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Message from the Provost on the Mask Requirement for Classrooms and Instructional Spaces
A message from Dr. Tony D. Hawkins, FCC Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development:
As COVID cases start to rise again due in part to the BA.2 Omicron subvariant, we will continue the indoor mask requirement in all Frederick Community College classrooms and instructional spaces through the end of the Spring 2022 semester. BA.2 is now the dominant strain in the United States. While recent studies show that BA.2 does not cause more severe illness than the initial Omicron variant, they also show that BA.2 is even more transmissible.
These circumstances present a challenge, but we have learned to adjust our mitigation measures to respond to changing conditions throughout the pandemic. We strongly recommend wearing a properly-fitting, high-quality mask, which are available for free at the Welcome Center on main campus or the Security Desk at the Monroe Center.
We will continue to monitor College case numbers and positivity rates, COVID-19 community levels, and global developments relating to the pandemic, which will inform our decision of when to no longer require mask wearing in classrooms.
Thank you for your continued support, adaptation and feedback as we try to return to normal.
On-Site Rapid COVID-19 Testing
Frederick Community College will offers on-site rapid COVID-19 testing for students and employees. This testing is available every Wednesday from 8am-9:3o am at FCC main campus and 5-6:30pm at Monroe Center. Testing is by appointment only. Appointment sign-up links will be distributed via email each Monday.
Effective March 1, 2022: masks will no longer be required in indoor spaces on the FCC main campus and Monroe Center, with the exception of classrooms, including shared laboratory and other instructional spaces.
Masks should still be worn by individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Disposable masks, N95s, and KN95s (when available) are available at the Security Office, located in the lobby of the Student Center. More information can be viewed here.
Click here for FCC's current COVID-19 guidelines.
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