Updates and Information for Students and Employees
Updated April 3, 2020 at 2:45pm
Allegany College of Maryland maintains this webpage as a resource for news and information
about the College’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation.
As the status of this situation changes, we will provide updates to this page.
Please email your questions to the appropriate offices as employees may be working
from remote locations at this time.
Allegany College of Maryland Latest Updates
We appreciate your patience as we strive to ensure the safety and well-being of our
entire college community. ACM will continue credit classes online until the end of
the semester, with support services currently being delivered remotely. Non-credit
classes and training through the ACM Center for Continuing Education and Workforce
Development have ceased instruction, and relevant questions should be directed to
Jeff Kirk. Our campus locations (Cumberland Campus, Bedford County Campus, Gateway Center,
Bedford County Technical Center, Garrett County Nursing Site, and Somerset Education
Site) are not open to students, faculty, or staff through at least Sunday, April 12,
2020. A decision about the status of campus operations will be announced on or before
Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
- Summer registration opens Monday, April 20. Fall registration opens Monday, May 4.
Registration will be offered online. Contact Jennifer Engelbach to set up an email or virtual advising session with an ACM advising specialist. - April 3, 2020
- Spring 2020 commencement exercises are moved to August. Selected dates and information
about awarding of degrees will be provided as soon as possible. - April 3, 2020
- Student Financial Aid Staff are teleworking at this time. Staff is accessing email
and can answer most of your questions via email. If your question cannot be resolved by email, Student Financial Aid staff will make
arrangements to speak with you via telephone. Important updates and general information
can be found here. – April 2, 2020
- Introducing The Student Lounge on Brightspace: Your place to get support and information, find fun things to do to de-stress online,
and stay connected. - April 2, 2020
- There are outside wireless access points available on the Cumberland Campus. ACM’s
wifi signal now reaches parking lots next to our Technology Building for local students
who need internet access to work on their education through distance learning resources.
(Students must stay in their vehicles and practice social distancing.) - April 2, 2020
- Early College students taking courses through Allegany County Public Schools will
begin or resume completion of their ACM spring semester courses via online beginning
Monday, March 30th. Students residing in Pennsylvania enrolled in Early College courses
should direct questions regarding the status of their instruction to Barb Zuchelli. - March 27, 2020
- Students enrolled in the Nelnet Business Solutions (NBS) payment plan for the Spring
semester will receive an extension on their April due date. The College is delaying
the due date for the April 5th payment until April 27th. - March 26, 2020
- The College will not apply any late fees to outstanding balances until the end of
the Spring semester. Questions about billing should be directed to email@example.com. - March 26, 2020
- Assistance on how to use Brightspace, our online learning management system, is available.
Technical support is available 24/7 through Brightspace.
- Students should check in with their faculty members regarding questions about online
coursework or concerns about online access.
- Additional information regarding clinical and laboratory programs will be provided
at a later date.
- All internal and external events hosted by ACM are canceled or postponed until further
- Student Counseling Program Quick Reference Guide
For the latest information regarding college services, events, and activities please
visit our COVID-19 Operations page.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for
confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019).
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
However, these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms
are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
More information about symptoms can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a new disease. The CDC is still learning how
it spreads, the severity of the illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread
in the United States.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person but may also spread by
contact with infected surfaces or objects.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly
be inhaled into the lungs.
Spread from Contact with Infected Surfaces or Objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object
that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their
eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports
of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main
way the virus spreads.
Prevention & Treatment
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). The
best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus and practice good
health habits. Students, employees and community members should take the following
steps to protect yourself:
- Clean and wash your hands often with soap and water
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home from work or school if you are sick
- Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- Clean and disinfect your home, office and department daily
More information about prevention can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
If You Suspect You May Have COVID-19
If you suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, contact your
healthcare provider by phone for additional guidance.
For the most current travel information and restrictions, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Campus Communications on COVID-19