For those that read my article yesterday “Howard Community College will cancel classes on March 12 and March 13 to prepare the college for the possibility of moving classes online“…HCC has provided a COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Information update:

The college is actively monitoring situation in Maryland with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). While there are no confirmed cases associated with Howard Community College (HCC), the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff continue to be of utmost importance. The following update reflects the college’s efforts to take precautionary measures to protect community well-being and prevent exposure.

The college continues to follow guidance from the Howard County Health DepartmentMaryland Department of Health, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in making its decisions. Additionally, the college is monitoring what is taking place at the public schools and area colleges and universities.

OPERATIONS

  • As a reminder, classes are canceled for Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 to allow faculty to prepare for the possibility of teaching remotely. The college is open, and services will remain available.
  • For students taking HCC courses at the Laurel College Center, those classes will also be canceled Thursday and Friday to ensure all faculty can participate in training.
  • For nursing and health sciences students, most clinicals will take place. However, if there are changes made by the clinical site, students will be notified directly by the program chair with updated information.
  • Classes will resume as scheduled on campus Saturday, March 14.
  • Faculty have received a schedule for training from Dr. Jean Svacina, vice president for academic affairs.

COLLEGE TRAVEL

  • All summer study abroad travel has been canceled. These trips to France, Ireland, and Bermuda are in addition to the previously canceled trip over spring break to Ghana. An alternative spring break trip within the U.S. also was canceled.
  • All athletic team out-of-state travel is suspended until further notice.
  • All other college-sponsored travel to out-of-state and international locations is suspended until further notice.
  • Personal travel is at your own discretion, but please disclose any out-of-state or international travel plans to eop@howardcc.edu.
  • The college advises against travel to any countries with level 2 and level 3 travel advisories. If you or a member of your household visit these locations, you must self-quarantine for two weeks before returning to the college.
  • If you have traveled anywhere with a possible exposure to COVID-19 and want to self-quarantine as a precaution, notify eop@howardcc.edu, and the appropriate people at the college will be notified. Employees should also notify their supervisor.

SUPPORT

  • Be understanding and supportive of one another during this time of uncertainty and rapid change.
  • If you need support as a student, please contact HCC counseling for assistance. For employees, contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).​
  • The HCC food pantry will remain open with details following from the student life office.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The situation is evolving rapidly, so continue to check howardcc.edu/healthupdates and your college email for information.
  • Changes to operations will be communicated through mobile alerts, so be sure to register.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation during this time. I appreciate everything you are doing to ensure the health and safety of the HCC community.

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For those attended HCC….I would check the website regularly as things are shifting fast in the world of Coronavirus updates. Just a few things that happened after I jumped offline last evening:

  • President Trump says he’s suspending travel from Europe to US, though citizens and others are exempt for the next 30 days
  • NBA suspends season until further notice after player tests positive for the coronavirus
  • Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson diagnosed with coronavirus

I am also seeing meeting after meeting locally get canceled or rescheduled.

I look forward to hearing what HCC says after they evaluate “the possibility of moving classes online”. I think this might be a good idea and hope more information is provided in the near future. If I see an update…I will let you know.

Scott E