Iowa Central Community College Announces Fall Semester Reopening Plan
by Iowa Central Information
Posted on 6/25/2020
Fort Dodge, IA - Iowa Central Community College has unveiled a reopening plan for the fall semester at its campuses in Fort Dodge, Storm Lake, and Webster City. The College’s approach lays out a decision to create the safest environments for learning and teaching possible. This initiative not only includes responsibly conducting face-to-face classes and functions but also providing online, virtual, and a combination of coursework formats for students. Classes are set to begin on August 20th, and the semester will follow its regular academic term.
The College’s plan has been developed over the past few months by utilizing the guidance of federal, state, and local agencies, along with other associations. Policies were then examined and vetted by Iowa Central’s administration, college nurse, athletic training staff, department directors, deans, and local health professionals. Establishing a comprehensive reopening strategy allows the College to focus on the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors. Preparations are being made to cover everything from the classroom to the cafeteria.
“The health and safety of our students and employees continue to be of the utmost importance to this institution,” said Dr. Dan Kinney, President of Iowa Central Community College. “Having a thorough plan allows us to help our students achieve their goals during the pandemic in a way that prioritizes their well-being and the well-being of others.”
Iowa Central is offering a variety of classroom options and support to make students feel comfortable with their learning environment. Courses will be modified for face-to-face, online, and virtual learning. There will also be the option to combine different formats if needed. Active learning classes (hands-on labs, health sciences, career and technical education) and other in-person courses will be limited to no more than nine students while maintaining a six-foot social distancing policy.
Access to campus facilities will be going through some changes as well. Entrances to college buildings will be controlled by ID card access. All students and employees will have college ID cards that will be programmed to open doors to areas they’re authorized to be in during designated hours each day.
The College will be adding hand sanitizer stations throughout the campus in correspondence with requiring everyone that enters a college building to practice hand washing or hand sanitizing. Visitors will only be permitted to enter college buildings through designated visitor entrances; exterior building signage will provide direction to these areas.
In regards to housing and dining, the College is taking precautions to make sure safety is practiced outside of the classroom. Iowa Central will be opening the residential halls. The move-in process will be spread out over a more extended period of time to prevent large groupings of individuals and allow for better social distancing. International students will be required to quarantine for 14 days and are advised to come to campus two weeks before the start of the semester.
There will be housing reserved for students that need to either self-isolate or be quarantined during the semester. The cafeterias will only be available for residence hall students and staff living in housing. Seating will be limited to 50 percent of standard operating capacity.
“We must create the best learning environment possible for those both on- and off-campus. Our dedicated team stands at the ready to respond and bolster our plan as this long-term, complex situation evolves. We would also like to extend our most heartfelt appreciation to everyone that’s been involved in the guidance and planning for Iowa Central’s reopening,” continued Dr. Kinney.
The full extent of Iowa Central’s COVID-19 preparations and policies can be found on the College’s website by going to iowacentral.edu/covid-19. Incoming students and visitors are highly encouraged to read the reopening plan in its entirety to become familiar with the semester changes.