Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

Guidance for MC Students and Employees

Montgomery College Is Open Remotely

Fall Semester (August 31 through December 20, 2020)

  • Most classes are online through distance learning or structured remote teaching.
  • You can still register for late-starting classes, which begin between September 8 and October 22.
  • Students in some programs such as automotive technology, building trades, and some health sciences will come to campus for some lab sessions. 
  • If you are required to come to campus, follow the Health and Safety Guidance.

Winter Session (December 21, 2020 through January 22, 2021)

  • All classes will be online through distance learning or structured remote teaching.
  • Class schedules will be viewable on October 5. Registration begins October 19. 

Spring Semester (January 25, 2021 through May 21, 2021)

  • Until the end of spring break in March 2021, most classes will be online through distance learning or structured remote teaching. We will reevaluate closer to spring break.
  • Class schedules will be viewable on October 19. Priority registration begins November 2. General registration begins November 9. 
  • Many spring courses will be seven weeks long, with one seven-week session before spring break and a second seven-week session after spring break. There will be fewer fifteen-week (full semester) courses. 
Until Further Notice: 
  • Vulnerable populations stay at home.
  • Continue remote work, limited on-site work for approved positions in phases/staggered shifts.
  • Wear face coverings in public/social distancing.
  • All College-sponsored travel will be restricted.
  • No facilities or athletic field rentals or community use.
  • No student-sponsored events hosted on College campuses.

Guidance

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.

Resilient MC

Throughout the ongoing pandemic, Montgomery College has prioritized the health and safety of its students and employees above all else. Access to MC buildings is restricted. Remote teaching, learning, and working will continue. See Resilient MC for MC’s approach to health and safety, decision-making, and details about the steps Montgomery College is taking to help keep you safe.

Instruction Types

The vast majority of fall 2020 classes will be conducted online—either in a distance learning or structured remote format—except for a few courses that require specialized labs and equipment.

What does this mean?

Distance Learning courses are offered completely online and allow students to learn independently, on their own schedules, as they meet specific deadlines and complete assignments.  Instructors guide students’ learning with lessons, activities, and feedback through a Blackboard course site.

Distance learning courses are indicated in the course schedule as Distance Learning with a DL WEB course location.

Will students be required to come on campus?

No, all distance learning classes will be online.

Are students required to attend at specific class meeting times?

No, distance learning courses do not meet at specific times. Students must complete assignments according to a schedule set by the instructor.

What does this mean?

Structured Remote
courses are scheduled on specific days and at specific times.  Students meet as a class remotely through Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate; instructors will tell students which software to use.  Students complete reading and assignments according to the course schedule.  Class sessions take place in real time, and the instructor leads course sessions.

Structured Remote courses are listed in the course schedule with specific times and on-campus class locations, but they will not meet in those classrooms.  Instead, they will meet remotely at the scheduled times.

Will students be required to come on campus?

No, all structured remote classes will be conducted online. 

Are students required to attend at specific class meeting times?

Yes
, structured remote courses meet on specific days at specific times noted in the class schedule.

 

What does this mean?

Hybrid courses
are career technology-focused classes that cannot be replicated online because they require specialized equipment and/or hands-on instruction. Students enrolled in programs such as automotive technology, building trades, and some health sciences will need to come to campus on specific dates to specific locations.  

Hybrid courses are listed in the course schedule with specific times and on-campus class locations. Some meetings will happen online and some on-campus. Instructors will contact students to provide details about course meeting times.

Will students be required to come on campus?

Yes, some course sessions will be held on campus (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) , with safety measures in place to protect students and employees. If you are required to come to campus, follow the Health and Safety Guidance

Are students required to attend at specific class meeting times?

Yes, tech-focused courses will meet on specific dates and at specific times, both online and on campus according to the instructor’s syllabus. 

The fall semester began August 31. Registration is still open for late-starting classes, which begin between September 8 and October 22. Check your student email for information from instructors regarding fall classes and the class Blackboard site for instructions to begin.

COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing Information

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Information on COVID-19 Testingnew window

Information on Testing Options in Montgomery Countynew window

Information on Nationwide Testing Optionsnew window

Should Montgomery College become aware that a student or employee with authorized campus access tests positive for COVID-19 or becomes ill with a suspected case, only those individuals who the College knows or reasonably believes had face-to-face contact or were in close proximity with this person will be notified. Those in the classroom, lab or other building space shared by this person—along with facilities and public safety workers who may have been in the affected space—will be informed and advised to contact a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Reporting

Any positive COVID-19 test results, possible exposures, or other concerns must be reported to Public Safety at 240-567-3333 or publicsafety@montgomerycollege.edu. All reports are confidential. Response actions will be initiated by Environmental Safety. See COVID-19 Reporting for information on confirmed cases and contact tracing at MC.

Supporting Our Students

Montgomery College and the MC Foundation are working tirelessly to provide students with emergency financial support. Read the stories of some of the 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.

The Fall 2020 Data Summit focused on the results of the #RealCollege During the Pandemic survey, which found that 63 percent of Montgomery College students experienced some form of basic needs insecurity as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about how our students have been affected and what we're doing to help

Resources

Events and Travel

Use of Facilities and Campus Events: There will be no campus facilities use by the community through December 31, 2020, including student-hosted events. See the College calendarnew window for upcoming virtual events. 

College-Sponsored Travel: All college-sponsored travel is restricted through December 31, 2020, including student field trips. Virtual field trips are strongly encouraged. 

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 / HIPAA 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

See Montgomery College's COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  and Return to Campus: Health and Safety Guidance

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. 

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

College Memos and Updates

Find memos and updates related to coronavirus/COVID-19 below, and see communications from MC President Dr. DeRionne Pollard for additional memos and information.

September 22, 2020: COVID-19 Infection Reported on Rockville Campus (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
September 15, 2020: Social Security Tax Deferral (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
September 3, 2020: Employee Hiring for Fall Semester (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

August 28, 2020: Manager and Supervisor Directives for Onsite Work (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

See communications from Dr. Pollard for more August updates.

See communications from Dr. Pollard for June updates. 

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