Resilient MC

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A Message From the President

July 15, 2020: PBS report on how MC is grappling with the pandemic, reckoning on race

Throughout the ongoing pandemic, Montgomery College has prioritized the health and safety of its students and employees above all else. As we move into the next phase of teaching, learning, and working, this will continue to guide all of our decisions about the structure of our education programs and delivery of key services. Daily life has changed for all of us, but MC’s commitment to high quality education that is affordable and serves the critical needs of our community has not. In fact, we are more resolved in our commitments to our students, employees, and community. MC has continued to provide excellent education throughout the pandemic and protected our students’ transfer opportunities. I take special pride in the innovative, creative responses that have evolved in our classrooms and support services—and in the extraordinary resilience that our faculty and staff have shown. As our mission dictates, we will continue to empower our students and serve our communities. 

 Montgomery College is strong. Montgomery College is resilient. MC embodies excellence, courage and radical inclusion. You can be transformed by your experience here. For more detail about how MC is adapting in our new learning environment, please consult our Resilient MC resources below. 

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Guiding Principles
  • Adapt in response to the new environment in which we now live, learn, and work, while protecting the mission of the College: the delivery of high-quality, affordable education to meet the evolving needs of the community and local economy
  • Protect the values that the College has long championed: equity, radical inclusion, respect for the dignity of our students and employees—ensure that we do not under serve the underserved
  • Lead our community in reimagining and reinventing essential education, economic, and social paradigms
  • Listen to our students, employees, alumni, stakeholders, decision-makers, business leaders, non-profit partners, and many others to support the rebound of our community
  • Partner actively with Montgomery County entities to expand impact and collaboration and renew our community alliances in enhanced ways in this time of increased need
  • Work to protect fiscally sustainable operations while maintaining robust stewardship of MC employees
  • Communicate regularly, relevantly, compassionately, and clearly
  • Practice the courageous transformation that this moment demands

Resilient MC Resources

 

  • 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

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. View additional information about types of instruction.

For specific courses and programs, please reach out to the dean of the academic department.

For a graphical representation of the information below, please view the Fall 2020 Schedule Transition Plan in either English (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  or Spanish (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

Movement between phases will depend upon local/state health conditions.

PHASE 1 - FALL 2020: Online and structured remote

  • All teaching and learning will occur online. Courses originally scheduled to be on campus will be modified and structured to be taught in the online environment.
  • Vulnerable populations stay at home.
  • Continue remote work, if possible.
  • Wear face coverings in public/social distancing.
  • MC buildings: restricted access–less than 10 people.

PHASE 2 - FALL 2020: Online, structured remote with limited in-person

  • Labs and other high-touch/hands-on learning will occur in a space designed and equipped to provide such course specific experiences, including science labs, studio art classes, GITE program courses, etc.
  • Vulnerable populations stay at home.
  • Continue remote work, if possible, begin to return to work in phases/staggered shifts.
  • Wear face coverings in public/social distancing.
  • MC buildings: Small gatherings up to 25.

PHASE 3 - FALL 2020: Online, hybrid, social distancing

  • Class meetings must have fewer students than are registered for the class. Students meet in person in a modified format where a portion (1/3 or 1/2) meets one day and the rest of the course is remote. Support DSS students with accommodations.
  • Consider plans for vulnerable populations.
  • Remote work, return to work in phases/staggered shifts.
  • Wear face coverings in public/social distancing.
  • MC buildings: Small gatherings up to 50.

 

PHASE 4 - WINTER & SPRING 2021: In-person classes resume
  • All buildings open and normal hours established. All in-person classes, labs, and hands-on learning resume.
  • Consider plans for vulnerable populations.
  • Remote work optional.
  • Wear face coverings in public/social distancing.
  • MC buildings: Small gatherings up to 100.

