COVID-19 Student Information
These are informational emails to students related to our college responses to the emerging COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. All updates will include a date/time, with newer information at the top of this page.
STUDENT EMAIL (MAR. 30 @ 6:59 AM)
|While I know the vast majority of you are no longer on campus, you are still an important member of our community. Late last week I shared the following information with our employees and thought you might find it helpful as well. Members of our leadership team talked with the Marshall County Department of Health (one of our local counties) last week to seek guidance on how to respond to employees who were sharing scenarios and asking if they should self isolate.
When discussing the guidance, we evaluated what we have done to support the section shaded below. Some of our actions to support this are:
These steps are allowing us to continue to serve you in our new virtual learning environment. And while only a small percentage of our employees are physically on campus, we are here for you. We are answering emails and checking voice mail regularly to return your calls.
PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE FOR THOSE HAVING CONTACT WITH COVID-19
We’ve received questions from employees and students who have either been in direct or indirect contact with COVID-19. In the interest of getting the correct information to everyone, we spoke with the Marshall County Public Health Nurse and are sharing this guidance:
DIRECT CONTACT (You have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19)
INDIRECT CONTACT (You have been in contact with someone who has been in contact with COVID-19)
Stay healthy both physically and mentally…take care of yourself and others!
STUDENT EMAIL (MAR. 20 @ 4:58 PM)
|Welcome to the weekend!
Please take a moment to read the following guidance regarding emotional wellness during COVID-19. This situation is new and unpredictable, and we’re all likely experiencing some emotional discomfort. Below are some thoughts and resources on how to stay emotionally well during these times.
Know that we are committed to our students: You’re the reason we exist! We’re all working very hard to plan carefully and ensure your studies, growth, and campus connections continue.
Be careful of COVID-19 overload. Limit the time you spend taking in Covid-19 news. Turn off/stop reading the news, or maybe check it just once a day.
Be cautious of COVID-19 misinformation. Rumors abound about what’s open, what’s not, what’s closing, etc. Check out state and local government sites for up-to-date information about closings. Go to the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/) or the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/) for correct information about the virus.
Our emotions reside in our bodies, so take good care of yours! Try some (or all) of these:
If you are struggling and would like to speak to someone over the phone contact Nancy Adams, Coordinator of the Student Assistance Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time.
* Special thanks to the Northwest Arkansas Community College Counseling & Wellness Department for sharing their suggestions for students.
Stay well, safe and healthy. Remember, we are here for you! Kristie Fisher, IVCCD Chancellor
NEWS RE: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TAKING CEP CLASSES (MAR. 19 @ 6 PM)
|IVCCD notice to high school students enrolled in college credit courses
Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) has collaborated with area K-12 school superintendents regarding the status of concurrent enrollment (CEP) coursework being taken by high school students for college credit.
Online courses continue to be offered as usual effective today (March 18). High school students enrolled in CEP courses should check their college email and continue doing the coursework.
High school students enrolled in face-to-face CEP courses will see their courses change to either online or Zoom formats beginning Monday, March 23, at the same days/times the classes were scheduled to be held. High school students should check with their instructors via email for further instructions.
Currently, the Marshalltown Community College, Ellsworth Community College and Iowa Valley Grinnell campuses are CLOSED to the public (updated 3/20).
High school students enrolled in face-to-face career and technical education programs (e.g., culinary, welding) will either do online work and wait for labs to be held starting April 16, or suspend activities until classes resume. Again, students should watch their iavalley.edu email for additional instructions.
High school students enrolled in Nurse Aide courses will be contacted by faculty to ensure that their clinical experiences can be completed by the end of the school year; if this changes, students will be contacted via college email. IVCCD is hopeful that students in the spring Nurse Aide program can complete the coursework and certify before orientation for the summer college credit program begins.
The IVCCD faculty and adjunct instructors teaching at the high schools will resume teaching when the high schools re-open. CEP administrators and faculty will be looking at each CEP course to assure completion, with a special focus on making sure that seniors are able to graduate.
Any updates or changes to this information will be communicated to the K-12 superintendents and posted online at this web page.
STUDENT EMAIL (MAR. 16, 2020 @ 7:43 PM)
It has been a busy day on our campuses as faculty, staff and administrators have met to discuss and make recommendations about a number of important issues related to the COVID-19 situation. We greatly appreciate your patience and your attention as this issue continues to emerge. Please be assured that you, our students, are our Number One priority at this point. We remain committed to supporting your educational journey and helping you succeed in and outside of the classroom. We are making every effort at this point to ensure that the classes you’re currently taking, the work you’ve done already this semester, and your ultimate educational goals (including graduation) can still be met.
