Return to Campus: Health and Safety Guidance

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
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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.

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.

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 September 19, 2020:
Return to Campus webinar: 443
Guidance for Supervisors webinar: 57

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.

Safety Procedures 

  • Face coverings that cover the nose, mouth, and chin must be worn at almost all times while on campus.
    • For all interior operations/classwork, except in single offices with closed doors, face coverings are mandated. If more than one person is in an office, all persons will wear face coverings.
    • For exterior work, when within 6 feet of others, face coverings are mandated. For exterior work when social distancing can be attained, face coverings are optional.
    • Spaces under direct control of contractors (i.e. 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. 

Limited Campus Buildings in Use

All campus buildings will remain locked and closed except for those listed below where limited classes are being held. 

Rockville Campus:

  • Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education (GU)
  • Science West (SW)

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus:

  • Health Sciences Center (HC)
  • Cafritz Arts Center (CF)

Germantown Campus:

  • Bioscience Education Center (BE)

Contact Tracing 

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.

See COVID-19 Reporting for information on confirmed cases and contact tracing at MC.

Maryland’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing

If you get a call from 240-466-4488 or MD COVID, answer the call and stop the spread.

Return to Campus Guidelines: Video 

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