As you know, MC has taken extraordinary care to protect its students and employees during the pandemic. Communicating clearly and frequently about work place expectations, and encouraging health practices that reduce contagions, will continue to be a priority. The College is also planning for multiple possibilities around the structure of work in the near future, as we grapple with this ongoing challenge. Health and safety are paramount in this planning and will be informed by the work of faculty and staff in nursing, health sciences, biology, and emergency management. MC’s Human Resources Strategic Talent Management division is also creating additional guidance for remote working policies, and ELITE is offering enhanced training around several areas related to remote teaching, learning, and working. In June, the College agreed to participate in a FY21 Revised Spending Plan as requested by the county which would identify savings strategies and set aside such savings for next fiscal year. The state recently took action to lower state aid available to community colleges to FY20 levels. As we identify savings to manage these revenue changes, the College does not anticipate any significant impact on operations and is well positioned to meet this challenge by continuing its careful and prudent approach on spending. See additional guidance for employees

Access to Work Locations

Employees not on the list of approved on-site work schedules must make arrangements with their supervisors about visiting campuses. Please read the COVID-19 Interim Requirements for On-Site Work document (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) if returning to your work location.

Fall 2020 Class Registration Guidance

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. View additional information about types of instruction.

For specific courses and programs, please reach out to the dean of the academic department.

For a graphical representation of the information below, please view the Fall 2020 Schedule Transition Plan in either English (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  or Spanish (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

Movement between phases will depend upon local/state health conditions.

PHASE 1 - FALL 2020: Online and structured remote

  • All teaching and learning will occur online. Courses originally scheduled to be on campus will be modified and structured to be taught in the online environment.
  • Vulnerable populations stay at home.
  • Continue remote work, if possible.
  • Wear face coverings in public/social distancing.
  • MC buildings: restricted access–less than 10 people.

PHASE 2 - FALL 2020: Online, structured remote  with limited in-person

  • Labs and other high-touch/hands-on learning will occur in a space designed and equipped to provide such course specific experiences, including science labs, studio art classes, GITE program courses, etc.
  • Vulnerable populations stay at home.
  • Continue remote work, if possible, begin to return to work in phases/staggered shifts.
  • Wear face coverings in public/social distancing.
  • MC buildings: Small gatherings up to 25.

PHASE 3 - FALL 2020: Online, hybrid, social distancing

  • Class meetings must have fewer students than are registered for the class. Students meet in person in a modified format where a portion (1/3 or 1/2) meets one day and the rest of the course is remote work. Support DSS students with accommodations.
  • Consider plans for vulnerable populations.
  • Remote work, return to work in phases/staggered shifts.
  • Wear face coverings in public/social distancing.
  • MC buildings: Small gatherings up to 50.

 

PHASE 4 - WINTER & SPRING 2021: In-person classes resume
  • All buildings open and normal hours established. All in-person classes, labs, and hands-on learning resume.
  • Consider plans for vulnerable populations.
  • Remote work optional.
  • Wear face coverings in public/social distancing.
  • MC buildings: Small gatherings up to 100.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 the College’s facilities have been closed to all activities. As we envision a time when facilities are re-occupied, MC is planning carefully for health protocols and public education about new standards.  MC has already implemented enhanced cleaning protocols in response to the pandemic and is creating a public education campaign about health practices that will be expected from our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.  While we value the presence of our community in our theaters, art galleries, and libraries, continued social distancing will be required for the still unspecified future. As such, we will not be taking reservations for space rentals until we have clarity about how spaces can be safely used.  We will communicate when our facilities will again be available and look forward to welcoming our community back to our sites. In the meantime, many of our services have virtual presence now and we invite you to participate.

The College will continue in remote status until Monday, June 1, when we will re-evaluate our plans. Therefore, we are reluctantly putting a moratorium on community events held at the College until September 1, 2020. At that time we will reassess the status.
Since outbreak of COVID-19, MC has relied upon the expertise of local county and state health professionals, as well as the insights of our Coronavirus Advisory Team (CAT). The College will continue to consult these groups, along with several expanded CAT members, about special adaptations that will be needed when our campuses are re-occupied.  The timing of such decisions will also be carefully considered, weighing factors that include vulnerable individuals, the density of our classrooms, the use of public transportation, and traditional face-to-face meetings in small spaces. In order to imagine those dynamics, several new protocols will be put in place around the use of face coverings, social distancing, enhanced cleaning protocols, and adjustments to work schedules/class attendance. MC is already consulting with the County and State to ensure thorough and diligent planning for all possibilities.

