Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

All Hawkeye Community College buildings are closed. Faculty and staff are working remotely and can be reached via email or phone.

COVID-19 Emergency Funds are available to Hawkeye students affected by the disruption of campus operations. Learn more and apply today to see if you qualify!

See the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information web page for more information. Last updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Most Recent Update

Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Return to Campus Guide

Thank you for your resiliency and dedication over these last several weeks. It has been a challenging time as we learn to adapt to a new normal.

Face-to-face classes for the career and technical programs will begin on June 15, assuming our pandemic situations in Black Hawk County allows.

The Emergency Preparedness and Response Team and the Re-Opening Task Force have been working diligently on a planned and phased campus reopening. A Return to Campus Guide is being developed to inform faculty and employees of Hawkeye’s operating procedures for the immediate future.

Hawkeye continues to follow the recommendations of the Iowa Public Health Department and the Center for Disease and Prevention Control. The CDC's article, "How How to Protect Yourself & Others," is a good resource for everyone in our college community.

In an effort to keep everyone in our college community healthy and safe, Hawkeye is requiring everyone on campus to practice physical distancing, wear a face mask, and exercise good sanitation measures.

Physical Distancing

Physical or social distancing should be practiced at all times. Physical distancing is defined as maintaining at least six feet between yourself and others around you.

Plastic shields will be installed at counters in high traffic areas where employees engage with students and visitors.

College meetings should be conducted by phone, Zoom, or Google Hangouts or other remote technology.

Department, classes, and other work areas may have alternative schedules. Supervisors and faculty along with their deans are working on their specific plans for each area.

Everyone is encouraged to help enforce physical distancing.

Face Coverings

All students, college employees, and visitors will be required to wear a mask or other face covering when on campus.

A “mask” can be a cloth mask, a bandana style face covering, or a face shield. Students and employees are expected to provide their own face coverings.

Everyone is encouraged to help enforce the wearing of face coverings. If an individual refuses to wear a mask, they may be asked to leave campus by Public Safety.

Enhanced Sanitation and Disinfecting

Hawkeye will implement enhanced cleaning throughout the campus. A Facilities Needs Form was sent to President’s Council to identify specific cleaning and safety measures needed. Departments may request a walk-through to identify any facility special needs by calling the Director of Facilities at 319-296-4269.

Each department, program, and class should have their own plan for equipment and their work space addressing sanitation and safety measures.

Hawkeye has installed hand-sanitizing stations in buildings and will be refilled regularly.

Hand-sanitizer, cleaning products, and gloves are available for individual offices and classrooms will be available through central supply. Refillable containers for hand sanitizer are unavailable due to the high demand. Therefore, employees should bring their own refillable container for their workplace.

Employees and students are encouraged to wash their hands frequently.

Campus Buildings Open

Starting on June 15, all buildings on campus except the Brock Student Center will be open to students and visitors with access through one entrance door from the parking lot. Hawkeye Center will have two entrances: the main south entrance from the parking lot and the upper level entrance to the courtyard.

Buildings will be open to college employees from the courtyard side with the use of their Hawkeye ID.

Computer labs and the exercise areas at the Health Education and Services Center will be closed.

The Cedar Falls Center, Regional Transportation Training Center, and the Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center will also open with one access entrance starting on June 15.

At each building entrance, a monitor will be stationed to provide students and guests with a mask if they do not have one.

Moving Forward

As Hawkeye looks to the future with reopening the campus, information is being finalized on the following:

  • Employees Return to Work
  • Protocol for Students/Employees Testing Positive for COVID-19

If you have questions regarding reopening, please email the Preparedness and Response Team at

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to our students. We are in this together. Stay Healthy.

Dr. Todd Holcomb

Campus Re-Opening

Campus will re-open to students and the public Monday, June 15.

Protective measures, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing, are required when two or more people are in a common area on campus.

Please check your temperature and self-monitor for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat daily before coming to campus.

Returning to Campus Guide [pdf]

Returning to Work, Employee Guide [pdf]

Hawkeye Resources

External Resources

Help with Basic Needs, Medical Care, and Crisis Assistance

If you need help with basic needs, medical care, or crisis assistance, there are many agencies that are ready to support you and provide relief. See Service Providers for Basic Needs, Medical Needs, and Crisis Assistance for a list of agencies.

Money Issues?

Hawkeye has Emergency Funds available for students to help with expenses such rent, utilities, gas for the car, and food. Contact your student success specialist or email Student Services for more information.

