Protocols for Continuing Education Students
The following is an update, effective August 13, 2021, on the latest heath measures being taken by the college as we prepare for the start of the fall semester. Kirkwood has always been a community that prides itself on working together to achieve our goals, and our response to COVID-19 has been no different. It is important that we all do our part. Please read the following update carefully as some of the procedures and protocols are changing from this summer and last year.
There are a few simple steps we all can take to help make this academic year productive. It takes all of us working together to keep our campus community safe:
- Get vaccinated. This is the most helpful thing you can do to protect yourself, your friends, and co-workers and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines are readily available, safe, and highly effective. Vaccines are available for free in many locations.
- Stay home if you are sick. This is especially true if you have a fever, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or other symptoms of illness.
- You are requested to wear a facemask inside campus buildings. The college requests masking in all indoor spaces regardless of vaccine status given the high level of community transmission at this time. Disposable masks are readily available throughout the campus.
- Get tested if you have COVID symptoms. Testing is readily available through Test Iowa, local health care providers, and many local pharmacies.
If you are exposed to someone who has or may have COVID-19:
If you are vaccinated:
- If you are experiencing symptoms, you should quarantine and get tested as soon as possible.
- If you do not have symptoms, you do not have to quarantine. However, we strongly encourage you to wear a facemask on campus at all times and monitor your symptoms for 14 days. You also should consider getting tested for COVID-19 after three days of your exposure. More information on COVID-19 testing availability is can be found here.
If you are not yet fully vaccinated:
- You should stay away from campus and isolate for 14 days from the date of your exposure. Students are responsible for contacting their faculty members and are also responsible for following instructor policies on making up missed work, assignments, tests, etc.
Notifying the college if you have COVID-19 or have been exposed:
As the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted, Kirkwood is no longer providing contact tracing for the campus community. If you test positive or need to quarantine according to CDC guidance, it’s your responsibility to contact the COVID-19 Hotline, as well as your instructors and/or your supervisor and make arrangements for class or work.
If you have questions or need assistance:
Our COVID-19 hotline team is available to answer questions about Kirkwood policies and procedures and campus and community resources. If you have questions, please contact the COVID-19 hotline at email@example.com or by calling 319-784-1650.
For college-wide information, please visit www.kirkwood.edu/covid.