Return to Campus

Introduction

Since late February 2020, Cecil College has been keenly aware of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cecil College immediately began to discuss measures and post information from the CDC and other public health organizations to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. On March 13, 2020 the College made the decision to extend its already scheduled spring break for students and faculty to all College employees. All College functions during this time transitioned to an online format, ensuring continuity of operations. The College cancelled all theatre and large events during this time. The College has remained operating remotely from March 13, 2020 to present.

Return to Campus Timeline

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, creating an exact timeline for resuming "normal" operations is not feasible. Cecil College will continue to monitor applicable state, federal and local guidance and determine next steps for a phased reopening of Cecil College.

At this time, we have created a tentative phased approach for our employees and students to return to campus. To remain consistent with federal guidance and CDC recommendations for higher education, our phased approach to reopening our office mirrors the guidelines included in the Maryland Road to Recovery. Cecil College continues to collaborate with the Cecil County Health Department to ensure a safe and phased return to campus.

President's staff presented proposed return to campus plans. The return to campus planning committee, which is comprised of the individuals listed below has been meeting regularly and reviewing plans to ensure a safe return to campus. Meetings have included other members of the President's staff as needed to facilitate a coordinated and safe plan for all faculty, staff and students.

The goals of the return to campus planning committee includes leading the plan development and implementation; preparing for and monitoring the reopening of the physical campus; monitoring constantly changing COVID-19 guidance, and state and local orders; and responding to ongoing COVID-19 campus related issues.

Return to Campus Planning Committee

  • Lauren Fleck, Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Chris Ann Szep, Vice President of Community Relations and College Advancement
  • Christopher Mills, Director of Facilities and Capital Projects

Return to Campus Planning Subcommittee

  • Walt Beaupre, Director of Public Safety
  • Amy Henderson, Director of Marketing
  • Christopher Mills, Director of Facilities and Capital Projects

March 13, 2020 – June 8, 2020

The Cecil College Website outlines the steps taken from March 13, 2020 to present: cecil.edu/coronavirus. The information on the website is updated frequently to ensure that students, staff and community members are informed of the steps the College is taking during COVID-19. Additionally, the site provides college and community resources that were developed in response to COVID-19.

Since March 13, 2020 to present, the campus is limited to visitors and employees. Only individuals deemed essential had access to the campus. Individuals were expected to complete a waiver prior to coming to campus. All individuals accessing campus must be granted permission by their divisional lead and then the return to campus planning committee.

Phase One

Under Phase One, the College may reopen to complete healthcare-specific classes/labs. Classes in this phase are necessary for spring 2020 completions and summer 2020 completions and clinical assignments.

The theory component of driver's education will continue to be offered online. However, Behind the Wheel education will be offered on campus, in accordance with MVA and Maryland public health guidance, will be offered tentatively starting the week of June 29 , 2020. All students and instructors will follow campus guidelines, as well as MVA and Maryland requirements.

Facilities and Public Safety will be on campus to perform essential functions of their job. Facilities and Public Safety staff are returning based on their normal shift and building assignment. Supervisors of both Facilities and Public Safety will be on campus to provide additional resources to employees returning in their respective area.

Faculty during Phase One will include those needed to complete specific healthcare classes. Skilled trades Finance will access Building A every other week to complete finance-related assignments that cannot be finalized remotely. Employees that need access to the campus for essential functions of their job that cannot be completed remotely, will continue to be able access campus, but must seek written approval by their divisional lead.

Phase Two

Cecil College will assess expanded staffing based on mission-critical operations, ability to control and manage specific work environments, and necessity to access on-site resources. These decisions, once approved, will be communicated through President's staff to members of their division.

A select number of student facing departments will return first with a tentative date of July 13, 2020. These departments are critical to the educational process, enrollment and student support services. Employees within the departments will return in order of business priority, by examining essential functions that are needed to support student success.

Classes that require in-person work, such as science labs, VCP and art courses, will have a limited return to campus tentatively starting the week of July 13th. Health care courses will continue on campus during this time as well. These classes will observe all guidelines that are in place, such as use of masks, observing social distancing and abiding by the most current group congregation limits set by the state of Maryland. In healthcare specific classroom/lab settings, where social distancing may not be plausible, personal protective equipment (PPE) have been procured and written procedures for use and disposal will be reviewed and signed by faculty and students. Additionally, cleaning protocols have been developed to ensure that classrooms/labs, and equipment are thoroughly cleaned before and after use, in all classrooms and labs with specialized equipment such as health care, VCP, and science labs.

