Southwestern students and employees,

Earlier this week, the World Health Organization announced that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached a global pandemic level. Nationwide, efforts are being implemented to help limit exposure and reduce the spread of the virus.

At Southwestern, we have been monitoring this evolving situation and sharing information and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) with students and employees. Today, the decision was made to implement the following actions out of concern for the health and safety of our students, employees, and members of our communities:

  • Spring Break will be held March 16-20. All offices will be closed Friday, March 20, as originally scheduled.
  • Face-to-face classes will transition to an online delivery format beginning Monday, March 23. Classes will be delivered online until Friday, April 3, at which time the situation will be reassessed. Students should watch for communication from their instructors for specific details related to each course.
  • Online classes will continue without interruption.
  • High school students taking face-to-face concurrent enrollment courses at local high schools will follow the high school calendars.
  • Residence halls will be open and the Spartan Café will resume regular hours following Spring Break. The Spartan Café will reopen on Sunday, March 22, at 4 p.m. for students choosing to remain on campus.
  • The NJCAA is suspending all athletic competition from Saturday, March 14, through Friday, April 3. Information regarding practice will be communicated to student-athletes by the athletic department.
  • Non-credit classes and other adult and continuing education offerings will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Event information and additional cancellations, if warranted, will be announced on the college website,

The campus, offices, and the Osceola and Red Oak Centers will remain open. Computer access for students will be available at the Learning Resource Center (library) in the Instructional Center on the Creston campus, as well as in the computer labs at the centers.

Southwestern employees should continue to report to work as scheduled. Faculty will work with their supervisor to plan and coordinate the transition to online delivery and communicate with students.

Please follow the advice of the CDC regarding measures you can take to stay healthy. Of particular note, we ask that you stay home if you are ill. If planning to travel, SWCC students and employees will be asked to comply with the recommendations of the CDC:

We will continue to communicate instructions, updates, and announcements via email and on the college website. Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, students and employees should check their email frequently.

The health and safety of students, employees, and our communities is the top priority. Please stay aware and communicate if you have concerns or questions as we navigate this challenging situation.


Dr. Barbara J. Crittenden, President
Southwestern Community College
1501 W. Townline Street, Creston, IA 50801
641.782.7081, ext. 425