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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 regulations and protocols



Summer Term: Compass College will have a single 12-week session during the Summer 2021 Term. We continue to work diligently to promote a safe campus.  The health and safety protocols that have been developed and implemented are intended to promote a safe environment for our campus community.

Vaccinate West Michigan:  All Michigan residents age 16 and up are now eligible for the vaccine.  The vaccine is the way to beat this virus, save lives and restore our economy. 


COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions – General Vaccine Information


Please continue to wear your mask in public, social distance and wash your hands. Thanks for all you are doing to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in our community. 


COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions


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 weekly to review current situation and respond appropriately.
  • Monitor the situation in Kent County, West Michigan, and the state 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 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 you with understanding isolation protocols if you test positive for COVID-19 or when and how long to self-quarantine if you are in close contact with someone else who tests positive.  We can also help you with academic and public health concerns.

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 no known incidents of any member of the campus community contracting COVD-19 through exposure on campus.  There have been students , faculty, or staff who have tested positive during the course of the school year.  These cases were isolated and not a result of community spread.

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. Compass recommends that all members of the campus community take appropriate steps to protect their health and safety.


COVID-19 causes flu-like symptoms which include:

  • Fever that is 100.4 degrees F or higher
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • diarrhea
  • chills
  • sore throat
  • subjective fever (feel warm)
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • body aches
  • fatigue
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting

Risk of Transmission

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others.

Guiding Principles to Keep in Mind

 The more a person interacts with others, and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread in the community. Risk is also affected by factors such as background rates of infection in the community and individuals’ compliance with mitigation strategies, such as use of masking, social distancing, and hand hygiene. 

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 COVID-19

Important Ways to Slow the Spread of the Virus

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.
  • Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
  • Wash your hands oftenwith soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
  • 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.
  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you.
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