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Summer Hours

Cecil College's hours of operation for the summer are as follows: North East campus is open Mondays, 7 am – 8 pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 7 am – 9 pm, and Fridays, 7 am – 4:30 pm. Elkton Station campus is open Mondays, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 8:30 am – 10 pm, and closed on Fridays.

Student Services is back on our North East campus Mondays through Fridays!

Admissions • Advising • Cashier • Financial Aid • Library • Registration • Student Life Offices

Days Hours Location
Monday 8 am – 4:30 pm On-site & Remote
Tuesday 8 am – 4:30 pm On-site & Remote
Wednesday 8 am – 6 pm On-site & Remote
Thursday 8 am – 4:30 pm On-site & Remote
Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm On-site & Remote

ECA: on campus Monday – Thursday, 7:30 am – 4 pm, and Friday, remote only, 7:30 am — 4 pm, or by appointment.

Career Services: on campus Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30pm, or by appointment.

All offices are still available to chat online or meet via Teams, as well. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. Students are asked to limit guests accompanying them to one, if possible. For more information, please visit cecil.edu/virtualsupport.

Updates

Monday, July 26, 2021

Please read this important public health advisory – Covid 19 in Cecil County – from the Cecil County Health Department:

Dear Community Partners,

As you may have read this week in the Baltimore Sun, Cecil County has seen a concerning increase in the percent of individuals testing positive as well as the number of new cases per 100,000 population. As of this morning:

  • The percent positivity in the county is 4.15%, the highest percent positivity in the state.
  • The case rate is 4.58 per 100K population, the second-highest case rate in the state.

We have seen an increase in hospitalizations and deaths in recent weeks as well, and fatalities have started to skew to younger age groups than seen previously.

Unfortunately, our vaccination coverage rate lags behind the state as a whole. Vaccination coverage among those eligible to receive vaccination (ages 12+) is:

  • 52.8% of those 12+ have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
  • 48.7% of those 12+ are fully vaccinated.

Cecil County is currently ranked fourth lowest in the state for vaccination coverage.

The Delta Variant

We have received notification of at least three confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with the delta variant, As you likely know, the delta variant is much more transmissible than previous variants of concern and now makes up the vast majority of cases in the U.S. Given the delay between the date of a positive COVID test and notification that the delta variant has been identified by the state laboratory, it is likely that there are many more delta-associated cases in the county.

Vaccination remains our most effective tool in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death associated with COVID-19. Although the number of hospitalizations and fatalities have increased in recent weeks, nearly all hospitalizations and all deaths have occurred in individuals who were unvaccinated or had only received one dose of vaccine.

I share this data in order to provide context for the following recommendations:

  1. Effective immediately, the Cecil County Health Department is strongly encouraging the use of face coverings in indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status.

    Face coverings help to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I strongly urge you to wear a face-covering indoors, especially if you have any of the risk factors associated with severe illness from COVID-19.

    Please note that we are seeing breakthrough infections even among those who are fully vaccinated. As rates increase, we must rely on those mitigation strategies that we know help to reduce the spread of COVID-19: face coverings, physical distancing, hand washing.

  2. Now is the time to get vaccinated. If you are already vaccinated, please reach out to your friends and family who are not yet vaccinated and encourage them to do so.

    Vaccination is widely available in the county through the health department, through ChristianaCare Union Hospital, local pharmacies, and community healthcare providers.

    The Health Department and ChristianaCare Union Hospital will be at the Cecil County Fair on six dates over the next week, offering all three vaccines - Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Walk-in appointments are welcome. Registration can be completed in advance for these and other community clinics through the CCHD website.

Please consider sharing these key messages with your organizations and communities:

  1. Given the increasing rates of COVID-19 in Cecil County, the use of face coverings indoors is strongly recommended, regardless of vaccination status.
  2. Now is the time—don't wait, vaccinate. Vaccination is safe, effective and provides critical protection from COVID-19.
  3. If you haven't already, get your second shot of Pfizer or Moderna. The second shot is critical to achieving the level of protection necessary to prevent severe illness.

If the Health Department can help with education, outreach, or vaccination events, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your partnership and all that you do to keep our community safe and healthy.

