Washington County government, health, school, first responder, and law enforcement agency partners, along with the city of Hagerstown, are working together to plan, respond, and communicate on COVID-19. Questions from the public may be directed to COVID-19@MeritusHealth.com or by calling 2-1-1 (press 3) or 301-790-9170. Up-to-date information is available online at www.washco-md.net/coronavirus-info.
COVID-19 and Distance Learning Plan
All credit classes will be held via remote instruction through the end of the summer semester. Information for students and faculty can be found here.
COVID-19 Preparations at HCC
At HCC, we continue to monitor the ever-evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19). Working in close coordination with our state and local partners, including the Governor’s Office, Maryland Higher Education Commission, and local agencies, we are taking the following actions at this time:
- Hagerstown Community College is currently operating remotely. All buildings are locked. All extracurricular events and activities are canceled. Employees are working remotely until further notice.
- All credit classes will be held via remote access, through the end of the summer semester. Students will receive instructions via their HCC email accounts.
- Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education classes (non-credit), with the exception of those already operating online, are suspended until further notice. The staff of this division is working with governmental agencies to place select training classes online, as possible, during the temporary displacement. Unfortunately, not all classes are able to be delivered online. Staff are working with instructors and will notify students of cancellations, with the option of refunds or transferring to a section that will meet at a later date.
- Student Services are being provided remotely. See contact info for various services here.
- The Police Academy and Corrections Academy will continue their classes as scheduled.
- All extracurricular events and activities are canceled until further notice, including end-of-year recognition ceremonies. Graduation will not be held as scheduled, but plans are forthcoming about an alternate recognition to be held at a later date.
- Students who will be receiving a financial aid refund should register for direct deposit ASAP to expedite the processing of their financial aid refunds. Paper checks will still be cut as scheduled for those who are unable to provide banking information. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sanitization efforts across campus have been increased significantly. As the risk of infection is dependent on exposure, we have provided some resources and links to assist you in staying informed and keeping yourself healthy. Take everyday preventive steps that are always recommended to slow the spread of respiratory illnesses and other communicable diseases:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve, or your elbow
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, including phones and other handheld devices, using standard cleaning practices
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you are sick, stay home, except when seeking medical care
HCC’s Director of Public Safety, Eric Byers, is an active member of the county-wide task force that continues to monitor, plan, and coordinate communications and response.