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Date: July 29, 2020
Media Contacts: Marcus Rosano, 301-525-5283; Vanessa Zambrano, 240-567-9186

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Montgomery College Announces Plans for Fall Semester
Large majority of classes and operations will continue to operate remotely 

Montgomery College announced today that most classes and operations will continue to operate remotely for the fall semester. In order to best serve students, however, the College is working to host a small number of in-person learning experiences for a limited number of students.

“The health and safety of our community must be our highest priority,” said Montgomery College President DeRionne P. Pollard. “As we demonstrated in the spring, it is possible to reduce the spread of the virus while continuing to propel students to academic and personal success.”

In a statement sent to all College employees and students, Pollard said, “while local infection rates have improved, concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in Montgomery County remain.” Thus, College officials, including the Coronavirus Advisory Team, feel a full return to in-person operations at the College is not yet warranted.

Furthermore, the College’s Human Resources and Strategic Talent Management division was heavily involved in the decision-making process. Montgomery College employees with school-aged children, those with health vulnerabilities (or family members with such vulnerabilities), and those with eldercare responsibilities, were all considered.

The small number of targeted in-person learning experiences —all health sciences, lab classes, and a small number of workforce development areas—will strictly adhere to health protocols such as wearing masks, social distancing, frequent cleaning, and staggered student attendance. The in-person classes targeted for this fall semester are listed on the College’s “Coronavirus: What You Need to Know” page.

For more information, students and the Montgomery County community at-large, are urged to closely monitor the College’s “Student Guidance” page and the “Resilient MC” page.

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