Coronavirus SCC information and updates

Coronavirus info and updates

This archived page was created in March 2020 and regularly updated through August 2021 with information and resources regarding the coronavirus and the SCC community.

Please visit our COVID-19 Info page for our most up-to-date information.

Updated COVID-19 Student FAQ

Archived COVID-19 2020 FAQ


August 11, 2021:

SCC recommends face coverings are indoors.

Vaccination clinics will take place throughout the fall semester.

June 10, 2021:

SCC has discontinued the requirement for mask/face coverings within SCC facilities for anyone who is fully vaccinated. Persons who are not yet fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue wearing a mask/face.



July 1, 2020:

SCC's Fall Semester will include face-to-face classes with reduced capacity. All student services will be available, most with virtual or remote access options.

May 26, 2020:

Great River Health will offer a Test Iowa drive-thru COVID-19 test site at the Des Moines County Fairgrounds in West Burlington beginning Wednesday, May 27.

Iowans must take the online health assessment at to arrange an appointment for the COVID-19 test. Once at the site, people are asked to remain in their cars during test.

The entrance to the drive-thru testing area is on Gear Avenue.

For more information, visit

May 4, 2020:

Commencement Ceremonies 

Ceremonies have been rescheduled for Saturday, August 1.

·         West Burlington campus ceremony: 1 p.m. at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium

·         Keokuk campus ceremony: 7 p.m. at the Grand Theatre in Keokuk

Graduating students: Check your email for details on diplomas, cap and gown pick-up, final grades, and transcript requests

Dates for nurse pinnings and HiSET are to be determined.

Summer Classes

Below are details regarding SCC's delivery of summer term classes:

· Face-to-face credit classes will be converted to online delivery unless otherwise specified.
· Hybrid classes will be offered via online delivery only unless otherwise specified.
· Students with lab, clinical, and internship requirements should keep in close contact with their instructors regarding the status of their sites' policy on student and visitors.
· There will be both face-to-face and online class offerings for Kidtek summer learning camps and CBIZ continuing education classes. Please visit the CBIZ website for details.
· AEL/HiSET/Adult ESL classes will be offered online.

March 31, 2020:

From the Office of the Registrar: The last day to withdraw from 16-week online and face-to-face classes has been extended to April 15.

March 26, 2020:

Information regarding SCC's Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) programs are as follows:

Class delivery and student access to campus resources:

  • Classes will be offered via videoconference beginning Monday, March 30th for current students
  • Students can continue their work via online platforms
  • Students who do not have access to technology can access the internet at SCC libraries in West Burlington and Keokuk or the computer lab in Mt. Pleasant M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Students unable to visit SCC sites or access their coursework online should make arrangements with their instructor for packet pickup
  • April orientation has been canceled. No new students can be accepted at the current time
  • Direct questions to Director of Adult Education and Literacy, Deb Mulch at (319) 208-5254 or

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March 23, 2020:

To promote the safety and health of our entire campus community SCC has implemented the following for the duration of the Spring Semester:

Class delivery and student access to campus resources

  • Face-to-face credit classes will remain online unless otherwise notified
  • Hybrid classes will continue via online delivery format only unless otherwise notified
  • Students with lab, clinical, and internship requirements should keep in close contact with their instructors regarding the status of their sites’ policy on student and visitors
  • Non-Credit (Continuing Education) classes will be canceled or postponed unless otherwise notified
  • AEL/HiSET/Adult ESL classes will announce changes this week

Campus and facility access

To minimize regular contact with large numbers of people, the following steps will take effect on Tuesday, March 24.

All sites will be closed to the general public.

Campus facility entry will be restricted to current students and staff:

West Burlington

The Welcome Center door is the entrance to buildings 100-500.

The Health Professions Center & Hall of Sciences entrance is at the HPC southeast door, under the large SCC letters.


Enter buildings 100-500 via 200 entry (library)

Industrial Technology Training Center entrance is via west doors (next to foot bridge).

