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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

What is the semester start date and will the schedule be changed like other colleges?
Iowa Lakes Community College will follow the approved 2020-2021 academic calendar while using a Hybrid format for course instruction.

Is the academic calendar going to be shortened in any way?
The College will follow the approved 2020-2021 academic calendar. The College is prepared to move all classes to a virtual format at any time during the academic year, if necessary.

Will instruction be in-person, online, or a hybrid format?
Spring semester instruction will be offered using a combination of formats including in-person, virtual via Laker Live and online.

Laker LiveLaker Live courses allow students and faculty to participate in a face-to-face, virtual classroom through a video conferencing platform.

Do students need a computer or laptop?
It is in the best interest of all students to have their own computer or device to allow for participation in Laker Live, or online course offerings. If you are unable to purchase a computer or device, please contact the Campus Store at 712-362-8340.

What is the plan for Career and Technical Programs and other hands-on courses?
Career and Technical courses and science courses requiring the use of a lab will be held on campus. Social distancing and masks will be required. Faculty of Career and Technical Programs have been advised to complete face-to-face requirements as early in the term as possible.

Will there be a tuition discount for virtual instruction? Will I still receive funding?
Tuition rates are set by degree programs and do not vary based on whether students are participating remotely or in-person. Scholarships are generally available to students without regard to their location, as long as they are making full-time academic progress and have completed the Iowa Lakes scholarship application.

Iowa Lakes is committed to following all applicable state and federal guidelines to protect the safety of the campus community. These guidelines may include requiring students arriving to campus to self-quarantine and/or undergo
COVID-19 testing.

What happens if Iowa Lakes goes back online in the middle of the semester? 
The College is prepared to move all classes to a virtual format at any time during the academic year, if necessary. 

What is the refund policy?
All refunds, if deemed necessary, will be issued at the end of the term.

What will dining services look like?
We will follow CDC recommendations by offering disposable food service items, prepackaged salads and desserts, staggered work shifts, social distancing processes for lines, and extending service hours. Students will also receive their meals in a to-go format.

Will there be any travel restrictions once a student is on campus?
No

Can students come home over the weekend?
Yes

Will cost of attendance and living on campus change during this time?
No

Will students be able to have an actual college experience and will it be enjoyable?
Yes, activities will be held on campus with social distancing and masks required. Activities held will be limited to those with minimal surface exposure and frequent cleaning will occur. Some activities will be held virtually. Some activities available include:
Virtual games | Pickle Ball | Ping Pong | 8 Ball Pool | Turkey Shoot Out | Corn Hole | Badminton (glow) | PS IV, (Play Station 4) | Bowling | Chess and other board games | Exercise classes online — i.e.: Yoga, Zumba, Spinning, (using an 82 inch TV in Wellness Center aerobics room with online ability)

What happens if there is a COVID breakout during semester?
The College is prepared to move all classes to a virtual format at any time during the academic year, if necessary.

What happens if a student tests positive while on campus?
Any student or employee who becomes symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate according to the rules of Public Health and/or their personal health care provider. Public Health will provide contact tracing.

What happens if a student’s roommate tests positive while on campus?
Any student who becomes symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19 while living in on-campus housing will be placed in an isolation room. Public Health will provide contact tracing. Iowa Lakes will require isolation for employees or students as recommended by Public Health once contact tracing has completed.

Will there be any medical assistance available for students on campus such as nurses, COVID-19
testing, etc.?

Iowa Lakes does not have a nurse on campus. We work directly with Public Health for testing purposes and partner with local clinics and medical personnel.

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