Skip Navigation

Important College and Coronavirus Information ››

HCC Main Campus
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia MD, 21044
Laurel College Center
312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205
Laurel, MD 20707
Gateway Business Training Center
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia MD, 21046
Take a Virtual Tour
Take an interactive look at HCC's campus
 
Background
 
 

Recovery and Reopening Plan: September 2020

Overview 

The Howard Community College (HCC) Recovery and Reopening Plan is consistent with the Governor’s Executive Orders and the “Maryland Strong Roadmap to Recovery,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and White House “Guidelines for Opening Up America Again,” Howard County’s reopening plan “HoCo RISE,” and local health department official directives.

Additional resources used to inform this document include the CDC’s “Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education (IHE),” the American College Health Association “Guidelines for Reopening IHE Campuses,” APPA Leadership in Educational Facilities “Guidelines and Emerging Practices,” Maryland State Department of Education’s “Maryland Together Recovery Plan,” Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security’s “Public Health Principles for a Phased Reopening,” College and University Professional Association for Human Resources’ “Employee Health and Safety on Return to Campus,” and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s “Guidance for Businesses and Employers.”

This high-level plan is intended to guide the institution in its recovery and reopening efforts. Each institutional area, division, and department will develop the detailed action plans necessary for its own areas.

During the reopening phases, it is expected that students and employees will help maintain a safe and healthy environment by wearing face coverings, social distancing with a minimum of six feet separation, and practicing good hygiene. Since face coverings are required in public, it is expected that members of the college community will have their own personal protective equipment (PPE). The college will also maintain a limited supply of PPE to be available as needed.

Maryland has finalized a contract to conduct statewide contact tracing for COVID-19 with NORC at the University of Chicago, one of the largest independent social research organizations in the United States. Contact tracing programs are being facilitated by NORC in coordination with the Maryland Department of Health and local health departments. The college will coordinate its efforts with Howard County Health Department. It is anticipated that this document will be evaluated and assessed at each phase with the understanding there may be the need to return to a previous phase depending on current conditions. Senior leadership’s guidance and the recommendations provided by the college reopening committee are based on a diverse crossrepresentation of the college. In recognition of the contributions provided by the reopening committee, the members are listed at the end of this document.

Gating Criteria and Executive Orders

  • Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) reported in a 14-day period AND downward trajectory of COVID-19-like syndromic reported in 14-day period.
  • Downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period OR downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period (flat or increasing volume of tests).
  • Ability for the healthcare system to treat all patients without crisis AND robust testing programs in place for at-risk healthcare workers, including antibody testing.
  • Ability for the healthcare system to supply PPE and critical medical equipment for healthcare workers.
  • Ability for the healthcare system to surge intensive care unit (ICU) capacity.
  • Ability for the State of Maryland to test syndromic ILI persons and trace contacts and screen for asymptomatic cases and trace contacts.
  • Dissemination of State of Maryland plans for health and safety protection.
  • Ability to monitor conditions and take steps to limit and mitigate any rebounds or outbreaks by restarting a phase or returning to an earlier phase, depending on the severity.

Authorized On-Campus Activities (Stay at Home Order)

Governor Orders / CDC Guidance

  • Only essential businesses open (higher education included for the purpose of providing distance education and training, as well as essential operations)
  • Basic operations permitted with strict social distancing protocols
  • Non-essential travel is prohibited
  • Personal protective equipment required
  • Physical distancing of six feet

County Executive Guidance

  • Only essential businesses open
  • Non-essential travel is prohibited
  • Personal protective equipment required
  • Physical distancing of six feet
  • Data points to be used to guide decision making
  • and reopening