Lauren Levy, JD, MPH
Health Officer
Cecil County Health Department
401 Bow Street
Elkton, MD 21921
(410) 996-5550

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

On behalf of the Return to Campus committee

Dear Cecil College,

It has been an honor serving as your Return to Campus (RTC) committee during the Covid-19 pandemic. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in maintaining a healthy College community. We also want to thank you for continuing to wear a mask when indoors at any Cecil College building for the time being.

As you are aware, the College was proud to partner with the Cecil County Health Department to host an on-site vaccine clinic on May 7. On June 4, the Cecil County Health Department returned to the North East Campus to administer second vaccine doses as well as initial vaccines. The RTC was committed to allowing enough time after the second on-campus vaccine clinic to make changes to our Covid-19 response. Our Cecil County Health Officer’s public health recommendations included our continued mask wearing to allow for participants of our on-campus vaccination clinic to be fully vaccinated. In addition, we did not want to “go maskless" overnight as we were aware there were groups of people on campus, including high school students for whom the recommendations are different and unvaccinated persons to whom we wanted to provide information on vaccinations and other public health recommendations as well as time to consider the CDC recommendations.

At present, the CDC states that, “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance." As of July 12, 2021, masks will no longer be required indoors at any Cecil College building (unless the class is in a Cecil County Public School or business still requiring masks). We will continue to recommend hand washing and ask that you not come to campus if you are feeling unwell for any reason.

Please note, that the CDC remains firm in their statement that unvaccinated people get vaccinated. They also recommend that unvaccinated people wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart, stay home if feeling unwell, and wash their hands. The RTC remains committed to the health and safety of our College community. Free Covid-19 at-home test kits are available in the Student Life Office and in the common area outside of Human Resources in Building A.

For information on Covid-19, please visit cecil.edu/coronavirus or cdc.gov.

Sincerely,
Lauren Fleck, Chair, RTC
Christopher Mills, RTC Member
Chris Ann Szep, RTC Member

Friday, May 21, 2021

On behalf of he Return to Campus committee

The Return to Campus committee extends our appreciation to the Cecil College community for having stoically faced the challenges created by Covid-19. The RTC’s plan as communicated on Friday, May 14 had to be reexamined later that same afternoon when Governor Hogan announced that effective Saturday, May 15, a revised executive order lifting the face-covering requirement in Maryland (except under limited circumstances) was filed. The new order rescinded the face covering requirement in most indoor and outdoor settings except when using public transportation or school buses, when obtaining healthcare services, and at K-12 schools. The CDC’s guidance is that vaccinated individuals still need to follow guidance at their workplace and at local businesses.

In response to Governor Hogan’s May 15 order, and in consultation with Cecil County’s Health Officer whose public health directives we continue to follow, Cecil College is updating its Covid-19 requirements. Based on the current rate of community transmission, Cecil College employee vaccination coverage rates, and the availability of vaccines, the following changes are being implemented effective June 1, 2021:

  1. The ClearPass Covid screening tool will no longer be required to enter any Cecil College campus or off-site classroom.
  2. There will not be a requirement to request access to campus.
  3. Employees, students, and visitors must wear masks while indoors for any purpose at any Cecil College facility (i.e., class, labs, and meetings).
  4. Employees must wear face coverings during all indoor, in-person interactions with members of the public or their colleagues and whenever traveling about, meeting, or gathering inside a college building other than in their own office. If an employee is vaccinated and in their "individual" office, they can remove their mask.
  5. Covid-19 test kits will be available in the HR office for employees and in Student Life for students. Both the kits and testing are provided at no cost.

Effective immediately, masks do not need to be worn outside of buildings on any of Cecil College’s campuses unless otherwise required (e.g., youth camps, ECA programs). The Maryland Department of Health has issued a public health advisory strongly recommending that all non-vaccinated individuals over the age of 2 years continue to wear face coverings in all indoor settings and in outdoor settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Employees and students who have not yet been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. All three vaccines are currently available (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) through either the health department or ChristianaCare Union Hospital. If you want to schedule a vaccine, please visit www.cecilcountyhealth.org/coronavirus/vaccination. Cecil College is hosting a Cecil County Health Department vaccine clinic on the North East campus on June 4, 2021 from 3 pm – 7 pm. Second vaccines for those receiving their first dose on May 5 as well as first vaccine shots will be available. The RTC will continue to reassess Covid data and together with the CC Health Officer work towards a return to a pre-Covid environment on our campuses.

