COVID-19 Policies and Exemptions

Here is the latest news concerning Fall 2020 classes and our plans for returning to class in September.

The challenges are real, so we're working on helpful solutions for a successful semester!

CAMPUS POLICY UPDATE

(7/21/20)

Students, Parents, and Friends of Northpoint,

Thank you so much for your patience as our team has been working to develop policies and procedures that will facilitate a safe, meaningful college experience this fall.

As you read through the policies, please know we are aware that good people feel very differently from each other about the State of Michigan’s response to COVID-19. That is understandable. It is a complex situation that involves medical, sociological, legal, and political concerns and expertise. This means some of our friends will undoubtedly feel we have erred on the side of being too lax and others on the side of reacting too strongly.

With the disparity in views, it would not have been possible to craft a solution that met everyone’s expectations. What we have done, I hope, is adopt good, common-sense policies that help us fulfill our shared educational mission while doing our best to ensure the safety of the entire Northpoint family. We know the policies will take some getting used to. We know it will take good people, great attitudes, and a lot of grace. We also know this season will not last forever!

As things stand right now, we believe it is going to be possible to protect student health and provide a quality on-campus educational experience this coming fall. That’s great news. We cannot wait to see you and grow together with our Northpoint family.

Please find below the temporary Campus policies in place for the fall, 2020 semester:

MASK REQUIREMENT:

Students will be required to supply their own face mask to be used on a daily basis for the course of the semester. We suggest that you find a non-respirator,  tight knit, cloth mask that is comfortable to wear for a good portion of the day. Disposable masks are also acceptable but will not be provided.

Please note that, due to the Executive Order in effect in the State of Michigan, we will not be able to allow admission into either the Life Center or the Campus without an appropriately worn mask. 

 

DAILY CAMPUS ENTRANCE:

At a student’s first campus entrance each day, whether for chapel or class, every student must complete a self-verified wellness check. These will be available at the entrance of the Life Center for chapel or the Main Campus for class.

The wellness check will include:

 

  1. *Sanitizing Hands

  2. *A Negative Response to the Following Posted Questions:

  • Do you have any of the following symptoms? Fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat unattributable to other known conditions such as seasonal allergies or a previously diagnosed non-COVID-19 related condition?

  • After self-administering a temperature test with the provided forehead thermometer, is your temperature above 100.4 ̊F?

  • In the last fourteen days, have you been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or with significant COVID-19 related symptoms not diagnosed as having another cause?

 

*If the answer is “Yes” to any of the above questions, we ask that the student alert Jamie Carter at jamiec@northpointgr.org and return home to attend class via the Virtual Attendance policy. Please note that students not approved for Virtual Attendance who return home as a result of the wellness check must provide a written note from a physician or the absence will be considered unexcused.


It is recommended that students arrive to perform their daily wellness check at least 15 minutes in advance of the beginning of chapel or their first class. A line will form outside the doors, social distancing of 6 feet is to be observed, masks are to be appropriately worn while in line, and masks are also to be worn inside at all times unless a specific exemption is given. 

 

 

CHAPEL ATTENDANCE:

All students attending chapel will need to perform the wellness check described above before the beginning of the chapel service. Please arrive early enough to leave sufficient time.

Once through the wellness check area, students should proceed directly to their seat, with mask on. Seats will be situated 6 feet apart from each other and are not to be moved. Students are asked to stay at their seats for the entirety of worship and the teaching time.

Once students have reached their seats, masks may be removed and left off for the entirety of the chapel service.

Students leading worship will be separated by no less than 6 feet and permitted to have masks removed while leading worship and while in their seats. Speakers will be asked to do the same.

At dismissal, we ask that masks be put back on and social distancing be managed throughout the entire process of leaving the building.

 

CLASS ATTENDANCE:

All students attending class will be asked to sanitize their hands upon entering the classroom and proceed immediately to their seats. Students will be asked to sit one student per table and to keep 6 feet from all other students. Married students or siblings may sit at the same table.

Masks are required for the entirety of the class unless giving a presentation. Professors may remove their mask while giving instruction to the class.

5 minutes before the end of class, students will be dismissed and asked to wipe down their seating area and seat before leaving. Professors should also wipe down any contact surfaces, including the desk, remote control, markers etc.,

Upon leaving class, all students will be asked to sanitize again. Dismissal should continue to operate under the 6-foot social distancing policy.

 

THE COMMONS:

Students entering the commons are asked to wear masks at all times, unless actively eating or drinking. Each table will have only two seats, one at each of the ends of the table furthest apart. We ask that these not be moved. This means the maximum number of people per table at any time will be two.

All recreational equipment will be temporarily removed from the area to allow for appropriate distances between tables. Additional tables will be set up in the hallway outside the main College Office.

Food may be stored on the provided wire shelving, avoiding contact with other food containers. The refrigerators will not be available. Any foods requiring cold temperatures should be stored in a cooler. Microwaves will be available and should be wiped down before and after each use. We also ask that tables and chairs be wiped down after each use.

While preparing food, after eating, or when congregating in the commons for any other reason, masks are required and social distancing is to be maintained.

 

HALLWAYS, RESTROOMS, LIBRARY, AND OTHER COMMON AREAS:

We ask that social distancing of 6 feet and the appropriate wearing of a mask be maintained at all times in the remaining campus areas. This includes, but is not limited to all hallways, restrooms, the library, and other common areas.

Students outside, not in line for a wellness check or to enter the building, and 6 feet or more apart are not required to wear a mask.

 

Please note compliance with the above policies is required, without exception, for all staff, faculty, and students of Northpoint. Non-compliance will be addressed in person and, if continued, will result in removal from the campus.

The Northpoint Staff and Faculty look forward to us all being able to see each other without masks as much as you do. For now though, for the safety of those who may be health-vulnerable, for the well-being of those who may be anxious and afraid, to be in compliance with the State of Michigan Executive Order, and for our witness to those around us, we are asking each student to come with a great attitude, ready to help protect our community, our relationships, and our reputation as a Christian community.