COVID-19 Considerations

Please read below for our ReOpening Plan (Fall 2020), updates for Spring 2021, and updates for Fall 2021.

UPDATES FOR FALL 2021

As we plan for Fall 2021, data indicates that case numbers for COVID-19 are falling dramatically and will continue to do so before August 2021.  For that reason, it is our current plan to operate "normally" in the coming school year; however, we will continue to utilize those precautions that improve the quality of education and student life at Compass.

  • Contact -free check in will be offered

  • Sick policy will be strictly enforced

  • Hand hygiene will be recommended (and reinforced with younger students)

  • Masks will be optional

  • Large group performances will be scheduled

  • Social events will be planned.

  • All classes will be in-person

 

 

 

 

UPDATES FOR SPRING 2021

In consideration of the rise of COVID-19 cases, we want to make sure that we are being responsible and careful with our in-person students.  In addition to continuing to do all the the precautions we used in the fall, we will be adding the following measures:

 

  1. Small Groups - As much as possible, teachers will have students work together in small groups, or "table pods" rather than interacting with the whole class in order to help prevent the spread of disease and minimize contact tracing.

  2. Increased Ventilation - Where possible, we will keep windows and doors open to allow for more air circulation and fresh air.  Please send your children with jackets if it is likely to be chilly.

  3. COVID notification form and Quarantine Requirements - If a student, teacher, or parent volunteer is diagnosed with COVID-19, please use the contact form on the website to notify us.  Your information will be kept strictly confidential, but we need to be able to inform other families of exposure risks.  If someone has been exposed to COVID-19 (whether at Compass or another activity), and is a "close contact," defined by the CDC as less than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more, please stay home and quarantine for a minimum of 7-10 days, following the recommendation of the CDC.

  4. Masks During Transition Times - As an extra layer of precaution, we are strongly requesting that students and teachers wear masks in the hallways during transition times and at other times when social distancing and ventilation are not possible.  We will reevaluate this need at the end of February.  **Masks are welcome

  5. Smaller Lunches - For January, we will have students eat in smaller lunch groups to minimize the spread of disease and contact tracing.  Students will eat with their class that meets right before lunch or be assigned to a classroom if lunch is their first thing of the day or they are in study hall or high school lounge.  We will reevaluate this need at the end of January.  **Lunches are back to normal

 

It is ESSENTIAL that students, teachers, and parent volunteers stay home if they have any symptoms of illness.  While it may just be a mild cold, this is not a risk we want to take right now.  When in doubt, keep them out!

Fall 2020 

With consideration to the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as consideration for general best practices for health and safety, Compass Community will be adopting several new measures following “Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools,” a comprehensive set of guidelines developed by the Georgia Department of Education in partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health.

 

Compass will follow all federal, state, and local regulations, and if those differ from the plans set forth below, we will follow the regulations.  


Practicing Prevention

  • Signage will be posted throughout the building to communicate how to stop the spread of disease through preventative measures and good hygiene.

  • Hand soap will be provided at all sinks, and hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms.  Students will be required to wash hands prior to lunch and to use hand sanitizer when changing class.

  • Frequently touched surfaces in classrooms will be cleaned/disinfected between each class change.  Common areas will be cleaned/disinfected before classes begin and during each class period.

  • As much as is reasonable, shared supplies between students will be limited and cleaned/disinfected between students.  Parents will be asked to send students with certain supplies to minimize sharing.

  • Adults and students are welcome to use masks and other PPE as desired, and Compass will follow federal, state, and local regulations with regard to requiring those items.

  • Water fountains will not be available for use.  All students and adults are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

  • Students may bring from home backpacks, lunches, water bottles, jackets, cellphones, and any items needed for class.  Students may not bring any unnecessary items such as toys, stuffed animals, cards, games, etc.  Wednesday students should limit themselves to a small backpack that can fit under a chair.

 

Entering, Exiting, and Moving Through Campus Buildings

 

  • If anyone has COVID-19 or has been in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, they cannot come into the building until they have tested negative for COVID-19 or 14 days from date of last contact.

  • If anyone has a temperature of greater than 100 degrees or symptoms of illness, they cannot come into the building.  By allowing their children to come to Compass, parents are ascertaining that their child is fever- and symptom- free.  All adults and students may be subject to temperature checks in the Compass front office as deemed necessary by Compass teachers and staff.

  • Only registered students, teachers, and scheduled adult volunteers will be allowed in the buildings.

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      • The small playground by the check-in will be reserved for class use only.  If parents want to socialize with one another, they may use the parking lot or large playground behind the sanctuary. 

