• a lone student walking on campus
  • A student in a mask leaving a marked exit
  • A public safety officer screens a person entering campus for COVID-19
  • five pillars of defense for the fall return:  1 Pre-screening and monitoring, 2 Social Distancing and Personal Protective Equipment, 3 hygiene, cleanind and disinfecting, 4 Communication, training and college culture, 5 Case management, tracing and response

We're still here for you

After several months of unprecedented circumstances and extraordinary challenges for individuals, families and communities around the world, CCBC gradually and purposefully eased back into a more fully engaged community of faculty, staff and students this fall.

We are working within the guidelines established by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr., and are strictly following 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, while doing our utmost to deliver the services our students need.

CCBC campuses remain open, but with considerable protocols in place to ensure safety.

The basics:

  • All individuals will be subject to COVID-19 screening measures before entering CCBC campuses.
  • Face coverings are required in all public spaces for students, employees and visitors.
  • Social distancing measures are in place throughout all campuses. Please follow directions posted at entrances and exits, in elevators, hallways, classrooms and offices, and in public gathering spaces.
We encourage members of the college community to explore the following detailed resources and become familiar with measures CCBC has instituted to help ensure the health and safety of all who come to our campuses and extension centers.

Campus return phases

CCBC together: A framework for a phased return
Through CCBC’s phased reopening plans, on-campus courses are carefully balanced to meet program needs, student learning styles, and health and safety protocols.

Phase 1: May 26–June 21
CCBC continues to function under a reduced operations model. Essential employees have returned to campus, as have a limited number of students with specialized program instructional and testing requirements.

Phase 2a: June 22–July 31
An increased number of students and employees are permitted on campus, and some face-to-face classes will be held—all following physical distancing restrictions. Some on-campus services will be available.

Phase 2b: Begins August 1

Face-to-face classes will be offered, but with the appropriate social distancing restrictions. Most on-campus services will be available.

Coming to campus

COVID-19 reporting protocol

If you feel unwell or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to campus. Remain home and seek guidance from a medical professional. You may be advised to self-isolate or get tested for COVID-19.

  • Report your symptoms or positive test results using the CCBC COVID reporting portal.
  • A CCBC College Life representative will reach out to you for additional information.
  • Notify your instructor(s) you will be absent from class. Work out a plan to continue course progress and identify alternative learning options. You will not be penalized for absence due to a requirement to remain off campus, or in mandated quarantine or isolation.
  • Reply promptly and fully to inquiries from the CCBC contact tracing team. Team members can answer your questions regarding resources and support services available to you.

Screening

All persons are screened upon entering CCBC campuses. This brief screening consists of answering two CDC-approved questions and receiving a non-contact temperature check.

Individuals are not permitted to enter campuses if they answered yes to the CDC questions, are symptomatic, present with a fever above 100.4°F, or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Screening and Safety Monitor Hours

Screening check points are set up at the entrances to all CCBC campuses and extension centers and will operate during the hours listed below. When the checkpoints are not open, Public Safety officers will screen students, faculty and staff for scheduled classes at the classroom meeting location. For Saturday hours, CCBC Libraries will use an automated screening kiosk at the Library entrance.

Effective Monday, October 19, screening checkpoint hours will be:

CCBC Location Monday - Thursday Friday
CCBC Catonsville 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
CCBC Dundalk 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CCBC Essex 7:30 a.m.* – 7:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CCBC Hunt Valley 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
CCBC Owings Mills 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CCBC Randallstown 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
*Monday - Thursday scanning hours at CCBC Essex will begin at 7:00 a.m. as soon as staffing is identified.

CCBC has developed an app that can help streamline your screening experience. While you are waiting for your temperature check, you can answer the two screening questions, which will then display either a green (negative answers) or red (positive answers) screen. You are then ready to proceed to the temperature check portion of the screening process.

The app does not record any identity or health information, and does not track your location or movement.

Download the app, or access the online questionnaire by scanning the QR code displayed on signs located throughout campus.

Stickers

Everyone who passes the campus screening process will receive a validation sticker. This sticker is required for entry into campus buildings, including classrooms and laboratories, as well as public areas like the library and bookstore.

If you do not have a validation sticker, you will be directed to a campus safety monitor for screening before you may enter campus facilities.

Personal protective equipment

Face coverings are required in all CCBC public spaces* and must be well-secured and cover both the nose and mouth.

