Health & Wellness

In partnership with Frederick Health and the Frederick County Health Department, we have put together a comprehensive public health plan, including behavioral  guidelines, rearranging campus spaces to ensure social distancing, stringent cleaning protocols, and testing and response to COVID-19.

Masks Required on Campus 

Face masks must be worn by all members of the community in public areas and when in the presence of others. This includes classrooms, public restrooms, open office and common spaces, lobbies, bathrooms, etc. Appropriate use of face masks is critical in minimizing risk for the spread of COVID-19. Hood College will provide one cloth mask, which is washable and reusable.

Hand Washing

Wash your hands often and avoid touching your mouth and face. Hand sanitizer is available in all buildings on campus, but you should carry some with you, as well.

Symptom Monitoring

Each member of the community should monitor their own health and complete a daily health check. Instructions forthcoming. If you do not feel well, do not attend class or report to work. A symptom monitoring app will be rolled out before the start of the semester.

Social Distancing

Physical distance of at least six feet between individuals is critical. 


The College is developing robust testing and contact tracing plans, which are being developed in consultation with the Frederick County Department of Health and Frederick Health.

Heart, Mind & Hands Commitment

Hood's Heart, Mind and Hands Pledge is the foundation for a successful and healthy fall semester. We must commit to taking personal responsibility for the health of the Hood community. Students, faculty and staff are expected to abide by the measures we have put in place to protect the health of our community. We are all accountable for compliance and ensuring we are all doing our part.

For a complete list of Behavioral Protocols, visit Your Healthy Habits.