Important Numbers

Staff available by phone or email M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Enrollment Services

West Burlington: (319) 208-5010 or

Keokuk: (319) 313-1923 or

Student Support Centers

West Burlington: (319) 208-5155 or

Keokuk: (319) 313-1943 or

Academic Achievement Center

All services are available through Canvas. Students can request a tutor for online help.
Contact Shawn Johnson for more information at

Financial Aid

West Burlington:


TRIO Center

            Student Support Services contact: (515) 971-9296 or

            Upward Bound contact: (319) 208-5305 or

Business Office

            Contact: (319) 208-5330 or

SCC Libraries: Open and computer labs available M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

West Burlington: (319) 208-5090 or

Keokuk: (319) 313-1960 or

SCC Help Desk

            Contact: (319) 208-5087 or

Canvas online class technical support: staff available by phone or live chat 24/7.

Contact: (844) 214-6951 or by clicking on the help icon in the lower left corner from your Canvas home screen to chat with a Canvas technical representative.

West Burlington bookstore

            Contact: (319) 208-5170 or



All SCC-sponsored events and events held at SCC facilities are canceled or postponed through April 30.


All activities and seasons for spring athletics are canceled.

Concurrent Enrollment

Contact your instructor or guidance counselor for information on how your high school is addressing your classes.


Please contact your instructor if you have questions or concerns regarding your attendance.

If you are sick, feel you may be sick, exhibit symptoms or have come in contact with someone who is or may be sick, please stay home. Follow directions being given by federal, state and local health agencies. Do not come to campus or expose others.

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March 13, 2020:

SCC continues to monitor the evolving coronavirus COVID-19 situation and to share relevant information with employees and students as it becomes available. While the Iowa Department of Public Health has confirmed COVID-19 cases in other parts of Iowa, there are none in the SCC service area of southeast Iowa. It is the consensus of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local public health officials that the next month will be critical to containing the spread of the virus.

With our primary focus on student and employee health and safety, we have made the following decisions effective 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 13 through April 5:

Two-Day Extension of Spring Break and Transition to Remote Delivery

To protect our students and communities and help contain the spread of the coronavirus, Southeastern Community College has extended Spring Break by two days (March 23-24) and will then transition to online delivery of face-to-face classes until April 5, at which time we will reassess the situation and determine future actions:

  • Spring Break for students will now be March 16-24.
  • Students in face-to-face classes will begin or resume spring semester classes on March 25 via online delivery.
  • Faculty will report to campus on March 23 and 24 for preparation to transition classes to online delivery.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Existing online classes will continue as scheduled and are not affected by this spring break extension. Please review your online course syllabus for appropriate class deadlines.
  • Contact your faculty member if you have any questions related to your classes.
  • All campuses will remain open and all services will operate as follows:
    • Advising, Registration, Financial Aid, Admissions and the Business Office will operate on normal hours.
    • Computer labs, library resources, testing center and study rooms will be open and available. Hours will be posted to Hawknet and Canvas announcements.
  • College large group events and meetings of 50 or more people, both on site and off site, are canceled through April 5. Some student activities, clubs and meetings may still occur. Student activity plans will be communicated by your student club advisor.
  • Residence halls will remain open and food service will continue on a modified schedule.
  • The annual Great Tastes Event has been rescheduled to May 1. Details forthcoming.
  • Continuing education class changes will be made on a case-by-case basis. For additional information, contact CBIZ at (319) 208-5375.

We are committed to assisting you as we transition to online course delivery. Each campus will host open computer labs and drop-in assistance sessions to help you navigate Canvas and discover online resources. We will post a schedule of these sessions by March 23. The college will continue to provide free public Wi-Fi, student computer labs and space for you to study. We encourage you to use those services to help you with your course work.

The decision to conduct classes online does not mean that the campus is closed. SCC will continue to monitor the situation and follow the best advice of public health officials in making closure decisions.

If you have questions, please contact your instructor or the Academic Affairs office (319) 208-5287.

Update Your Emergency Contact Information

It is crucial that you make sure your emergency contact information is up to date. If you did not receive the Blackhawk text alert on Wednesday, March 11, we do not have the correct information on file. Please visit Enrollment Services or call (319) 208-5010 right away.