Two skilled trades programs, diesel and welding, in coordination with Cecil County Public Schools, will be returning to the Cecil County School of Technology, to complete their spring education. All students and faculty will follow the protocols established for Cecil College campus.

Facilities will continue to return during Phase Two. Their return will be based on buildings and assignments that will be re-opening.

All other employees will continue to work remotely until otherwise directed. During Phase Two, employees that continue to work remotely will return based on mission critical operations directly related to educational offerings, student success and auxiliary services needed for preparation for the fall semester.

Phase Three

Under Phase Three the College may reopen to all employees, student and visitors. We will continue to implement protocols necessary to ensure the safety of our employees, students and visitors.

Considerations
It is important to note that these phases are tentative and are subject to change based on state and local guidance, and the course of the pandemic itself.

Protocols to Follow When Returning to Campus

Cecil College has implemented various protocols designed to preserve the health and safety of our employees, students and visitors as they return to campus. This section further explains these protocols. Please note that departments, included but not limited to Public Safety, Facilities, Academic Programs, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Student Services have revised and/or developed standard operating procedures and guidelines to align with the return to campus plan.

Screening, Exposure and Confirmed Illness Protocols

Keeping employees, students and visitors safe is our number one priority. To accomplish this task, we have created various procedures for screening individuals who return to campus, dealing with exposure to COVID-19, responding to a confirmed case of COVID-19 and reporting transparency.

Screening Protocols for Employees, Students and Visitors

We have implemented daily COVID-19 screenings before individuals enter campus. Individuals visiting campus will be expected to complete an online screening prior to arrival on campus. All information will be kept confidential. All pertinent HIPAA regulations and laws are being followed in order to ensure confidentiality of information.

The COVID-19 screening tool is accessible through a free app that can be easily downloaded on Android and the IPhone. A paper form and verbal screening may be done upon request. The screening tool allows employees to perform a self-assessment prior to coming to campus to ensure they are not exhibiting signs of COVID-19, do not have a fever, and have not been in contact with a person that has COVID-19.

Cecil College respects the privacy of our faculty, staff and students and other constituents. As such we wanted to assure you of the following, while using the app: 1)the app does not have access to your location, nor does it store or use location information for tracking and/or contract tracing; 2)the app does not have access to any other apps and/or information on your device 3)the app is customized, open-source application and is the sole property of Cecil College and does not share information with any third parties 4) the information requested by this app is only used to determine whether you are permitted to access our campus. Answers to the questionnaire are not permanently stored by this application.

Screening will be implemented on a nondiscriminatory basis and screenings will be required of all individuals coming on campus, and all information will be treated as confidential medical information—specifically, the identity of individuals exhibiting a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms.

Employees are being asked to notify the Executive Director of Human Resources as soon as practical, if you experience COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone that has. Employees will be asked by the Cecil County Health Department to participate with contact tracing. This information will be tracked separately from personnel records, and names will not be released.

Employees will work with Human Resources, if they need to use and are eligible for the Family First Coronavirus Response Act Leave and/or discuss other leave benefits available.

Students are being asked to notify an academic advisor by calling (443) 674-1498 or as soon as practical, if you experience COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone that has. Students who miss class related to illness will be encouraged to contact faculty, as per routine processes. Students will not be asked or expected to divulge to faculty if they contracted COVID-19.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or believe they have been infected will be instructed to follow the advice of a qualified medical professional and self-quarantine. The College has provided information from the Cecil County Health Department with information on health care providers who will accept patients not already enrolled in their practice and other resources for persons testing positive. The College will follow the directive of the CDC for employees and students safe return to campus after quarantining or isolating.

COVID-19 Exposure and Confirmed Illness Protocol

Cecil will notify the college community, as needed and without using identifying information, if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on the campus. The College will work closely with the Cecil County Health Department if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on the campus.

When the College is notified an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, deep-cleaning procedures will be triggered. The College may reserve the right to close buildings, offices and/or the campus for a period up to 72 hours following a confirmed case to allow for natural deactivation of the virus. Furthermore, individuals who have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be notified, while maintaining the privacy of individuals who tested positive. Notification may come as a result of contact tracing through the Cecil County Health Department or from disclosures made willingly by the person(s) who tested positive.

