Fall 2021 information and guidelines for a safe return to campus

 

3 Things to Know

Open Sign 1 FCC is open. 
Mask Icon 2 Face masks are required in all indoor spaces.
Vaccination Icon 3 Vaccines are encouraged.

 

 

FCC encourages all eligible students, faculty, staff, and visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

In August 2021, Frederick Community College (FCC) resumed full operations and returned to regular business hours for all in-person services. 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).

FCC is Open

The Frederick Community College (FCC) campus and the Monroe Center are open. Face masks are required in all indoor spaces. The College returned to in-person instruction and services in August 2021.

Hours of operation for individual College offices and services can be confirmed here.

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.

 

Guidelines for Everyone

FCC will continue to follow all published guidelines from the CDC, Governor Larry Hogan's Office, and the Frederick County Health Department.

 
  • Masks are required in all indoor spaces, with the exception on individual employee offices.
  • Masks are not required in outdoor settings.
  • Student-athletes and coaches are required to wear masks while practicing indoors. Athletics will continue to follow all league COVID-19 requirements.
  • The Student Game Room remains closed.
  • The Bess and Frank Gladhill Learning Commons is open.  For more information on hours of operation click here. 
  • 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.

 

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 have been exposed, tested positive, or are subject to quarantine due to the virus.

Based on the most recent guidance from the Frederick County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control, this document will be updated as needed and posted on the FCC web site.

If individuals have symptoms associated with COVID-19 or are unvaccinated and have been in close contact* with someone who has COVID-19:

  • 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
*Close contact, as defined by the CDC, means someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19. A person is still considered a close contact even if they were wearing a mask while they were around someone with COVID-19.
 

Return to Frederick Community College (Physical Presence on Main Campus or the Monroe Center)
Individuals should wait to receive their test results and obtain a clearance from a healthcare provider or state agency before returning to the main campus or Monroe Center. In absence of guidance from a healthcare provider, FCC will follow the CDC guidelines:

  • Individuals in quarantine, who are not vaccinated and have not exhibited any symptoms of COVID-19 may return to the main campus or Monroe Center after 10 days have passed since the date of a positive test (provided the test took place 5 days or later from the date of exposure).
  • Individuals who are not vaccinated and have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 may return to the main campus or Monroe Center once at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours have passed without a fever (without the use of fever reducing medications) and other symptoms are improved (i.e., coughing, shortness of breath, etc.).
  • Individuals who are not vaccinated and have been exposed (close contact) with a positive case and have not exhibited any symptoms, must quarantine and may get a test on days 5-7 after exposure and may return on day 8 with a negative result (IF they remain with no symptoms all the way through.
 

Vaccinated Employees and Students
Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine after known exposure with someone who has COVID-19 unless they are experiencing symptoms. It is recommended that individuals get tested five to seven days after exposure, even if they do not have symptoms. Individuals should wear a mask indoors in public following exposure for 14 days or until a negative test result is received. Vaccinated individuals who receive a positive test result should isolate for 10 days.

Fully vaccinated individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should quarantine and seek advice from a healthcare provider.
 
A fully vaccinated individual who tests negative but has symptoms can get a doctor’s note with alternative diagnosis if they have improved symptoms for 24 hours and are fever free for 24 hours before returning to campus.

The above return to main campus and Monroe Center guidance will apply.
 

 

Communication Plan
Upon notification that an employee or student has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, the Pandemic Coordinator will work with the individuals to ensure a safe return to main campus or the Monroe Center. The Pandemic Coordinator will work with individuals to identify others with whom they have had direct contact with while on the main campus or the Monroe Center, as well as the last day the individual was physically on-site. The Pandemic Coordinator, or designee, will notify identified individuals in writing:
 

  • that they may have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis,
  • the last day the impacted individual was physically on College premises, and
  • the recommendation to contact their healthcare provider if they begin experiencing symptoms.

No identifying information will be shared in this communication in accordance with the confidentiality and privacy provisions of FERPA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and amendments, and College policy.

The College will notify our designated point of contact at the Frederick County Health Department, as required, through an agreed upon process.

 

For employee questions related to COVID-19, clarification of guidelines, or to report an employee case of COVID-19, please contact Pandemic Coordinator, Jennifer Dame - [email protected]. An employee or their supervisor should notify the Pandemic Coordinator if the employee has been exposed, tested positive, or is subject to quarantine due to the virus.

 

For student questions related to COVID-19, clarification of guidelines, or to report a student case of COVID-19, please contact Pandemic Coordinator, Jennifer Dame - [email protected] or via phone at 301.624.2739.

Faculty and staff should forward any student reports of COVID exposure or positive test results to the Pandemic Coordinator, which will initiate the above communication plan. Faculty and staff should not share any such reports with other students or campus members outside of established guidelines.

