No ECC/MCC/Iowa Valley classes Monday & Tuesday
Friday / March 13, 2020
It was announced this afternoon that classes will be cancelled on Monday and Tuesday, Mar. 16 & 17, for Ellsworth Community College, Marshalltown Community College/Iowa Valley Grinnell and Iowa Valley Continuing Education. Because the colleges have been closed this week for Spring Break, the two-day closure will give staff and faculty time to discuss and plan for possible responses to the emerging COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in the event the illness is detected locally.
“We have emailed our students and employees, and we’re posting those communications and all public releases on our websites from today forward to ensure that everyone has as much information as needed to make the best possible decisions,” says Dr. Kristie Fisher, IVCCD Chancellor. “Although classes will be cancelled Monday and Tuesday, our campuses will be open and food service will be in operation for students who are already back from the break and in student housing.”
Fisher says the IVCCD leadership team has been in communication all week. “We are setting up meetings for Monday and Tuesday to develop a plan that allows us to maximize learning while minimizing the risk of exposure to our employees, students and communities. We are carefully following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control/CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health/IDPH.”
As always, students and staff are asked to stay home if they are ill. In addition to COVID-19, there are a variety of other illnesses (including influenza) that are striking communities and workplaces. “We appreciate everyone’s efforts to keep themselves and their colleagues and fellow students healthy,” Fisher said.
Additional communications to IVCCD students and employees will be emailed and posted on this website regularly as new information is available.