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Return to Campus Guidelines

Campus access is restricted. If you're an employee or student with approval to be on campus, please follow these safety guidelines and procedures.

Vulnerable Populations
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Vulnerable populations stay at home
No Large Gatherings
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No large gatherings together in a room or building area
Physical Distancing
six feet apart
Maintain physical distancing (a minimum of 6 feet)
Face Coverings
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Wear face coverings in public. Cloth face covers must be worn in all MC buildings, worksites, vehicles and other work spaces. Face covers must fully cover the nose, mouth, and chin. Face covers should be laundered at end of every day.

 Self Assess
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Do a self-assessment every day. Before coming to MC, assess your own health for new symptoms: fever (100.4 F or higher), chills, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. If you are experiencing any symptoms, or if you have been in contact in the past two weeks with someone diagnosed with COVID or showing symptoms, consult a doctor before you return to campus.

Do a self-assessment every day. Before coming to MC, assess your own health for new symptoms: fever (100.4 F or higher), chills, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. If you are experiencing any symptoms, or if you have been in contact in the past two weeks with someone diagnosed with COVID or showing symptoms, consult a doctor before you return to campus.

 

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 Testing, Tracing, and Reporting for information on confirmed cases and contact tracing at MC.

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 April 8, 2021:
Return to Campus webinar: 866
Guidance for Supervisors webinar: 254

Check In Upon Arrival to Campus

  • You must check in with Public Safety at the entrance of the building (buildings listed below) to verify you are permitted to be on campus. 
  • Make sure you have your face covering and have completed the required COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment  prior to check-in. 
  • Unauthorized students and visitors will not be permitted to enter. 
  • Allow yourself some extra time in the event there is a delay at the check-in area. 

Screening: COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment via Questionnaire

 For your health and safety, each day you will need to complete an online self-assessment screening before coming to campus. The data is NOT saved, stored or retained by the College. 

  • Complete the online form prior to leaving your home to travel to campus. If you answer YES to any of these symptoms you are required to STAY HOME. Contact your healthcare provider and your instructor. If you answer NO to all, you may proceed to the campus. 
  • Upon arrival to campus, show the email with the green check and timestamp to the College-appointed designee.
  • If you do not have access to the internet on your phone, a paper questionnaire will be available at the Public Safety check-in area.
  • Anyone self-identifying a health issue SHALL NOT come to campus and is advised to contact a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Return to Campus Guidelines: Video 

Health and Safety on MC Campus

Return to Campus Metrics*

Where are we now?

Remote (limited exceptions): Tier 1 courses on-campus; limited presence; no community use of facilities; and most employees remote.

NOTE: The bold and shaded item in each row shows where the College currently stands.

Return to Campus Metrics
Return Indicators Operational Status
Remote (minimal exceptions) Remote (limited exceptions) Gradual return to onsite Majority return onsite

Seven-day average of new COVID cases in Montgomery County per 100,000 residents (Source: County website)

10+ 5 - 9 2 - 4 Less than 2

Percent of eligible County population vaccinated (Source: Awaiting benchmarks) 

 TBD  TBD TBD  TBD

COVID-19 Test Positivity Rate (Source: County) 

Higher than 10% 6% - 10% 3% - 5% Less than 3%

Number of monthly reported internal cases (Source: Public Safety)

≥ 8  4 - 7   2 - 3  0 - 1 

Capacity for implementing MC’s behavioral controls (Source: Facilities)

0 strategies   1-2 strategies  3-5 strategies but not consistently 5 strategies consistently

Number of weekly reports of non-compliance with MC’s behavioral controls (Source: Public Safety) 

20+   10 -  19  5 - 9  Less than 5 

MC’s emergency situational response  (Source: Public Safety)

No designated response plan or communication  Limited ability, uncoordinated effort.  Established plan, coordinated and currently in use. Established plan, tested and ready at any time.

*Metrics will be updated every Wednesday morning starting July 1, 2021

Return to Campus Factors: Animation

Dr. Pollard explains MC's thinking on return-to-campus factors

Safety Procedures

  • Face coverings that cover the nose, mouth, and chin must be worn at almost all times while on campus. The only exceptions are while eating or drinking, during which time social distance from others must be maintained. 
    • A plastic face shield alone or a face covering with a valve is not an acceptable form of a face covering.  
    • Spaces under direct control of contractors (e.g. Leggett Building) are under the control of the general contractor's COVID-19 protocols. MC employees who must visit contractor-controlled sites must adhere to MC face-covering protocols.
  • Physical distancing requirements per Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines will be marked appropriately and enforced in all areas of campus, including classrooms, labs, common areas, restrooms, and office areas.
  • Seating has been reduced in classrooms, labs, and common areas to accommodate physical distancing.
  • Available fixtures (commode, urinal, sink) have been reduced in all restrooms to accommodate physical distancing.
  • Elevators are restricted to single person occupancy.
  • Hand-sanitizer dispensers are available at building entrances, high traffic areas, and all classrooms.
  • Facilities staff will clean, disinfect, and sanitize frequently touched objects and surfaces in public and common areas at minimum every two hours.
  • Facilities staff will clean, disinfect, and sanitize classrooms after every class; signage will indicate the classroom/lab has been cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized.
  • CDC “Stop the Spread” information fliers are posted in all classrooms, restrooms, common areas and office suites.
  • Don’t bring anyone with you to campus and please leave once your class is over.
  • There will be no gatherings in the common areas of buildings (i.e., entrances, exits, lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, gathering spaces, conference rooms, etc.
  • 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. 
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