Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 Guidance for MC Students and Employees

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Throughout the ongoing pandemic, Montgomery College has prioritized the health and safety of its students and employees above all else. As we move into the next phase of teaching, learning, and working, this will continue to guide all of our decisions about the structure of our education programs and delivery of key services. 

All summer and fall 2020 semester classes will be offered in either an online or a structured-remote work learning format. This is Phase 1 of the phased approach outlined in the Fall 2020 Schedule Transition Plan. Decisions to move into future phases will depend on state and county guidelines. See full details of the plan and the phases.

Watch and listen to our Conversation with Leadership: Resilient MC, where MC President DeRionne Pollard and senior vice presidents shared how the college is planning for the next phase of its resilient response to COVID-19.

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For Students

Resources and information on classes, student services, emergency financial assistance, and more.

For Employees

Resources and information on working from home, time sheets, essential personnel, and more.

For Faculty

Resources and information on remote instruction.

Supporting Our Students

Montgomery College and the MC Foundation are working tirelessly to provide students with emergency financial support during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the stories of a few of the more than 1,480 students who have received assistance, and donate now to support our emergency fund.

If you are a student in need of assistance, see the Student Guidance page for more information. 

College Memos and Updates

Select a month below to view memos and updates related to coronavirus/COVID-19, and see communications from MC President Dr. DeRionne Pollard

See communications from Dr. Pollard for June updates. 

What You Should Know about COVID-19new window: Watch MC biotechnology program coordinator Dr. Collins Jones' presentation about COVID-19.

Events and Travel

All in-person College events are cancelled until further notice. See the College calendar for upcoming virtual events. 

All College-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice. 

Coronavirus Advisory Team

Our team of experts is monitoring updates and providing guidance.

  • Rose Garvin Aquilino, Interim Associate Senior Vice President, Advancement and Community Engagement
  • Alice Boatman, Acting Associate Dean of Student Affairs (TP/SS)
  • Steve Cain, Chief of Staff and Chief Strategy Officer
  • Monique Davis, Instructional Dean, Health Sciences, Health, Physical Education, and Nursing
  • Rowena D’Souza, Risk Management / HIPPA Privacy Official
  • Melissa Gregory, Associate Senior Vice President for Student Affairs
  • John Hamman, Interim Chief Analytics and Effectiveness Officer
  • Kevin Long, Director of Planning and Policy, Office of President
  • Jane Ellen Miller, Interim Chief Information Officer
  • Marvin Mills, Vice President for Facilities
  • Nadine Porter, Associate Senior Vice President, Administrative and Fiscal Services
  • Sharmila Pradhan, Environmental Safety Manager
  • Adam Reid, Interim Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management
  • Marcus Rosano, Director of Media and Public Relations
  • Carlo Sanchez, Manager of Public Safety and Emergency Management, TP/SS Campus
  • Michelle T. Scott, Deputy Chief of Staff and Strategy
  • Melissa Sprague, Interim Chair, Health Sciences Programs
  • Carolyn Terry, Associate Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs
  • K. Rebecca Thomas, Department Chair and Professor, Biology
  • Krista Leitch Walker, Vice President of Human Resources and Strategic Talent Management
External Resources

See county, state, federal, and general resources related to coronavirus/COVID-19.

From Montgomery County
From Governor Larry Hogan and the State of Maryland
CDC Video: Make Your Own Face Covering
From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
From the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 
  • Coronavirus Scamsnew window: Learn what the FTC is doing and get tips to help you avoid scams. 
From the World Health Organization
Parenting Resources
Coronavirus Health and Safety Information

In February 2020, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency due to the outbreak of respiratory illness COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus, and on March 11 declared it a pandemic. 

Steps you can take to prevent the spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent COVID-19:

  • Stay away from people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home from work and school.
  • Do not travel if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best way to prevent the spread of this virus and many other illnesses.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

If you have traveled in the last 14 days, or been in contact with people who have traveled in the past 14 days, and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing:

  • Contact your primary care provider right away. Call ahead and tell them about your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

For more information, visit the CDC's Coronavirus websitenew window.

Is it coronavirus or the flu? See Johns Hopkins Medicine's Coronavirus Disease 2019 vs. the Flunew window to learn more about the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of the two illnesses. 

Flat Monty cutout

Flat Monty 

Social distancing with Flat Monty is the best medicine for this pandemic. Download your Flat Monty (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) , print out, cut along the dotted lines, and adhere to cardboard. Use in selfies to share your Flat Monty story with the MC community. #mcstrong #flatmonty #flatmontyandme