DMACC Confirms Online Classes for Rest of Spring Semester

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ANKENY, Iowa – Classes for the rest of the spring semester
will continue online for students at Des Moines Area Community College.

DMACC announced Friday that it is extending online learning for the rest of the 2020 spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school will also begin using a temporary pass/fail grading option.

“Our first priority continues to be protecting the health
and safety of our students, faculty and staff members,” said MD Isley, DMACC
Vice President of Academic Affairs. “While we greatly miss seeing everyone on
campus, we believe continuing online instruction for the final weeks of the
spring semester is the right decision.”

The term is still scheduled to end the week of May 4th.

DMACC has not yet determined how it will handle classes for
the summer term, though it says many of those classes are already offered
online. Plans are expected to be announced in April.

Commencement ceremonies for spring 2020 have already been
canceled.

DMACC President Rob Denson said, “We are hoping we can eventually reschedule these events so our students and their families can celebrate this significant accomplishment. We are also exploring options for a virtual or livestreamed graduation address.”