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.

 

COVID-19 Exposure Flowchart

exposure flowchart

*Close contact, as defined by the CDC, means someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19. A person is still considered a close contact even if they were wearing a mask while they were around someone with COVID-19.

**Individuals who are not vaccinated and have been exposed (close contact) with a positive case and have not exhibited any symptoms, must quarantine and may get a test on days 5-7 after exposure and may return on day 8 with a negative result (IF they remain with no symptoms all the way through).

***In situations requiring quarantine, employees and students must be cleared by the Pandemic Coordinator to return to main campus or the Monroe Center.

COVID-19 testing is recommended five to seven days after exposure, no matter an individual’s vaccination status.

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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November 16, 2021

CAG Meeting Summary

The Coronavirus Advisory Group (CAG) met on November 16 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 guidelines for events in the JBK Theater, vaccine clinics on campus, unused HEERF funds, requirements for athletic events, the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting, and more. A summary of the meeting is available below.

Events in the JBK Theater
Jennifer Dame shared information on discussions around resuming performances and other events in the JBK Theater. When the JBK Theater is used for Business Solutions classes, all students, faculty, and staff will need to be masked and one open seat between each student will be required. Jennifer will be working with faculty and staff in the areas of arts, music, and theater to create similar guidelines.

Case Management
Jennifer shared the latest number of COVID-19 cases among FCC students and employees. That information is available in the dashboard below for November 16.

 

Students

Status Current COVID Positive Cases* Current Quarantine Only Cases Cumulative COVID Positive Cases
Cases 9 2 30
 

Employees

Status Current COVID Positive Cases* Current Quarantine Only Cases Cumulative COVID Positive Cases
Cases 0 0 16

*Self-reported

 

Vaccine Clinic on Campus
Jennifer provided an update on the COVID-19 vaccine clinics taking place in the Student Center. The first of four clinics was held November 16. Jennifer said it had been very successful. A total of 177 individuals received a vaccine during the first day.

Jennifer shared that the Frederick County Health Department is able to conduct testing while they are here for a vaccine clinic, but it would need to be set up in a different room and notifications would need to be sent out that we are doing testing on campus.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Campus
Upcoming dates of Clinic: November 17, December 7, December 8
Location: Student Center - Room H102A
Time: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on November 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 7 and December 8 (no walk-ins for all dates between noon and 1 p.m.)

No appointment necessary. All vaccine types available, including boosters.
Ages 12+ (No 5-11 vaccinations available).

This clinic is run by the Frederick County Health Department

For more information about the clinic and vaccines, visit the Frederick County Health Department.

Ongoing COVID-19 Concerns
Dr. Hawkins and Jennifer discussed meeting with the Faculty Association and Senate to hear concerns related to COVID-19 on campus. Dr. Hawkins said he understands there is always a level of uncertainty and anxiety with this pandemic and stressed that College leadership continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and is in continual contact with local health experts to help make decisions in line with federal, state, and especially county guidelines.

Cleaning Supplies
Lewis Godwin, Chief of Operations, reminded everyone that any employee can make a report if they notice that any cleaning supplies around campus need to be replenished. Employees can submit a work request through Comm Central to do so.

Unused HEERF Funds
Dr. Hawkins shared that FCC has a surplus in unused Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF). These funds must be used for expenses related to the College’s COVID-19 response. FCC is looking for ideas on how to use the funding. All proposals would go through a review process. The funding must be used before June 6, 2022.

Athletics Update
Jennifer Dame discussed how the FCC men’s and women’s basketball teams have been following COVID-19 league protocols which require all spectators to wear masks, but do not require players to be masked when they are playing, practicing, or warming up prior to a game. 

Jennifer also shared there are initial discussions being had on whether student athletes should be required to be vaccinated given the facts that they travel often for games, interact and have close contact with their teammates and opponents, and could potentially miss multiple games and practices while awaiting test results if exposed or symptomatic. 

Board of Trustees Meeting
Dr. Hawkins shared that the FCC Board of Trustees is having its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 17. 

He reminded the group that during its last meeting in October, the Board discussed the idea of a vaccine mandate. From that discussion, Dr. Hawkins said there was not a lot of support among Board members for a vaccine mandate or vaccine incentive, especially for students. He said he believes the discussion will continue Wednesday night.

Dr. Hawkins also discussed recent information from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that is requiring all employers that receive federal funding and have at least 100 employees to mandate vaccines or provide a regular testing option for employees who are unvaccinated. Dr. Hawkins said the details on that mandate are unclear including information around showing proof of vaccination and how to pay and monitor regular testing. This will be looked into.

 


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.

 

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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