Preparing Students

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Communication

During these unprecedented times, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to practice good communication strategies. Faculty and staff should expect that there will continue to be challenges faced by students and offer flexibility whenever possible. Information about services, potential changes, closures, or other important notices will continue to be communicated by DMACC leadership on the Coronavirus Website and by DMACC email and phone where appropriate.
 

Student Code of Conduct

Students are expected to follow general DMACC requirements which are outlined in the DMACC Student Code of Conduct. Specific COVID-19 expectations are outlined below, including wearing of personal protective equipment, self-monitoring and reporting of illness, and social distancing.

Faculty or staff who encounter issues with student compliance with COVID-19 procedures should refer to the DMACC Student Conduct policies for information and forms.

Questions: Please contact the Judicial Officer at dkmckittrick@dmacc.edu or 515-964-6574.
 

Personal Protective Equipment

Upon their return to Campus, students will, in general, be provided two (2) double-layer, cloth face masks. Students may wear their own face mask pending instructor approval. Students will be required to wear face masks at all times while in DMACC buildings. Face mask must also be worn outside of DMACC buildings unless 6 feet of social distancing is possible. Face mask will be required until further notice. Some programs may have specific personal protective equipment requirements. For those programs, instructors will communicate requirements to students.

Any student who has a concern about wearing a face mask due to a health or other concern should contact their instructor. The instructor should work with the student and Disability Services Resources to determine the appropriate accommodation for the employee. 
 

Positive or Presumed Positive Case Protocol

  • DMACC has developed a Presumed or Positive Case Protocol that outlines the steps that will be taken to respond to a presumed or confirmed positive case of COVID-19. Your health and safety are our first priority. If a presumed or a confirmed positive case may have impacted you, you will notified in a timely manner and provided directions on next steps, which may include staying home for a certain period of time.
  • Students who have been isolating at home due to a presumed or confirmed positive case of COVID-19, must work with DMACC to determine their appropriate date for returning to campus. Students must complete this form to initiate their approval to return to campus: Student Request to Return to Campus. Instructors will be notified by Wade Robinson or his designee when students are approved to return to campus.
     

Helping Students Manage Their Own Health

Faculty and staff should communicate to students that they should not come to DMACC if they feel ill or are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone presumed or confirmed positive. Faculty and staff should stress that DMACC prioritizes the health and safety of its students. Individuals should not be afraid to stay home if they feel unwell or believe they may have been exposed. DMACC instructors will work with students to navigate and resolve issues to the best of their ability.

  • Self-monitor your health daily. If you feel ill, do not come to DMACC.
    • For severe symptoms, follow emergency medical process; otherwise, students should call their doctors and should notify their instructors.
    • Symptoms include: Cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste or smell.
  • If students become ill at DMACC, they should go home, contact their healthcare provider, and notify their instructor, who will initiate the Presumed or Positive Case Protocol
  • Students who need accommodations during or after a COVID 19 related illness are encouraged to talk with instructors and apply through the Disability Services Office. Health information of an individual employee or student is considered confidential and will be treated as such.
     

Social Distancing Strategies

  • Everyone will be responsible for social distancing (6 feet) both inside buildings and outside.
  • Everyone is required to wear a DMACC-provided or approved face mask in and outside of buildings at all times where you are unable to keep a 6 feet distancing requirement.
  • In some instances, office spaces will have a sneeze guard installed where social distancing may be more difficult.
  • Students are expected to practice good hand washing. CDC recommends washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds and up to 10 times per day or upon contact with any surface.
     

Athletics

DMACC Athletics is following all National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) guidance related to recruiting, practices, and sports play.  Decisions on fall play are expected mid-June.

  • DMACC coaches, staff, administration, and student-athletes will be flexible with start dates and return to play dates. DMACC athletics will further modify training schedules based on the return to play dates.
  • Coaches, athletic trainers, and athletic administration will develop COVID-19 plans within their individual sports to ensure social distancing and other COVID-19 restrictions. DMACC Athletics and DMACC will have a COVID-19 plan in place.
  • All residential sports camps prior to August 1, 2020 are cancelled. A decision on day camps after that date will be made four weeks in advance of an event.
  • All DMACC athletic facilities, including the gym, baseball & softball fields, weight rooms, training rooms, locker rooms, and any other athletics-related facilities will remain closed to student-athletes until June 1, 2020. Before June 1, 2020, DMACC Athletics will decide if student-athletes will be allowed to train on Campus during the summer months.

Athletics Recruiting

The NJCAA suspended all recruiting activities in March 2020 along with cancelling winter tournaments and spring seasons. The ban on recruiting expires June 1, 2020. As of now the NJCAA and Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) plan to return to fall sports, possibly with modifications, with that decision to be made in July or as conditions warrant. Most DMACC teams have completed the majority of their signings but some recruiting still needs to be done. Coaches and athletics staff will follow guidelines outlined by the DMACC Athletic Director in the Summer Athletics Recruiting Plan document.
 

Boone and Carroll Student Housing

  • All but a few remaining spring housing students vacated resident halls by May 10, 2020.
  • Coordinated resident hall inspection and cleaning schedule with the maintenance department began May 11, 2020.
  • Tentative resident hall re-opening may occur August 1, 2020, with the actual decision made in July.
  • Please refer to the full DMACC Housing Plan for more information relating to COVID-19 guidance.

 

Student Common Areas

Areas commonly used for socializing, relaxing, eating, or studying will largely be closed and unavailable for use. Students should be prepared to practice social distancing, wear face masks, and remain within classroom areas while at the College.
 

Food & Beverages 

  • Common areas typically used for breaks or meals are closed in accordance with current College-wide policies and procedures.
  • Students must keep beverage containers and any food they bring onto Campus in their possession at all times to reduce exposure to others. Students must follow parameters set by faculty who can decide if food and/or beverages may be brought into their classrooms with established lab restrictions still in place, while still maintaining face masks and distancing. Food and drink may be consumed as needed, removing masks only long enough to take a drink and eat.
  • Shared food or drink preparation items such as coffeemakers and microwaves will not be available for use.
  • Vending machines and microwaves will be available within some open areas. Students will be expected to clean the microwaves and vending machines (handles, keypads, door, inside, etc.) themselves after each usage.  Signage and wipes will be placed by each appliance, stating usage guidelines.
  • Students should be prepared to bring a filled water bottle as they will have limited access to water fountains while on Campus.

 

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