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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

In response to the COVID-19 delta variant, AACC is moving toward requiring all students and employees to either certify to being vaccinated or test for COVID-19 prior to coming to campus for work, class or in-person services. 

All Anne Arundel County residents 12 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 the current vaccination sites on the Anne Arundel County Department of Health website.

Learn more about the college's vaccination plans.

Face Masks Required for All

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 numbers and recommendations from the CDC, masks are required indoors at all AACC facilities regardless of vaccination status. For any offsite locations not owned or controlled by the college, students in AACC classes will be required to wear a mask within that classroom.  A limited supply of extra masks are available at the Department of Public Safety and Police’s communication desk in the Central Services Building. College employees who wish to order additional masks should call Arlene Crow at 410-777-2072 or email acrow@aacc.edu. Administrative offices may also have a supply of extra masks.

Learn more about our face mask guidelines.

Maintain Social Distancing

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

Attestation Form

To protect the safety and public health of the AACC campus and community, all employees, students, visitors, volunteers, vendors and contractors are still required to complete an attestation form. This is a health pledge that an individual is not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, has not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days or has not been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days if the individuals has not been vaccinated, and will monitor their health.

More details are below.

Student Attestation (Health Pledge Instructions)

All students will complete an attestation form when registering for classes. This is required even if all of your classes are online. If you are enrolled in classes, your attestation is automatically included when you register so you don't have to complete another one.

Employee Attestation (Health Pledge Instructions)

All employees are required to submit a health attestation form even if they are working from home.

The attestation is set up as a Microsoft form. Log in as you normally would on the college’s sign-in page, read each statement and, if appropriate, click on the “Agree” box, sign and complete the form. We also have a Spanish language version of the form available.

The information will be stored securely and you will receive an email confirmation with a copy of the attestation for your records. If you have any questions, contact Human Resources at humanresources@aacc.edu

Visitor, Vendors and Contractors Attestation (Health Pledge Instructions)

Download, print and sign the Visitor Attestation Regarding COVID-19. Email the form to COVIDsafety@aacc.edu when completed.

Vendors, contractors and suppliers that are required to be present on college property should follow these Guidelines to Vendors, Contractors and Suppliers Regarding COVID-19


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What if I get sick?

If an employee or student is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to campus. 

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

The college’s COVID safety staff will advise the appropriate supervisors, employees, faculty and staff on next steps. The COVID safety staff will manage each individual case from initial report to clearance to return to campus. COVID safety will officially notify any presumptive case when they are cleared to return to campus. 

A college representative will contact any campus-related individuals that the employee or student has come into close contact with, stating that they must quarantine until further notice because they may have been exposed to a presumptively ill person while on campus, unless the individual was fully vaccinated prior to the exposure. 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 and quarantine requirements.


COVID-19 Exposure Protocols

AACC provides the following general protocols for individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, receiving a positive COVID-19 test result, or having been exposed to someone with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case. AACC reserves the right to make changes to these protocols based on the facts and circumstances or guidance from public health or medical professionals.

Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you must:

  • Notify covidsafety@aacc.edu immediately.
  • Isolate: stay home and avoid all contact with others.
  • Schedule an FDA-approved PCR COVID-19 test as soon as possible.
  • 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.
  • Do not return to campus until you have provided a negative test result to AACC and symptoms have significantly improved and you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medicine.
  • Report positive test results to covidsafety@aacc.edu and follow the protocols for a positive COVID-19 Test. 
  • 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.

Positive COVID-19 Test (Vaccinated or Unvaccinated)

If experiencing symptoms, you must:

  • Notify covidsafety@aacc.edu immediately.
  • Isolate: stay home and avoid all contact with others for at least 10 days after your onset of symptoms and you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medicine.
  • Answer any calls or emails from AACC personnel or contact tracers and share your close contacts to help stop the spread of the virus.
  • Do not return to campus until the isolation period has ended.
  • Follow all other instructions provided by AACC.

If not experiencing symptoms, you must:

  • Notify covidsafety@aacc.edu immediately.
  • Isolate: stay home and avoid all contact with others for at least 10 days after the date you were tested.
  • Answer any calls or emails from AACC personnel or contact tracers and share your close contacts to help stop the spread of the virus.
  • Do not return to campus until the isolation period has ended. 
  • Follow all other instructions provided by AACC.
  • An employee with a positive test result 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.

