Frequently Asked Questions


General FAQ's for the Coronavirus

What is the College doing in regard to bacterial and viral threats to student health?

On Monday, March 23, College of the Mainland resumed providing instruction to our students. We moved all instruction possible to an online environment.

Most COM employees will work from home all or most of the time for the duration of the outbreak, in accordance with public health recommendations.

There will be some academic and professional activities that will still require a campus presence. In those limited instances, we will be practicing all appropriate safety measures in regards to social distancing and sanitization.

College of the Mainland continues to monitor the CDC recommendations regarding daily routine cleaning. Facilities personnel have received updated training on appropriate cleaning and disinfecting, as well as personal precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

Custodial staff is required to wipe highly touched surfaces, including handrails, push/pull door handles, drinking fountains, tables and other furniture continually touched during the course of the day. The college has increased the frequency that restrooms and common areas are cleaned and disinfected, trash is emptied and carpets and hard surfaced floors are vacuumed. All employees are encouraged to use available cleaner to wipe high touch surfaces throughout the day in addition to the efforts of Facilities custodial staff.

What should members of the campus community do if they experience symptoms?
If you are experiencing influenza-like illness, with fever greater than 100.3, and symptoms, including cough, body aches, severe sore throat, or runny nose, should call your health care provider. Call before showing up in any doctor’s office, urgent health, or hospital so that proper precautions can be taken to keep you away from other possible patients.
Do I need to report my plans for international travel if I am a student, faculty member or staff member, even if it is for personal reasons?
Any student, staff or faculty member who plans future travel anywhere internationally, is asked to self-report their travel to COM by using our Travel Registration Form located here.
Will classes continue to meet during the COVID-19 outbreak?

On Monday, March 23, College of the Mainland resumed providing instruction to our students. We moved all instruction possible to an online environment.

There will be some academic activities that will still require a campus presence. In those limited instances, we will be practicing all appropriate safety measures in regards to social distancing and hygiene.

Please check your email and consult with your instructors for additional guidance on your particular classes.
Will campus events be canceled due to COVID-19?
Out of an abundance of caution, College of the Mainland will be canceling or postponing all events until further notice. Our top priority is the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.
I plan on traveling, what should I know?

If you are planning to travel internationally, please notify the college by emailing the emergency Management Coordinator at pmcintosh@com.edu. If you are going abroad for personal travel — whether a vacation or returning home — we ask you to consider the following:

  • Know that situations and conditions surrounding COVID-19 are dynamic and could change while you are traveling, potentially complicating return logistics. Review the latest from the CDC here.
  • Before leaving, notify a family member or friend to share destination and contact information.
  • While traveling, take steps to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus by practicing good hygiene, such as regularly washing your hands.
Who can I ask if I have questions about COVID-19?
The Galveston County Health District has a call center to answer questions about COVID-19. Call 409-938-7221, option 1. The call center is open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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