COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
When does the fall semester start?
The Fall semester will start on Monday, August 30, 2021, and we will follow the approved 2021-2022 academic calendar.
Will instruction be in-person, online, or in a hybrid format?
Instruction will be offered using a combination of formats including in-person, hybrid, and online. This variety of formats was offered to give students a choice when planning schedules.
Is a COVID-19 vaccination required to live on campus or attend in-person classes?
No, however, we strongly recommend students who reside in on-campus housing to get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccinated students will NOT be subject to isolation/quarantine protocols if exposed to a COVID-positive individual if they are asymptomatic.
What guidance on vaccines is Iowa Valley Community College District following?
IVCCD is following guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health. While vaccinations are not mandatory, immunization is a crucial step in reducing COVID-19 related illnesses, hospitalizations and death, and hastening a return to pre-pandemic conditions on campus and in our community.
Will masks be required?
The College relies on CDC and Public Health guidelines to inform protocols. As of July 26, 2021, masks are optional but strongly recommended for unvaccinated individuals. Masks may be required in designated areas or at certain events on campus.
Will there be required COVID testing?
Testing may be required if a student becomes symptomatic or has an exposure. We strongly recommend students who reside in on-campus housing to get vaccinated.
Will there be vaccine clinics on campus for students to get a vaccine?
Yes, IVCCD will be partnering with the Iowa Department of Public Health to offer Fall vaccine clinics on campus for any enrolled student. Dates and times will be announced through email, website, and social media.
What should I do if I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?
Stay home and limit contact with others. Contact and follow your local healthcare provider’s guidelines. Complete the Student Reporting Form on our website and notify your instructors.
What happens if a student tests positive while on campus?
Any student or employee who becomes symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate according to the rules of Public Health and/or their personal health care provider. Complete the Student Reporting Form on our website and notify your instructors. Students will be required to isolate for 5-10 days since symptoms first appeared, and to return must be symptom-free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours, and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.
What happens if my roommate or a close contact tests positive while I’m living on campus?
Any student who becomes symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19 while living on campus will be placed in an isolation room or allowed to travel home.
Roommates who are up-to-date with vaccinations (i.e., fully vaccinated, plus booster shot) will NOT have to isolate due to COVID positive exposure unless they have symptoms.
Are there specific requirements for international students?
International students arriving from outside the U.S. that have been vaccinated will need to provide proof of vaccination as well as a negative test within 72 hours of arrival. Vaccinated international students will not have to quarantine upon arrival. International students that have not been vaccinated will need to provide a negative test within 72 hours of arrival and will need to quarantine until retested 3-5 days after arrival with negative results.
What happens if there is a COVID outbreak during the semester?
The College is prepared to move most classes to a virtual format at any time during the academic year, if necessary. Some lab-based classes may be re-scheduled until in-person classes are deemed safe.
Will students be able to isolate at home if they leave campus during the required isolation period?
Yes, students will be allowed and encouraged to isolate at home. Students are expected to make contact with instructors to coordinate making up any missed material.
Will there be any medical assistance available for students on campus such as nurses, COVID-19 testing, etc.?
Yes, we work directly with Public Health and partner with local clinics and medical personnel for medical assistance and to provide testing.
What if I test positive and am unable to attend class due to isolation or quarantine?
Students who cannot attend class due to isolation or quarantine need to contact their instructors to coordinate making up any missed material.
What will dining services look like?
We will offer a full menu as normal. Stations with hand sanitizer will be available for students upon entrance and staff will continue to abide by CSC guidance related to PPE.
Will athletics be competing during the fall and spring seasons?
Yes, athletics will adhere to all decisions made by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC).
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