Vaccination helps to protect you, your families, your coworkers, and the broader community. Increased vaccination is such a public health priority in Maryland that on May 20, 2021, Governor Hogan announced that, "In a partnership with Maryland Lottery and the state health department, Marylanders who are vaccinated will be eligible for a $40,000 prize. The random selections will take place daily between May 25 and July 3."

Please note that regardless of vaccination status, employees and students should not report to work or campus if they are experiencing any symptoms associated with Covid-19 or are feeling unwell.

Monday, March 22, 2021

On behalf of Dr. Mary Way Bolt

Dear Cecil College students and prospective students,

It is hard to believe that we surpassed the one-year anniversary of Cecil College’s 2020 campus closing in response to Covid-19. I applaud you for your tenacity, flexibility, and continued hope that a "new normal" was always right around the corner. I am writing to provide you with an update on the arrival of Cecil College’s new normal as we confirm plans for the upcoming summer and fall semesters. Thank you for sharing the ways in which Cecil College could help you resume or recreate your educational journey. Cecil College listened, and I am confident the summer and fall semester will provide increased opportunities for every student’s learning style.

Cecil College has continued to follow CDC Covid-19 directives in conjunction with guidance from the Cecil County Health Officer and her team. This partnership has allowed us to be planful in our approach to increasing in-person courses and on-campus employees’ schedules over the past year. It also ensured that the plans we created allowed us to transition off and back onto campus as needed. As a result of successfully preparing our physical spaces and making our employees and students aware of the Covid-related requirements on campus, we are planning for an increased and phased return to campus and an increase of in-person classes. The College will continue to monitor changes to Covid-19 guidance and adjust current campus and individual requirements as allowed.

Summer semester will see an increase in student-facing faculty and staff on campus. Historically, summer semester course offerings are less extensive. However, Academic Programs has added classes this summer that are mandatory for degree attainment in certain majors and courses that will ensure students can hit the ground running with a full schedule in fall. Classes are available in-person and on-line in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Please visit www.cecil.edu or chat with an advisor for more information on summer classes. In addition, support services including the Testing Center, Library, Technology Resource Center (TRC), and Barnes and Noble College Bookstore are finalizing their summer hours. The hours of operation for all services will be available at cecil.edu and on Cecil College social media platforms.

Fall semester will premier Cecil College’s new normal with an increase of in-person courses. We are pleased to offer a selection of "HyFlex" classes that allow students the option to participate in-person or synchronously on-line. Increased flexibility and multiple options for students to take classes are planned for the fall. Support services as described above, plus the Math Lab, Writing Center, Fitness and Wellness Center, student athletics, clubs, and events are being planned to open and welcome our college community in August.

I join you in looking forward to a return to the new normal and to seeing you on campus. Seahawk pride will continue to carry us forward as one Cecil College community.

Sincerely,
Dr. Mary Way Bolt
President

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

I hope this message finds you and yours healthy and planning winter celebrations that incorporate all current safety guidelines. I join you in experiencing the full range of emotions in response to Covid-19, including pandemic fatigue, concern, and exasperation. Seahawks, I ask that you keep your spirits high and your chin up. As we approach the spring semester, there are many things in our favor. We have persevered through nine plus months of the pandemic. You and your fellow students have doubled-down on your commitment to learn new information in new ways. This flexibility will you serve you well in your future educational and professional paths. The College community has provided resources including technology assistance, increased scholarship funds, reopening of the Technology Resource Center (TRC), increased synchronous course offerings, live chat with advisors and on-line tutoring to assist you in your drive for success during these unprecedented times. If there is a resource that you think would be beneficial to Cecil’s students as we move into spring semester, please share it with our Director of Student Life Cheryl Davis-Robinson.

I am writing to provide an update on Cecil College’s spring semester and Cecil College’s Return to Campus plan. In order to maintain the health and safety of the College community and in consideration of Governor Hogan’s, the CDC’s, and the Cecil County Health Department’s Covid-19 precautions, the start of in-person classes is being postponed to February 1, 2021. These classes will be moved to virtual/on-line classes for the month of January 2021. This will allow the Return to Campus Committee and college leadership to assess any post-holiday spikes that have the potential to negatively impact academic delivery. All virtual classes will continue as scheduled.

