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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

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated Article

COVID-19 Community Level and COVID-19 Prevention

CDC recommends using county COVID-19 Community Levels to help determine which COVID-19 prevention measures to use for individuals and communities.
COVID-19 Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high.
Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.
Most counties in West Michigan are either at the low or medium community level. Kent County is currently at the medium level.

What Prevention Steps Should You Take Based on Your COVID-19 Community Level?


SUMMER Term: Compass College will have a single 12-week session during the Summer 2022 semester. 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 entire campus community.

Compass College’s primary goal in its response to COVID-19 is to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the campus community.  Doing so protects the members of our own community as well as the members of the communities with which our students, faculty, and staff interact.

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

Compass recommends but does not require that all members of the community wear a mask in public. The college continues to also recommend that members of the community maintain social distance and wash their hands regularly. 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 students, faculty, and staff.


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Personal Protection Equipment

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Hand Washing + Sanitation

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Social Distancing When Possible

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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 will be following the advice of the Kent County Health Department and the state of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) when it comes to COVID-19 related guidelines. If COVID-19 cases are rising above certain thresholds in our community, Compass will respond with health-related guidelines that make sense (for instance, increased masking or surveillance testing).

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.

Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many different kinds, and some cause disease. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a particular coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which emerged in 2019.

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions. Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems people can experience more than four weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes 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.

Important Ways to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 include:

  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine.  COVID-19 vaccinations save lives and getting vaccinated remains the most effective means to achieve control of the pandemic.
  • 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 often with 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 and immediately discard into trash.
  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home.

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, or 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.


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.


Compass College of Film and Media has received emergency relief funding from the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to address financial issues encountered by colleges and universities and students 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 Funds (HEERF) grants. These reports can be found below.

CARES Act HEERF Grant Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report – Student Portion. Final Report. September 30, 2020

CARES Act HEERF Grant Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report – Institutional Portion. September 30, 2020

CARES Act HEERF Grant Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report – Institutional Portion. December 31, 2020

CARES Act HEERF Grant Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report – Institutional Portion. March 31, 2021

HEERF I, HEERF II, and HEERF III Grants Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report – Institutional Portion. March 31, 2021

CRSSAA HEERF II Grant Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report – Student Portion. June 30, 2021 Final Report

HEERF I, HEERF II, and HEERF III Grants Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report – Institutional Portion. June 30, 2021


American Rescue Plan HEERF Grant Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report - Student Portion. September 30, 2021

American Rescue Plan HEERF Grant Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report - Student Portion. December 31, 2021


American Rescue Plan HEERF III Grant Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report – Student Portion. March 31, 2022



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