Des Moines Area Community College okay's face-to-face instruction


ANKENY, Iowa- Des Moines Area Community College is announcing plans for in-person instruction for the fall semester, which starts Wednesday, August 26.

“While we’re expanding our online programs this fall, including DMACC Rx (Real Time Virtual), we will also offer a range of face-to-face classes,” said Rob Denson, President of DMACC. “It’s important to provide students with different options in how and where they want to learn. Students will have greater flexibility this year to choose the learning environment that’s right for them.”

Denson says DMACC has developed new policies and protocols to help protect those students, faculty and staff from contracting COVID-19 while they are in DMACC facilities.

Some of those include: expanding cleaning protocols, creating signage to emphasize safety, reducing the number of students in classrooms,modifying time between classes to reduce congestion in buildings and common areas and instituting physical distancing and face covering requirements.

DMACC will also offer virtual classes, and web-blended options featuring a combination of face-to-face and online as well as traditional online classes.

“We’re all very excited about welcoming students back this fall and we want them to feel comfortable in whatever learning environment they choose.” Denson said. “We realize it’s been a difficult year for many of our students and their families. Our goal is to make the fall semester as stress free, safe and rewarding for them as possible.”