Covid-19 student information

Iowa Lakes Community College is excited to have our students back on campus for the 2020-21 academic year. For the safety and well being of the Iowa Lakes' community, please review the following requirements:

  • All students, faculty, and staff are required to wear a face mask on campus that covers both their nose and mouth at all times on campus. Masks should also be worn outside when social distancing is not possible.
  • Everyone is asked to maintain 6 feet of social distance while on campus.

Remember to do a daily health check:

  • Do you feel sick?
    (fever, cough, respiratory symptoms, COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms
  • Have you recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19?
  • Have you recently been diagnosed with COVID-19?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, DO NOT come to campus, or if on campus leave immediately and follow procedures for students who think they have COVID-19.

STUDENT COVID-19 PROCEDURES

 

Accessing Your Laker Live or Virtual Courses

You are currently signed up for a Laker Live class or a class that has Virtual class sessions with Iowa Lakes Community College.

So, what does that mean exactly?

This means you will be attending your class lecture virtually at specific days and times during the week instead of coming to campus. Your instructors will use Microsoft Teams or Zoom to hold your classes, and attendance is still required.

You will access your virtual class by logging into your Canvas account and clicking on your course from your Canvas Dashboard. Your link to access your virtual class lecture should be on your course home page.

How to login to your Canvas:

  1. Go to www.iowalakes.edu
  2. Click on the “My Iowa Lakes” tab located in the top, left-hand corner of the page
  3. Click on the “Canvas” button
  4. Login with your Iowa Lakes username and password

You are now on your Canvas Dashboard. You should see all of your classes on this page.

Not seeing a course you signed up for on your Dashboard? Courses will show up on your dashboard on the course start date.

Campus Housing

Iowa Lakes is offering on-campus housing for the 2020-2021 academic year. Modifications have been made to the number of residents allowed within each unit while following CDC guidelines.

Additionally, COVID-19 education is provided to students upon move in and pre-move in screenings will occur. Pre-move in screenings include:

  • Health Questionnaire
  • Temperature Checks
  • Students will sign provided release waivers following COVID-19 training

Any student who does not pass the screening or testing must return home or will be placed in isolation. Student who do not pass the screening or testing will not be allowed to attend classes until cleared of COVID-19 by medical staff. Please note, student athletes who do not pass screening or testing will not be allowed to participate in any practice or events.

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.

If rapid result COVID-19 testing is available and practical, the College will implement this process.

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 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

COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. Therefore, personal prevention practices (such as handwashing, staying home when sick) and environmental prevention practices (such as cleaning and disinfection) are important principles that are covered in this document. Fortunately, there are a number of actions IHE administrators can take to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread.
 
Housing leaders will develop the plan for move in, meetings and waivers.
 
Delaine Hiney will provide training to the team designated to develop this process.
COVID FAQ

What is the semester start date and will the schedule be changed like other colleges?
Fall semester will start on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, and we 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?
Fall semester instruction will be offered using a combination of formats including in-person, virtual via Laker Live and online.

Laker 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.

How late can I arrive for in-person instruction?
Students should plan to arrive prior to the first day of fall classes. This year, it may be necessary to allow for extra time. No students will be allowed to arrive after the last day to register which is Friday, September 4, 2020.

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 fall semester? Will students return in the
spring?

The College is prepared to move all classes to a virtual format at any time during the academic year, if necessary. Students should plan to return for the spring semester unless conditions do not warrant a return to campus.

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)

Will athletics be competing during the academic year?
Yes, Athletics will adhere to all decisions made by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC).

The NJCAA recently released a plan for the 2020-2021 sport seasons.

The plan is to begin all sports seasons January 1. All championships will be decided during the spring semester.
Sports will be allowed to practice and have limited amounts of scrimmages during a 60 day period in the fall
semester. The spring semester will have practices, games, and then championships.

All Iowa Lakes coaches will communicate to their student athletes about the changes in schedules and what the
year will look like. Student athletes will move into campus housing on Sunday, August 23rd.

The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) will determine the fall scrimmage and spring competition schedules. The ICCAC will also determine the regional tournament format.

Iowa Lakes will continue to conduct athletic training meetings and will adhere to COVID-19 protocols for when
student athletes report as determined by the state.

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.

Dining Services

Dining Services 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.

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. 

*Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Institutes for Higher Education (IHE) On-Campus Housing Settings
On-Campus Activities

All Activities will:

  • Follow social distancing requirements
  • Utilize a combination of face-to-face and virtual event
  • Virtual instruction will be provided.
  • Required trainings such as Title IX, ALICE, etc. will be provided through the CANVAS Student Services 101
    course.