All communication of any buildings, offices and/or campus closings will be communicated on Cecil College's website. As the safety and well-being of our college community is our number one priority, outlined below are some steps the College is implementing to help keep our campus safe for students, employees and visitors:

  • More frequent cleaning and sanitizing consistent with OSHA/EPA guidance by our Facilities department. This plan follows the CDC recommended COVID-19 cleaning guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizer stands placed inside the entrances of all buildings.
  • Staggered arrival/departure times ensuring fewer people enter and leave the buildings at one time.
  • Plexiglass barriers installed in all forward-facing student/staff/customer areas.
  • Common gathering areas will be closed or marked with signage to comply with reduced capacity requirements.
  • Frequently touched interior doors propped open during business hours (this cannot include fire doors).
  • Signage throughout the campus assisting with social distancing directives, and helpful reminders for hand washing, mask wearing and other CDC directives.
  • Community kitchens to remain open with single occupancy requirements and user- created cleaning plans for refrigerator, microwave, coffee pots, etc.
  • Unused classrooms marked as cleaned and off limits for unscheduled use.
  • Classrooms/labs marked for 6' social distancing metric to include desktop signage ("this desk is unavailable") in order to comply with Governor Hogan's executive order.
  • Elevator signage instructing that only single or double outside-facing occupancy allowed.
  • Waste cans placed at exit doors of bathrooms for paper towel disposal.
  • Water fountains closed with the exception of bottle refill stations.
  • All individuals on campus will be expected to wear face coverings while on campus, as directed by the Governor of Maryland. Face coverings should be worn when entering and exiting buildings and when entering hallways and using common areas such as bathrooms, hallways, kitchens and the lobby.

Employees will be expected to implement the following measures:

  • Do not come to work if you feel sick or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Go home immediately if you start to feel sick or begin experiencing COVID-19 symptoms while at work.
  • Notify Executive Director of Human Resources as soon as practical, if you experience COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone that has. You will be asked by the Cecil County Health Department to participate with contact tracing. This information will be tracked separately from personnel records, and names will not be released.
  • If you need to use and are eligible for the Family First Coronavirus Response Act Leave benefits available to you, please contact Human Resources. If you would like to review other leave that may be available to you, please contact me as well.
  • Follow CDC guidelines on personal hygiene, including washing your hands often and for the recommended 20 seconds; staying at least 6 feet apart when moving through the workplace; covering your coughs and sneezes; and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Follow CDC guidelines on safe social distancing.
  • Use only College provided cleaning supplies if you are planning to clean your desk, phone, keyboard, and any other devices or items that may be in your office or immediate office space. Prior to returning to campus, you will be expected to successfully complete Safe Colleges Hazard Communication Training and complete a form that you have done so.
  • Wear face coverings while on campus, as directed by the Governor of Maryland. Face coverings should be worn when entering and exiting buildings and when entering hallways and using common areas such as bathrooms, hallways, kitchens and the lobby. Guidance on proper use can be found at the following links:

    Cecil College will provide two (2) reusable/washable cloth face coverings for each employee. College employees may choose to wear the College provided face covering or a face covering they have procured on their own, so long as it meets the guidelines outlined by the CDC.

  • Call, email, message, or video conference as much as possible rather than meeting face- to-face. At present, the Governor's order dictates groups are limited in size to no more than 10 people. Discuss with your supervisor the logistics of face-to-face meetings to ensure proper social distancing and any accommodations, such as room changes that may need to be made to adhere to the current executive order.
  • Speak with your vice president/supervisor or Human Resources, if you have questions or concerns, or if you would like to discuss reasonable accommodations.

Students will be expected to implement the following measures:

  • Do not come to class or campus if you feel sick or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Go home immediately if you start to feel sick or begin experiencing COVID-19 symptoms while in class or on campus.
  • Notify an academic advisor by calling (443) 674-1498 or emailing advising@nullcecil.edu as soon as practical, if you experience COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone that has. Faculty are aware that students may be absent for an extended period of time related to covid-19 illness and flexible attendance policies, as recommended by the CDC, and that were in place for the spring, 2020 semester will remain in place for the summer and fall semester, to support student success.
  • As per the College's usual process, please let your faculty member know you will be absent from class, or if you are unable to complete coursework, if applicable. You do not need to disclose the specifics related to your absence.
  • Follow CDC guidelines on personal hygiene, including washing your hands often and for the recommended 20 seconds; staying at least 6 feet apart when moving through the workplace; covering your coughs and sneezes; and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Follow CDC guidelines on safe social distancing.
  • Wear face coverings while on campus, as directed by the Governor of Maryland. Face coverings should be worn when entering and exiting buildings and when entering hallways and using common areas such as bathrooms, hallways, kitchens and the lobby. Guidance on proper use can be found at the following links:

