MASON CITY, Iowa – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) says it is moving to only online classes until further notice.
Though the school says there are no identified cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus at NIACC, the following measures will be taken to protect students, staff, and faculty:
- Face-to-face classes will not meet the week of March 16-20. This will allow self-isolation and social distancing to be a priority for anyone who has traveled during spring break.
- Existing online courses will resume on March 16, as planned.
- Any exceptions will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
- The Recreation Center will be closed to students, faculty, staff, and the public until further notice.
- All athletic practices and events are suspended until further notice.
- Lifelong Learning and Continuing Education Departments will communicate with registered students in the near future.
- Performing Arts and Leadership event plans will be shared as decisions are finalized.
- Students traveling home for spring break are strongly encouraged to stay home, to avoid the risk of infection. NIACC’s residence halls will be open. Students who currently live on campus and wish to remain there must register with Student Services by filling out the Housing Exemption Form by noon on Friday, March 20
- Dining services will also be open, but may be provided on a limited basis. Additional housing information is forthcoming.
Then starting on March 23, NIACC says the majority of classes will be online only for the foreseeable future while select lab-based, hands-on classes will meet as scheduled beginning March 30 in a face-to-face format. NIACC says faculty, staff, and students will be provided more details over the next several days.
NIACC President Dr. Steve Schulz says the school's emergency response team has been working diligently to get information out in an ever-changing situation.
"Communication is the thing. You want to be clear, you want to be consistent with your communication. With people all over for Spring Break, it gets challenging, but we've used our alert system to make students and faculty aware, and staff."
In addition, school maintenance has been busy taking preventative measures even before Spring Break.
"We're going to ramp up cleaning of public spaces. We increased disenfectant on campus about three weeks ago. We delivered Clorox wipes to those places where we interact with our students and our customers."
All NIACC locations and offices will remain open and the spring term will end the week of May 1 as planned. Coronavirus-related updates from the school will be posted online here.