COVID-19 News

THE COLLEGE IS OPERATING IN AN ONLINE-ONLY LEARNING AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT THROUGH AT LEAST MAY 16.

Harford Community College, along with the Harford County Health Department and other county partners, is actively monitoring the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

At present, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our students or employees. However, we recognize that the number of cases in Maryland is growing and have taken proactive steps as outlined below to minimize the risk to students and employees.

If you experience symptoms and believe you are at risk of COVID-19 due to recent travel or exposure, please seek immediate medical attention. We also ask that you or your doctor contact the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness, Jennie Towner, at studentaffairs@harford.edu or 443-412-2142 to ensure the College has a record of any suspected COVID-19 cases among the campus community.

Employees and students can find detailed information and resources related to this campus closure on OwlNet; additional updates will also be shared through OwlMail. Students are encouraged to reach out to their instructors directly with any questions about procedures or expectations for online coursework.

Message to the Community

March 30, 2020

Effective at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020, Governor Hogan has issued a statewide stay-at-home order. Fortunately, the College has already taken the steps necessary to comply with this mandate. All learning and working have been moved to an online-only environment, and the campus itself will remain closed until at least May 16.. At this time, only essential personnel—which includes certain, key staff from Public Safety, Campus Operations, and Information Technology Services—are allowed on campus.

The governor’s new measures are certainly aggressive, but they are necessary to protect our campus community and all the people of Maryland. While these changes may be disruptive, they are also temporary—and, by staying at home as directed, we ensure that the return to business-as-usual will come sooner than it otherwise might.. Departments will continue to meet to determine what additional action is required to support students and employees throughout the campus closure. I will also continue to meet with the vice presidents and operational leaders to further these conversations and ensure we are approaching these unique challenges in a collaborative and holistic way.

Right now, your top priority can and should be the health and wellbeing of yourself and your loved ones. I know many of you are serving as caretakers for at-risk partners, family members, or other individuals; many of you are parents whose children are now at home due to the closure of local schools—and all of us are being bombarded with difficult and stressful news of coronavirus wherever we turn. It can be overwhelming, and many of us are understandably feeling a bit worn-out. As we navigate these difficult times, I want to emphasize the importance of self-care—please do whatever is necessary to keep yourself happy and healthy.

Thank you all for your efforts to keep our campus community safe. Sacrifices will be required of us all in the coming months, but please know that every decision we make has a simple goal in mind: helping our College move forward, without endangering the health or safety of our campus community. I know many in our campus community are facing a host of challenges and experiencing a range of emotions; please remember that we are all in this together, and be kind to yourselves and each other.

I appreciate your patience, support, and understanding during these difficult times, and will continue to provide you with timely updates throughout the campus closure. I am keeping you all in my thoughts.

Be well, and stay safe.

Dr. Jacqueline Jackson
Interim President


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