We are also deeply committed to protecting your health and the well-being of your fellow students. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Iowa Department of Public Health, and county experts as we work our way through this uncharted territory of COVID-19. As of today, the CDC is recommending that gatherings of more than 10 people be avoided. To that end, we have made the following decisions:
Face-to-face classes at Ellsworth CC, Marshalltown CC and IVG will be cancelled until Monday, March 23, when nearly all of them will be moved to a virtual, technology-assisted platform using any combination of either a fully online Blackboard tool or a hybrid version using Zoom videoconferencing through the remainder of the semester.
A limited group of identified lab courses that do not lend themselves to virtual learning will be suspended for four weeks until Monday, April 13, or until it is recommended that group gatherings are able to resume per state and federal guidance. Students directly affected by this situation will be contacted by their instructors to inform them of this change and to discuss if any lecture components will be taught virtually during the lab hiatus.
Previously online courses or courses that have been taught online all semester will resume on Wednesday, March 18. Students should check their iavalley.edu email and Blackboard daily for specific course correspondence from their faculty.
Additional guidance for courses taught in our local high schools will be provided in the coming days.
Computer and Internet Access
Housing and Food Service
Student housing and food service will remain open for students who wish to remain on campus. Given the changes in class format, we understand many students and their families may wish to move out of the dorms over the coming days/weeks to minimize social contact in close quarters. At the same time, we understand that there may be extenuating circumstances that prevent some of our students from leaving campus at this time. There will be staff on our campuses to ensure that residence buildings are being supervised and cleaned to minimize any possible concerns; food services will remain open to serve students in campus housing.
We will be providing additional guidance soon to allow for an orderly process that will minimize the number of people present at any given time as students relocate.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has cancelled all spring competitions, including those for Ellsworth Community College and Marshalltown Community College, for the remainder of the academic year, effective March 16, 2020.
Spring competition includes all practices, regular season, post season, and national championship play. Spring sport student-athletes enrolled in 2020 will not be charged with a year of participation.
Student-athletes should check their Iowa Valley email regularly for updates from coaches.
College-Sponsored Travel for Students and Employees
No international travel thru June 30, 2020.
No non-essential out-of-state travel until May 30, 2020.
All in-state travel will be reviewed.
All events at all locations are cancelled until April 13, 2020.
Again, please know we are committed to continuing to serve and educate you during this unprecedented national crisis. Please continue to check your email and our websites.
Stay healthy and keep learning, Dr. Kristie Fisher, IVCCD Chancellor
STUDENT EMAIL (MAR. 14, 2020 @ 8:34 AM)
Several students have asked for guidance on whether to fly back to campus or wait for further instruction. We plan to issue additional guidance on Monday and Tuesday. Many airlines are allowing passengers to change flight dates at no charge; if you can postpone your flight back to campus, please feel free to do so until additional guidance is issued early next week. With that said, housing and dining will be open for students who do return to campus.
Monday and Tuesday are planning days for staff and faculty and we expect to plan for classes that can effectively be transitioned online for a period of time and develop plans for programs/classes that require lab time. We will issue more guidance on Monday and Tuesday.
Continue to watch your email and www.iavalley.edu for additional information.
Stay healthy, Dr. Kristie Fisher, IVCCD Chancellor
EMAIL TO STUDENTS (MAR. 13, 2020 @ 12:54 PM)
A great deal has happened while we were away from campus for spring break with COVID-19 or Coronavirus being in the world news. In an effort to properly address the emerging COVID-19 situation, Iowa Valley Community College District (Ellsworth and Marshalltown Community Colleges) will extend Spring Break for students through Tuesday, March 17. Classes will not meet on Monday (March 16) and Tuesday (March 17). Additional guidance for students will be emailed and posted to our websites daily.
However, all campus offices and services will be open on Monday and Tuesday to serve students and our communities. This includes residence halls and dining services which will be open for normal operations.
Your dedicated campus teams will be providing additional information soon so please check your email regularly.
As always please stay home if you are ill and communicate with your instructors and housing staff. In addition to COVID-19, there are a variety of other illnesses including influenza that are striking communities and workplaces so please keep yourself and those around you healthy.
Stay healthy, Dr. Kristie Fisher, IVCCD Chancellor
If you are interested, the Iowa Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control both are excellent resources available online.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.
Other helpful links: