Creating a COVID-Aware Learning Environment

Even as we do everything we can to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff, we understand that there will be some risk of COVID-19 on our campuses.  We are all in this together, and we can all work together to minimize the risk.  The steps outlined below provide a guide to how we can reduce the risk and stop the spread.

Require all students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear face masks on campus


Require students, faculty, and staff to stay home and not come to campus if they are ill, experiencing symptoms, test positive or may have had close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.

  • Encourage students, faculty and staff to know the symptoms of COVID-19
  • Require students and employees coming to campus to complete the Daily Symptom Tracker
  • Encourage students to connect with their faculty to continue coursework while remaining off-campus.
  • Students, faculty and staff should report COVID-19 exposures to the college. 
  • Assist students, faculty and staff in determining COVID-19 exposure risk via a Risk Assessment Tool


Rearrange classrooms and common spaces to provide at least six feet of social distancing

  • Reduce room capacity
  • Implement control measures for social distancing in all classrooms, offices and learning spaces
  • Limit the size of events, meetings and gatherings to no more than 25 with the ability to maintain social distancing


Implement prevention, mitigation, reporting and monitoring initiatives

  • Clean and sanitize all campus facilities frequently, including high-touch areas such as tabletops, desks, copiers, door handles, light switches, hand rails, elevator buttons and restroom fixtures
  • Use EPA-approved disinfectant cleaners
  • Provide hand sanitizer stations around campus
  • Student and employee COVID-19 infection and exposure reporting procedures
  • Additional cleaning and disinfecting protocols for areas with a known case of COVID-19
  • Continue to follow guidelines from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Train students, faculty and staff on public health guidelines

  • Mandatory training for students and employees on all health and safety protocols 


Maintain public health awareness through regular communication

  • Administration will communicate regularly with students and employees via the college’s website, emails and texts about public health and safety issues
  • Encourage students, faculty and staff to update their college contact information regularly.