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Important Covid-19 Information | Please Read Carefully

Thank you so much for your interest in Leadership & Community Service Learning! Although we are experiencing an in-person semester, we are offering a wide variety of both in-person and virtual volunteering opportunities for students who still want to make a difference in our local communities during this time. 


We continue to monitor guidance, and adjust our protocols and policies as needed to maintain our collective vigilance against the spread of COVID-19. Here are a few important COVID-19 protocols and policies to achieve our goal of providing you and our partners a healthy and safe environment for everyone to serve, learn, and act. 


Everyone is expected to abide by the COVID-19 protocols and policies below, including the 4Maryland Guidelines. LCSL program staff reserves the right to dismiss you at any time from the program and refer you to the Office of Student Conduct for not following these protocols and policies. 


**Some of our off-campus community partners do have additional COVID-19 protocol and policies. You can review this additional information unique to each site here.

Masks Requirements:

The current University policy on masks is:

  1. Masks must be worn indoors by all, regardless of vaccination status.
    1. If you are unvaccinated, you are expected to wear a KN95 mask.
    2. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a KN95 mask when around large groups, including in classroom settings and in residence halls.
  2. Masks are also required in the following situations even if you are fully vaccinated:
    1. On public transportation (including LCSL Vans, Shuttle-UM and school buses)
    2. While participating in activities involving K-12 students (such as in summer camps, daycare, etc.)
    3. While obtaining healthcare services (including on-campus COVID-19 testing)
    4. While visiting campus as a guest or visitor, including affiliates, in all indoor spaces
    5. You must wear a mask indoors and outdoors when you are with K-12 students. 
  3. If you are NOT fully vaccinated you must also wear a mask in all crowded outdoor spaces. You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask at all times for your own protection and are expected to wear a KN95 mask.
  4. Wearing Your Mask Effectively
    1. Check the fit. Your mask should:
      1. Fit snugly against your face;
      2. Cover your nose, mouth and chin;
      3. Have at least two layers (multiple layers of fabric or a disposable mask under a cloth mask); and
      4. Allow you to see and breathe easily.
    2. Keep it clean. Reusable face masks should be washed regularly. Having multiple masks on hand ensures you can rotate as needed. Throw away a disposable mask after wearing it once. Don’t share your masks with others.
    3. Learn more from the CDC: Improve How Your Mask Protects You

You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask at all times for your own protection.

Vaccine Requirements

COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all students, faculty and staff returning to campus this fall semester, as announced by the University System of Maryland Chancellor.


Some of our off-campus community partners do have additional COVID-19 protocol and policies that request proof of vaccination for volunteering.


Vaccinated individuals should have easy access to a photo of their vaccination card.

Assumption of Risk and Liability Release from Liability Agreement Requirements:

All students engaged with Leadership & Community Service-Learning, must sign the LCSL assumption of risk and liability release from liability agreement before participating in LCSL programs that involve any off-campus travel.

Physical Distancing Requirements

With Kids: Maintain 3 feet of physical distancing at all times.

I am experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms or feel unwell. What should I do in the meantime?

COVID-19 Symptoms:

  • Temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit or higher
  • Chills 
  • New onset cough 
  • Trouble breathing 
  • Sore throat
  • New or unusual headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Diarrhea


  1. Please stay put!  It is important to self-isolate whenever you are experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms to reduce the spread of the disease.
  2. Call the UMD HEAL Line (301) 405-HEAL
    1. Make sure to tell them the program you are in and the program coordinator's name. 
  3. Notify your program coordinator.
  4. Get tested
    1. Testing is available at the tent adjacent to the University Health Center in Lot HP Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    2. You do not need an appointment.
    3. Rapid antigen testing will be performed in the testing tent while you wait, with results available in approximately 15 minutes.
    4. Results of on-campus tests will be submitted automatically to the University Health Center.
    5. You must wear a mask when going to be tested.

I have tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

  1. Please stay put!  You should start self-isolating from other people immediately
  2. Call the UMD HEAL Line (301) 405-HEAL
    1. Make sure to tell them the program you are in and the program coordinator's name. 
  3. All positive individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must isolate for 10 days. You are exempt from the campus testing requirement while you remain in isolation.
    1. For employees, this means they will need to go home.
    2. For on-campus residential students, this means they will need to be moved to isolation housing. 
    3. For students living off campus, they may choose to move to a hotel or their permanent address, if isolating at their current residence is not an option.
  4. Notify your program coordinator.

I have been in close contact with somebody who has COVID-19. What should I do?

Staff from the University Health Center will initiate Early Contact Identification to ensure that individuals on campus who are close contacts to the positive case are notified swiftly. Notification will also be provided to those who were in a shared space but were not in close contact. 

Definition of Close Contact: When you are within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period (for example, 1 continuous 15 minute exposure or 3 separate 5 minute exposures over 24 hours). This definition applies regardless of whether one or both parties were wearing a mask.

If you are Not Fully Vaccinated: 

  1. Please stay put!. You must quarantine for 10 days. You are exempt from the campus testing requirement while you remain in quarantine.
    1. For on-campus residential students: you will need to be moved to quarantine housing.
    2. For students living off campus: you may choose to move to a hotel or to your permanent address, if quarantining at your current residence is not an option.
  2. Call the UMD HEAL Line (301) 405-HEAL
    1. Make sure to tell them the program you are in and the program coordinator's name.
  3. Notify your program coordinator.

If you are Fully Vaccinated and do not have any symptoms of COVID-19:

  1. You will not need to quarantine and may remain at the workplace or in the classroom.
  2. You will need to continue to wear a mask indoors at all times.
  3. You will be required to get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after exposure to the positive case.
    1. Testing is available Monday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Maryland Stadium (Gate D) if you:
      1. Are unvaccinated and must test twice weekly
      2. Are vaccinated and have been identified as a close contact of a positive case
  4. You may continue working or studying while awaiting the test results. If your test comes back positive, you will need to isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test (see section above: "If You Test Positive").
  5. You must continuously monitor for symptoms and remain 6-feet away from others while removing your mask to eat and drink, until you receive a negative test result.
  6. If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, you must isolate and report for testing.

COVID-19 Travel Policy:

Off campus travel within the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) Region is permitted. This is typically considered local travel. For general same-day University-sponsored or University-affiliated travel within the local DMV area (e.g,. not overnight trips), individuals should follow all current University and local public health guidelines and take appropriate precautions.

LCSL programs use caution and judgment when considering any travel.  Any student, faculty, or staff travel related to any University-sponsored event or as a part of an affiliated organization activity must follow all current University of Maryland, State, CDC,  and Department of State public health and travel guidance, as well as any and all guidance or requirements established by the travel destination’s organization, entity, city, state, or country. 

Current CDC travel guidance indicates that individuals who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the United States and that individuals who are not fully vaccinated should delay all non-essential travel. Essential Travel is defined as travel that is required as a part of an academic class and/or university sponsored program, including athletic scholarship, or travel that is required for business continuity. Non-Essential Travel is defined as travel that is not a requirement of a class and/or academic program, or travel that will not result in a negative impact on business continuity. 

University guidance and/or policies related to travel may change as public health conditions change.  Informed by the CDC and other entities, travelers should always consult with current university policies before planning and/or commencing travel.

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