FAQs for Students

 

Spring Plans

  • How will EICC credit classes be offered for the Spring 2021 semester?

    • As with our Fall semester, credit classes will be offered as Classroom Plus, Online, Live Online and Lab-based courses. You can find details about the formats here.

    • For on-campus classes, classrooms have been assessed for capacity to allow for appropriate social distancing of six feet between students and faculty. Table arrangements and reduced class size are being used to allow for social distancing. Classroom configurations should not be changed without administrative approval. 

    • Depending on class size, some Classroom Plus sections may include some portion of the week conducted as Live Online and/or have class resources posted online.

 

  • How will EICC continuing education classes be offered?

    • Continuing Education classes are being offered both on campus and online.

    • Classes being held on campus will be scheduled to allow for appropriate social distancing. Table arrangements, class size and room size have all been considered.  

 

  • What steps do I need to take before I return to campus? Will I be required to be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus for Fall Classes?

    • All students will be provided with a link to complete required COVID-19 Health and Safety training and will be asked to sign the community pledge.

    • Students are not required to be tested before returning to campus for the Fall Semester.  Students who test positive or have a direct exposure will be required to test and be cleared to come back to campus.

 

  • Under what circumstances would the college decide to close an area or the campus?

    • The College’s Emergency Planning Team continues to monitor CDC, state and local guidance. The college will make a determination based on current community conditions, safety on campus and recommendations from local health officials.  Depending on local conditions, it is possible that different decisions may be made for different campuses and attendance sites.

    • Decisions regarding closing campus, buildings or other locations will be based upon a combination of factors, including but not limited to the following:

      • Current 14-day average COVID-19 percent positive case rate in the county in which a facility is located and/or primarily serves
      • Current 14-day average of new COVID-19 positive cases in the county in which a facility is located and/or primarily serves
      • Current number of positive cases among employees and students at the facility
      • If applicable, student and/or employee absentee rate
      • Status of area K-12 school districts served
      • Guidance and advice from local public health officials
      • Other mitigating conditions on campus and/or in the community (e.g. functioning of public utilities, public safety conditions, weather events, etc.)

 

  • What should I do if I don’t have access to the technology required for Online or LIVE Online classes?

    • We encourage all students to be prepared to go Online or Live Online should conditions change. We encourage you to plan to have a computer/laptop and WiFi access. The college, community public libraries and other public locations have computer and free WiFi access

 

  • Can I complete a clinical experience or internship this fall?

    • As conditions allow, clinical and internships will occur this fall.  Our partner hospitals, clinical sites and businesses make the determination with us regarding access to clinicals and worksites.  Your faculty member will work with you to determine the schedule of those experiences. 

 

  • If my child’s school closes, will I be allowed to join my class online or make-up time?

    • Students are encouraged to contact their instructors immediately if you are unable to attend class in person. Your instructors will work with you to make reasonable allowances.  If you are concerned about your on-going ability to come to campus for class, you may want to speak to your advisor about selecting online or Live Online sections prior to the beginning of the semester. 

 

  • How will faculty members conduct office hours?

    • Faculty will hold office hours. They will share more details about their office hours in the class syllabus. Contacting your instructor directly is the best way to schedule an appointment.

 

  • Will there be student events on campus this fall?

    • The colleges will be offering some activities, clubs and other engagement opportunities this fall, although some events will be different as we work to ensure social distancing and safety precautions. Small club meetings may meet in person while some activities will be held virtually via Zoom or Facebook Live. Check your college email regularly for a list of upcoming activities and events.

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Health and Safety Measures

 

  • What general safety precautions have been implemented for students and employees?

    • The college is requiring face masks for everyone on campus. We are encouraging social distancing of 6 feet; classrooms and common spaces have been set to meet that standard.  In addition, the campus has enhanced cleaning of classrooms, service areas and common spaces. We have placed hand sanitizer around the campus and have Plexiglass barriers in our frontline service areas. Students, faculty and staff will be required to complete training and asked to sign the community pledge. Anyone who feels sick, is experiencing COVID-related symptoms, has tested positive, or may have had close contact with a COVID-positive individual must stay home.

 

  • Will I need to check in or have a health screening each time I come to campus?

    • Students will be required to conduct a personal health screening each day using the HealthCheck360 Daily Symptom tracker. Stay home if you are sick, experiencing symptoms or have been directly exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual. Details regarding the Daily Symptom Tracker will be sent to your college email account. 

 

  • When do I have to wear a face mask?

    • Face masks are required on campus. The requirement includes classrooms, labs, study spaces, outdoor spaces, common spaces and office areas. You may remove your mask if you are along in an outdoor area. If you are eating on campus, you may remove your mask while eating or drinking in designated areas. Food and drink will not be allowed in the classroom.

 

  • Will there be exceptions for wearing a face mask?

    • Current public health guidance does not indicate any exemptions for wearing a face mask. If you believe you need a medical accommodation/exception, you may file an appeal with the Safety Officer, which will require documentation from your health care provider.

 

  • What do I do if someone in my class refuses to comply with EICC’s COVID-19 policies?

    • We encourage all members of the college community to take responsibility to remind each other of the COVID-19 requirements. A simple friendly reminder may be all that is needed.

    • If someone is refusing to follow the requirements of wearing a face mask or social distancing, please make the faculty member aware or a staff member.

