Historical Communication

​​These are past DMACC updates on COVID-19 and are being archived for historical purposes. All the information here was accurate at time of posting, however, as fast as information is changing, these may no longer be correct. Please check the Coronavirus Homepage for the latest updates.


Update: Friday, April 3, 2020
Due to the Governor’s latest recommendation to continue school closures, DMACC will extend the closure of facilities from April 13 through April 30, 2020. Because of this, classes that have hands-on/lab components and continuing education classes will not resume face-to-face the week of April 13, as originally planned. If you are enrolled in one of these courses, please check your DMACC email for more information from your instructor. Faculty have developed plans to continue your progress and support your success.
We thank you for your patience during this time. Please continue to work directly with your instructors for more information, check your DMACC email regularly, and watch this DMACC COVID-19 website for more details.


DMACC Cancels Spr​ing Semester Commencement Ceremonies

Funds will instead be used to Assist Students.

DMACC announced today the College-wide cancellation of its Spring Semester Commencement Ceremonies due to the impact of COVID-19.​

“We have decided to cancel DMACC’s Spring Commencement to protect the health of students, faculty and staff and the thousands of family and guests who attend these events,” said Rob Denson, DMACC President. “Instead, we will use funds that would have paid for graduation ceremonies for direct service to students who are impacted by the COVID-19.”

This announcement impacts the Spring Semester Commencement Ceremony at Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines that was scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, the DMACC Boone Campus Commencement that was to be held in the Boone Campus Gymnasium and the DMACC Carroll Campus Commencement to be held at the Carroll Senior High School. All graduating students that meet the requirements will receive their Diploma or Degree in the mail in the weeks following the end of the term.

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

Denson said, regardless of what is ultimately determined, any student who cannot attend a rescheduled or virtual graduation ceremony will be able to participate in an upcoming ceremony within a year of their official date.

“We will do the best we can. We believe that it’s important that students have the opportunity to walk across that stage, receive their diploma and be recognized for successfully completing this milestone in their academic career,” Denson said.


Trail Point Closing. Based on the latest advice from governmental authorities regarding COVID-19, Trail Point Aquatics & Wellness will be closed and all on-site activities will be cancelled beginning Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. All memberships will go on "Freeze" and your bank account will not be charged during this time. Members, please check your email for more details.


DMACC Continuing Education and non-credit courses will continue as planned. Any exceptions to this statement will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. All campuses and centers will remain open and all services will operate as usual.

The impact of an outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at DMACC could be damaging. Ongoing updates will be posted online on this page.

We encourage the DMACC community to take appropriate steps to protect their health and safety and prevent the spread of illness:

  • ​Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer, with 60-95% alcohol if water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the used tissue.​

If you have specific questions, please contact the DMACC Continuing Education office at 515-256-4912.


​All campuses will remain open and all services will operate as usual. Computer labs will be available for student use.

In an effort to support public health, DMACC has made some changes to course delivery over the next few weeks.

calendar.pngMarch 16-20: Spring Break
calendar.png March 23-28:

DMACC Campuses/Centers open and operating

  • Face-to-Face Credit Classes will not meet unless notified
  • Online continues as usual
  • Web-Blended Classes will resume utilizing ONLINE delivery format
  • Non-Credit continues as usual
calendar.png March 30  and until further notice:

DMACC Campuses/Centers open and operating

  • Online delivery of Face-to-Face credit classes begins unless otherwise notified
  • Select lab-based, hands-on classes will meet as scheduled in a Face-to-Face format
  • Online continues as usual
  • Web-Blended Classes will continue the online delivery format
  • Non-Credit continues as usual

Any exceptions to this statement will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.


DMACC Takes New Steps to Protect Students and Communities from Coronavirus Pandemic

DMACC will continue with the College's planned Spring Break, March 16-20.

In an effort to support public health:

  1. Face-to-face classes will not meet the week of March 23-28. This will allow self-isolation and social distancing to be a priority for anyone who has traveled during break.
  2. Existing online courses will resume on March 23, as planned.
  3. ​Any exceptions will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Beginning March 30:

  • The majority of classes will be delivered online until further notice.
  • Select lab-based, hands-on classes will meet as scheduled in a face-to-face format. Faculty, staff, and students will be notified of details over the next several days.
  • All campuses will remain open and all services will operate as usual. This includes Trail Point Aquatics and Wellness, computer labs and DMACC libraries.

The Spring term will end the week of May 4, 2020, as planned.

Coronavirus Statements From President Denson​