COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Will Iowa Valley be holding class?
Each campus in the Iowa Valley Community College District, including Ellsworth, Marshalltown, Iowa Valley Grinnell, and Continuing Education, will be holding classes during the fall and spring semesters. Students can customize their learning experience based on their individual health considerations – classes will be held in-person, online, and in a hybrid format.
Will classes be held in person?
As a student, you can customize your class options – we want everyone to succeed in the environment that is most comfortable for their situation. Many classes will be held in person, but students can choose to attend a variety of classes online or via a hybrid option.
Will I need to wear a mask on campus?
Face coverings will be required on campus for students, faculty, and staff. When you come to campus, you will need to use a face covering in all common areas, including hallways, restrooms, and classrooms.
What if I already had a positive COVID test?
If you are experiencing any symptoms per the CDC – stay home; contact your healthcare provider. If you test for COVID, you will be required to quarantine. If you have a positive antibody test, you may be able to return to campus sooner. Contact Student Services to find out more.
What if I get a vaccine, do I still have to wear a mask?
IVCCD is requiring a mask for all persons on campus, even with a vaccine as another layer of protection for all. Yes. CDC recommends that during the pandemic people wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when in contact with others outside their household, when in healthcare facilities, and when receiving any vaccine, including a COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a mask without assistance should not wear a mask. For more information, visit considerations for wearing masks.
How often will classrooms be cleaned?
We are taking sanitization very seriously – desks will be disinfected between class periods. Students are encouraged to wash their hands with soap frequently and to use the hand sanitizer stations located in the hallways between classrooms. In addition, every classroom is cleaned nightly by the custodial staff.
How will I know if I have been identified as a close contact on campus (15 minutes of exposure closer than six feet) by a person who tests positive?
If you have been identified as a close contact by a person who tests positive (15 minutes of exposure closer than six feet) you will be contacted directly by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Iowa Valley will be assisting as requested and will do additional follow up as needed. This may include notifying faculty so classes that do not meet the socially distanced criteria can be notified.
What if I think I might have had close contact (15 minutes of exposure closer than six feet) with someone who tested positive contact?
If you believe you may have had close contact (15 minutes of exposure closer than six feet) with someone who tested positive contact your health care provider or visit testiowa.org. Also, contact the appropriate college personnel via phone or email;
- Athletes contact the appropriate coach
- Housing students contact housing staff
- Students who are not athletes or do not live on campus contact Dean of Students
- Complete the Student Self Report form
- Ellsworth COVID-19 hotline (641-373-6446) 24 hours/7 days a week
- Marshalltown COVID-19 hotline (641-328-9741) 24 hours/7 days a week
- Iowa Valley Grinnell COVID-19 hotline (641-328-9741) 24 hours/7 days a week
- Iowa Valley Continuing Education COVID-19 hotline (641-328-9710 24 hours/7 days a week
- Employees contact your immediate supervisor
If the local or state Department of Health needs assistance in identifying or contacting close contacts, the college will collaborate with public health officials.
Will Faculty and Staff have office hours?
Faculty will have office hours, some will be virtual and some in a socially distanced area, and can be reached by email; contact individual faculty members for details about their office hours. The College will still be open during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm). Please use email to contact the staff directly. Contact information can be found in our online directory.
Will athletics be played this fall?
Both the Marshalltown Tigers and Ellsworth Panthers belong to the National Junior College Athletic Association. The NJCAA has voted as an association and elected to move all fall sports to the spring term. The seasons will still be played, but the conferences are still ironing out the details for practice and competition schedules. Watch this space for more information!
Can I use the fitness facilities on campus?
At Ellsworth, the Dale Howard Activity Center, and at Marshalltown, the Student Activity Center is open to student-athletes and coaches to use as they return to campus. In phase two, all remaining registered students will be allowed to use the centers. Capacity will be limited to honor social distancing rules.
What steps are being taken to clean the IVCCD Facilities?
In addition to our standard cleaning practices we have added the following preventative measures: implementation of extra measures to clean and disinfect surfaces in public areas that are touched frequently including door handles and light switches; reducing access to buildings and/or rooms not in use to focus cleaning efforts on high traffic areas; and using IDPH and CDC guidelines for cleaning products to kill the COVID-19 virus.
What guidance is there if I have recently had a fever, cough, or other symptoms?
To limit the potential for exposure to others, if you have recently had a fever, cough or other COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to campus. Employees should not report to work and should contact their supervisors. Isolate yourself to keep from potentially exposing others, seek medical advice from your primary care medical provider (but call first). You can also call First Nurse at 800-534-6877 if you do not have a regular primary care provider.
If you are interested, the Iowa Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control both are excellent resources available online.
Other helpful links:
- Iowa Department of Public Health
- Hardin County Public Health
- Marshall County Health Department
- Poweshiek County Department of Public Health
- Tama County Public Health & Home Care Department