Campus Activity (non-classroom related)

Public usage of the facility, including the Arthur & Audrey Smith Wellness Center, will resume following the College’s established protocol.

Intramurals will be in small groups of 10 students or less with social distancing and masks required. Events held will be limited to those with minimal surface exposure and frequent cleaning will occur. Some events 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 for less than 10 students
  • Exercise classes online—i.e.: Yoga, Zumba, Spinning, (use 82 inch TV in Wellness Center aerobics room with online ability)
  • Kite Flying

TRIO will follow federal recommendations and the College’s established protocols.

Student Government will resume following the College’s established protocol.

Students who wish to participate in non-classroom related activities must complete the following:

  • Health Questionnaire,
  • Temperature Checks,
  • Sign provided release waivers following COVID-19 training.
Paying for College

There is no better way to invest in yourself than by investing in your future.
Obtaining your degree through Iowa Lakes allows you to enter the workforce or to transfer to a 4-year college or university, well prepared and qualified for a career in today’s competitive job market.

The value of a degree from Iowa Lakes is worth the investment.
Students who obtain an associate’s degree expand their earning potential, increasing average salaries over $7000 more than a person with a high school diploma*.

FINANCIAL AID
The Financial Aid Office at Iowa Lakes is your source for information about assisting with covering the costs of obtaining your education. More than 72% of Iowa Lakes’ students receive financial aid to assist with paying for college**. Whether you have questions about scholarships or grants or need assistance deciding which federal
loan works best for you, our Financial Aid Office is ready to work with you to determine how to best fund your
college investment.

Contact our Financial Aid Office today!
Emmetsburg Campus 712-852-5267
Estherville Campus 712-362-7917

PAYING FOR COLLEGE
Tuition is due on the first day of class.

August 25 for fall, January 13 for spring and May 24 for summer.

Iowa Lakes offers a variety of ways for you to pay your tuition.
Payment arrangements consist of:

  • Financial Aid awarded
  • Iowa Lakes NELNET Payment Plan

*Data obtained from the 2019 Emsi Economic Impact Study.
**Data collected from the 2018-2019 Academic year for first-time, full-time students.

SEE BELOW FOR A VARIETY OF WAYS YOU CAN MAKE YOUR TUITION PAYMENT:

Online
Simply login to your My Iowa Lakes account at iowalakes.edu. Instructions may be found under the STUDENT FINANCE section.

  • We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.

Some debit cards have daily limits, so please check with your bank to make sure your limit is sufficient to cover
your balance due.

In Person
Stop by the Iowa Lakes Business office to pay your bill in-person. Cashiers can accept the following forms of
payment:

  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Personal Check (made payable to Iowa Lakes Community College)
  • Money Order
  • Cashier’s Check

By Mail
Students may mail tuition payments. Please include your Iowa Lakes Student ID number. Checks can be made payable to Iowa Lakes Community College and send the payment to:

Iowa Lakes Community College
Attn: Kay Wise, Cashier
3200 College Drive
Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536

Iowa Lakes NELNET Payment Plan
To help you meet your educational expenses, Iowa Lakes Community College is proud to offer the Iowa Lakes NELNET Payment Plan as a convenient budget plan. This is not a loan program. You may budget your tuition and fees in either an automatic bank payment (ACH) or with a credit/debit card option.

Third-Party Payments
If you have made arrangements with a third-party to pay your tuition, you must provide a signed contract or written notice to Iowa Lakes prior to the first day of classes, with your tuition payment. If a third-party payment is not received, you must follow an established payment plan, or pay the balance in full on or before the first day of classes.

Employer Paid Tuition
If your employer has agreed to pay for your tuition, you must provide a signed contract or written notice to Iowa Lakes prior to the first day of classes with your tuition payment. If your employer does not plan to pay the tuition balance until after course completion, you must follow an established payment plan, or pay the balance in full on or before the first day of classes.

Notice: Iowa Lakes reserves the right to cancel your registration, suspend computer access or restrict dining access if you have not made payment arrangements or paid your tuition in full. If your registration is canceled or suspensions are made, you are still responsible for paying the bill or dropping classes.

If you do not plan to attend one or more of your registered classes, you are responsible for dropping the class properly by the deadline for each particular class to avoid owing tuition. Failure to attend class or telling a staff or faculty member that you do not plan to attend class does not cancel your registration or your bill.

If you have any questions regarding paying for college, please contact Kay Wise, Cashier, at kwise@iowalakes.educreate new email or by calling 800-242-5108, x5224.

