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ECC announces plans for Fall 2020

To say that this semester will be unlike any other is an understatement for students and faculty returning to Ellsworth Community College for fall classes which begin on August 24.  However, one thing will be the same: many classes will continue to meet in-person.

The summer months have been filled with making plans, evaluating them against health authorities’ most recent guidelines, and adjusting as needed.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  All to bring students back to campus safely and healthily.

“We are excited to get students back to campus!  We have been working hard on plans that follow recommendations by the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health to ensure the safety of all students, faculty, and staff.  Our residence life staff have identified wings in both Thompson and Wall Hall should any student living on-campus need to be isolated.  We have also added signage around campus to optimize awareness and provide reminders about the best ways to stay healthy,” says Dr. Barb Klein, ECC’s Dean of Student Affairs.

There are many measures in place to ensure returning students can learn in a way that will best fit their needs – whether that be in-person or online.  For classes whose enrollment numbers are too high for the entire class meet in person each day, a hybrid model will be used to alternate groups of students to meet in-person or participate via zoom.  Students who are hesitant to return to on-campus learning can choose from online options. “We have made accommodations to allow for social distancing like switching rooms to be sure students have plenty of space to spread out.  We are taking these steps for the good of our students, staff, and the community,” stated Dr. Amanda Estey, Dean of Academic Affairs.

Students will notice a few new additions when they return to Ellsworth.  There will be reminders posted to maintain social distancing guidelines in common areas.   Extra hand sanitizing and cleaning stations will be available in every building.  Most notably, students will be required to wear masks as they go about their day on campus.

“What makes Iowa Valley and Ellsworth unique is our personable environment.  That’s our secret sauce, and we wanted to be sure to do everything we could to get back in person safely and sustainably,” says Dr. Kristie Fisher, Iowa Valley Community College Chancellor.

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