      • Arrangements can be made for special circumstances where parents, other adults, or siblings may need to enter the building and they are not the scheduled volunteer for the day

  • Student check-in and check-out will take place at the main entrance (at the rear of the fellowship hall).  Parents will have the option of using a kiosk with iPad to check-in their child or a free app on their phone for contact-less check-in.  More details to come

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      • High schoolers may check themselves in and out

      • Middle schoolers can be checked-in remotely or at the kiosk and picked up in-person or via text

      • Elementary school students will need to be walked to the entrance and picked up in person for their safety

  • Traffic flow inside the buildings and between buildings will be adjusted to reduce congestion in the hallways. 

  • For Monday classes, 1st through 7th grade students will remain with their specific class group throughout the day and not mix with other class groups (except for lunch).  Class groups will likely stay in one or two classrooms and not need to transition much.

 

Sick Policy

  • The Compass Community sick policy will be strictly enforced.  

  • Per Compass policies and procedures, students and adults should stay home if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:

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      • Fever greater than 100 degrees.  A child must be fever-free (without the aid of a fever reducing medicine) for a minimum of 24 hours before coming to Compass.

      • Fever in combination with sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, irritability, and/or confusion

      • Diarrhea: runny, watery, bloody stools, or 2 or more loose stools within the last 4 hours

      • Vomiting: 2 or more times in a 24 hour period.  Note: please do not bring your child if he/she has vomited during the night.

      • Breathing trouble, sore throat, swollen glands, loss of voice, hacking or continuous coughing

      • Frequent scratching of body or scalp; lice; or rash resembling ringworm or other contagious diseases

      • Fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache

      • New loss of taste or smell

      • Congestion or runny nose

  • Any student on campus exhibiting symptoms of illness will be removed from class and parents will be called for pick up.

  • Exceptions may be made for students who have chronic or recurring cough, runny nose, or other symptoms caused by known allergies.  These students may be allowed on campus if allergies or non-contagious ailment is confirmed through a doctor’s note, negative COVID-19 test, or alternative.  Contact the director with questions.  

 

 

Lunch

  • The number of students and adults in the lunchroom will abide by the state guidelines for group gathering sizes.

  • Students will sit in groups of no more than 15 students in the lunch rooms with space between each group.   Students will be expected to remain with their group for the duration of lunch.

  • With the projected number of in-person students at Compass, our lunches will have significantly fewer students than in the past.  If the allowed number of people in group gatherings drops, we will break students into smaller groups to eat in classrooms.

  • For those who want a smaller lunch option for their children regardless of group gathering sizes, this is available upon parent request (please email compasscommunity119@gmail.com to request).  Smaller lunch rooms may be set up in classrooms and monitored by teachers and/or adult volunteers

  • All students will be required to wash hands with soap and water before entering the lunchroom.

  • Students will not have access to the refrigerators, microwave, or utensils at the church.  Parents must provide everything the students will need for their meals.

  • Dismissal to and from lunch will be staggered to reduce congestion.

 

Large Group Gatherings and Performances

  • Compass will abide by the maximum number of people allowed to congregate as defined by current regulations. 

  • Large group performances like Family Night will likely be canceled for the fall.  Instead, our focus will be to present class-specific daytime performances in the fall and smaller group shows in the spring.  In-person performances will be our preference, but we will do virtual shows if necessary.  

  • Group events will be held outdoors as much as possible in the fall semester (spring semester TBD).

  • Social distancing will be provided when needed.

 

 

Class Options

  • Parents will have the option to choose from traditional in-person classes or online classes for the whole semester.

  • For more information, visit Traditional vs. Online

 

 

PAYMENTS AND VOLUNTEER EXPECTATIONS

  • In consideration of the changes to our check-in procedures, we are removing the payment envelopes from the front entrance.  All payments to teachers and Compass must be completed online using the teacher’s preferred method of payment (PayPal, Venmo, etc).  If you wish to continue to make payments using cash, checks, or money orders, you may contact specific teachers to make individual arrangements.

  •  When signing up for a class, please remember that this is a semester commitment.  You have the option to drop within the first three weeks of class and only pay for the first month and supply fee.  If you choose to drop after the grace period, you are expected to pay for the full semester.  

  • If classes transition to online learning, payment is still expected.  If the calendar is adjusted to shorten the number of instructional days,  payments will be adjusted accordingly.

  • For parents of online-only students, there is no volunteer requirement and no opt-out fee needed.

  • For parents of traditional students, we will need volunteers to be on campus Mondays and Wednesdays and special events.  We may make changes to how we schedule volunteers, but we ask every family to commit to volunteering for three shifts during the semester.  If you cannot volunteer, we ask for a $45 volunteer opt out fee.

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Please refer to the Policies and Procedures page of the website for additional information not covered above.