What will be the deciding factors as to when the College reopens?

The College will base its decisions on state and county guidelines for the health and safety of the community. State and local authorities are basing their decisions on information relating to local trends in COVID infections and hospitalizations.

 

Will the College be providing refunds for fees and partial tuition reimbursements?

Refunds are assessed and determined within student services based on established drop and withdrawal guidance.

 

Can employees use annual and personal leave during the COVID-19 situation?

Annual and other leave should be recorded as normal. Please see the related HRSTM memo about leave (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

 

Will faculty and staff members be able to access their offices in the summer and fall? 

The College is currently working on plans for office access. Faculty and staff members should work through their supervisors to request office access.

 

Is MC looking into installing plexiglass barriers in front of counter/information desk areas?

Facilities is exploring all options of barriers based on federal, state, and county guidelines.

 

What arrangements will be made for those of us who see a lot of students all day to remain safe? We are in offices in which it is very difficult to practice social distancing: counseling and advising, records and registration, Raptor Central, international student coordinators, financial aid, etc.

The College is going to make decisions with the health and safety of our College community as our goal. The College’s Health and Safety Plan (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) identifies what we are doing for the phased in return and includes plans for social distancing and workspace distancing.

 

How will the College monitor how many people are allowed in a specific building at a time? I work in the Paul Peck Academic and Innovation Building on the Germantown Campus.  I am curious how a specific number of persons allowed per building will be monitored since the second floor of this building is dedicated to county employees.

The College and county will follow protocols for building capacity based upon guidance from federal, state, and Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services authorities.

 

How will the College monitor the health of students and staff members on campus? What if someone comes to campus who exhibits signs of illness?

We expect voluntary compliance, and we will provide education to students, employees, and supervisors. We will follow CDC recommendations/federal guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of our community members. Noncompliance by students would be a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The Montgomery College Health and Safety Plan (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) outlines these expectations, a few of which are listed here:

  • Comply with preventative measures: face covers, social distancing guidelines, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette (i.e. cover cough/ cover sneeze)
  • Comply with guidelines for building entry for authorized employees
  • Stay at home, if sick (with any illness)

 

Will some classes be a combo of online and face to face? I am 64 and concerned about social distancing not being adhered to on campus and in classrooms?

The College is concerned about all vulnerable populations. Remote work and remote learning will continue until restrictions are lifted.

 

I have a medical condition that puts me at high risk if I were to contract COVID-19. Will I be able to continue working from home? Will there be special procedures (i.e., paperwork similar to FMLA or ADA accommodations) I have to apply for in order to continue working remotely?

The Montgomery College Health and Safety Plan (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) outlines steps being taking by Human Resources and  Strategic Talent Management to develop guidelines for the working conditions of vulnerable populations or those who live with someone in a vulnerable population:

  • Workforce plan: Develop a plan for flexible work schedule, on-going remote work, leave policies, phase in approach, managers identify most critical work processes and teams to be prioritized and staged for return; criteria based on organizational priorities, requirement to be onsite to conduct core work/inability to work remotely, staging and sequencing are established, develop guidelines for vehicle usage.

  • Occupational health plan: Develop a plan for employees, including vulnerable populations.

 

How can faculty get help preparing to teach Summer II and Fall?   

Details are found on the Summer Professional Development Institute page.

 

Do faculty have to be trained in structured remote teaching pedagogy in order to teach in the Summer II session and Fall 2020 semester?  

Yes. All faculty who have not completed the ELITE Online Teaching Part 1 by May 19, 2020, must be trained in structured remote teaching pedagogy.

 

How do I apply for the Summer Professional Development Institute? 

Apply here.

 

I have a question about academic affairs planning for COVID-19. Where can I find more information?

The College’s Continuity of Instruction Plan is posted on the MC COVID-19 Continuity of Instruction page

 

Where can I get help preparing to teach in structured remote format? 

You can find the list of Faculty Cadre in the section “Resources,” which contains the list of faculty who have been determined by their Deans and Chairs to be experts in online teaching for that particular course and can be used as a point of contact for faculty who need additional assistance. 

