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The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our first priority.

AACC will continue to follow federal, state and local restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, these restrictions are subject to change and the college will remain flexible to respond appropriately to any changes in status. For the most recent information about the county guidelines, visit the Anne Arundel County Department of Health website.

Vaccination Requirements

Effective March 9, AACC no longer requires students and employees to either certify to being fully vaccinated or test weekly for COVID-19 unless they are participating in clinicals, externships or internships in a health care or clinic setting.

All Anne Arundel County residents 5 and older are eligible for the vaccine in accordance with the county’s vaccination timeline. AACC currently serves as a vaccination site for Anne Arundel County. You can find a list of all current vaccination sites on the Anne Arundel County Department of Health website.

Face Coverings

Beginning May 19, face coverings are no longer required to be worn indoors. For any off-site locations not owned or controlled by the college, students in AACC classes may be required to wear a mask within that classroom based on their guidelines.

Maintain Social Distancing

Students, faculty and staff are recommended to continue social distancing, but this is not required.


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What if I get sick?

If an employee or student is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should not come to campus. Isolate, complete the COVID-19 Reporting form and follow the college's Interim Procedure on COVID-19 Reporting and Return to AACC.

Common COVID-19 symptoms are:

  • Fever or chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea

Interim Procedure on COVID-19 Reporting and Return to AACC

AACC has adopted an Interim Procedure on COVID-19 Reporting and Return to AACC, which provides the following general protocols for individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have received a positive COVID-19 test result, or have been exposed to someone with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case. In general, the college follows the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Maryland Department of Health and the Anne Arundel County Health Department regarding requirements for isolation and quarantine. We reserve the right to make changes to these protocols based on the facts and circumstances or guidance from public health or medical professionals.

Employees and students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have received a positive COVID-19 test result or have been exposed to someone with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case must submit a COVID-19 Report Form to the college within no more than 24 hours.

The college’s COVID safety staff will advise the appropriate supervisors, faculty and staff regarding individuals that are required to isolate or quarantine. The COVID safety staff will manage each individual case from initial report to clearance for return to campus. The COVID safety staff will officially notify the employee or student subject to isolation or quarantine and their instructors or supervisors, as appropriate, when they are cleared to return to campus. 

Depending on the circumstances, the COVID safety staff may contact any employee or student who has come into close contact with a person who is experiencing symptoms, testing positive or having an exposure to a person with COVID-19 to determine the appropriate safety measures that must be taken. To the extent possible, the college will not disclose personally identifiable information. Local health departments may also conduct contact tracing and advise employees and students of next steps regarding testing, isolation and quarantine requirements.

Federal law prohibits employers from discharging or discriminating against an employee for reporting work-related injuries or illness and from discriminating against an employee for exercising rights under, or as a result of actions that are required by, federal law. Federal law also protects the employee from retaliation for filing an occupational safety or health complaint, reporting a work-related injuries or illness or otherwise exercising any rights afforded by the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

Regardless of vaccination status, if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you must:

  • Complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form immediately to notify the college’s COVID safety staff.
  • Isolate in accordance with CDC guidance as directed by the COVID safety staff. Stay home and avoid all contact with others for the recommended isolation period.
  • Seek medical care as needed.
  • Answer any calls or emails from AACC personnel or contact tracers and share your close contacts to help stop the spread of the virus.
  • Schedule an FDA approved COVID-19 test as directed by the COVID Safety staff.
  • Report positive test results within 24 hours of receipt to covidsafety@aacc.edu.
  • Do not return to campus until you receive an email from the COVID Safety staff stating that you are cleared to return.
  • Follow all other instructions provided by AACC.
  • An employee should discuss with their supervisor whether they can telework during the isolation period. If the employee is unable to telework, the employee may request COVID leave, if available.
  • A student should contact their instructors to discuss class assignments and participation during the isolation period.

Tested Positive for COVID-19

Regardless of vaccination status, if you tested positive for COVID-19, you must:

  • Complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form within 24 hours of receiving your positive test result to notify the college’s COVID safety staff.
  • Isolate in accordance with CDC guidance as directed by the COVID safety staff. Stay home and avoid all contact with others for the recommended isolation period.
  • Answer any calls or emails from AACC personnel or contact tracers and share your close contacts to help stop the spread of the virus.
  • If you are asymptomatic, self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms, report the symptoms to covidsafety@aacc.edu within 24 hours of onset of symptoms, seek medical care as needed, and follow the protocols for experiencing COVID-19 symptoms as directed by the COVID safety staff.
  • Do not return to campus until you receive an email from the COVID safety staff stating that you are cleared to return.
  • Follow all other instructions provided by AACC.
  • An employee should discuss with their supervisor whether they can telework during the isolation period. If the employee is unable to telework, the employee may request COVID leave, if available.
  • A student should contact their instructors to discuss class assignments and participation during the isolation period.

