We've made this article available without a subscription as a public service.

Now, more than ever, the world needs trustworthy reporting—but good journalism isn’t free. Please support us by subscribing or contributing today.

top story

St. Mary's College of Maryland to begin in-person classes in August

St. Mary’s College of Maryland announced in-person classes for the fall semester will start Aug. 17 and end around Thanksgiving.

Mike Wick, the college’s provost and dean of faculty, sent an email to students that the fall semester will have a “hybrid model” between in-person and off-campus instruction. The college, like many others across the country, closed its campus abruptly in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and later continued classes online to close out the spring semester.

“The [college’s] Reopening Task Force work has been ongoing, with members identifying processes and solutions within the guidelines of the county, state and federal governments. Areas include teaching and learning, community health, facilities, dining, housing and athletics,” Wick said.

Michael Bruckler, a college spokesperson, told The Enterprise summer activities were canceled at the end of May, which included popular athletic camps open to the public.

“So there are no actual events or activities taking place on campus,” he said. “However, there are virtual events taking place.”

He added the virtual River Concert Series begins this Friday and will continue every Friday through July 31.

Earlier this month, St. Mary’s College President Tuajuanda Jordan said every student, faculty and staff member will be given masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and a digital thermometer in the fall. Infrared thermometers will be used to monitor temperatures of employees.

Many health officials have warned of a possible second wave of COVID-19 cases later this year as the coronavirus continues to percolate through society.

Jordan said campus housing will “de-densify” and the college might have sufficient space to accommodate all students who want to live in the dorms while following safety guidelines. Food services will have to be modified and the teleworking process for staff could be adjusted.

The College of Southern Maryland announced at the beginning of the month it will remain in remote or restricted operations mode until Aug. 16, which is the last day of summer sessions, and only pre-approved personnel currently have access to campuses.

All classes during the fall will be taught virtually, the community college’s website states. Depending on the course, students can expect a web-based class, a real-time technology class that could be a live lecture, for example, or a hybrid method, which combines distant-learning and on-campus instruction.

Ben Latigo, the interim executive director for University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland, told The Enterprise through an email that USMSM staff will return to work June 29 for mandatory training on the “Return to Campus Plan.”

University coordinators will return to the satellite campus in California July 1. July 13 is when USMSM will reopen for training programs and Aug. 17 is when face-to-face classes can begin.

“Already two of our university partners will be offering their fall 2020 classes entirely online,” Latigo said, adding that plans could change depending on the COVID-19 pandemic and guidelines coming from the CDC, governor or the University System of Maryland.

Latigo said campuses under USM could start as early as July 15. College Park’s campus will reopen Aug. 31 and some student athletes have already returned for training.

Twitter: @KristenEntNews

Twitter: @KristenEntNews

Resources for Marylanders and employees during COVID-19

SBDC Webinar - Topics: EIDL and CARES (PPP) COVID 19 Loans

Monday 4/6/2020, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

Space is Limited ~ You Must Register: https://mdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/16175

Please RSVP with a valid email. After registering, you will receive a Zoom Meeting link to join online, or you can join via the dial-in number. This webinar will be recorded and shared, and if space fills up, additional dates will be added.

Daily SBA Conference Call – Updates (M-F) provided and you can ask questions.

3:00 p.m., Call 202-765-1264, Conf Call ID# 827-299-626

5:30 p.m., Call 202-765-1264, Conf Call ID# 310-688-488

EIDL Application Help – Daily 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. On the call, an SBA agent will walk you through how to fill out the EIDL form. Have all your necessary documents ready. Zoom Meeting # 6794772946

Paycheck Protection Program Loan (PPPL) FAQ - 

bit.ly/PPPL_FAQs

SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources#section-header-0

Main Maryland Business Information Site for COVID 19 updates and resources - https://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business