Textbook Information

Students attending Iowa Lakes Community College may order textbooks and required course materials for the 2020-21 academic year via the MBS Online Textbook Store. The MBS Online Textbook Store is located on the Iowa Lakes web site.

opens in a new windowIowa Lakes Campus Store: www.iowalakes.edu/student-services/campus-store

Please note: Some course textbooks and supplies are only available in the Campus Store. This is noted within the course text on the MBS Online Textbook Store. Students with courses requiring textbooks and supplies offered only through the Campus Store must call for more information.

MBS Online Textbook Store opens: NEED

Free Textbook Shipping dates for all students: NEED

Online Textbook Order Instructions

FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBLE STUDENTS

Student Financial Aid (SFA) Vouchers may ONLY be used for book purchases August 6-September 3.

Simply follow the quick and easy steps below:

  1. Watch for an email from VBS@News.mbsbooks.com the week of NEED. The email will be sent to the students Iowa Lakes Community College issued email address and will include their SFA voucher ID and password. Students should check their SPAM folder.
  2. Students should have their registration and Iowa Lakes issued Student ID information in front of them and  opens in a new windowvisit https://bit.ly/3j2EicA.
  3. Select “Use It Here” located at the top of the page to use the SFA Voucher.
  4. Access SFA Voucher funds by entering Student ID and Voucher ID (provided in the email from VBS@News.mbsbooks.comcreate new email).
  5. Select “Fall 2020” term and “Core Classes”.
  6. Enter Course ID (i.e. ACC-110-100) and select the CORRECT course section. Repeat until all courses are selected.
  7. Select “View Your Materials”.
  8. Select the required textbook for each course. Pay attention to any course notes about required textbooks, kits, or access codes.
  9. Select “Proceed to Checkout”. If all order information is correct, select “Checkout Now”. Otherwise, make corrections and re-select “Checkout Now”.
  10. If the SFA Voucher covers the entire order, the order may be completed. If the SFA Voucher does NOT cover the entire order, a Credit Card must be provided for the remaining balance.
  11. Follow the additional information and shipping prompts to finish the order. Reminder, students must use their Iowa Lakes issued email address when placing an order.
  12. Save the SFA Voucher ID and order number. Students will receive an email from vbs@news.mbsbooks.comcreate new email confirming their order and providing instructions for accessing digital or lab materials.
  13. IF ANY TEXTBOOK MATERIALS HAVE AN ACCESS CODE OR DIGITAL CONTENT, students MUST log back into their account, select the order number and select “access your digital materials” or “activate your access code”. If students do not do this, the digital materials and/or lab kit materials will not be available.

Online Textbook Order Instructions

NON-FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBLE STUDENTS

Simply follow the quick and easy steps below:

  1. Students should have their registration and Iowa Lakes issued Student ID information in front of them and opens in a new windowvisit https://bit.ly/3j2EicA.
  2. Select “Log into Your Account” located at the top left of the page. If a student does not have an account created, they will need to create one using their Iowa Lakes Community College email address.
  3. Enter Course ID (i.e. ACC-110-100) and select the CORRECT course section. Repeat until all courses are selected.
  4. Select “View Your Materials”.
  5. Select the required textbook for each course. Pay attention to any course notes about required textbooks, kits, or access codes.
  6. Select “Proceed to Checkout”. If all order information is correct, select “Checkout Now”. Otherwise, make corrections and re-select “Checkout Now”.
  7. Enter payment information. Follow the additional information and shipping prompts to finish the order. Reminder, students must use their Iowa Lakes issued email address when placing an order.
  8. Save the order number. Students will receive an email from vbs@news.mbsbooks.comcreate new email confirming their order and providing instructions for accessing digital or lab materials.
  9. IF ANY TEXTBOOK MATERIALS HAVE AN ACCESS CODE OR DIGITAL CONTENT, students MUST log back into their account, select the order number and select “access your digital materials” or “activate your access code”. If students do not do this, the digital materials and/or lab kit materials will not be available.

For help at any time after an order is placed, students should call MBS Student Customer Service at 800-325-3252. They will provide fast and easy help with returns, cancellations, access codes, and digital content.

Iowa Lakes Campus Store staff is happy to assist all students with the ordering process.


Iowa Lakes Campus Store Contact Information

The Iowa Lakes Campus Store is dedicated to providing students with excellent customer service. Students may
contact Campus Store staff with any questions or concerns.

Emmetsburg Campus: 712-852-5251 or 712-852-5290
Estherville Campus: 712-362-8373 or 712-362-6840

Email: bookstore@iowalakes.educreate new email