COVID-19 News

HCC will continue with online-only instruction for summer and fall 2020
as the physical campus remains closed to students and non-essential personnel.

Harford Community College, along with the Harford County Health Department and other county partners, is actively monitoring the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This webpage contains information for the community regarding the College's ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic. Information for HCC students and employees can be found on OwlNet.

Message to the Community

May 14, 2020

Harford Community College has been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since February. We were proactive in moving to an online-only learning and working environment, which has been in place since March 22. We are fortunate to have the technology infrastructure and resources to adequately support students, faculty, and staff who are now working remotely. I want to thank our campus community for their flexibility, understanding, and resilience during these difficult times in making the transition to an online-only environment. 

In April, HCC appointed a Taskforce for Reopening Campus to develop a phased plan to reopen campus that aligns with federal and state guidelines and public health recommendations. The taskforce has submitted its report, the Executive Summary of which can be read here. HCC’s reopening plan consists of a series of stages (Stage 0 through Stage 3); each stage is accompanied by triggers (dependent on local, state, and federal guidelines) and actions/controls that the College must implement before moving into each stage (including physical distancing, administrative and engineering controls, and the use of personal protective equipment).

The College is currently in Stage 0—with campus closed to all but essential personnel—and will remain as such through May 31. Based on Governor Hogan and the Harford County Executive’s intention to move into the first stage (low-risk) of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery beginning May 15, the College will enter Stage 1 of our reopening plan on June 1. In Stage 1, instruction will continue in an online-only environment and all non-essential personnel will continue to work from home with only limited exceptions (primarily for time-sensitive activities).

By July 6, the College will make a determination on when to enter Stage 2A. Our current hope is to begin Stage 2A by the start of the fall semester, but this is dependent on a number of external factors that we cannot currently predict. Effectively, this means that the College will begin the Fall 2020 semester in an online-only learning environment, with the possible exception of some courses with a clinical, lab, or hands-on learning component (to be determined by Academic Affairs). It is possible that conditions will allow for the College to enter Stage 2B at some point during the fall semester, which would permit a more extensive reopening of key campus offices and possibly enable some courses that had previously been online-only to transition to a hybrid format. Right now, however, it is still too early to know if this will be possible; therefore, employees and students should plan for the continuation of an online-only learning and working environment through at least the end of the calendar year.

We understand this news may be difficult—and we certainly didn’t anticipate this outcome when we first closed the campus in mid-March. However, these measures are necessary to protect the health and safety of our entire campus community. The College will continue to provide practical and material support to our students and employees throughout this remote learning and working period, with an emphasis on physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Again, I want to thank our campus community for their continued dedication and hard work—not to mention their patience, understanding, and resilience in the face of these unprecedented circumstances. Regardless of whether we are online or on-campus, we will continue to focus our efforts on supporting our students, our employees, and our community.

Be well, and stay safe.

Dr. Jacqueline Jackson
Interim President


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