Cecil College will continue to closely monitor Covid-19. The College is positioned to respond to changes as quickly as possible. Faculty and staff will provide updates in Blackboard and via emails and text messages. I also ask that you visit cecil.edu/coronavirus often for the most recent pandemic updates.

Seahawk pride and our dedicated college community will keep us moving towards our educational goals.

On behalf of Dr. Mary Way Bolt

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

On behalf of Dr. Mary Way Bolt

Dear Cecil College students and prospective students,

I hope you are well and enjoying fall semester as Cecil College continues to deliver courses in a manner that is safest for our college community.

Registration for Spring semester credit courses opens November 1 with a mix of in-person, synchronous, and asynchronous classes. Those course offerings can be found at www.cecil.edu/courses starting November 1, and each course format is designated adjacent to the course listing. Please reach out to an advisor to chat live if you have any questions about Spring enrollment. I know you will continue to be successful, and we are here to assist.

Career and Community Education programs and courses will also remain a mix of in-person and online classes. As always, the Career and Community Education course schedule will be mailed in December.

The College will continue to monitor the impact of Covid-19 throughout the next few months in anticipation of being able to add additional in-person classes if conditions continue to improve.

Please continue to check www.cecil.edu/coronavirus for important information and resources, department contacts, and tips on how to register.

Stay well and be safe.

Warmest regards,
Dr. Mary Way Bolt
President

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

On behalf of Dr. Mary Way Bolt

Dear Cecil College students and prospective students,

I am writing to provide an update on Cecil College's upcoming fall semester and the College community's Return to Campus Plan. The College understands the significant effect Covid-19 has had on every member of our community. Cecil College faculty and staff have developed a plan that allows us to continue to focus on our mission of education while maintaining the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

In order to keep everyone safe and to follow the Governor's, the CDC's, and the Cecil County Health Department's Covid-19 prevention directives, we have implemented a variety of safety measures throughout our campuses, including social distancing signage, expanded cleaning regimens, a requirement to wear masks or face coverings on campus and in classrooms, and a Covid-19 self-assessment survey. Further details can be found in the attached Return to Campus Plan.

I am pleased to announce that we have brought a few labs that are required to be completed in-person back to campus over the past few weeks. We will continue to phase mandatory, in-person labs and classes back onto campus for the summer. Fall classes will be offered as follows:

Academic Programs

Cecil College's fall semester will include online courses (asynchronous and synchronous), hybrid courses, and some in-person labs and courses that require a ‘hands-on' component to facilitate an optimal educational experience. Asynchronous online courses do not have standard meeting days or times; students work remotely and, often, independently. Synchronous online courses have standard meeting days/times, with the faculty member leading the course virtually. Many of the online courses will be taught in a synchronous format, providing the opportunity for active engagement between faculty and students, similar to an in-person classroom experience. The updated fall course schedule will be available at the bottom of the homepage of cecil.edu in mid-July. To assist you with your course selection or other questions about your schedule you can chat online or by phone with an advisor or make an appointment now for an in-person appointment beginning July 14. As part of our yearly "Go Green" initiative, Cecil College will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 3 and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 13, 2020.

In order to support Cecil's students, the Testing Center will be open on campus starting July 14 with limited hours. Please follow the instructions to schedule an appointment for the Testing Center. If you're experiencing technical difficulties making an appointment, please email the Math Lab at mathlab@nullcecil.edu. The Math Lab, Writing Center and tutoring will remain available online. Please email the Math Lab at mathlab@nullcecil.edu with any questions regarding the Math Lab or Testing Center and writingcenter@nullcecil.edu with any questions about the Writing Center. The bookstore can be reached at bookstore@nullcecil.edu and will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. to accommodate our students.

Student Services

Update: August 12, 2020 - Due to Covid-19, Cecil College's IN-PERSON advising, admissions, financial aid, and cashiers’ office appointments continue to be suspended but our staff is ready to assist you by phone or email Monday–Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (or after 6:00 pm by appointment, if needed) as well as each Saturday in August from 9:00 am to noon. Please call (410) 287-1600 and follow the prompts to speak with representatives from these departments. You can also chat online with an admissions counselor by visiting www.cecil.edu/admissions and clicking on the yellow "Chat with Admission now!"" button on the bottom right of your screen. We look forward to assisting you with your enrollment and advising needs.