    • The college takes this policy seriously. Students refusing to comply will be asked to leave the campus and could face disciplinary action

 

  • Do I need to provide my own hand sanitizer?

    • The college has provided hand sanitizer in multiple locations around campus. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own, as we can all certainly take extra steps to keep ourselves and those around us healthy. 

 

  • What is the process for cleaning classrooms and other areas?

    • The college has enhanced the cleaning of classrooms and other areas. Cleaning and maintenance staff have received additional training on appropriate cleaning techniques.  In addition, the college is using cleaning products that meet the standard for disinfecting surfaces. Cleaning products are provided in the classroom for you to use to wipe down your area before the start of class.

 

  • Will I be expected to clean classroom and lab areas in which I take classes?

    • Classrooms and labs will be regularly cleaned. For some activities or hands on instruction (ex. welding labs), you may be asked to clean an object or an area that you have used prior to a classmate engaging in that activity.  

    • Cleaning products will be available in the classroom to clean a surface prior to your use. Students and faculty are encouraged to use the supplies provided in each classroom to wipe down their space prior to the start of class.

 

  • What should I do if I have tested positive for COVID-19, have COVID-19 symptoms, or believe I have been exposed indirectly or directly to someone who is COVID-positive?

  • What should I do if someone around me on campus exhibits symptoms of COVID-19?

    • If you know the person, encourage them to leave the campus if they are unwell and seek medical attention.

    • If you are concerned about someone who appears to have symptoms, call this to the attention of a faculty or staff member. The college takes seriously the health and safety of our campus. Individuals exhibiting symptoms will be asked to leave campus, self-quarantine and seek medical care.

 

  • How should I handle my classes if I test positive or am asked to quarantine or self-isolate because of COVID-19 concerns?

    • Do not come to campus! If you test positive or have COVID-19 related concerns, please stay home. 

    • For COVID-19 medical questions, contact your medical practitioner or the Health Check 360 Medical Hotline Toll Free at 855-716-2588.

    • If you have tested positive or are waiting COVID-19 test results, contact the Dean of Students Office:
    • Contact your instructor to discuss options for make-up assignments and staying connected with the classwork. Your instructor will work with you to determine the best approach.

    • If you cannot keep up with the class, your advisor can assist you with other options.

  • What does the college do if an on-campus COVID-19 case is identified?

    • The college will work with the local health department to determine contact tracing. We will notify students, faculty and staff that have been determined to have direct contact with the positive case.  Direct contact could include attending class or a student club together. 

    • The college may shut down classrooms and spaces where any potential exposures have occurred to do additional cleaning and disinfecting.

 

  • If I have pandemic-related concerns or obligations, can I switch to an Online or LIVE Online section of the class?

    • The college is offering classes in a variety of formats including Classroom Plus, Online or Live Online. We encourage you to work with your advisor to select classes that best meet your needs. 

    • Once the semester has begun, should you need to adjust your schedule or wish to complete your course remotely, you will need to speak to your instructor. Some classes may be able to accommodate remote learning while others do require participation on site. 

 

  • What assistance is available to help me cope with the emotional impact of COVID-19?

    • The college offers free counseling services. You can find information about the Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), also available to students, by calling 1-800-475-1641. 

 

  • Has the college imposed any restrictions on travel?

    • For the fall semester 2020, student travel for clubs, activities, sports or events is restricted.

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Services and Resources Available

  • Will all student services be available on campus, remotely or both?

    • Student Services including advising, financial aid, registration, business office, tutoring and more are available in a variety of formats including on-campus and remotely. For details, visit the student services  

 

  • Will MCC student housing be open?

    • MCC student apartments are open. Claire Brakel-Packer at 563-288-6006 can provide information regarding housing and COVID-19 requirements. 

 

  • Will MCC’s Learning Tree Child Care be open?

    • As long as the State of Iowa is allowing child care centers to operate, the MCC Learning Tree Child Care Center will be open. For details on the child care services, contact Heather Elliott at 563-288- 6075. 

 

  • Will cafeterias, coffee shops and food services be open?
    This information is subject to change based on local conditions and public health guidance.

    • CCC – CCC will not provide food service on campus during the Fall term.

    • MCC – The MCC Café will be open during the Fall term.

    • SCC Belmont – Subway will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a limited menu for to go orders only.

    • SCC Urban Campus – Coffee Envie is scheduled to open for service to EICC employees and students only on August 24.

 

  • Will sports teams compete this fall? What about meetings of student clubs and organizations?

    • Soccer practice will be held August 15-November 15; the competitive season has been moved to the Spring. Cross-country season will continue as scheduled for the Fall semester.

    • The colleges will have activities, clubs and other engagement opportunities this fall. Some events will be different as we work to ensure social distancing and safety precautions. Small club meetings may meet in person while some activities will be held virtually via Zoom or Facebook Live. 

 

 

 

  • What assistance is available if I have been laid off or furloughed?

 

  • Will work-study funding be available this semester? Will work-study students have regular work hours?

    • If you are eligible for work-study funding, it will be indicated on your financial aid award letter. Work-study funding will be available this fall.  Work hours for work-study positions will be scheduled with your supervisor. 

 

  • If I am a student with disabilities, how will my accommodations change if I take online or Live Online Classes?

    • We encourage you to speak to the disabilities specialist on your campus regarding any needed adjustments to your accommodations.

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