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Coronavirus and Compass

County And State Information

The latest County and State data can be found HERE

Helpful Infographics for navigating the new regulations
COVID-19 Infographic
COVID-19 Dos and Donts
Spring 2021 Semester

Spring Term: Compass College will again have two sessions during the Spring 2021 Term to help with COVID-19 safety and scheduling. We continue to work diligently to help balance your workload.

Spring Break: In order to better protect the health and safety of the campus community and to create the best conditions for continuing to have classes on campus, the college has decided to eliminate Spring Break, originally scheduled for March 8-12, 2021. Many other schools in our area are doing something similar. We know everyone needs a break, especially after the year we’ve all had. We considered several different options and decided that the best solution is to start classes a week later. The spring term’s class start date is now January 11, 2021, instead of January 04, 2021. This means you get an extra week of Holiday Break. Please celebrate responsibly this season. The last day of class for the Spring semester will still be on April 23, 2021.

We want you all to know that we care about your mental health as much as your physical health. Please reach out to Bill Kavan (william.k@compass.edu) or Ken Boersma (ken.b@compass.edu)  if you have any questions or concerns.

Your Safety Is Our Priority

Here is what Compass College is doing to make our campus as safe as possible for our staff, faculty, and students.

Personal Protection Equipment

Hand Washing + Sanitation

Enhanced Cleaning on Campus

Social Distancing When Possible

Health Checks At Each Entry

HVAC Disinfection Icon

Disinfection in our HVAC

How Is Compass Actively Handling the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Our COVID-19 Task Force is meeting Regularly

Campus leadership is coming together across campus to:

  • Meet each Wednesday and Friday morning.
  • Monitor the situation in Kent County, West Michigan, and the stat of Michigan.
  • Develop plans consistent with the State of Michigan and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
  • Provide updates via this webpage, email and SMS as new information becomes available.

We’re coordinating with county, state and federal agencies

Compass College is partnering and ensuring coordination with the  Kent county public health department, as well as State and Federal agencies as it relates to the health and well-being of our campus community.

Contact us in confidence

All calls are confidential.

We can assist with a self-quarantine of 14 days and connect you with academic and health resources.

What is the Coronavirus/Covid-19?

COVID-19 is a newly identified type of coronavirus that causes flu-like illness. The virus has been documented in multiple countries since it was first identified in December 2019, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world, but COVID-19 is a public health concern because much is still unknown about it.

Where has Coronavirus/Covid-19 been confirmed?

Compass College has had minimal cases and continues to see a lower infection rate than the surrounding community. Kent County, on the other hand, has seen many positive COVID-19 cases, and numbers are currently on the rise.

For the latest reports of where the virus is being documented in the U.S., check the CDC website.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus/Covid-19?
The CDC considers all new viruses to be a public health concern, but the immediate health risk to the general US public remains low at this time.


COVID-19 causes flu-like symptoms which include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Shortness of breath.

Risk of Transmission

The virus is confirmed to spread person-to-person, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people. The latest updates on risk assessment are available on the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.

How do I prevent myself from getting coronavirus/Covid-19
  • Maintain the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order from Gov. Whitmer.
  • Where a mask whenever you must go into public places.
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
    • Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when you’re unable to wash with soap.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
    • Immediately discard into trash.
  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect “high-touch” objects and surfaces.
What do I do if I have Covid-19 symptoms?

Stay home to avoid potentially spreading the illness to others.

Inform Compass College of your concern over being exposed or infected.

Call ahead to your healthcare provider if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

Be sure to tell the person you speak to if you have had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread.

If necessary, your healthcare provider will work with your public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.


What should faculty and staff do if they believe a student is exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19?

We encourage students to stay home if they’re not well. At this time, faculty are being flexible about deadlines and attendance expectations when it comes to absences due to health.

CARES Act HEER Funds Reports

Compass College of Cinematic Arts has received emergency relief funding from the government through the CARES Act to address financial issues encountered by colleges and universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Education requires that institutions receiving these funds provide quarterly reports regarding the use of the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) funds.  These reports can be found below.


CARES Act HEER Funds Report – Student Portion

CARES Act HEER Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report – September 30, 2020

CARES Act Heer Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report – December 31, 2020

CARES Act Heer Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report – March 31, 2021