Because the scientific evidence about COVID transmission has changed over time, CCBC will change its face covering protocol effective October 19, 2020.
  • The only acceptable face coverings at CCBC are cloth face coverings and disposable masks. (The best cloth face coverings are made of at least two layers of smooth, solid fabric.)
  • A face shield alone will not be considered an adequate face covering. However, a face shield worn with a mask is essential when a minimum 6-foot distance cannot be maintained during required activities.
  • A t-shirt pulled up over the nose and mouth is not an adequate face covering.
  • If you arrive to CCBC without a face covering, one will be provided to you at a campus screening checkpoint.
  • Students participating in clinical or apprenticeship experiences should follow the PPE and social distancing requirements of the host facility.
The following face coverings are strongly discouraged, but not prohibited, at CCBC.
  • Single-layer coverings such as gators and balaclavas.
  • Bandanas
  • Face coverings with exhaust valves.
*Public spaces include but are not limited to hallways, elevators, lobbies and waiting areas, classrooms and laboratories, rest rooms, libraries, bookstores and cafeteria/vending locations, and any areas in which individuals may be within six feet of each other.

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Hygiene and campus cleaning practices

CCBC Building Services staff regularly clean all restrooms, offices, classrooms, labs, locker rooms and other common spaces using a hospital-grade disinfectant and HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaners.

Custodians have been trained in CDC sanitizing protocol and continue to clean and disinfect areas throughout the day. This includes sanitizing touch points such as light switches, phones, door handles, railings, etc. Some restrooms have been taken out of service to minimize the number of facilities that need to be cleaned multiple times throughout the day.

The college is providing disposable wipes for students and employees to sanitize their work areas. All individuals are encouraged to wash their hands frequently, and make use of hand sanitizer dispensers located throughout all buildings on campus.

Social distancing

Social distancing is one of the best tools we have to keep safe. Coupled with the smart use of personal protective equipment, it's the best way to limit spread of the virus. CCBC has put in place new foot-traffic patterns and other measures to keep you safe in instructional spaces, common areas and elsewhere on campus.
  • Building exterior doors are designated as ENTRANCE ONLY, EXIT ONLY, or available only as a FIRE EXIT.
  • Where feasible, interior doors are propped open to minimize touch points.
  • Internal stairwells are designated as either UP stairwells or DOWN stairwells.
  • Floor markings are installed to facilitate social distancing, particularly in waiting areas or places where lines may form in order to access services.
  • Wide hallways will be TWO WAY. More narrow hallways are designated as ONE WAY.
  • Elevators have a maximum occupancy of two persons.
  • Seating in classrooms, student service areas, lounges and other common areas has been arranged according to six-foot social distancing guidelines. Some seating has been tagged with “seat closed” signs and may not be used. Chairs/benches may not be rearranged or moved.

Safety monitors

CCBC safety monitors are available for assistance throughout campus buildings, grounds and facilities. These monitors wear red vests and CCBC identification lanyards and are on hand to remind everyone of important safety precautions.

Safety monitors carry a supply of extra masks, gloves and hand sanitizer, and can provide screening services and validation stickers if needed.

Classroom guidelines

  • You must have a screening validation sticker in order to enter the classroom. Any student without a screening sticker must leave the classroom and locate a safety monitor for screening.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, and must thoroughly cover the nose, mouth and chin. Students without a face covering may obtain one from the instructor or a safety monitor.
  • Contact the Disability Support Services office (443.840.3832 or dssccbc@ccbcmd.edu) for assistance with documented accommodations you require for your classes.
  • Upon entering the classroom, obtain a sanitizing wipe from the classroom dispenser and wipe desk surfaces, seating areas, and any shared equipment such as computer keyboard, computer control buttons, and computer mouse. Dispose of used sanitizing wipes in the receptacle provided.
  • Sit at least six feet apart from other students and the teaching area.
  • Do not use chairs marked as “seat closed.” They are not sufficiently distant from other classroom chairs.
  • At the end of class, wipe down any shared equipment and dispose of wipes in trash receptacles.
  • When class time is finished, leave the classroom without crowding.
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Guidelines for laboratory classes

  • Students must wear face shields (provided by the instructor).
  • The type of face shield provided to students will adequately and properly fit while wearing a pagri, hijab, niqab or other head covering.
  • If a minimum six-foot distance cannot be maintained for required laboratory activities, surgical masks should be worn in addition to face shields.
  • Do not share your face shield. Bring it to each class period.
  • Disposable gloves will be provided as needed.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds before starting the lab.
  • Maintain six-foot distancing if you need to queue up to use equipment.
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Eating and drinking on campus

Effective October 19, eating food is not permitted in any classroom or the Library. Food may be eaten in the cafes or any lounge area so long as the consumer is at least six feet away from others. When you are not actively eating or drinking, people should continue to wear a face covering.

If permitted by the faculty member, water or other drinks may be consumed in any classroom that is not a science or computer lab. People may very briefly slide or remove their face covering to take a sip of their beverage.

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. In general, this includes such steps as: screening and temperature checks, social distancing requirements, wearing masks or other facial coverings, using other PPE, not reporting to class or work if sick, and isolating and quarantining when required. In keeping with the spirit of CCBC, every member of our community, including you, must do their part, not just for yourself, 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 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.