As we continue to monitor and prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak in Iowa, we want to communicate and share as much information as possible regarding our current status and plans. As I mentioned in last week’s email, a campus workgroup is continuing to meet and develop plans as we learn more information from the CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding the spread of the virus both internationally and within the United States.
With SWCC’s spring break approaching, we encourage members of the SWCC community to weigh the risks and benefits, and possibly even reconsider your spring break activities and other upcoming travel, internationally or within the United States. If you do choose to travel, please consider the below information and guidelines, which are intended to aid the college in supporting your health and safety.
- If you are enrolled in one or more face-to-face classes, please complete the Spring Break Travel Form (located here) to help us identify where our students are traveling over break. This will allow us to prepare contingency plans as students and employees return following spring break.
- Be sure to check the latest Travel Alerts on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health websites. At this time, the CDC recommends avoiding all non-essential travel to any country with a CDC Level 3 travel warning due to COVID-19.
- Review CDC guidance for preventative measures you can take to stay healthy, as well as its specific health guidance for travelers.
- If you choose to travel to a country with a CDC Level 3 travel warning due to COVID-19 (see updated list here) or come into contact with someone that is sick, you will be expected to self-isolate for 14 days upon your return (this means staying primarily indoors, avoiding direct contact with others, and not resuming social activities until the self-isolation period ends).
- Monitor your health and report any symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19 infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to your health provider via telephone. Please do this before you go to a hospital, clinic, or your doctor’s office and follow their guidance. If you develop symptoms – PLEASE stay home and self-isolate.
- Contact your instructors to keep them aware of your situation. Do not come to campus to notify them. Send them an email so that you can document your concern. SWCC reserves the right to ask anyone to stay off campus for the recommended time-frames if SWCC, in its sole discretion, believes there is a risk of infections transmission. We want to protect you and all other students, faculty and staff.
Regardless of travel plans, all residential students need to take home all academic materials as well as essential items from the dorms when you depart for spring break. In the event we need to move all classes to an online format, this will allow students to be prepared to continue classes from home.
All students need to check their email over break for additional communication. We will also send out notifications via e2campus text alerts. If you have not signed up to receive text alerts, please do so through the SWCCyou app.
I wish you all a safe and healthy spring break. If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please do not hesitate to email me or call me at 641.782.1413.
Dean of Student Services