Communications to Students, Faculty and Staff

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Return to Campus Guide
  • Thursday, April 23, 2020: Hawkeye's Plans for Summer Classes
  • Monday, April 20, 2020: Hawkeye Bookstore Update
  • Monday, April 20, 2020: Student Health Clinic Offers Telemedicine
  • Friday, April 10, 2020: Update
  • Thursday, April 9, 2020: Pass / Non Pass Grade Option Added for Spring Semester Hawkeye Alert
  • Monday, March 30, 2020: Update
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020: Update
  • Monday, March 16, 2020: Hawkeye Is Moving Instruction Online Hawkeye Alert
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020: COVID-19 Update Hawkeye Alert
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020: Coronavirus Update to Students
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020: Coronavirus Update to Hawkeye Faculty and Staff
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020: COVID-19 Information — Tuesday, March 3 Hawkeye Alert

CARES Act Assistance and Emergency Funds

Emergency funding opportunities are available for Hawkeye students who have had unexpected expenses due to our pandemic situation.

Apply Now

What is CARES Act?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has allocated federal money to Hawkeye Community College for students to cover expenses related to the disruption of our campus operations.

What Expenses will CARES Act Cover?

The CARE Act monies may be used to help with expenses related to food, rent, utilities, course materials, internet service, laptop, healthcare, and childcare.

Eligibility for CARES Act Funding

In order to qualify for CARES Act financial assistance, students must:

  1. Be or have been enrolled in a spring 2020 credit course.
  2. Have completed a 2019–2020 FAFSA.
  3. Be able to document their expenses.

How Do I Apply?

Complete the online application for emergency funding. Monies will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

When Will I Be Notified?

Applications will be reviewed within two weeks of its receipt. Please watch your Hawkeye email for communication regarding your Emergency Financial Assistance Application.

How Will Funds Be Distributed?

Funds will be disbursed via direct deposit, if you have direct deposit set up with the College, or a check will be mailed to the address listed on the Emergency Financial Assistance Application.

What If I Don’t Qualify for CARE Acts Fund?

Hawkeye’s Foundation has funds available to help students who may not qualify for CARES Act. These funds are made available from generous donors.

Travel Restrictions

Hawkeye has cancelled all college-sponsored international travel, including the spring break study abroad trip to Brazil. Non-essential college-sponsored domestic travel should be postponed or canceled through March 31.

The Pandemic Preparedness and Response Team will monitor travel conditions and re-evaluate as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, China.

Q: How does the virus spread?

Many of the initial patients in the outbreak had a link to a large seafood and live animal market in Wuhan, China, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, the virus is now being spread person-to-person.

Most often, spread from person-to-person happens among close contacts (about 6 feet), mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It’s currently unclear if a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.

Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged COVID-19 from the CDC.

Q: Is COVID-19 the same as other coronaviruses?

It is important to understand that there are seven different coronaviruses known to infect humans. Four of the seven coronaviruses are very common, cause milder symptoms (similar to the common cold), and most people will be infected with at least one of these in their lifetime. The other three of the seven coronaviruses are rare and can cause more severe illness; this includes the COVID-19.

Q: How can I prevent COVID-19?

Take the same precautions for COVID-19 as you would for other respiratory illnesses like flu:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Contain germs by staying home when ill

Q: How can I prepare for COVID-19?

It is important to prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way you prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt your normal routine.

Make a plan and discuss it with your family. What would you do if you could not go to work or school because of illness? What if your daycare provider was ill? How would you get groceries if you were ill? These are all questions to think about.

Q: Is it normal to be concerned about a new virus?

Being uncertain and anxious about COVID-19 is normal, especially with reports of illness and death

It is important to understand the risk of influenza is much higher than the risk of COVID-19 in Iowa right now.

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

Q: Is there a vaccine to protect against COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Q: Is there a risk for COVID-19 from products shipped from China?

People receiving imported goods from China are not at risk of contracting COVID-19. Coronaviruses do not survive long on objects such as letters or packages.

Q: What if I recently traveled to China and got sick?

If you traveled to China in the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a healthcare office, call ahead and tell them about your travel and your symptoms.

Q: What is the risk of the COVID-19 to Iowans? Are certain groups of people more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than others?

Currently, the risk for COVID-19 is associated with recent travel to China, not race or country of origin. Overall, the COVID-19 risk to Iowans remains low at this time.

Learn more about the COVID-19 virus from CDC.

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