Continue to Take the Usual Precautions

The CDC continues to encourage everyday precautions including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Stay home if you are sick

SCC will continue to monitor the situation and share information with employees and students. All communication updates can be found here:

Thank you for working with us make the best of this challenging time. Together we can mitigate the negative impacts of this virus and I look forward to a return to a normal college schedule.

Stay healthy,

Dr. Michael Ash

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Initial communication, March 11, 2020

SCC faculty and staff have been working to come up with an appropriate response for how SCC will address the ongoing concerns surrounding the coronavirus and its impact on our operations for serving students, faculty, staff, and the broader community.

The health and safety of Southeastern Community College's students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. SCC is taking all appropriate measures and will continue to follow the expert guidance of the Iowa Department of Public Health and related governmental agencies. Consistent with this guidance, we have no plans to alter, cancel, or suspend regular college operations at this time.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to provide updates to our campus community via email when any new relevant information warrants a change in our response to this issue. Urgent information, should the situation worsen or if there is a known risk to the campus, will be provided via SCC Blackhawk Alert texts to quickly reach students, faculty, and staff.

Be sure to bookmark this page for updates.

Steps we are taking to minimize the risk of exposure

Out of an abundance of caution, and consistent with best practices provided by public health experts, we are taking the following measures to help mitigate exposure to students, faculty, and staff:

  • Increased frequency of cleaning & disinfectant applications in common areas
  • Increased number of hand sanitizing stations and cleaning wipe dispensers
  • Posted signage on proper personal hygiene and handwashing practices
  • Posted signage on how to spot signs of illness and what to do if you think you may be sick
  • Information and resources page on the SCC website
  • Implemented special attendance policy and procedures for students and staff who exhibit symptoms

Custodial Practices

All college custodial teams continue to follow best-practice guidelines and will take extra steps to deep clean our campuses, particularly "high-touch" points such as doorknobs, railings, door handles, bathroom push doors, and light switches. Custodial staff is also utilizing higher-strength disinfectant agents on hard surfaces and other cleaning tools and technology at our disposal.

Steps You Can Take to Limit Exposure

There are steps you can take as well to help protect yourself and others. These steps include:

  • Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Do not share food, drinks or personal items that come in contact with your face or mouth
  • Avoid close contact
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask:
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

Watch for symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What to do if you feel sick

If you develop symptoms — such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath OR if you have had exposure to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • Don't come to campus. Call your health provider to let them know you are coming. Isolate yourself and wear a mask before leaving the house. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve people with the most critical needs. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care, or other health facility without calling first.
  • Your health provider may test you or refer you for testing. Please follow your doctor's advice carefully.
  • Contact your instructors. If you are "self-isolating" due to a known exposure or have been instructed by doctors to quarantine yourself, reach out to your instructors to make a plan for the remainder of the quarter.

Our Values and Commitment to Inclusion

Please continue to pay special attention to any instances of stereotyping, harassment, and bullying directed at persons perceived to be of Chinese American or, more generally, Asian descent. Ethnic harassment or bullying exacerbates hatred, harms students, and is never justified. We reaffirm our commitment that all students should be able to study and learn in an environment that is healthy, safe, and free from bias or discrimination.


At the present time, SCC has not implemented any travel restrictions. We encourage everyone to exercise sound judgment regarding domestic and international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a guide with detailed COVID-19 information for travelers. This guide is updated regularly and contains important information and developments to help you understand the risks and take appropriate precautions regarding travel.

Additional Resources

For up-to-date information on coronavirus and steps SCC is taking to prevent any impacts on our college community, please bookmark this page. SCC will maintain information and correspondence here to address any public health, operational, and academic questions that come forward.

link to Coronavirus info on CDC website

The Centers for Disease Control website, State of Iowa COVID website, and the Iowa Department of Public Health website both have additional information about coronavirus that may be useful in learning about any risk to the health of our community. We remain in close contact with constituent leaders to ensure that there is a broad understanding of the complexities of this dynamic situation.

For media inquiries, contact Jeff Ebbing, Director of Marketing and Communications,, (319) 208-5060.