Student Services will be open on the North East campus by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. beginning July 14. Services include advising, financial aid counseling, and the Testing Center. For your convenience, appointments are highly recommended and can be made by calling (410) 287-1600 or emailing the department directly:

Questions about payment should be directed to the Cashiers' Office at (410) 287-1020.

Cecil College will continue to closely monitor the governor's and local officials' directives regarding Covid-19, and we are positioned to respond to these changes as quickly as possible. In the interim, please visit cecil.edu/coronavirus for regular updates.

I appreciate your patience as we all work through these unprecedented times. Seahawk pride will prevail!

Dr. Mary Way Bolt
President

Monday, April 20, 2020

Dear Students and Colleagues,

Like many of you, I am still processing the magnitude of all that has transpired in the last few months regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Spring semester looks very different than a typical one at Cecil College, and I know we are all still adjusting to the current need and requirement for social distancing. I hope each of you are staying well and healthy. This month, we celebrated the beginning signs of Spring, Passover, and the Easter holiday. I hope everyone was able to find moments and ways to connect and observe the traditions you hold dear, as familiar observances are a comfort during this tumultuous time.

The Cecil College community continues to step up and meet the challenge of mitigating the spread of the coronavirus, and I am very proud of the positive spirit and responsibility that all of our Seahawks have demonstrated. I continue to be very grateful that our students, staff and faculty are united in doing what it takes to ensure the continuation of our classes while remaining safe and taking precautions to stay well.


I’m speaking with you today to give you important information for our upcoming Summer Courses. Cecil College, like all of our communities across the Nation, remains uncertain about how and when the necessary social distancing will end. The College is complying with Federal, State, and Local guidelines and will continue to place the safety and well-being of our community as our highest priority.


The uncertainty we all face regarding the timeline for the end of social distancing means we will be offering our Summer Courses completely online for the entire summer. We must continue to remain optimistic that we will reopen our physical campuses for the Fall semester, but in order to ensure that the education of our students is available without interruption, we will also examine and plan for alternative scenarios. We are here for you, and we remain committed to providing high quality instruction while prioritizing the safety of our community.


As we move forward and navigate the coming months, Cecil College will incorporate the flexibility and innovation necessary to deliver the exceptional education and resources our students know they can expect. Regardless of the methods needed this Fall, we are looking forward to welcoming our new and returning students, and we will continue to work as a team to be there for our Seahawks.

Please continue to reach out to us if you need anything. Contact information and resources are available at cecil.edu/coronavirus. Remember to stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time, and I hope that you are able to take some time this week to enjoy the first signs of Spring. Just like flowers always bloom after a harsh winter, we will get through this together, and I look forward to seeing your smiling faces back on our beautiful campuses as soon as possible. Thank you, and be well.

Summary:

  • Summer classes will remain online through the entire summer.
  • Cecil College is carefully monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and all local, state, and federal guidelines for social distancing.
  • As soon as the directive that it is safe to do so is given by our federal, state and local leaders, we look forward to reopening our campuses and in-person programming (summer and sports camps, skilled trades programs, labs, in-person driver’s ed., College events, etc.)

Mary Way Bolt
President

Sunday, March 22, 2020

On behalf of Dr. Mary Way Bolt

Dear Cecil College Community,

I want to begin by thanking everyone for the role they have played in helping the College transition to online course delivery. Whether you are a faculty member who helped a colleague develop their online course material, a staff member who has answered our calls for assistance regardless of the time of day, or our students who have respectfully accepted that we are doing everything to successfully complete the semester, you are part of our college community’s resilience.

Please know that Cecil College’s leadership has been working diligently to respond to the ever-changing directives the CDC and Governor Hogan are providing in order to lessen the spread of Covid-19 and keep our county and state safe. I have implemented our Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), which is being used to guide our discussions and actions. We are focusing on the human and other resources necessary to carry on the non-academic functions of the college. Our faculty will be offering the majority of coursework online beginning March 23 through the remainder of the semester. Some courses cannot transfer to online instruction. Faculty from these classes will be reaching out to students and informing them of next steps. Our buildings will remain closed until further notice. I was holding out hope that we would be able to provide two weeks of remote instruction and be able to return to campus for in-person class delivery. However, the reality of the virus’ continued spread and Governor Hogan’s request for institutions of higher education to provide online education for the remainder of the semester clearly defined my decision.

