March 17 Student Communication

As we have anticipated, the Coronavirus situation continues to change rapidly, which requires EICC to adapt its operational procedures to reflect the changing environment.  Specifically, the following recommendations have been made:

  • Governor Reynolds has recommended that all Iowa K-12 schools close until April 13 and area schools have followed this recommendation.  In addition, effective today, Governor Reynolds announced the closing of theaters, casinos, fitness centers and the limited carry out access for bars and restaurants. 
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that all gatherings of 10 or more be cancelled for 15 days and gathering over 50 until May 10.

In light of these recommendations, the following measures are in effect for EICC students and employees.

EICC Classes and Services

In an abundance of caution, and with the health and safety of our students and employees as our first priority, EICC operational procedures will be modified as follows:

  • Spring Break for students will continue to be extended through March 24.
  • Students in face-to-face classes will begin or resume spring semester classes on Wednesday, March 25 through April 12 via remote delivery.  This is an extension of remote delivery by one additional week.  Starting on March 24, you will see content in Canvas for your classes.  At that time, you can reach out to your instructor with questions via email or Canvas. Information about Canvas can be found here
  • Online classes will continue as scheduled.  Please consult your syllabus for details. 
  • Concurrent enrollment classes offered face-to-face in the high schools will be cancelled per the current high school closure schedule. 
  • The college will be continuing to provide services to assist you. Many of these services will be provided via phone, email or Zoom appointments. Some services will be offered on the main college campuses (Clinton Community College – 1000 Lincoln Road, Clinton; Muscatine Community College – 152 Colorado St., Muscatine; Scott Community College- 500 Belmont  Road, Bettendorf)  with limited hours.  The hours of operations are below: 
      • Monday and Wednesday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      • Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Services offered will include: 

    • Computer labs
    • Free student WiFi
    • Staff assistance with access to Canvas
    • Student Development Services such as Advising, Registration, Financial Aid, Business Office.
       

Starting on Thursday, please check here fore detailed hours for detailed hours for Student Services and availability of computer labs. 

If you need an appointment with an advisor, we ask that you reach out to schedule that appointment prior to coming to campus.  Most appointments will be handled via phone calls or Zoom teleconferencing.

  • The new operational hours will go into effect starting on March 19 and will continue until Monday, April 13.  The main campuses will serve as your resource for services.  All of the other college locations will be closed starting March 19 until Monday, April 13. 

We anticipate that the pandemic situation can and likely will change.  The college continues to monitor the situation and will adjust plans as needed.  PLEASE pay close attention to EICC communications as circumstances and EICC procedures may change quickly.

Update Your Emergency Contact Information

If you have not already done so, students and faculty should update their emergency contact information at your earliest convenience.  You can find information here: www.eicc.edu/contact-info .

Continue to Take the Usual Precautions

The CDC continues to encourage everyday precautions including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Stay home if you are sick or immunologically compromised.

EICC will continue to monitor the situation and share information with employees and students.  You may also visit this web page for information and additional related resources: www.eicc.edu/coronavirus .

Questions

We will do our best to answer any questions you might have about implementing the decisions noted above; look for answers in a special section on the EICConnect home page and in communications like this one.  Send questions to responseteam@eicc.edu, or submit a confidential question at www.eicc.edu/covid19questions.  However, please direct any health or medical questions to your local doctor or public health officials. 

Best of health to all of you.  Together we can mitigate the negative impacts of this virus as much as possible.  Stay healthy and we look forward to seeing you on campus on April 13.

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 12. 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.