COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
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 get vaccinated.
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. IVCCD recommends employees, students and visitors mask according to the CDC guidelines. Masks may be required in designated areas or at certain events on campus.
Will there be required COVID testing?
Testing is not required if a student becomes symptomatic or has an exposure. IVCCD recommends that anyone exposed to a positive COVID-19 case watch for symptoms and tests on Day 5 after the exposure. We strongly recommend students who reside in on-campus housing get vaccinated.
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, notify your instructors, and review the CDC guidance. Additional information on student COVID protocol can be found here.
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. Complete the Student Reporting Form on our website, notify your instructors, and review the CDC guidance. Additional information on student COVID protocol can be found here.
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.
What if I test positive and am unable to attend class due to isolation or quarantine?
Students who cannot attend class due to isolation need to contact their instructors to coordinate making up any missed material.
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