I share in your disappointment that interactions with faculty and students cannot be face-to-face. I empathize with our student athletes who were unable to finish their season. I am saddened that clinical rotations and internships were cut short to prevent the spread of this disease. Unfortunately, there will be no in-person commencement this year, but we will be looking for ways to celebrate the friendships, the academics and the life experiences you mastered at Cecil College. Please send any ideas for creative ways to celebrate our graduating class on social media to marketing@nullcecil.edu.

Now is the time to invoke your Seahawk pride, and I remind you that previous generations who have persevered through global crises reemerged as individuals whose experiences and insights shaped the world and gave hope to its people. I am confident that you will rise to this challenge, and I assure you Cecil College will not waiver from its mission of student success.

I encourage you to take care and adhere to the CDC Covid-19 guidelines. The most up-to-date information can be found at cecil.edu/coronavirus. This site includes information on academic, community and other important resources. Please use Blackboard to remain in contact and participate fully in the academic process. If you have not already enrolled, I urge you to sign up for the Seahawk Alert, Cecil College’s emergency information system.

We are here for you, and I wish you well for the remainder of our semester.

Mary Way Bolt
President

Monday, March 16, 2020

To our students:

On behalf of Dr. Mary Way Bolt

Cecil College continues to take every precaution to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, employees, and the community during this difficult time. In addition to the closure for the week of March 16, and out of an abundance of concern for the continued good health of our community, the College has made the decision to move all credit classes online for the weeks of Monday, March 23 through Sunday, April 5. Labs and onsite clinical rotations are suspended during the week of March 23 through April 5 and further updates will be provided as available. Career and Community Education classes will also suspend instruction of non-credit classes and training for the weeks of Monday, March 23 through Sunday, April 5. Non-credit courses that are currently using Blackboard may move to online education, if applicable to the educational program.

Week of March 16:
College closed for the week.
Weeks of March 23 through April 5:
All credit classes move online for the week, Career and Community Education/workforce training classes canceled for the two weeks. Labs and onsite clinical rotations suspended for the two weeks.

Faculty and staff will be working remotely during the weeks of March 23 through April 5, as closing the College campus will allow for the social distancing recommended to address the Covid-19 health crisis.  Resources and contact information are provided in the Frequently Asked Questions section on this page.

Cecil College is continually monitoring the situation, as well as the recommendations of the CDC, state health agencies, and Cecil County Health Department and will provide further updates as they are available.  We remain committed to maintaining a safe campus. Whether off-or-on campus, we encourage our Cecil College community to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases. Your well-being is our top priority. Please be reminded of the following:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.
  • Practice social distancing to reduce the spread of the virus.

Please reference the CDC website for continually-updated health and travel recommendations related to Covid-19.

Please reference the Cecil County Health Department for Covid-19 information as it relates to Cecil County.

Thank you, and stay well!

Mary Way Bolt
President

Friday, March 13, 2020

To our students:

On behalf of Dr. Mary Way Bolt

In response to the plan Governor Hogan announced on March 12 with the purpose of limiting the spread of Covid-19, Cecil College campuses will close on Friday, March 13 at 10:00 pm and will reopen on Monday, March 23 at 8:00 am.

As you are aware, the College had spring break scheduled for next week and students and faculty already planned to be off campus. However, closing all campuses to staff will allow for social distancing and cleaning to address the Covid-19 health crisis.

We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the week and update the college community as needed. We remain committed to maintaining a safe campus. Whether off-or-on campus, we encourage our Cecil College community to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases. Your well-being is our top priority. Please be reminded of the following:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.

Please reference the CDC website for health and travel recommendations related to Covid-19.

Please reference the Cecil County Health Department for Covid-19 information as it relates to Cecil County.

Mary Way Bolt
President

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Cecil College is actively monitoring the status of Covid-19 locally, regionally, and nationally. We are working with our local health department and county offices to stay up to date on the latest developments regarding the coronavirus. As of now, all classes and events on campus are taking place as scheduled.

The College is utilizing additional precautionary measures to maintain a healthful environment on all of our campuses. Our Facilities department has added additional cleaning protocols to their daily routine to help prevent the spread of germs, including the use of disinfectant wipes on high-traffic surfaces like door handles and light switches.