 

I am a faculty member already certified in Distance Learning from another institution. Do I have to get more training in remote structured teaching?

No, you can be exempted by following this process.  

 

Will there be layoffs, furloughs or any adjustments to pay? I know it is too early to know but I am sure it has been discussed.

As you may know, the Montgomery County Council completed their budget deliberations last week and approved both capital and operating budgets for the College. This means the College will be able to keep tuition flat and provide the agreed upon compensation adjustments for our employees in FY21. In adopting the budget, the Montgomery County Council took note of continued unknowns related to COVID-19 that could impact the county’s spending or enrollment at the College, so we are continuing to watch those variables. In fact, the Montgomery County Council expects to revisit some aspects of the county’s budget as the impact of this health crisis on public revenues and federal relief funds become known. In addition to sharing our fiscal needs, Dr. Pollard has been communicating with councilmembers about the College’s role in our county’s recovery from this crisis. 

For the most up-to-date information on the College’s budgetary issues, please refer back to this page.

 

When will the College return to normal operations? How long will the College work from home. Also, how will accommodations work in the fall?

Please refer back to this page for a detailed list of guidance for students, employees, and our community. It is updated frequently. 

 

Are we examining our new working style to maximize the online and remote working culture to save money and also to enhance performance even after we return to normal working environment?

In anticipation of implementing MC 2025, the College and Board of Trustees have been deeply engaged in a conversation about the changing nature of work and the impact of technology—from the use of robots to clean our buildings to what and how we teach. What will this mean for our students and us as an institution in the post-knowledge world? The recent shift to remote learning and working necessitates a new kind of workforce—and that is equipped, trained, and skilled to meet the needs of students wherever they may be, and to ensure the efficient continuity of operations in both the physical and digital space.

Please visit the MC 2025 Operations Plan to see how we are addressing these needs.

As the College continues remote teaching, learning and working, 700 full- and part-time faculty have enrolled in training for Structured Remote Teaching to prepare for Summer II 2020 and Fall 2020 semester. 

 

I am a student who does not qualify for financial assistance. For the past two years, I have been paying from my salary, however, this semester I have challenges because of a pay cut due to reduced working hours caused by Covid 19 pandemic. Does the college offer any assistance?

As the Montgomery College community attempts to support our students during these extraordinary times, we have developed a quick form to help us expedite the review process for emergency funding requests. Please visit the web page and fill out the online request form

The Montgomery County Government also has an Emergency Relief Assistance Programnew window for which you may qualify. Please visit their website to find out more.

 

After Summer Session I will students be able to take exams at the assessment center? Since it will be distance or remote, will we still have our exams online? How will exams work?

Montgomery College continues to work remotely. We have changed many of our procedures to make sure that you complete your placement requirements in a timely manner. 

Montgomery College will implement MC Remote Placement for all new students. English, ESL (English as a Second Language), Math, and Chemistry departments have designed alternative ways to place you in courses that will meet your learning needs.

Please visit the Assessment Center’s comprehensive web page at for more information.

If you need an accommodation related to a disability to complete the MC Remote Placement tasks, contact Disability Support Services before completing any tasks.

 

Will fall classes like Introduction to Corrections be a hybrid class? Will they start online then be phased to a regular class? Or will they staying a online class with Zoom meetings? I would ask the instructor, but there is no instructor listed. 

Please refer back to this page for a detailed list of guidance for students, employees, and our community. It is updated frequently. 

Our current plan, however, is that structured-remote classes will meet online at the designated times. Structured-remote classes allow the ability to transition to in-person formats as conditions allow or to scale back if conditions worsen after a period of improvement. Structured remote means that classes will meet at the scheduled times, but remotely. Students should expect to be present online at the times posted in the schedule and to be prepared to attend structured-remote classes in person as conditions allow.

To receive guidance on your instructor, please click on the link to reach out to the dean of your academic department.


Conversation with Leadership: Resilient MC

Watch and listen to past conversations, where MC President DeRionne Pollard and senior vice presidents shared how the college is planning for the next phase of its resilient response to COVID-19.

 

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