Testing and health care access
Infinity Health (formerly Community Health Center of Southern Iowa) and the Hy-Vee Pharmacy in Lamoni are certified testing locations, and the Decatur County Hospital in Leon is the central hub for Decatur County for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. These nearby resources provide students, faculty and staff with excellent and convenient resources should symptoms develop
Infinity Health (by appointment only)
802 E Ackerly St, Lamoni, IA 50140
Hy-Vee Pharmacy (by appointment only)
101 E Main St, Lamoni, IA 50140
Decatur County Hospital
1405 NW Church, Leon, Iowa 50144
Face coverings required in educational spaces
Cloth masks will be worn at all times in educational spaces. Cloth masks are not surgical but can provide protection to other people in case the wearer is asymptomatically infected.
Social distancing in class
Keeping space from each other is an important part of keeping our community safe. Six feet of space will be maintained when possible in classrooms, labs, restrooms and common areas. There should be no sharing of objects in classrooms for group or partner work. Students should sit in the same seats in classrooms on every occasion and the instructor will create and maintain a seating chart. Cleaning supplies will be available in all classrooms, and Graceland’s Facility Services team will ensure common work areas will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected per CDC recommendations.
Social distancing on campus
Outside the classroom, social distancing should still be maintained. Water fountains on campus will be disabled, however, motion-activated bottle-fillers will remain available as long as safety can be maintained. All meetings, including house meetings, should be held virtually if maintaining six feet of social distance is not possible. Elevators should not be used, but if they must, only one person should be in an elevator at a time. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed at elevator doors and should be used before and after use of the elevator.
Social distancing in offices
As we continue the work to maintain low COVID-19 numbers on both campuses, please use quick phone calls, text messages, emails or notes through Microsoft Teams rather than dropping in to offices unexpectedly. If an in-person conversation is required, make an appointment. This courtesy is helpful in two ways:
- Social distance is one of the primary ways we can fight the spread of COVID-19.
- With an increase in the number of virtual meetings in our offices, an unexpected visitor may disrupt those meetings.
Protocols for illness
Should a student, faculty or staff member experience any COVID-19 symptoms, they will be asked to stay home or in their room. They should not attend any classes, clinical/practicums, student teaching, internships, sports activities, or go to work. Once they have quarantined themselves, they should contact the Student Life office or their residence hall director to coordinate with them and the COVID-19 Coordinator on how best to proceed. Areas of campus have been set up for isolating students who are ill or who have been exposed. Students should not return to campus activities until they have been cleared by the COVID-19 Coordinator.
Graceland has developed an extensive quarantine and isolation protocol for residential students on the Lamoni campus, which will be strictly followed should illness occur.