Montgomery College will stick with virtual classes in the spring as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
In a press release on Wednesday morning, Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard said that “bringing additional classes back to campus … will put people at too great a risk, given the high levels of COVID-19 in our region.”
Staff members will also continue to work remotely, and college-sponsored travel will be restricted through Feb. 28. No events will be held on campuses through April 1.
Montgomery College has been in a nearly fully virtual model since the pandemic began in March.
In the fall semester, the college offered 34 in-person classes that require hands-on experiences.
Those classes included automotive technology, building trades, landscape technology, biotechnology, health services and nursing, according to the school’s website.
Class sizes were reduced, masks were required and the classrooms were cleaned multiple times per day.
Similar courses will be offered in person in the spring.
The college has Rockville, Germantown and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses, and serves about 60,000 students annually.