HCC Guidance

  • Move instruction to remote/online delivery for all credit and noncredit students with all in-person activities suspended until further notice.
  • Suspend in-person gatherings, meetings, and events, internal and external, until further notice; groups and clubs are encouraged to consider virtual options.
  • Temporarily suspend clinicals for health sciences programs until further notice.
  • Suspend all international study abroad programs until further notice. Programs can be completed virtually.
  • Suspend all in-person service learning and internship programs until further notice. Programs can be completed virtually.
  • Suspend all athletics travel and sporting events until further notice.
  • Close Children’s Learning until further notice.
  • Close library services until further notice, unless services can be offered remotely.
  • Provide information, resources, and remote services for students and employees at: www.howardcc.edu/coronavirus.
  • Assign and distribute laptops and other technology to students and employees.
  • Cancel commencement activities for May 2020, with placeholder in December 2020.
  • Implement telework for all employees. Full lockdown of facilities with only authorized individuals permitted on campus.
  • Switch buildings to low energy usage with minimal occupancy settings.
  • Revise policies and procedures for teleworking, training, onboarding, off-boarding, drug/alcohol use, inclement weather, flexible scheduling, sick/vacation leave, salaries and compensation, and signature authority.
  • Develop classroom and lab physical distancing criteria based on government guidance and various professional organizations, colleges, universities, and architects.
  • Clean, disinfect, and sanitize college buildings and property, with attention given to high-use areas.
  • Stockpile PPE and cleaning supplies for facilities and environmental services employees.
  • Institute the health screening COVID-19 questionnaire, PPE, and physical distancing protocols.
  • Continue with on-campus capital projects, deferred maintenance, and facility renewals.
  • Continue ongoing communications for various audiences.
  • Develop college recovery and reopening plan with criteria and protocols including moving back a phase as needed.

Reopening Low Risk Activities (Phase 1)

Governor Orders / CDC Guidance

  • Encourage telework when possible
  • Consider special accommodations for vulnerable individuals https://CDC vulnerable populations
  • Return to work in phases
  • Enforce strict social distancing protocols in common areas or close the common areas
  • Minimize non-essential travel
  • Avoid social settings of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not allow for physical social distancing
  • Parks, outdoor recreational areas, and shopping areas open
  • Schools, daycares, and some non-essential businesses can partially open
  • Large venues (dining, theatres, gyms, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under strict physical distancing protocols
  • Physical distancing of six feet

County Executive Guidance

  • Encourage telework when possible
  • Reopen in phases with retail and businesses limited to 50% capacity
  • Avoid indoor settings of more than 10 people
  • Religious and outdoor activities permitted up to 250 people
  • PPE and social distancing required

HCC Guidance

  • Provide limited campus access of authorized individuals to only the buildings that are receiving employees and students for essential operations or face-to-face activities or testing.
  • Limit access for authorized individuals to groups of 10 or less and require completion of the HCC COVID-19 health screening form, proper face covering, and physical distancing of six feet.
  • Establish clear protocols for compliance including disciplinary action for employees and students who do not adhere to the health and safety requirements.
  • Keep all instruction remote and online with the exception of approved essential face-to-face activities.
  • Rework schedules by divisions for online instruction for the fall semester, restructure for
  • greater number of remote offerings, scheduling/ registration works with administrative information systems (AIS) to convert existing schedule.
  • Allow meetings on campus for some courses with required activities for competency testing, in groups of 10 or less, delivered as hybrids, with only required practical elements on campus.
  • Indicate online formats for courses with visible designators in Student Planning.
  • Establish procedures for students to make-up any essential face-to-face activities if they answered YES to the HCC COVID-19 health screening form.
  • Restructure and release the Canvas shells to reflect new schedule for fall semester.
  • Continue faculty development to ensure online classes are recorded and adhering to best practices.
  • Establish clear guidelines for building entry and exit, health screening, masking, social distancing, common areas, building and classroom capacities, physical barrier placement, cleaning and disinfecting of high touch areas, and increased ventilation.
  • Encourage continued telework, and plan for return to work in phases; provide accommodations for vulnerable individuals.
  • Update policies and procedures for teleworking, training, onboarding, off-boarding, drug/alcohol use, flexible scheduling, sick/vacation leave, salaries and compensation, emergency operations.
  • Increase public safety routines to protect the college community.
  • Move student identification (ID) card services to larger area to ensure physical distancing.
  • Design and deploy COVID-19-specific signage.
  • Increase campus cleaning supplies and stations, increase deep cleaning intervals, adjust routines to target high usage areas, and provide cleaning supplies for classrooms.
  • Adjust mailroom delivery and or pickup availability.
  • Connect with divisions and departments that have specific and specialized needs, and identify solutions.
  • Operate student services by appointment only; walk-ins are not supported; waiting areas are  cordoned off.
  • Consider library services through online resources and by in-person appointments only.
  • Assess if current conditions allow for athletic teams to work-out or practice using approved protocols.
  • Assess if current conditions allow for theatre events in compliance with groups of 10 or less.
  • Keep facilities usage and in-person events closed to both internal and external groups and clubs; consider virtual gatherings.
  • Continue operating bookstore remotely via website only.
  • Maintain closure of food services.
  • Continue to evaluate Office 365 and other remote support tools.
  • Evaluate keyboard wrappers and silicon covers for high-touch areas with technology.
  • Continue communications to various audiences implementing different modes and timelines.
  • Plan for next phase and prepare for long lead time activities.

