These are unprecedented times, but here at Maria College we are committed to doing all we can to minimize the disruption to your education that can occur given the ever-changing circumstances we are facing. Our reopening plans have focused on the safe return to campus and providing students with flexibility and options designed to meet their specific needs. We will communicate any changes to campus operations to our community via email (your mariacollege.edu account) and through this webpage.
Covid Vaccine Sites
If you live in NY state, click here to view available Covid Vaccination sites and to schedule your vaccine appointment. Albany County Department of Health is also maintaining a list of vaccine clinics available in Albany county.
“Let us take one day only in hands, at a time, merely making a resolve for tomorrow, thus we may hope to get on taking short, careful steps, not great strides.” -Catherine McAuley, Founder of the Sisters of Mercy
Immunization Requirement: To ensure the safety of our entire campus community, Maria College will be requiring all faculty, staff, and students (except those eligible for religious or medical exemptions), to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This requirement started as of August 16, 2021. Please upload your vaccination information to ShareMy.Health, see instructions here.
Religious or Medical Exemptions from COVID-19 Vaccination: Maria College will allow for approved medical and religious exemptions from the vaccine requirement to those eligible. Students, faculty, and staff who cannot be vaccinated for COVID-19 because of a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance may request a medical or religious exemption by submitting a completed exemption request form to the COVID Care Coordinator at email@example.com. Both forms can be found below.
Completed requests will be reviewed and a determination will be made based on the documentation submitted. Additional information or documentation may be requested to complete the process. You will receive a determination notification to your Maria College email. If you are granted a medical or religious exemption, you will still be required to adhere to testing and mask guidance for non-vaccinated individuals. If the College has granted you an approved religious exemption, this does not entail the approval of accommodations.
Fully Vaccinated: If you are fully vaccinated, you only have to complete the ShareMy.Health screening before coming to campus each day.
Not fully vaccinated: If you have an approved medical or religious exemption you must adhere to testing and masking policy, maintain social distance, and complete share my health before arriving to campus.
Testing Requirements: If you are not fully vaccinated, you must upload a negative test into ShareMy.Health no more than seven days old to access buildings on campus. This could mean being tested once every week.
Health Screenings: All students and employees must complete the daily health screening on the ShareMyHealth app only on days they are coming to campus to allow them campus access. Review a list of possible COVID-19 symptoms on the CDC website.
ID Badges: In order to get access into any of the buildings, you must have your ID Badge with you to swipe into the building and have the ShareMyHealth screening completed that day for the badge to work.
Face Coverings: In light of the CDC’s updated guidance, and the fact that Albany County is now a high transmission area for COVID-19, we have updated the College’s face covering protocol. Face coverings are now required for all individuals indoors unless individuals are in their private office or protected by barriers. We intend to drop the mask mandate as soon as circumstances allow.
Social Distancing: Social distancing is to be practiced when feasible.
Hand Washing & Hygiene: Adequate hand washing is the preferred method of hand hygiene. Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will be available for use in all common areas when hand washing stations or sinks are not available.
Communication: Your college email account and the Blackboard (Bb) page will be the primary methods of communication on the college operations and individual courses. Be sure to check both frequently.
Student Support: All functions of the Frank E. O’Brien, Jr. Student Support Center are here to support you! Please reach out to them if you have questions or need assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org or refer to staff listing.
Hours of Operation for Frank E. O’Brien, Jr. Student Support Center:
Weekend College: 10:00am-4:00pm
For information about Maria College’s participation in CARES Act funding, click here.