well as Governor Hogan’s declared State of Emergency and the advice of Frederick County officials, I am instituting several emergency procedures and protocols for Frederick Community College for the period of January 10 through February 6, 2022. This action essentially reinstitutes a modified Stage 3 in our pandemic plan, Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery.

All faculty, staff, and students are to follow these procedures:

  1. Frederick Community College will remain open and essential services to our students will continue during the emergency period.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The IT help desk will remain available to students, faculty, and staff. Appointments are required.  (on campus Extension 3333; off campus - 301-846-2509)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Masks will be worn in all indoor public spaces and during meetings.
  9. Meetings and activities should be held virtually unless otherwise authorized by the Senior Leader, in consultation with Pandemic Coordinator Jennifer Dame.
  10. The Learning Commons will be closed. All Learning Commons functions will be provided remotely.
  11. The JBK Theater will be closed.
  12. 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.
  13. Dining services will operate Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with limited staffing and grab and go items. Made to order items will be suspended temporarily.
  14. 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.
  15. The game room will be closed.
  16. The fitness center in the Athletics Center will be closed.
  17. 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.
  18. Only essential travel may be done during this period.
  19. 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).
  20. 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.
 
After the emergency period - I expect that we will return to campus and full operations on Monday February 7, 2022. At that time, we will follow all procedures that were in place in December 2021.
 
Please stay safe. Be vigilant to protect your health, the health of your family, friends and colleagues.

Thomas  H.Powell
Interim President

 

 


 

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.

Daily Dashboard: Local COVID-19 Data(Frederick County Health Dept.)

 

This data is updated daily by noon M-F (excluding holidays).

Given the surge in the COVID-19 virus due to the omicron variant, as well as Governor Hogan’s declared State of Emergency and the advice of Frederick County officials, I am instituting several emergency procedure and protocols for Frederick Community College for the period of January 10 through February 6, 2022. This action essentially reinstitutes a modified Stage 3 in our pandemic plan, Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery. All faculty, staff, and students are to follow these procedures.  Click here for more information.

 

Dealing with COVID-19 Guidelines for Employees and Students

The following are general guidelines for employees and students related to exposure, quarantine, and return to work or class procedures for all affected by COVID-19.

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

These guidelines are based on the most recent interim guidance from the Centers for Disease Control on quarantine and isolation for COVID-19.  This document will be updated as needed and posted on the FCC web site.

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
 

Key Definitions


Quarantine
If you were exposed, you quarantine and stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. See chart below: Calculating Quarantine
 
Isolate
If you are sick or test positive, you isolate when you are sick or when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms. See chart below: Calculating Isolation
 
Exposure
Contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus.

Close Contact
Close contacts are someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.

 

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If You Were Exposed

Calculating Quarantine
The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days. Learn why CDC updated guidance for the general public.

Who does not need to quarantine?
If you came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are in one of the following groups, you do not need to quarantine.
Who should quarantine?
If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine if you are in one of the following groups:
  • You are ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.
  • You received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.
  • You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.
 
IF YOU
Were exposed to COVID-19 and are
NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations
Quarantine for at least 5 days

Stay home
Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.

Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

Get tested
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
After quarantine

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.
Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public and for all school sponsored activities. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Avoid travel

Avoid being around people who are at high risk
IF YOU
Were exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date with vaccination 
 
 
No quarantine
You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.

Get tested
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19
Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
 
If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.
Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public and for all school sponsored activities. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Avoid travel

Avoid being around people who are at high risk
IF YOU
were exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)
No quarantine

You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public and for all school sponsored activities. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Avoid travel

Avoid being around people who are at high risk
 

If You Are Sick or Test Positive

Calculating Isolation
Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.
 
Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, or wear a well-fitting mask when they need to be around others. People in isolation should stay in a specific “sick room” or area and use a separate bathroom if available.
 
IF YOU
Tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status
Stay home for at least 5 days
Stay home for 5 days and isolate from others in your home.

Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.
 
Ending isolation if you had symptoms
End isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.

Ending isolation if you did NOT have symptoms
End isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test.

If you were severely ill with COVID-19
You should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.
Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask 
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public and for all school sponsored activities. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Wear a mask

Avoid travel

Avoid being around people who are at high risk.
 

