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A safe return for a new semester

CCBC continues to follow the guidelines established by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr., adhering to defined protocols aligned with Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.

As state and local officials respond to the changing conditions of the pandemic, CCBC will continue to follow their lead in working to keep our communities safe, and monitoring the external environment to ensure protection for all.

As CCBC welcomes students, faculty and staff back for a new semester, please keep in mind the following safety protocols:

Masks and face coverings

Face coverings (masks) are required for all individuals (employees, students, contractors and guests) who are indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. This means that indoors at any CCBC campus or center, face coverings are required. 

Face coverings or masks are not required:
  • Outdoors at any CCBC campus or extension center.
  • In private offices with only one occupant.

Online On-Campus Labs

We will be reopening the Online On-Campus Labs in the libraries for students taking remote and in-person classes.

Catonsville
Library, Room 326
Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
 
Dundalk
College Community Center Room 101 (inside the Library)
Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Essex
Eustis Center for Health Professions, Room 134 (inside the Testing Center)
Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Hunt Valley
Room 134
Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Owings Mills
Room 606
Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cafés and eating

Members of the college community may eat inside at CCBC cafés or at outside venues. Indoor eating is restricted to the cafés and private offices/work areas.

Travel restrictions

Based on the preceding vaccination restrictions, CCBC’s travel guidelines are amended to state that unvaccinated employees or students may not use CCBC motor pool vehicles, participate in college funded field trips, overnight trips, in-person professional conferences or activities, or athletic competitions.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are strongly encouraged for all members of the college community. Students are eligible to receive a $100 incentive for being vaccinated and sharing proof of their vaccination.

CCBC is offering vaccination clinics for COVID-19 booster shots as well as first or second vaccine shots. Due to the relative density of our institution, CCBC students, faculty and staff qualify to receive a COVID-19 booster. The clinic will provide Moderna shots.

Appointments and pre-registration are required.

  • Catonsville: Monday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Student Services Center, 004.
  • Essex: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 9 – 11 a.m., Romadka College Center, Upper Lobby.
  • Dundalk: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2 – 4 p.m., College Community Center, 226 (student lounge).


Student Vaccine Mandates

While CCBC has not issued a coronavirus vaccine mandate for all students, there is a vaccine mandate for the following specific groups of students.

All credit health professions students.

These students’ education includes clinical experience or patient care in a lab. Students must provide evidence to their program director that they are fully vaccinated[1]. (A vaccine is encouraged, but not required, for students in the Mortuary Science program in the School of Health Professions.)

All continuing education allied health students.

These students’ education includes clinical experience or patient care in a lab. Students must provide evidence to their program director that they are fully vaccinated[1]. (A vaccine is encouraged, but not required, for students in the Child Care Provider program, Medical Front Office program, Medical Billing program, and Medical Coding program in the School of Continuing Education.)

All student athletes with team practices or intercollegiate competitions.

These students are unmasked and forcefully expelling aerosols in sustained close contact with others during practices and competitions. They also travel in CCBC vehicles. To comply with this requirement, students must provide evidence to their campus Assistant Athletic Director that they are fully vaccinated[1].

All students in performing groups or stage crews in theatre, music, voice, or dance with rehearsals or performances.

These students are forcefully expelling aerosols in sustained close contact with others during rehearsals and performances. To comply with this requirement, students must provide evidence to their school dean that they are fully vaccinated[1].

All students participating in any college-funded field trip, overnight trip, or conference.

To comply with this requirement, students must provide evidence to the organizing faculty or staff member that they are fully vaccinated[1] at least 3 days before participating

College funding means any source of funds from the college budget, CCBC Foundation, grants, fundraising or student activity fees.

All students being transported in any college vehicle to a non-campus destination.

College motor pool vehicles and the inter-campus shuttle may transport unvaccinated students between campuses and centers.

CCBC will consider any requests for an exemption to this vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons on a case-by-case basis. Students with an approved exemption will be required to test at least weekly. If a student wishes to request an exemption, they should provide that information to the appropriate supervising Dean at least 10 calendar days prior to the event. The supervising Dean will provide the appropriate exemption request form to the student.

Other safety protocols

Except for science laboratories, classroom capacity will increase slightly to 75%; large venues (gyms, theaters, etc.) will reopen at 50% capacity.

Assumption of risk

CCBC holds as paramount the health, safety, and welfare of every member of our community. We are taking steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections at CCBC. This means actively monitoring COVID-19 developments, adhering to national, state, and local health guidelines and requirements, and implementing those measures CCBC deems safe and appropriate.

Please do not come to class or work at CCBC if you are sick. We ask that you isolate and quarantine when required. In keeping with the spirit of CCBC, every member of our community must do their part, not just for themselves, but for the safety of others.

Specific details on what CCBC is doing to address COVID-19 concerns are available on this webpage. These details may change as circumstances dictate. As you know, none of us can guarantee how COVID-19 or its variants will evolve and impact us here at CCBC, and none of us, including CCBC, can guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. This is simply not feasible.

Given this transparency, students and employees should understand that if you visit, attend or work on any CCBC campus, there is a risk you may contract COVID-19. We are certainly taking all recommended steps to mitigate this risk, but we can in no way guarantee this will not happen. It would be disingenuous to suggest otherwise. By coming onto campus, you understand that this is possible.

We are living in unique and uncertain times. None of us can know what the future holds, but CCBC is working to provide its full range of credit and continuing education offerings as well as its regular spectrum of student services.

[1] Fully vaccinated is defined 14 days after receiving both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, i. e., Pfizer or Moderna or the single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, i.e., Johnson & Johnson.