In addition, the College is routinely posting information regarding the prevention of germ transmission on all on-campus monitors, our student and employee newsletters, and our primary social media channels. We also have signage both on campus and on larger event promotions reminding the community that if someone isn’t feeling well or has recently traveled to any of the global, high-risk areas, the responsible thing to do is to stay home. The College continues to monitor updates from local, state and national public health officials and will update this message as necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cecil College doing about the coronavirus?

April 2, 2020

Please see Cecil College President Dr. Mary Way Bolt’s announcement at the top of this page regarding Summer/Fall 2021 semesters, posted March 22, 2021.

October 20, 2020

Please see Cecil College President Dr. Mary Way Bolt’s announcement at the top of this page regarding Spring 2021 semester, posted today.

July 31, 2020

Dear Cecil College community,

I hope this message finds everyone in our college community staying safe while sharing your resources and expertise to support academic success. This message is a continuation of Cecil College’s proactive approach to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In response to Governor Hogan’s July 29 executive order, which includes expanded requirements for wearing masks indoors and outside, travel advisories and a request to continue telecommuting when able, I have requested that my leadership team revisit essential employee and course schedules on campus. The college is committed to maintaining the safety of our students, faculty, staff and campuses in order to support completion of both online and those courses with a required in-person learning component. Your VP/supervisor will be speaking with you about this revised schedule.

In addition, the Return to Campus (RTC) Committee in consultation with academic and student leadership and with the guidance of the Cecil County Health Department has committed to closing all campuses beginning Wednesday November 25 through January 4, 2021. For the safety of our college community none of our campuses will reopen for credit or CCE courses and no off-site classes will be held after Thanksgiving break. I have asked my leadership team to communicate the importance of being proactive with regard to planning the last week of instruction and the week of final exams online.

In order to ensure all buildings are able to be fully closed and put in unoccupied mode faculty and staff will need to make sure they retrieve any resources from their office or department in advance. The RTC team will work with VP’s to schedule a time for anyone who needs access to campus to retrieve resources for the fall as well as planning for spring semester. Again, for the safety of our college community please plan your trip to campus with your VP or supervisor as soon as possible so our colleagues can accommodate everyone while adhering to social distancing and other safety guidelines.

To further support the College community, IT will be preparing an update of resources available to employees and working with Student Services to ensure students have the tools they need to continue to learn remotely. The RTC is also working with Academic Programs and Student Services to distribute course material to students, arrange library resource pick-up and drop-off and other resource sharing initiatives.

I also urge those faculty and staff members involved in the few required on- campus classes to be prepared to transition back to fully virtual classes in case the pandemic requires us to do so with minimal advance notice.

Please know the RTC meets numerous times each week to discuss and respond to the most recent Covid-19 updates. I urge you to continue to visit cecil.edu/coronavirus for the latest information. Remember to wear a mask the entire time you are on campus and follow all social distancing guidelines.

Your VP will be following up with you on this email but you can contact any member of the RTC (Lauren Fleck, Chris Ann Szep or Chris Mills) with questions in the interim.

Stay safe. Stay Seahawks proud!

Thank you,

Mary Way Bolt, Ed.D
President

July 1, 2020

The College has posted its Return to Campus plan as well as the new FAQ: Will classes be online or on campus for the fall semester?

March 11, 2020

Cecil College has been closely monitoring the status of Covid-19 locally, regionally, and nationally and continues to respond and post updates to this page as the situation evolves. The well-being of our college and county community are our first priority, and we will continue to monitor and respond to updates from local, state, and national health officials.

The College has created cecil.edu/coronavirus dedicated to the status of Covid-19 as it relates to the College and is providing updates as needed. In addition, we closed the College at 10:00 pm on Friday, March 13, and are reopening completely online on Monday, March 23 at 8:00 am through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, with faculty and staff working remotely during that time in response to the situation.

What is Cecil College doing in terms of cleaning and preventing the transmission of germs?

July 1, 2020 Update

The College has posted its Return to Campus plan, which includes information about the installation of signage on campuses regarding social distancing, wearing masks, and helping to prevent the spread of germs.

March 11, 2020

For several weeks, the College has been communicating, via social media, inhouse monitors, and student e-newlsetters, important information regarding the prevention of germ transmission.

In addition, the College is utilizing additional precautionary measures to maintain a healthful environment on all of our campuses. Our Facilities department has added additional cleaning protocols to their daily routine to help prevent the spread of germs, including the use of disinfectant wipes on high-traffic surfaces like door handles and light switches.