For questions related to COVID-19, clarification of guidelines, or to report an exposure or case of COVID-19, please contact Pandemic Coordinator, Jennifer Dame - [email protected] or via phone at 301.624.2739.
Please note specific vaccination and/or COVID testing policies may be required from programs with Clinical Education experiences based on the policies of our clinical partners.

A downloadable version of the Guidelines can be found here.

 

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January 12, 2022

Message to Students

In response to Governor Hogan’s declaration of a State of Emergency, the surge of the COVID-19 omicron variant, and the advice of Frederick County officials, FCC has reinstituted a modified Stage 3 of its Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery Plan. While all essential offices and services remain open, most FCC classes will meet virtually through February 6, 2022. Designated credit and non-credit classes that require a campus presence will continue to meet in person on the main campus and at the Monroe Center. Standard COVID safety protocols, such as masking, will be in place to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

All credits students should check their courses on Blackboard for information from their instructors regarding whether they will be meeting virtually or in person. If your class is meeting virtually, your professor will provide information about meeting dates, times, and log-in information. Non-credit students will receive class meeting information directly from their program or instructor.

This is not a permanent change. On February 7, 2022 all face-to-face classes will return to in-person instruction, health conditions permitting. Routinely monitor your MyFCC email and Blackboard course sites for messages from the College.

Structured Remote and Online classes are unaffected and will proceed normally.

Wi-Fi Access for Students
The Student Center (H Building)and select other College spaces will be open for students who need to access Wi-Fi or need a space to attend virtual classes.

Reporting Positive Cases or Exposure
Any student who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed should report this to the FCC Pandemic Coordinator,Jennifer Dame ([email protected] or 301-624-2739). All students are encouraged to receive vaccines and boosters if they can do so safely.

On-Site Rapid COVID-19 Testing
Frederick Community College will offer on-site rapid COVID-19 testing for the spring semester to students and employees. This testing will be available every Wednesday from 8am-11am at FCC starting January 12, 2022. Testing is by appointment only. Appointment sign-up links will be distributed via email each Monday.

If students have any additional questions, they can email us at [email protected].

 

 


 

 

January 7, 2022

Message from Dr. Powell

Given the surge in the COVID-19 virus due to the omicron variant, as well as Governor Hogan’s declared State of Emergency and the advice of Frederick County officials, I am instituting several emergency procedures and protocols for Frederick Community College for the period of January 10 through February 6, 2022. This action essentially reinstitutes a modified Stage 3 in our pandemic plan, Roadmap to Resilience and Recovery.

All faculty, staff, and students are to follow these procedures:

  1. Frederick Community College will remain open and essential services to our students will continue during the emergency period.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The IT help desk will remain available to students, faculty, and staff. Appointments are required.  (on campus Extension 3333; off campus - 301-846-2509)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Masks will be worn in all indoor public spaces and during meetings.
  9. Meetings and activities should be held virtually unless otherwise authorized by the Senior Leader, in consultation with Pandemic Coordinator Jennifer Dame.
  10. The Learning Commons will be closed. All Learning Commons functions will be provided remotely.
  11. The JBK Theater will be closed.
  12. 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.
  13. Dining services will operate Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with limited staffing and grab and go items. Made to order items will be suspended temporarily.
  14. 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.
  15. The game room will be closed.
  16. The fitness center in the Athletics Center will be closed.
  17. 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.
  18. Only essential travel may be done during this period.
  19. 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).
  20. 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.
 
After the emergency period - I expect that we will return to campus and full operations on Monday February 7, 2022. At that time, we will follow all procedures that were in place in December 2021.
 
Please stay safe. Be vigilant to protect your health, the health of your family, friends and colleagues.

Thomas  H.Powell
Interim President

 

 


 

 

January 25, 2022

CAG Meeting Summary

The Coronavirus Advisory Group (CAG) met on January 25, 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 meeting schedule for the spring semester and shared updates on COVID-19 cases locally, the FCC weekly testing clinic, KN95 masks, and more. A summary of the meeting is below.

Start of Spring Credit Classes
Dr. Hawkins shared that this week marked the beginning of the 15-week spring semester for credit classes. He reminded the group that FCC is currently in Stage 3 of its 3R plan due to the high number of COVID-19 cases from the omicron variant.

