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

It's also our mission to provide quality education to our community. Our Riverhawk Recovery teams are working behind the scenes to develop guidelines and procedures that will allow us to fulfill our mission in the safest way possible.


AACC mascot, Swoop, wearing a face mask.

Requirements for Returning to Campus

We're working hard to protect our community. This is what we need you to do to help.

Submit Your Attestation Form

If you're required to come on campus, you will need to submit an attestation form. This is a health pledge that you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, do not have reason to believe you have or have been exposed to COVID-19, and will monitor your health.

Please see the instructions below.

Student Attestation (Health Pledge)

Once a term, students taking an in-person class will be required to submit a health pledge.

Before arriving on campus, download, print and sign the following form. Provide your signed form to your instructor.

Student Attestation Regarding COVID-19

Declaración del Estudiante con Respecto a COVID-19

Employee Attestation (Health Pledge)

Employees are also required to submit a health pledge. 

  • Download, print and sign the following form. Scan your signed form and email to COVIDsafety@aacc.edu

OR

Employee Attestation Regarding COVID-19

Declaración de Empleados con Respecto a COVID-19

Wear a Face Mask

Anyone within a college building must wear an appropriate face mask, covering their mouth and nose. Masks are required outdoors when social distancing may not be possible.

Some classes may require students to wear additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Check out our guidelines for acceptable face coverings and their best effectiveness.

Maintain Social Distancing

Students, faculty and staff should remain six feet away from others at all times. AACC has reduced overall in-person class size and in some cases will break classes into multiple groups.

These additional guidelines will also help maintain social distance:

  • Know the location, building and room for your class. When you arrive, go directly there, following any directional signs. Don't enter any other rooms or buildings.
  • Use the stairs when possible, following any directional signs. If using the elevator, do so one at a time.
  • Follow a coordinated schedule for breaks. Limit the number of people in the bathroom.
  • When class is over, don't crowd the instructor or rush to leave all at once. Keep six feet between yourself and others.

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What if I get sick?

If you are sick, please stay home. Seek medical advice if you develop COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath). 

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s website has current and extensive information regarding testing, face masks and current case loads in our county.

Students experiencing symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to campus. 

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact the AACC Health & Wellness Center at bamays@aacc.edu. They will determine what notifications, if any, need to be made to the college community.

View student protocols for COVID-19.

Employees experiencing symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to campus. 

Faculty and staff must notify COVIDsafety@aacc.edu within 24 hours of

  • receiving a positive COVID-19 test
  • exhibiting COVID symptoms
  • having an intimate partner, housemate or caregiver who is experiencing COVID symptoms or has received a positive COVID-19 test
  • uprotected close contact with a person who is experiencing COVID symptoms or has received a positive COVID-19 test

The college’s executive director of Human Resources will contact anyone that the employee has come into close contact with. Local health departments will also conduct contact tracing and advise employees and students of next steps regarding testing and quarantine requirements. 

View employee protocols for COVID-19.


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Take Care of Yourself

Education is important, but so is self care. Here are few tips and resources for doing just that.

  • Stay informed, but avoid excessive media coverage of COVID-19.
  • Take care of your body: meditate, exercise, eat healthy and get plenty of sleep.
  • Make time for activities you enjoy.
  • Share your concerns with a trusted family member or friend.
  • Demonstrate a little extra kindness — to yourself and others.
  • Remind yourself that this situation is not forever. We’ll get through this.

Resources for Coping with Stress

Learn more about coping with pandemic stress.

Feeling overwhelmed?

Talk to a health care provider or counselor.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing intense sadness, depression, anxiety or feeling like you want to harm yourself or others call:

  • 911
  • Crisis Warmline
    410-768-5522
    24/7 help and support
  • Disaster Distress Helpline (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA)
    800-985-5990
    (TTY 800-846-8517)
    or text TalkWithUs to 66746

Health and Safety FAQs

If you didn't find what you were looking for, try the frequently asked questions below. Still can't find your answer? Reach out to any of the individuals or resources we've listed on these pages.

Faculty and staff should also visit our page specifically for employees.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes, all students, faculty and staff must wear a face mask in campus buildings. Masks must be worn outside on campus when social distancing cannot be maintained.  

Some students may be required to wear additional personal protective equipment if their class requires it. 

Do I provide my own protective gear?

You must provide your own face covering. Some courses may require students to wear additional protective equipment. 

What if I forget my face mask?

Students, faculty and staff are responsible for their own face coverings. However, if a student forgets their mask, there will a limited supply of extras.

What is an attestation form?

An attestation form is a document in which you pledge something is true. In this case, by signing the attestation form, you're pledging that you’ve had no known potential exposure. Potential exposure means being an intimate partner, housemate, or caregiver of, or having unprotected close contact (less than 6 feet apart for 15 minutes or more without PPE) with an individual with confirm or suspected COVID-19. The timeframe for having contact with an infected individual includes the period of time from 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic until they meet CDC criteria for discontinuing home isolation.

Students with an in-person class must complete and submit an attestation form each term. 

Employees coming on campus must also complete an attestation form.

We are currently in 

Stage Two

of our recovery plan.

Coming on Campus?

Before you do, complete the appropriate form and follow these directions.  

Student Attestation Regarding COVID-19
(en Español)

Employee Attestation Regarding COVID-19
(en Español)

Visitor Attestation Regarding COVID-19


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.