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With the health and safety of its campus community as its top priority, Harford Community College has made the decision to continue with online-only instruction for summer 2020. Courses that had previously been listed as face-to-face or hybrid will move to an online-only model or be canceled as Harford’s physical campus remains closed. Students whose courses have been canceled will receive an email from their academic advisor to assist with their academic plan.

Camp Curiosity, the College’s summer camps program for youth, will also be canceled. Other noncredit community education programs scheduled for the summer are being assessed on a case-by-case basis and moved online or rescheduled as appropriate; additional information will be shared with those enrolled in the programs as it becomes available.

At present, Harford Community College still hopes to resume in-person classes this fall; however, an official decision has not yet been made. HCC’s actions will continue to be informed by public health recommendations and federal, state, and local guidelines. The College has established a Task Force for Reopening Campus—an interdepartmental group of faculty, staff, and administrators—to assess the situation and make recommendations regarding when and how to safely reopen campus for students and employees. The task force will submit its initial findings to College leadership by May 11. HCC understands the decision to continue online-only instruction may pose challenges, but expects that announcing the decision early will allow sufficient time to address any potential issues. Students are encouraged to contact their course instructors for specific guidance on what online-only instruction will mean for them.

The College has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic since February. Harford was proactive in moving to an online-only learning and working environment and is fortunate to have the technology infrastructure and resources to adequately support students, faculty, and staff who are now working remotely.

Regardless of whether HCC operates online or on campus, the College will continue to focus its efforts on supporting its students, employees, and the community.

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