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Face-to-face classes suspended

A Message from Kirkwood President Lori Sundberg on Monday, March 16, 2020.

NOTE: This is an important new message concerning Kirkwood Community College and its response to COVID-19. While the college is not closing, major changes are being made with regard to classes and college operations. Please read the message in its entirety.

Hello Kirkwood Students,

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve at an increasingly fast pace, and the college has already taken steps to limit its impact on our campuses. As you know, we have moved a majority of our classes to an online format. However, the time has come for the college to implement more stringent measures:

.    Beginning Monday, March 23, all face-to-face classes, including labs and hands-on courses, will be suspended through April 10.
.    Those classes that are moving online March 23 will still do so until April 10 as previously planned. Instructors will soon be reaching out to students to clarify if a class is online and explain expectations for students moving forward. Students can expect to hear from their instructor by March 20 at the latest.
.    All college buildings and locations will close their doors from March 23 through April 3. The Hotel at Kirkwood Center will lock its doors beginning at noon this Sunday until April 6 as well.
.    All on-site college services, including computer labs and libraries, will be closed March 23 through April 3. Most services, such as financial aid, advising, and counseling, will be available to students by email or phone.
.    All events scheduled to be held at Kirkwood are cancelled through April 3.
.    All college-related travel is suspended through April 10.

Despite these changes, I want it to be understood that the college itself is not closing. We are still holding classes online and our faculty and staff will be available to serve our students remotely during this time.

For those online students with a critical need, a limited number of laptops are available for checkout from both the main campus and Iowa City campus libraries this week.

As mentioned before, it’s crucial that you report a confirmed or suspected exposure of COVID-19 to Kirkwood. In addition, if you have traveled to a CDC Level 3 country, it’s an imperative that you report it to the college as well. Should this be the case, please notify the college using Kirkwood’s COVID-19 exposure hotline at 319-784-1650.

Other questions and concerns can be sent to

As always, it’s important to stay informed. All Kirkwood-related COVID-19 information and updates can be found here. Know the signs to look for and continue healthy practices to prevent the spread of the virus. If you feel sick, stay home and contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Please keep in mind that all of these measures are subject to change depending on how everything unfolds in the next few weeks. Nobody really knows what to expect as we move forward in this unprecedented situation. The best plan is to do everything we can to protect each other and limit the spread of this virus. The entire world is in this fight together and all of us need to do our part.

Lives depend on it.

Thank you,

Lori Sundberg
President, Kirkwood Community College

Image courtesy of Sarah Mangold | Kirkwood Communiqué

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