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Return to Campus

Plans and Guidelines

Montgomery College is excited to be taking steps toward a gradual return to campus. See below for more information for students and employees. We may revise these plans as conditions change. 

For Students

We're beginning to offer more in-person classes and student services.

Fall 2021 Credit Classes: Many fall classes will be fully online, but classes that focus on hands-on skills and learning experiences will meet on campus. Most lab sections are scheduled on-campus for the fall semester. 

Noncredit courses may be in-person, online, or hybrid for fall. 

Student Guidance

For Employees

Faculty and staff have begun a gradual return to campus. All staff employees are required to work on site at least two days a week. 

Employee Guidance: Return-to-campus timeline and requirements, required training, recorded forums, exemptions,  and public health information.

Frequently Asked Questions: Answers to employee questions about facilities, health and safety, and remote work/telework.

Employee Guidance

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 requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees and students. Employees must submit proof of vaccination by November 8 and students must submit proof of vaccination by January 7. Please check email often for updates, and information about vaccines, testing, and exemptions.

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, 1st floor. Open Thursdays to students, staff, and the general public. Next clinic: September 30, time TBD. 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.


Health and Safety Procedures

 We're working hard to keep everyone on campus safe. Learn about our health and safety procedures.

Campus Buildings and Facilities

See which campus buildings are open and when, and learn more about facilities rentals.

Reporting and Contact Tracing

Our dashboard tracks all COVID-19 cases at the College. Get details on our reporting efforts and contact tracing.

Return to Campus Metrics*

The College is actively monitoring county and regional metrics on COVID-19 transmission, hospitalizations, and vaccinations. The Return to Campus indicators below are based, in part, on the County’s primary indicators. On August 5, 2021, the public-facing Montgomery County COVID-19 Dashboardnew window methodology for monitoring COVID-19 related metrics was altered to align more closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance released on July 27, 2021:

  • The “7-day average number of new confirmed cases per 100,000 residents” has been changed to the “Number of cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days.”
  • The “14-day average percent of tests administered resulting in a positive case” has changed to “7-day average percent of tests administered resulting in a positive case.”

On Tuesday, July 27, the CDC, citing new data on the Delta variant, recommended that persons in areas of substantial or high transmission of COVID-19 return to wearing masks indoors.  The CDC defines substantial transmission as 50-99 cases per 100,000 residents for seven days. 

Montgomery College’s senior leadership, in consultation with the Return-to-Campus Advisory Committee, uses the metrics below, in addition to government public health guidance, COVID-19 infection trends, and other factors, to develop the College’s public health protocol and operational status. No single return indicator determines the operational status of the College.

Current Status: Begin to Safely Return

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) Begin to Safely Return Majority return onsite
External Indicators

Number of new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County per 100,000 residents (Source: County website)

100+ 50 - 99.9
(Currently at 84.2)
10 - 49.9 Less than 10

COVID-19 Test Positivity Rate (Source: County website) 

Higher than 10% 8% - 9.9% 5% - 7.9% Less than 5%
(Currently at 2.4%)

Percent of Montgomery County residents fully vaccinated (Source: County website) 

Less than 50% 50 - 59% 60% - 70%
(Currently at 66.8%)
Higher than 70%
Internal Indicators

Number of monthly1 reported internal cases (Source: Public Safety)

8 or More
(Currently at 12)
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 reports2 of non-compliance with MC’s behavioral controls (Source: Public Safety) 

20 or more 10 - 19 5 - 9 Less than 5
(Currently at 1)

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.

1 This metric is for internal cases in the current month and will reset at the beginning of each month.
2 This metric is for weekly reports in the current week and will reset at the beginning of week.

* Metrics will be updated every Tuesday and Thursday morning starting August 17, 2021 (Last updated September 23, 2021)

Return to Campus Advisory Team

The Return to Campus Advisory Team (RTCAT) provides guidance and recommendations to the Senior Administrative Leadership Team. 

Kevin Long, RTCAT Convener and Project Manager, Deputy Chief of Staff, Planning and Policy
Rose Garvin Aquilino, Associate Senior Vice President for Advancement and Community Engagement
Alice Boatman, Acting Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Chevelle Glymph, Director of Public Health and Environmentl Safety
Monique Davis, Dean of Instruction
Rowena D’Souza, Risk Management Coordinator
Director of Public Health (TBD)
Ali Fadl, Director of Campus Facilities
Meghan Gibbons, Deputy Chief of Staff, Presidential Publications and Operations
James Gillis, Director of Campus Facilities
Ray Gilmer, Associate Senior Vice President, Advancement and Community Engagement
Liz Greaney, Chief Business/Financial Strategy Officer
Melissa Gregory, Associate Senior Vice President, Student Affairs
Kimberly Jones, Student Life Manager
Kim Kelley, Vice President and Provost, Rockville
Margaret Latimer, Vice President and Provost, Germantown
Maurice McCambley, Director of Campus Facilities
George Payne, Vice President and Provost, WDCE
Adam Reid, Director of Public Safety, Health, and Emergency Management
Emily Schmidt, Marketing Director
Tracey Smith-Bryant, Department Chair
Brad Stewart, Vice President and Provost, Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Carolyn Terry, Associate Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs
Rebecca Thomas, Department Chair
Krista Leitch Walker, Vice President, Human Resources and Strategic Talent Management