Social Distancing/Protective Measures

  • Common gathering areas to include Student Lounge, seating alcoves on TC 2nd floor, cafe counter, Student Services lounge, Veterans Lounge, PE concessions lounge, Building A 3rd floor lounge, E&M collaborative spaces, etc., will be closed or marked with signage for reduced capacity.
  • Conference rooms closed and meetings held via technological means.
  • Based upon analysis, plexiglass barriers will be installed in all forward facing student/staff servicing areas to possibly include registration, financial aid, admissions, advising, student life, live scan, library, ES reception, etc.
  • Floor signage/markings to discern 6' spacing in areas that may experience a wait line (Student Services, bookstore, Elkton Station lobby reception for example).
  • Classrooms/labs marked for 6' social distancing metric to include desktop signage ("THIS DESK IS UNAVAILABLE") placed on alternating desktops.
  • Unused classrooms marked as cleaned and off limits for unscheduled use.
  • Frequently touched interior doors propped open during business hours.
  • Elevator signage instructing that only single occupancy allowed.
  • Waste cans placed at exit doors of bathrooms for paper towel disposal.
  • Hand sanitizer stands placed inside the entrances of all buildings (20 additional stands due in July).
  • Community kitchens to remain open with single occupancy requirements. Touch points will be disinfected daily.
  • Water fountains closed with the exception of bottle refill section.

OSHA and Health and Human Services Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.

Chemical Applications

Hazard Communication

Employees that handle or are exposed to hazardous chemicals are required to participate in hazard communication training on SafeColleges. The goal is to ensure understanding of the aspects of the OSHA mandated Cecil College Hazard Communication Program and related safe handling of chemicals best practices. In reference to consumer or household products (wipes) used in the workplace by non-facilities personnel, OSHA Standard 1900.1200 (Hazard Communication) section (b)(6)(ix) states that the standard does not apply to:

Any consumer product or hazardous substance, as those terms are defined in the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2051 et seq.) and Federal Hazardous Substances Act (15 U.S.C. 1261 et seq.) respectively, where the employer can show that it is used in the workplace for the purpose intended by the chemical manufacturer or importer of the product, and the use results in a duration and frequency of exposure which is not greater than the range of exposures that could reasonably be experienced by consumers when used for the purpose intended.

With that said, the determination of the range and frequency of exposure is subjective and past guidance from OSHA is in the case of uncertainty as determining the threshold of exposure that the employer should train the employee on the Hazcom program (see the OSHA Interpretation link below). Additionally, CDC guidance for Higher Ed states:

Encourage students, faculty, and staff to keep their personal items (e.g., cell phones, other electronics) and personal work and living spaces clean. Encourage students, faculty, and staff to use disinfectant wipes to wipe down shared desks, lab equipment, and other shared objects and surfaces before use

See the CDC Higher Ed Guidance link below:

Website Privacy Policy

Cecil College maintains this website to inform you of the many offerings and activities pertinent to the institution. We appreciate the trust you place in Cecil College, and we are committed to respecting your privacy and the security of your personal information. Our privacy statement, dated October 2006, describes the information we collect and how we use it. When using this site, you agree to the terms and conditions listed in the statement.

Privacy Statement

For each visitor to our web site, the web server automatically recognizes the visitor’s domain name. We do not link IP addresses to personally identifiable information. No marketing databases are created as a result of your visit, nor are there any commercial uses made of any such data.

Cecil College does collect the following information:

  1. the domain name of visitors to our web page.
  2. aggregate information on what pages visitors access.
  3. certain technical information, such as the browser version and operating system.
  4. broad demographic information for aggregate use.
  5. the e-mail addresses of those who voluntarily communicate with us via e-mail.
  6. information volunteered by the visitor, such as survey information and/or site registrations.

The information collected is used:

  1. to improve the content of our web site.
  2. to analyze usage trends.
  3. to notify visitors about updates to our web site.
  4. by us to contact visitors for marketing purposes.

If you supply us with your postal address on-line, you may receive periodic mailings from us with information on new class offerings, services or upcoming events.

If you supply us with your telephone number on-line, you may receive telephone contact from us with information regarding new class offerings, services or upcoming events.

If you contact us voluntarily via email, you may receive email messages from us with information regarding new class offerings, services or upcoming events.

The Cecil College web site may contain links and information from other institutions and/or organizations. Cecil is not responsible for the privacy practices of these institutions and/or organizations, access is at your own risk. Cecil College will not sell, rent, or lease your e-mail address to others. Cecil does not set any cookies.

If you have questions about this privacy statement, you may contact us by mail at the following address:

Communications Office
Cecil College
One Seahawk Drive
North East, MD 21901

You may send e-mail to the Communications Office at communicationsoffice@cecil.edu. You may call us at (410) 287-1000.

If you do not wish to receive emails, mailings or phone calls from Cecil College please request removal from our lists through the contact information listed above. If you wish to update your contact information, please inform us at the above.