Reopening Medium Risk Activities (Phase 2)

Governor Orders / CDC Guidance

  • Continue to encourage telework when possible
  • Continue accommodations for vulnerable individuals https://CDC vulnerable populations
  • Enforce moderate social distancing protocols in common areas or close the common areas
  • Resume non-essential travel
  • Avoid social settings of more than 50 people in circumstances that do not allow for physical social distancing
  • All schools, daycares, camps, and businesses can reopen
  • Large venues can operate under moderate physical social distancing
  • Gyms can operate under strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols
  • Bars can operate with diminished standing-room capacity as appropriate
  • Physical distancing of six feet

County Executive Guidance

  • Phased approach to reopening safely including return to work
  • Indoor settings permitted at 50 percent capacity
  • All businesses can reopen
  • Large venues and outdoor activities can operate
  • PPE and social distancing required

HCC Guidance

  • Provide limited campus access with phased return to work; access provided to authorized individuals and students needing face-to-face activities or testing.
  • Access for authorized individuals must be at 50 percent occupancy or in groups of 50 or less with required health screening, face covering, and physical distancing of six feet.
  • Establish clear protocols for compliance including disciplinary action for employees and students who do not adhere to the health and safety requirements.
  • Continue most instruction online, with the exception of approved essential face-to-face activities.
  • Continue with some courses on campus in small groups delivered as hybrids to complete required practical elements.
  • Establish procedures for students to make up essential face-to-face activities if answered YES to the HCC COVID-19 health screening form.
  • Continue faculty development to ensure remote classes are recorded and adhering to best practices.
  • Establish clear guidelines for building entry and exit, health screening, masking, social distancing, common areas, building and classroom capacities, physical barrier placement, cleaning and disinfecting of high touch areas, and increased ventilation.
  • Encourage continued telework with return to work in phases up to 50 percent capacity; employees that generally do not telework are among the first to return, while positions that can telework are encouraged to do so until the “new normal;” consider staff on rotation to facilitate office and division activities.
  • Provide special accommodations for vulnerable individuals; as questions arise related to health concerns of employees or their immediate families, human resources will evaluate each situation on a case-by-case basis and guide employees on the best options available.
  • Update policies and procedures for teleworking, training, onboarding, off-boarding, drug/alcohol use, flexible scheduling, sick/vacation leave, salaries and compensation, emergency operations.
  • Evaluate and redeploy COVID-19 specific signage.
  • Increase campus accessible cleaning supplies and stations; increase deep cleaning intervals, adjust routines to target high usage areas, and provide cleaning supplies for classroom use.
  • Continue connecting with areas who have specific or specialized needs and work on solutions.
  • Implement technology tools to reduce waiting lines if registration occurs in person.
  • Consider library services through online resources with additional in-person service limited to 50 percent capacity or groups of 50 or less.
  • Assess if current conditions allow for athletic activities if applying approved protocols for low, medium, and high contact sports.
  • Assess if current conditions allow for theatre activities to resume in compliance with 50 percent capacity or groups of 50 or less.
  • Assess facility use requests for internal and external groups and clubs; evaluate on a case by case basis for groups and clubs under 50.
  • Continue to operate bookstore remotely with in-person services available as needed.
  • Reopen food services under modified business hours and strict protocols for “to go” services; dining areas remain closed.
  • Evaluate adding remote teaching technology in classrooms to provide students both remote technology and face-to-face following peer-topeer protocols for reopening.
  • Continue to provide helpdesk services to address both remote and onsite needs.
  • Continue communications to different audiences implementing different mode and timelines already established.
  • Plan for next phase and implement long lead time activities.

