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Employee Guidance: Returning to Campus

Montgomery College is gradually shifting back to on-campus, in-person operations. 

On June 1, the College moved out of mandated remote work status. Faculty and staff have begun a gradual return to campus. Beginning August 2, 2021, all staff employees are required to work on site at least two days a week. 

Return-to-Campus Timeline for Employees

This Return-to-Campus timeline below provides information for employees about MC’s plans for gradually returning to onsite operations (on our campuses and other locations) over the summer.

August 2

  • All offices, units, and service areas will have in place a staffing plan and staffing levels to ensure 100 percent access to support, services, and operations.
  • All staff employees will be required to work onsite at least two days per week. Employees interested in telecommuting/teleworking should visit HRSTM’s flexible work arrangements page for more information. HRSTM is in the process of developing a new telecommuting/telework application and agreement.
  • Faculty work according to the schedules established through their department chairs.
  • Indoor facilities rentals and community use can begin. Maximum of 25 capacity or larger as dictated by evolving Montgomery County DHHS restrictions and RTCAT guidance. 

August 23

  • Faculty return for the 2021-2022 academic year. Faculty onsite requirements for Fall semester are aligned to their teaching and counseling schedules as established by the department chair.
  • Professional Week - details regarding meetings, events, and training to be announced.

August 30      

  • Fall semester classes begin. 

October 4

  • Starting October 4, the College will begin full on-site staffing. Existing approved remote work exemptions will remain in place. Please watch for additional information soon about this transition.

Return-to-Campus Employee Forums and Recordings

The College hosted a series  of interactive employee forums, conducted via Zoom, in June. Watch the recordings below to hear details about the RTC plans. 

Recorded Forums

Return-to-Campus Employee Survey

Thank you to the employees that completed the return-to-campus survey in August. View the survey results (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

Return-to-Campus Support: FSAP Resources

Many employees and managers have expressed an interest in additional resources to support the transition back into onsite operations. Our Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) partner, ComPsych, is available 24/7 by phone at 844-236-2668 (TTY: 800-697-0353), online at guidanceresources.comnew window, or via the Guidance Resources mobile app (available on Google Playnew window and the Apple Storenew window). When registering for an account on the web or app, enter the Organization Web ID for Montgomery College: MCC. You may also find the ComPsych Returning to Work guidebook (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) to be a useful resource. 

Return-to-Campus Exemption Information

If you wish to request an exception to a return to onsite work for medical reasons please complete the accommodation request form (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) and the medical inquiry form (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) . Once completed, please email the forms to Rowena D’Souza for review and approval. She will assess your specific situation and provide guidance on next steps (whether that’s a return to onsite work with or without modification, or if you qualify for a temporary exception).

If your concern is for a family member with a serious medical condition please also direct your question to Rowena D’Souza. If your concern is not related to a medical or religious reason please direct your request to HRSTM@montgomerycollege.edu.

Employees who submitted a vulnerable person disclosure in the past will need to recertify. 

With the significant increase in vaccinations and the substantial decrease in transmissions, the CDC has changed the guidelines for certain vulnerabilities. Visit the CDC website to learn about the most current information on county vaccination and transmission rates and the latest CDC guidancenew window.

Under the latest guidance, not all those who identified as vulnerable last year will be considered vulnerable now, which is an encouraging development in the fight against the coronavirus. Vaccination remains the best defense in most cases; while the College does not require employees to be vaccinated, it is strongly encouraged. 

Required Training

All employees and students must complete the Return to Campus webinar before coming to campus. Supervisors must also complete the Guidance for Supervisors webinar.

To access the trainings, log in to MyMCnew window and go to the Training and Professional Development tab. Go to MCLearns then click the "Required Training" button.

Number of trainings completed as of August 16, 2021:
Return to Campus webinar: 1,798
Guidance for Supervisors webinar: 611

Return-to-Campus Guiding Principles

  • Prioritize the health and safety of our students and employees.
  • Provide guidance and support for our employees as the College gradually returns to onsite teaching, learning, and working.
  • Maximize access and quality of services for our students and employees.
  • Develop a return to work strategy for every College team that is aligned with the Return to Campus timeline.

Face Masks

Face coverings (masks) are required for all individuals (employees, students, contractors, and guests) who are indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. The College has reinstituted the mask requirement following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in consultation with MC’s Return-to-Campus Advisory Committee. See Health and Safety Procedures for more information.

Get Vaccinated

Montgomery College encourages all eligible students, faculty, staff, and visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19. While the College is not requiring vaccination, we all share a responsibility to do everything we can to keep our community safe from the coronavirus.

Campus Vaccination and Testing Sites

  • Rockville: Counseling and Advising Building (CB). Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to students, staff, and the general public. Walk-ins welcome; appointments availablenew window.
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring: ST Building, 2nd floor student lounge. Open Thursdays to students, staff, and the general public. Times will alternate each week between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Next clinic: September 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-ins only.
  • Germantown: Details coming soon.

Text your ZIP code to 438829 to receive a list of vaccine locations nearest to you. En Español: Envíe su código postal por mensaje de texto al número 822862 para recibir una lista de los centros de vacunación más cercanos a usted.

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