Close Contact With Someone Who Has COVID-19

Regardless of vaccination status, if you came into close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you must:

  • Complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form immediately to notify the college’s COVID safety staff.
  • Quarantine if required by CDC guidance as directed by COVID safety staff. Stay home and avoid all contact with others for the recommended quarantine period, if any.
  • Answer any calls or emails from AACC personnel or contact tracers and share your close contacts to help stop the spread of the virus.
  • If you are asymptomatic, self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms, report the symptoms to covidsafety@aacc.edu within 24 hours of onset of symptoms, seek medical care as needed, and follow the protocols for experiencing COVID-19 symptoms as directed by the COVID safety staff.
  • Even if you do not develop symptoms, schedule an FDA approved COVID-19 test as directed by COVID safety staff.
  • Report positive test results within 24 hours of receiving the positive result to covidsafety@aacc.edu and follow the protocols for a positive COVID-19 test as directed by the COVID safety staff.
  • If you were required to quarantine, do not return to campus until you receive an email from the COVID Safety staff, stating that you are cleared to return.
  • Follow all other instructions provided by AACC.
  • An employee should discuss with their supervisor whether they can telework during the quarantine period.  If the employee is unable to telework, the employee may request COVID leave, if available.
  • A student should contact their instructors to discuss class assignments and participation during the quarantine period.

Cleaning Protocols

We have implemented protocols both inside and outside of the classroom in accordance with public health guidelines while keeping our community safe.

Facility Preparations

Facilities routinely conducts building assessments to ensure that all systems are functional, including the standardized process of “pre-semester checks”, which focus on the functionality and safety of all student-centric spaces. These assessments have been updated to include specific COVID-19 checklists.

Physical barriers (plexiglass) have been installed to the extent possible at service counter locations throughout the college. Facilities continues to ensure that all energy management systems are functioning properly and regularly monitors air quality and filtration systems.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

The custodial staff is responsible for disinfecting classrooms every evening.

The virus that causes COVID-19 can be killed readily with disinfectant products, including sprays, concentrates and wipes. Facilities has increased cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces and restrooms. Some surfaces are cleaned multiple times a day based on usage: light switches, door handles, handrails, drinking fountains, plumbing fixtures, restroom stalls, etc.

The custodial staff is responsible for disinfecting all hard surfaces in common areas nightly including door levers, work surfaces, hard seating, hallways, classrooms, restrooms, etc. Most of this cleaning happens every evening, Monday–Friday. Electrostatic sprayers are used for large area disinfection and in restrooms.

Hand sanitizer is provided on every floor in every building at the entrances. Keyboards, mice, PCs, peripherals, etc. in common areas are disinfected several times per week. Hand washing instruction signs have been placed in all bathrooms on the front doors and inside the restrooms on the mirrors. 

As with many of these procedures, the cleaning protocols are subject to change based on guidance from health officials.

Self-Cleaning Guidance

Employees and students should review the latest CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfecting.

Everyone at AACC will be expected to do their part. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wipe down their work areas as they enter the location, before beginning their work. All classrooms, labs and spaces where students meet with faculty or staff will be supplied with cleaning supplies.

Employees are responsible for their personal spaces. Everyone is encouraged to wipe down their hard surfaces with a disinfectant. The college will provide disinfectant and paper towels in labs, classrooms and office suites. These materials will be replenished each day. Custodians will remove all trash, vacuum, and clean doorknobs, keypads and light switches nightly.

Faculty or lab staff should work with their departments to create a plan for each hands-on course to ensure self-cleaning duties are assigned. Students should be shown how to fully clean and disinfect any special equipment or tools that they are required to use in their courses.

Custodial support requests and any other questions can be directed to 410-777-2345.

Ventilation and Domestic Water

The college follows American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards for our heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. Various Facilities Maintenance and Operations personnel monitor our building systems (air flow rates, static pressure, relative humidity, supply and return temperatures, etc.) multiple times daily. The college follows ASHRAE recommendations and conducts a 2-hour building air flush each day prior to occupancy by bringing in 100% outside air. The college has also upgraded all air filters to Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) 13, as recommended by ASHRAE.

Due to the lack of activity in some buildings and limited activity in others, the team is flushing the building water systems (faucets, water closets water fountains, etc.) on a weekly basis. This assures water clarity and quality.

COVID-19 Reporting

Are you experiencing COVID-19 symptoms? Did you receive a positive COVID-19 test result? Have you been exposed to someone with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case? Please complete our COVID-19 Reporting form.


COVID-19 Information

Learn more about what we're doing to keep our community safe.

 

Steps to Stay Healthy

Everyday actions you can do.

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid close contact.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • Monitor your health daily

Learn more from the CDC.