Close Contact with Someone who Tested Positive for COVID-19

If you are fully vaccinated (all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine plus two weeks), were wearing a mask at the time of the exposure and are not experiencing symptoms, you must:

  • Notify covidsafety@aacc.edu immediately.
  • Wear a mask at all times when indoors on campus.
  • Practice social distancing of at least six feet at all times on campus.
  • Schedule an FDA approved PCR COVID-19 test at least five days after the exposure (the date you were in contact with the individual with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is day zero).
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days, report any symptoms to covidsafety@aacc.edu and follow the protocols for experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Answer any calls or emails from AACC personnel or contact tracers and share your close contacts to help stop the spread of the virus.
  • Report positive test results to covidsafety@aacc.edu and follow the protocols for a positive COVID-19 test.
  • If the results are negative and you remain symptom free, you may discontinue social distancing.
  • Follow all other instructions provided by AACC.
  • Even though an employee in this circumstance is permitted to return to work, the employee may discuss with their supervisor whether they can telework for up to 10 days in lieu of returning to work.

If you are fully vaccinated (all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine plus two weeks), were not wearing a mask at the time of the exposure and are not experiencing symptoms, you must:

  • Notify covidsafety@aacc.edu immediately.
  • Quarantine: Stay home and avoid all contact with others for at least five days.
  • Schedule an FDA approved rapid or PCR COVID-19 test at least five days after the exposure (the date you were in contact with the individual with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is day zero).
    • If the results are negative and you remain symptom free, you must provide the results to AACC and may return to campus.
    • If you choose not to get a COVID test, you must quarantine: Stay home and avoid all contact with others until at least 10 days after the exposure (the date you were in contact with the individual with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is day zero).
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days, report any symptoms to covidsafety@aacc.edu and follow the protocols for experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Answer any calls or emails from AACC personnel or contact tracers and share your close contacts to help stop the spread of the virus.
  • Report positive test results to covidsafety@aacc.edu and follow the protocols for a positive COVID-19 test.
  • 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.

If you are not fully vaccinated (all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine plus two weeks) and are not experiencing symptoms, you must:

  • Notify covidsafety@aacc.edu immediately;
  • Quarantine: Stay home and avoid all contact with others for at least seven days;
  • Schedule an FDA approved rapid or PCR COVID-19 test at least five days after the exposure (the date you were in contact with the individual with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is day zero);
    • If the results are negative and you remain symptom free, you must provide the results to AACC and may return to campus on the eighth day after the exposure (the date you were in contact with the individual with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is day zero);
    • If you choose not to get a COVID test, you must quarantine: Stay home and avoid all contact with others until at least 10 days after the exposure (the date you were in contact with the individual with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is day zero);
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days, report any symptoms to covidsafety@aacc.edu and follow the protocols for experiencing COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Answer any calls or emails from AACC personnel or contact tracers and share your close contacts to help stop the spread of the virus;
  • Report positive test results to covidsafety@aacc.edu and follow the protocols for a positive COVID-19 test; and
  • 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.

Cleaning Protocols

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

COVID-19 Cases on Campus

If a presumptively ill student is present on campus, the instructor will cancel the class until further notice. If an instructor cancels a class, the instructor must notify the Assistant Dean/Director/Dean immediately via email that class has been canceled due to a presumptively ill student being present in a classroom. If the presumptively ill student was in another room or office on campus, the room or office will be immediately closed and will not be reopened until the room or office is sanitized.

If a presumptively ill employee is present on campus, the supervisor will require the employee to leave campus immediately until further notice.  The college will determine which spaces on campus need to be temporarily closed and sanitized and conduct contact tracing to work with the county health department to determine if others need to quarantine.

The college will follow CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfection as follows: 

  • Wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting to minimize potential for exposure to respiratory droplets. If 24 hours is not feasible, the college will wait as long as possible.
  • During the waiting period where possible, outside doors and windows will be opened to increase air circulation in the area. 
  • Sanitize Campus locations, consistent with current CDC guidelines.

Operations can resume as soon as the cleaning and disinfection are completed. 

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.

Vaccine Certification

All students and employees are required to complete a vaccine certification form and provide proof of their vaccination status.


Accommodation Requests

Below you will find forms to request an accommodation from the college's vaccine or testing protocol for medical, disability, or religious reasons. Further information about accommodations can be found in the FAQs at the bottom of our Vaccinations webpage.

Students

Employees


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.