Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We take the health of our college community seriously. Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is continuing to monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state health officials regarding the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

This webpage provides updates relevant to our college community along with links to various resources available to students, faculty and staff. It can be accessed through two web addresses, eicc.edu/coronavirus and eicc.edu/covid19. The content will be updated as new information becomes available. 

Updates

March 13 Update for Students in Nursing Programs


All Nursing clinicals, labs and simulations scheduled are postponed until further notice, with dates for remake to be determined. 

Many facilities are suspending student rotations, and we do not know at this time when we will be able to return to the sites. Please know that we will be in contact with all of our facilities and are working on a plan for rescheduling. Please watch for more information when courses resume March 25th. We will relay messages concerning clinical, lab, and simulations as soon as we possibly can.

 

March 13 Student Communication


We know that our decision to extend Spring Break and move all classes to remote delivery from March 25 to April 5 has created questions for you.  This message is designed to answer many of those questions and provide resources to help you be successful in these uncertain circumstances.  Please read this information carefully, explore the resource links, and reach out to your faculty members and advisors with any questions.

Why We Have Made the Decision to Move to Online Instruction

While at this time, no cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed within the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, we take the potential spread of the virus very seriously.  President Trump is scheduled to declare a national state of emergency today, and Iowa Governor Reynolds has already done so at the state level.  EICC has a responsibility to keep our students, colleges and communities safe and to help contain the spread of the virus.  Upon the advice of public health officials to implement social distancing practices, EICC has made the decision to cancel face-to-face classes and to deliver them using online technologies such as Canvas for the period of March 25 through April 5.  This is intended as a temporary measure.  We will continue to monitor and assess the situation and make whatever changes to college operations are required to keep our students and employees safe, as recommended by public health officials.

Key Dates

  • Spring Break for students will now be March 16-24.
  • Students in face-to-face classes will begin or resume spring semester classes on Wednesday, March 25 via online delivery through Canvas.  All classes will be delivered online through Canvas from March 25 to April 5.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  Previously scheduled online classes will continue as scheduled and are not affected by this spring break extension.
  • All campuses will remain open and all services will operate as usual.  Faculty and staff will report as usual, while following best hygiene and social distancing practices as possible.
  • EICC will continue to monitor the situation and determine whether remote delivery will be extended.  This decision will be made and communicated by April 1.

How You Will Attend Classes

During this time, your instructors will be using the Canvas site for your course (where you currently find your syllabus and grades) to communicate with you.  They will be posting course material like important emails, assignments, lecture notes, readings, discussions, and possibly referrals to outside materials within the Canvas site. Here is a link with instruction to  navigate to and through the Canvas site:  www.eicc.edu/canvas

Campus Hours and Services Available During Remote Delivery

Our colleges will continue to be open to serve students, and most services will be available as usual.  Some modifications to evening hours may be made.  Campus and office hours will be determined soon and will be posted in EICConnect and in Canvas.  The testing centers will remain open for proctored tests.  Libraries, computer labs, financial aid, disability services and advising offices will be open, and faculty will maintain office hours.  Career and technical labs will not be open for classes, but faculty will be on-site; please contact your faculty member about lab-specific questions.  If you have an appointment with your advisor and would prefer not to come to campus, your advisor may be able to arrange a Zoom (teleconference) or telephone meeting instead; please call or email your advisor with questions.

Nursing and Allied Health Clinicals

After Spring Break clinical (in all programs) will continue as scheduled unless or until facilities do not allow students. We are in the process of looking at ways to accommodate hours if this occurs, however we do not anticipate that to be the case at this time.  All clinical students will receive direct communication soon.

Access to Technology and Support for Online Delivery

Students without home access to the internet are welcome to use campus computer labs and wi-fi.  We will also post a list of resources available in the community, including public libraries and other locations with free wi-fi.   Students with disabilities and accommodations may need additional support, and we encourage you to reach out to the disabilities services coordinator at your campus for assistance:  Marcia Larson mlarson@eicc.edu or 563-244-7083 at CCC, Jill Holler jholler@eicc.edu or 563-288-6013 at MCC and Jan Weis jweis@eicc.edu or 563-441-4027 at SCC.

We know some students have concerns about online delivery.  We understand those concerns and want you to know that faculty and staff are committed to your success and are available to help you during this transition.  We encourage you to take advantage of all of the people and online resources available to you during this time.  If you’re considering adjusting your class schedule, please talk to your advisor and faculty member first.  At this time, our standard refund policy remains in place.

We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we work to provide a safe environment to continue providing high-quality education focused on your success. 

March 12, 2020 Student Communication

 

March 11, 2020 Student Communication

 

Continuing Education Classes


Eastern Iowa Community Colleges are following the guidance of public health officials.  All face to face Continuing Education classes will be suspended from March 16 through April 5. If you are registered for a class during this timeframe, we will notify you about rescheduled date(s). Online classes will continue as usual. We remain committed to the health, safety and well-being of our entire community.

Tips for Staying Healthy


The risk coronavirus poses to the general public in the United States is currently considered low. The CDC identifies influenza (flu) as a far greater threat at this time, especially for college campuses.

People can protect themselves and others from the spread of illness by practicing these healthy habits:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick, especially if they are exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Avoid contact with others except when seeking medical care.
  • Contact your medical provider if you have any questions or health concerns.

 

Coronavirus Health Facts


Symptoms: Fever, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

For the majority of confirmed cases, symptoms have been mild and resolved after several days.

When to contact a health care professional:

  • If you have traveled to China within 14 days and are experiencing a fever and lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, chest pain)
  • If you have had recent contact with a coronavirus case and are experiencing a fever or lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, chest pain)
  • If seeking medical care and you suspect coronavirus, call ahead and let the medical office or emergency room know about your symptoms and any recent travel.
  • If you have traveled from China, the CDC now requires you be monitored for up to 14 days. You should contact your health care provider for further guidance and recommendations.

Recent travel with cold symptoms should not trigger significant concern. Symptoms that seem to be worse, including cough and fever, are more likely to represent flu than coronavirus at this time.

Resources

        Health Departments

       Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

       World Health Organization

       United States Department of State