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Health and Safety Information for Return to Campus

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With fall classes underway, the college is focused on providing a safe and healthy campus. Please take note of the college’s COVID-19 reopening plan and key points to know: 

Face Coverings 

Howard Community College’s mask requirement remains in place until further notice. Masks are only allowed to be removed outdoors or while eating in the Café on the Quad. Please encourage people to “mask up” if you see them indoors without a mask. Disposable masks are available at public safety and public-facing offices at the college. 

If there are concerns about mask compliance, please contact Public Safety by calling 443-518-5555. Noncompliance by students could result in removal from class or campus or in code of conduct violations.  

Physical Distancing 

Physical distancing requirements have been lifted. For vulnerable populations and unvaccinated individuals, a distance of three feet is still recommended. Please consider holding any gatherings in larger areas to allow individuals to distance themselves if desired. 

Health Assessment 

Everyone is expected to monitor their own health daily for the presence of any new symptoms related to COVID-19: cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing; fever or chills; muscle or body aches; vomiting or diarrhea; and new loss of taste or smell. Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals should not enter college buildings if experiencing symptoms not connected to pre-existing conditions. Email faculty members or supervisors, stay home, consult healthcare providers, and get tested.   

Any positive COVID-19 test results, possible exposures, or other concerns should be reported immediately to All reports are confidential.  


Vaccinations are strongly recommended for all students and employees. There are some cohorts of students at the college that have vaccination requirements, including health sciences students and faculty, and student athletes and coaches for intercollegiate sports.  

Howard County continues to lead the state in the number of residents vaccinated, and vaccines are available on certain days at the campus gym in the Athletic and Fitness Center. Please visit the Health Department vaccination website for the latest dates and times at the college and throughout the county. 

The college is offering a one-time $50 credit to the on-campus bookstore for eligible students who have been fully vaccinated and are attending classes this fall. Learn more at

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Access the full Recovery and Reopening Plan by visiting Please email with any questions or concerns regarding the college’s reopening plan. 

Additional information on college operations, communications, and other helpful information during the current COVID-19 environment is available at

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