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COVID-19

Coronavirus Information and Resources 

rev. 23 JUN 2022

Effective July 5, 2022, masks will no longer be required in any area on campus and social distance requirements will be eliminated.

  • The Health and Safety Commttee will continue to monitor community levels and follow CDC guidelines should the trajectory change and levels go up.
  • Faculty and staff with documented health challenges may still require masks to be worn in their classrooms and workspaces. As always, those who feel more comfortable continuing to wear masks should do so.
  • Those who have been exposed to COVID-19 should continue to wear a mask while indoors.  For current guidelines on what constitutes COVID-19 exposure and what an exposed individual should do, please follow the instructions located on the CDC website.  

In addition, faculty and staff may choose to require masks in their classrooms, meetings, or personal workspaces.

  • Students and employees are asked to continue to have a mask available for these special circumstances. (This option will be reviewed and may be updated before the end of spring semester.)

Employees and students may continue to wear masks at their discretion.  

  • Disposable masks will continue to be made available to employees and students.
  • Students may follow the signs on buildings to locate the supply in each building.
  • Employees may contact their building administrator for assistance.

Please continue to follow the COVID-19 mitigation strategies below to ensure the health and safety of our campus community:

  • Practice frequent handwashing.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Vaccines are highly encouraged but not required.
  • Please contact the COVID-19 Response Team at covid@harford.edu if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or with any additional questions or concerns.

Masks are optional for students, employees, and visitors while indoors on campus, with the following exceptions:

  • Those who have been exposed to COVID-19 should continue to wear a mask while indoors.  For current guidelines on what constitutes COVID-19 exposure and what an exposed individual should do, follow the instructions located on the CDC website.  
  • In addition, faculty and staff may choose to require masks in their classrooms, meetings, or personal workspaces. Students and employees are asked to continue to have a mask available for these special circumstances. 
  • Employees and students may continue to wear masks at their discretion.  
  • Disposable masks will continue to be made available to employees and students. Follow the building signs to locate the supplies.
  • Employees may contact their building administrator for assistance.

We ask that all employees and students continue to follow the COVID-19 mitigation strategies to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.

  • Practice frequent handwashing.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Vaccines are highly encouraged but not required.
  • Contact the COVID-19 Response Team if you test positive for COVID-19 or with any additional questions or concerns.

Resources for Students, Employees, and Community

The College follows CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Food, family and financial resources are available for students, employees, and the community.  Below are some of the most commonly asked questions as well as  services and resources available from both the College and the government.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM EXPOSED TO, OR TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19? 
In the event of the any of the following:
  • Tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Awaiting COVID-19 PCR test results.
  • Been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus, or
  • Had a student or colleague report a COVID-19 exposure or positive. 

Send an email to covid@harford.edu that includes the date symptoms began, date of positive test result (if applicable), as well as the date that you were last on campus.

The information provided will be kept private and confidential, and used only by the College's COVID-19 Response Team.
This action will prompt students and employees who may have been in classes with or in the vicinity of the infected individual to be notified of the potential exposure.

Anyone waiting for COVID-19 PCR test results should not come to campus while test results are pending. 
 
The College recommends and follows current CDC guidelines for risk regarding exposure and building maintenance. 
I RECEIVED A NOTIFICATION ABOUT A POTENTIAL EXPOSURE. WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT? 

In the event that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you will receive an email from the COVID-19 Response Team. The email will contain guidance and further communication on next steps to take to ensure your health and safety and those who you may have been in contact with.

In order to avoid miscommunication, undue concern, and to respect health-related privacy please refrain from sending out any information about suspected or actual COVID occurrences except to covid@harford.edu.

WHAT IF I FORGOT TO BRING A MASK TO CAMPUS? 

The College has a supply of single-use paper masks that are available upon request. 

Students may ask a College employee for assistance. Employees may ask their building administrator for a mask. 

CAN WE REMOVE OUR MASKS TO EAT AND DRINK? 
Yes, you may remove your mask briefly to eat and drink. 
WILL VACCINATIONS BE REQUIRED TO RETURN TO CAMPUS? 
No. The College will not require a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition for returning to campus—for students or employees. 
WHAT SAFETY CONTROLS HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE TO PROTECT STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES? 

The College has installed administrative and engineering controls to enforce social distancing (i.e., Plexiglas barriers, furniture reconfiguration) as well as floor and wall signage to enforce social distancing, mask-wearing, and handwashing. 

Measures have been taken to increase the level of fresh air that is circulated in campus buildings.  

In the event that someone who has been on campus later tests positive for COVID-19, CDC-approved contact tracing methods will be used to inform those who may have come in contact with the individual. 

HOW FREQUENTLY WILL CAMPUS BUILDINGS BE CLEANED? 
Throughout the day, common-use areas will be wiped down by the College's housekeeping staff. 

College Resources

TECHNOLOGY 

Technology Available for Loan 

The Library has a limited supply of computer equipment available to loan on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have a technology need, please complete Technology Request Form and you will be contacted regarding the availability of equipment and the time and location of pick-up. 

