Iowa Central Community College released a statement Tuesday announcing changes to their fall semester schedule. The statement is below.
The Board of Trustees approved the new start and break days at their regular meeting Tuesday evening. College President, Dr. Dan Kinney, says classes will begin Tuesday, August 18th for the school, which is a week earlier than originally planned. Classes will continue through November 25th when students start their Thanksgiving break. “We are adjusting our start date in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.The health and safety of our students, faculty and employees is a top priority and we believe this is the right approach for the current circumstances,” says Dr. Kinney.
Following Thanksgiving break, students will finish the last week of the semester through virtual classes.
The first semester concludes December 7th. “Our intention with this adjusted schedule is to minimize the impacts of COVID-19 among the students we serve and employees,” notes Dr. Kinney. He adds “While we acknowledge that we are not immune to COVID-19, we want to take realistic preventative measures while still providing students quality educational opportunities in and outside of the classroom. Iowa Central has a long tradition of offering the full college experience, with small class sizes and a family environment. We want to preserve that as much as possible with safety in mind.”
Adjusting the schedule allows the college to provide students with as much face-to-face instruction as
possible. “We have to be flexible in this current environment and pivot when needed,” says Dr. Kinney.
At this time, the spring semester is scheduled to start on January 6th. “Our Incident Command team
continues to meet and adhere to recommendations made my our local, state and federal health
officials. We will continue to implement safety precautions as needed to keep our students and
employees safe and well.”