COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
Last updated 6/6/2020 @ 12:00pm
Parents and Students,
I know that the past few months have being trying on all of us. First, sorry to the 2020 High School graduates who did not get the normal closure to their senior year and then to current Iowa Central students who had an interruption in their Spring semester. This is not how any of us wanted to end an academic year, including all of the Iowa Central employees. The one thing I can say is that the adversity you faced will make you stronger in years to come!
Now, with the start of the Fall Semester around the corner, I want to provide you with a quick update of what we are doing at Iowa Central. When we open in the Fall we will have a number of class delivery methods to support you in the learning environment you feel the safest to learn. Attached is the document on our re-opening plan and a few of the highlighted areas are listed below. PLEASE take the time to read and become familiar with how some of our operations will be changing in the upcoming Fall semester. This document was created with guidance from CDC, Federal Department of Education, State Department of Education, Governor, Iowa Department of Public Health, Webster County Department of Public Health, American College Health Association, Global Center for Health Security, college attorney and many more associations. It was then vetted by our administration, in consultation with our College Nurse, Athletic Training Staff, Department Directors, Deans, and local health professionals. This was done with the SAFETY of EMPLOYEES, STUDENTS, and VISITORS as our FIRST PRIORITY! Also, remember that this document will change and new updates will be sent out.
Hand Washing, Sanitation, Face Coverings and Social Distancing: We will require everyone entering a college building to observe safety practices. Hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitizer will be required when first entering buildings. We are adding many new hand sanitizer stations throughout the college. Face coverings are highly encouraged when unable to social distance in common areas. We will be enforcing social distancing of six feet or more.
Classroom Structure: Classes will be offered in multiple delivery options - face-to-face, virtual, online, hybrid, and a mixture of all those methods. This is set up to meet the needs of our students and faculty. It is the intent that lab based/hands-on learning will be delivered through face-to-face instruction. We will make every effort to maximize the face-to-face learning. We will be enforcing social distancing within the classroom to provide the needed safety for our students and employees.
Access to Buildings: We will be keeping our buildings locked and will provide each student with an Iowa Central Keycard ID or Key FOB that they will use to access the buildings they need to access. As we implement this process, we will be e-mailing students requesting a picture that we will print on the keycard/ID. We will include the specifications for the picture in our request. We are doing this with regards to the safety of our students and will be requiring visitors to get screened at one location before entering a building.
Housing and Food Service: We will be opening our residential hall facilities and implementing new guidelines to ensure the safety of our students. The move-in process will be spread out over a longer period of time to reduce congestions and allow for proper social distancing. Designated spaces will be reserved in case a housing student needs to self-isolate or quarantine during the semester. The Triton Cafeteria will only be opened for students in housing and we are implementing new guidelines to ensure the safety of students.
Please remember that flexibility will be needed in the upcoming academic year. Our plan can change at anytime and we will continue to send out updates during this summer. Please check your Iowa Central email regularly or review the COVID-19 section on our webpage regularly.
As we enter this fall, remember we are the best community college in the nation and are here to support you! I believe we have a welcoming and inclusive environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors to reach their full potential as learners. That is a priority that will never change at Iowa Central! This is important as we confront the depravity of racism and prejudice happening in our society. We mourn the tragic killing of anybody because of their race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic states, and national origin. I ask that you join me to take the time to learn and understand the hardships that somebody faces, then help to change that in our society to create a better country, community and campus. Let's step-up and create the community of care, empathy, and positive change.
If you have questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com. During the upcoming orientations, I or other administrators will be available to answer any and all questions you have. We are excited to get the Fall started!
Dr. Dan Kinney
Iowa Central Community College
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