Internet Access 

If you are looking for free or affordable internet, the below list provides options available in the county. 
Harford County Public Library | Xfinity | Spectrum 

In addition, Armstrong Cable, in conjunction with Harford County Government and HCPS, has installed a free Wi-Fi hotspot near the upper parking lot at North Harford High School. This hotspot is accessible from the inside of a vehicle. 

Blackboard Assistance 

For those who have questions about Blackboard access, contact elearning@harford.edu. You may also leave a voicemail at 443.412.2256 and someone will get back to you. Support services are available MON–FRI, 8 AM–5 PM. 

Technology Support 

For general technology assistance, Information Technology Services provides live support through their help desk which is available MON–FRI, 7:30 AM–5 PM. You may contact them via email at helpdesk@harford.edu or call 443.412.2477, option 3. Callers should leave a voicemail and someone will get back to you. 

CAMPUS SERVICES 

Early Learning Center 

The Early Learning Center (ELC) is open and accepting new enrollments! For questions, contact Jen Eder at jeder@harford.edu. 

Library (REV. 07/1/21) 

IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS 

The College is offering in-person appointments for Admissions, Advising, Disability Support, Financial Aid, Registration & Records, and the Test Center.

In-person appointments can be set using the contact information below. Virtual appointments will also continue to be available. Please indicate your preference when you make your appointment.

ADMISSIONS 
PHONE: 443.412.2109  |  EMAIL: admissions@harford.edu 

Advising, Career, and Transfer Services 
PHONE: 443.412.2301  |  GO TO THE MY ACADEMIC LIFE TAB FOR ONLINE CHAT 

Cashiers Office 
PHONE: 443.412.2208  |  EMAIL: CASHIER@HARFORD.EDU 

Disability Support Services 
PHONE: 443.412.2402  |  EMAIL: disabilitysupport@harford.edu 

Financial Aid 
PHONE: 443.412.2257  |  EMAIL: FinAid@harford.edu 

Learning Center 
PHONE: 443.412.2588  |  EMAIL: LearningCenter@harford.edu 

Registration and Records 
PHONE: 443.412.2222  |  EMAIL: registration@harford.edu 

Test Center 
PHONE: 443.412.2352  |  EMAIL: testcent@harford.edu 

ONLINE CHAT IS AVAILABLE DURING THE FOLLOWING HOURS AND CAN BE ACCESSED THROUGH THE LIBRARY WEB PAGE. 
MON–THU, 8 AM–10 PM | FRI, 8 AM–4:30 PM | SAT, noon–4 PM 

THE LIBRARY ALSO OFFERS THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ONLINE: 
One-on-one research consultation | Online literacy tutorials and citation style guides | 24/7 access to databases, e-books, and streaming video. 
If additional resources are needed, contact: Lois Entner OR Gina Calia-Lotz. 

WELLNESS AND COUNSELING 

On-site/Remote Counseling 

On-site/Remote Counseling offers free, confidential appointment based short-term support.  Counseling sessions will allow you to explore thoughts, feelings and worries without judgement; develop coping strategies for different situations; practice self-reflection and awareness; work on habits you’d like to change; and improve, understand, and communicate about relationships. Call 410-583-2222 to schedule an appointment and let them know you are a Harford Community College student. 

CANCELLATIONS 

Continuing Education and Training Courses 

Students will be contacted via email or phone regarding course postponement or cancellation. Contact flexreg@harford.edu or leave a message at 443.412.2376. 

Government Resources 

HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDS (HREEF) STUDENT GRANTS (CARES, CRRSAA, AND ARP) 

Harford Community College received several rounds of HREEF funds to provide student emergency grants for COVID-19-related hardship. 

On April 20, 2020 Harford Community College received $1,171,832.00 from the Department of Education through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. CARES funding was distributed to eligible students through the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters, exhausting the grant in January 2021. 

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) is authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on Dec. 27, 2020. On January 19, 2021, Harford Community College received $1,171,832.00 to award to students. CRRSAA Grants were issued during the Spring and Summer 2021 semesters and remaining funds will be included in the remaining HEERF student emergency grants distribution under the American Rescue Plan (ARP). 

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Pub. L. 117-2). This new law makes available approximately $39.6 billion for institutions of higher education under Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), with funding appropriated through existing programs previously authorized under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental appropriations Act (CRRSAA). Specifically, Harford Community College has been granted $4,544,403 to disburse students and $ 4,352,530 to provide institutional support to continue to provide instruction. 

Use this link for HEERF Reporting Documents. 

Reopening Plan

The Report and Recommendations for Reopening Campus (rev. 3/31/2021) and the Report Addendum (rev. 6/02/2021), outline a phased reopening plan for the College with each stage contingent on local, state, and federal guidelines, as well as current public health recommendations. 

Stage 3, a full reopening of all campus buildings and facilities, will occur only be when the United States has developed effective therapeutic methods and/or a vaccine to combat COVID-19. It is also highly dependent on Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery. At this time it is simply impossible to predict when external conditions will become favorable and allow us to consider a full reopening of campus. 

Campus Air Quality Improvements

The College is committed to providing a safe campus for our students and employees. The following video describes the ionization and UV controls that we installed to clean the air and surfaces within our buildings. 

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