Meeting Plan for the Spring Semester
Dr. Hawkins discussed the plan for CAG meetings moving forward and recommended a change to the usual meeting time to allow Andrea Hagen, assistant professor of nursing, to continue to participate. Instead of starting at noon, future meetings will now start at 1 p.m. He also shared that he had reached out to the Administrative Staff Association (ASA) and the Support Staff Association (SSA) and asked them to identify a representative to start serving on the CAG so that they are able to provide updates directly to their membership. It was also decided that Dr. Hawkins will ask Diana Oliver, director of Human Resources, to join the group to address any HR-related questions moving forward.

COVID-19 Data Update
Jennifer Dame, FCC pandemic coordinator, shared an update on data related to COVID-19 in Frederick County from the Frederick County Health Department. She shared that the positivity rate in Frederick County has decreased from 25.51% last Tuesday to 19.6% this Tuesday (January 25). The rolling 7-day average of COVID-19 cases and the number of patients hospitalized because of COVID-19 is also down. She discussed how these metrics and others show that we are past the Omicron peak. She also shared how when cases for viruses such as COVID-19 spike quickly, they then decline quickly as well, which is what is currently happening in Frederick County. 

Testing Clinic Update
Jennifer provided an update on the weekly COVID-19 testing clinics being offered on Wednesdays to FCC students and employees. Each week, 60 appointments are available. During each of the first two clinics, about 40 of those appointments were used. The demand for these appointments will be monitored in the coming weeks and the number of appointments offered could be adjusted if needed.

Jennifer added a clarification about testing results. If individuals who receive a rapid test need a hard copy of their results, they need to request one during their clinic visit. Individuals who are given a PCR test in addition to a rapid test will receive an email from Frederick Health instructing them to access the Patient Portal where they can view their results. 

The group discussed how the booking information for each clinic is sent out two days prior to the clinic date. It was asked if it would be possible to book an appointment more than a week out. Jennifer responded that the intention of these clinics are to provide a testing option for symptomatic individuals, and that the current process helps to ensure appointments are available for those who really need them.

KN95 Mask Update
FCC now has KN95 masks available for students and employees. Department heads or someone they designate should make a request for them through a work order, under the category of “COVID supplies.” These masks will soon be available at the welcome desks in the Student Center on the main campus and at the Monroe Center.

Upcoming Vaccine and Booster Clinic
Jennifer Dame shared the information on the next FCC COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinic. That information is available below.

Frederick Community College will once again offer a COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinic on-site. The clinic will be open to FCC students and employees only.

  • Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
  • Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Location: Student Center – Room H102A
  • Vaccines available: Pfizer 12+, Moderna 18+
Other details: First and second dose Pfizer (must be 12+), first and second dose Moderna (must be 18+) will be available. Boosters available for all eligible. 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/1160124956

Discussion on Exposure Protocol
The group discussed what employees should do if they are exposed to COVID-19. Dr. Hawkins instructed that any employee who was exposed to COVID-19 or is living with a family member who was exposed should speak to their supervisor about next steps. If they feel they are able to work, they may be able to do so remotely during their usual work hours. If they are sick and unable to work, they should use sick leave as normal.

He also shared while he understands the concern about contracting COVID-19 at work, the College has not seen any cases of employees transmitting the virus to each other. Jennifer Dame added that of the employees who have reported their positive cases to her, none indicated they were from a coworker. Dr. Hawkins and Jennifer reminded the group that transmission is more likely to happen outside of the office so urged everyone to continue to take precautions when at home and out in the community.

Return to Campus
The group discussed the plan to return to campus on February 7 and continue the same mitigation measures that were being used in December before winter break. Dr. Hawkins asked Jennifer to look into any measures in addition to those that are already being used on campus to mitigate the impact of the virus. Jennifer will reach out to the Frederick County Health Department to discuss whether any additional measures, such as capacity requirements, should be taken.

Next Meeting
The group will meet again next Tuesday, Feb. 1. Action items are listed below.

ACTION ITEMS
  • Dr. Hawkins will request Diana Oliver join the Coronavirus Advisory Group to answer any HR-related questions
  • Jennifer will reach out to the Frederick County Health Department to see if any additional requirements should be in place for when the College resumes normal operations on Feb. 7.

 

 


Previous 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.

 

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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