Will classes be online or on campus for the Summer/Fall 2021 semester?

Please read the March 22, 2021 update from Cecil College President Dr. Mary Way Bolt at the beginning of this page, and view the Return to Campus page for guidelines.

Will events be canceled?

March 2020

All events have been canceled through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, in compliance with the social distancing recommendations from the CDC and state of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. For information regarding a specific event, please visit the full listing of upcoming events.

In addition, the spring 2020 commencement ceremony, as well as the Career and Community Education completion ceremony, have been canceled. We will be looking for creative ways to celebrate the graduates on social media, so please send your ideas to marketing@nullcecil.edu.

The College will continually reassess the situation, following county, state, and CDC guidelines throughout this situation and provide updates accordingly.

How is Covid-19 affecting classes at Cecil College?

April 2, 2021 Update

The College has posted its Summer/Fall semester 2021 update at the top of this page. Please read the Return to Campus plan for guidelines as well as the FAQ: Will classes be online or on campus for the Spring Summer/Fall 2021 semester?

October 20, 2020

The College has posted its Spring semester 2021 update at the top of this page. Please read the Return to Campus plan for guidelines as well as the FAQ: Will classes be online or on campus for the Spring 2021 semester?

July 1, 2020 Update

The College has posted its Return to Campus plan as well as the new FAQ: Will classes be online or on campus for the fall semester?

March 13, 2020

Cecil College currently offers various courses in an online format and those will continue to be held as scheduled. All other credit courses are being prepared by faculty to resume in an online format starting March 23 through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Specific disciplines or courses that do not lend themselves to an online format are being evaluated and addressed by faculty, with alternatives being prepared whenever possible.

At this time, all credit classes are planned to be online through the end of the semester. Please login to Blackboard to take your classes. Programs that have educational components that are off–campus, such as health care clinical experiences, are suspended and will be addressed by each discipline-specific faculty, following the guidelines from each appropriate approval or accreditation organization. Please contact your faculty for questions.

Skilled Trades programs that are offered at Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS) will not resume until the public schools are open. Other Career and Continuing Education programs are developing plans to continue education online or suspend until in-person opportunities are available. Please contact the program specialist or Director with any questions. If you do not know who to contact, please email Melissa Hammond, Assistant to the Dean, Career and Community Education, mhammond@nullcecil.edu who will direct your question to the appropriate person.

What updates can you provide about scholarships?

The Cecil College Foundation Scholarship application window is now open from October 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021. Please visit cecil.edu/scholarships for more information. In addition, numerous scholarships that may be available to you are listed on the Scholarships page.

Can I access free, student Wi-Fi at Cecil College during social distancing?

Free Wi-Fi in North East Campus parking lots for Seahawks! Cecil College provides free, unsecured Wi-Fi ("Cecil guest") in Cecil College’s North East campus parking lots from 6 am – 11 pm, Monday through Sunday. ​Wi-Fi remains available regardless of the physical campus being closed due to Covid, holidays, etc., with the exception of inclement weather closings. Students are expected to follow all of Governor Hogan’s executive orders including wearing a face mask/covering when entering campus and until exiting the ClearPass check-in. Masks/coverings must be worn if exiting the vehicle but not when remaining in your own vehicle. Students must practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others while on campus. Stay safe, and be well. We are here for you!

In addition, unsecured Wi-Fi is now available in Cecil County Library branch parking lots. Look for "CCPL_Outdoor_WIFI" to connect to your device. The following Cecil County Public Schools also have wifi access in their parking lots: Conowingo Elementary, Rising Sun Middle, Rising Sun High, Cecil County School of Technology, Perryville Middle, North East Middle, Elkton High, Bohemia Manor High, and Cecilton Elementary.

Virtual Support

For department contact information and a list of frequently asked questions to help get you started as a student at Cecil College, please visit our Virtual Support page.

Community Resources

For information regarding Cecil County coronavirus testing and vaccinations, please visit the Cecil County Health Department website.

Here is a list of resources for general information:

For the latest updates from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, please visit governor.maryland.gov.

The following chart is a resource provided by the British Medical Journal (Source: BMJ, Two metres or one: what is the evidence for physical distancing in covid-19?, August, 2020):

Resource chart from the British Medical Journal.