Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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Fall 2021 Update

CSM intends to move to Phase 4 of the college’s Return to Campus Plan resume Normal Operations status for the Fall 2021 Semester, effective Monday, August 23, 2021.

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current Operational Status: Reduced Operations

The College of Southern Maryland enacted Phase 3: Reduced Operations on May 10 for the Summer Session. The college plans to stay in Phase 3 through the end of the Summer Session on August 18.

Summary of Status:

Classes remain primarily online, and student services are primarily virtual, but on-campus appointments are available. Visitors to campus are subject to a COVID-19 self-assessment prior to entry. While masks are not required in many areas, masks are required for classrooms, labs, student support areas, and other shared spaces.

Classes (Credit and Non-Credit) 

Classes will continue as they are—virtually, with limited face-to-face classes. For more information about instructional types, visit

Student Services 

All student services are available online, by phone, by e-mail, and on-campus. Appointments for on-campus services are highly encouraged; however, for most services, walk-ins will be accommodated as time and social-distance protocols allow (appointments may still be required for certain services, i.e., advising).  Learn how to schedule an appointment here.

Campus Operational Hours 

During Phase 3, the college will generally adhere to a Monday through Thursday schedule for any on-site campus activities.

La Plata Campus Leonardtown Campus Prince Frederick Campus
  • Monday and Thursday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: 12 - 6 p.m.
  • Monday and Thursday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 12 - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 12 - 6 p.m.
  • Monday and Thursday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 12 - 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 12 - 5 p.m.

CSM College Store

The College Stores on all three campuses are open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Textbooks and required course materials are only available for purchase online at with free shipping through June 30, 2021 or free pick up at the La Plata College Store. Textbook rental returns are due by May 18, 2021. Visit the College Store website for more information.

If you have any questions about what is open, closed, or available in an alternative format, please contact us at

Phase 3 Procedures to Ensure Student, Employee, and Guest Safety

To be on campus, you must:

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  • CSM College Stores, libraries, computer labs, testing centers, and other student support spaces
  • Classrooms, labs, and other instructional spaces
  • Office areas when in the presence of others
  • Any space where 6’ physical distancing cannot be maintained
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View the Return to Campus Plan


Fall 2021 Update

CSM intends to move to Phase 4 of the college’s Return to Campus Plan and resume Normal Operations status for the Fall 2021 Semester, effective Monday, August 23, 2021.

Some COVID-19-related restrictions will remain in place; other policies and procedures have been adapted as a result of lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic. Below you’ll find the latest on masks and face coverings; vaccination requirements; capacity limits for classrooms and other spaces; telework and travel policies for employees; and other health and safety measures.

As throughout the pandemic, the college will use a data-driven, phased approach to gradually return to working and offering classes on campus. Our goals are to protect the health of students and employees; help ensure the well-being of the community; and carefully and deliberately resume campus operations in a safe manner. The college uses information from the CDC, our local health departments, the Maryland Governor’s Office, and other sources to make changes to our Operational Status.


Masks and Face Coverings

If you are fully vaccinated, you may choose to wear a mask or face covering if you wish to, and we ask that all members of the CSM community respect everyone who wishes to do so. If you are not fully vaccinated, you are strongly encouraged to always wear a mask or face covering for your protection and the protection of others.


Vaccination Policy

CSM strongly encourages all students, faculty, and staff to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the beginning of the fall semester. To help facilitate vaccinations, the college will host free vaccination clinics prior to the start of the fall semester.

While the college does not require all students and employees to be vaccinated, certain programs and departments will have mandatory vaccination requirements for the Fall 2021 Semester. In accordance with our clinical partners’ policies, faculty and students in the following programs must be fully vaccinated:

  • Certified Medicine Aide, CNA/GNA, Nurse Refresher, Phlebotomy, and ECG
  • Nursing, EMS, MLT, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assisting, Health Information Management

Proof of vaccination will be included as part of the health screening, immunization, background check, and drug screening program requirements.


Campus Facilities and Room Capacities

On-campus classes are scheduled to run at reduced room capacities this fall to provide for extra physical distancing. In addition, the college is offering approximately half of our fall credit classes in an online or hybrid format.

Seating in conference, meeting, and event spaces will return to full capacity for the fall. Furnishings will be restored to original levels in these areas.

Some campus facilities are not yet open to the public, including the Physical Education Center (PE Building) at the La Plata Campus, the Wellness and Aquatics Center at the Leonardtown Campus, and the libraries at the La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick campuses.


Physical Distancing

When possible, you are advised to maintain six feet of physical distancing. This helps prevent the spread not only of COVID-19, but other airborne illnesses.


Temperature Checks/Self-Assessment

The college will no longer require temperature checks or the use of the CSM Safe app’s COVID-19 Self-Assessment to be on campus. However, if you feel sick, stay home!

For Employees

Department Contingency Plans

All college departments must have a contingency plan in place and be ready to pivot to online offerings and remote services, should state or local health metrics change and require us to alter our guidelines for how we offer classes and services.

Telework Arrangements

Employees should talk with their supervisor about their interest in telework arrangements. If a position is telework-eligible, a new Telework Agreement must be formalized and approved. An approved Telework Agreement allows an employee to work at an alternate location, during a part of their authorized work week. It is expected that a minimum of 60% of the employee’s work time will be at their assigned college work site.

Travel Guidelines

The college plans to resume normal guidelines for college-related travel.

Updated 7/14/2021. This page will be updated as information changes. View Archive.

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