Reopening High Risk Activities (Phase 3 New Normal)

Governor Orders / CDC Guidance

  • Unrestricted staffing of worksites
  • Vulnerable individuals can resume public interaction but minimize social settings
  • Unlimited number of people at gatherings
  • Large venues can operate under limited physical distancing protocols
  • Gyms can remain open if they adhere to sanitation protocols
  • Bars can operate with increased occupancy where applicable
  • No PPE or physical distancing requirements; vulnerable populations should continue social distancing when practical

County Executive Guidance

  • Use HoCo RISE metrics for safe reopening
  • Government facilities reopen with employees return to work
  • Unlimited number of people permitted at gatherings
  • No physical distancing except vulnerable populations

HCC Guidance

  • Operate campus fully, with heightened safety precautions and sanitation procedures.
  • Remove requirement for PPE or social distancing; vulnerable populations can resume public interaction but should consider social distancing when practical and minimize social settings.
  • Keep classes as provisioned from previous phase, even if this phase begins mid-semester, as not to disrupt instruction. College continues with the established hybrid model; any courses scheduled to begin after this phase can resume the normal mode of delivery.
  • Implement return to work with limited telework as applicable; questions related to health concerns of employees or their immediate families will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by human resources.
  • Resume on-campus operations; move back to full campus cleaning cycles; maintain enhanced cleaning of identified sites; return HVAC systems to normal operations.
  • Review techniques and materials used for implementation into routine; evaluate and retire any unneeded measures enacted during previous phases.
  • Continue to research best practices and materials, preserve plans and strategies and archive knowledge for future use, and update emergency plans to reflect lessons learned.
  • Add walk-in hours to student services operations; there are no physical distancing requirements except for vulnerable populations.
  • Open library operations fully; large events allowed with limited physical distancing protocols.
  • Open athletics operations with limited physical distancing protocols.
  • Resume full operations of theatre events; large events to use limited physical distancing protocols.
  • Use of facilities by Internal and external groups allowed, but evaluated on case-by-case basis; large events continue to use limited social distancing protocols.
  • Resume business operations at bookstore under limited social distancing protocols.
  • Continue safe food handling protocols by food services; dining areas open under limited social distancing protocols.
  • Continue to monitor technology and research best practices for future use.
  • Debrief, analyze metrics, and establish best practices; refine emergency planning, response, and recovery documents.
  • Finalize communications to different audiences implementing different mode and timelines already established.

Reopening Committee

Shelly Bilello, chair
Auxiliary and Capital Programs Administrator

Jeremy Bomberg
Assistant Professor, Digital Media and Design; Chair, Visual Arts

Georgene Butler
Professor, Nursing; Dean, Health Sciences

Geoffrey Colbert
Senior Director of Athletics and Student Conduct

Lynn Coleman
Vice President of Administration and Finance

Laura Cripps
Professor, Anthropology/Geography; Dean, Social Sciences/ Teacher Education

Cheryl Cudzilo
Registrar

Dominic Cusimano
Director of Procurement

Bill Davis
Director of Public Safety

Kismet Flagg
Director of Academic Scheduling

Dewey Grim
Director of Auxiliary Services

Mike Heinmuller
Director, User and Network Services

Tabitha Herry
Acting Director, Administrative Information Systems

Elizabeth Homan
Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing

Travis Hopkins
Facilities Planner

Aja Lee
Office Associate V, Senior Administration – VP Administration and Finance

Sung Lee
Director of Student Computer Support

Lorianna Mapps
Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services

Bob Marietta
Environmental Health and Safety Supervisor

Joseph Pettiford
Associate Vice President of Human Resources

Mike Popp
Facilities Operations Manager

Chuck Nightingale
Executive Director of Capital Projects and Facilities

Katie Turner
Director of Public Relations and Marketing

Mari Wepprecht
Assistant Professor, Sociology

Minah Woo
Associate Vice President, Continuing Education/ Workforce Development

Linda Wu
Vice President of Information Technology

Additional Review

President's Team:

Lynn Coleman
Vice President of Administration and Finance

Linda Emmerich
Executive Associate to the President

Kathleen Hetherington, Ed.D.
President

Elizabeth Homan
Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing

Zoe Irvin
Executive Director of Planning, Research, and Organizational Development

Cynthia Peterka, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Services

Jean Svacina, Ph.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs

Linda Wu
Vice President of Information Technology

Janelle Broderick
Director, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center

Erin Foley
Director, Athletics

Laurie Moran
Director, Children's Learning Center

Giving makes a difference! Your support helps students along their pathways to success.