Last Updated: March 31, 2020

March 31, 2020

These are indeed challenging and unpredictable days.

Our leadership has been and continues to process information from county, state, and federal officials.We are prayerfully making decisions we believe are best for the health of our students and staff and especially those who are most vulnerable in our communities.

This is why we decided to make the tough decision to launch a fully virtual Impact 360 Fellows experience for the remainder of the semester. Our students were sent home on 3/15/2020 and will continue learning, being discipled, and engaging in our community virtually for the remainder of their Fellows experience. Together, our team is fully committed to making this a great experience.

At this time, we are still planning on hosting Impact 360 Propel and Immersion this summer. We will follow county, state, and national guidelines to make a final decision at a later date. We will send direct communication to all families involved in our summer programming as more information becomes available, and as a clearer timeline in available to us as a nation.

Please pray for our team and students as we seek to cultivate the next generation of leaders who follow Jesus.

Jesus reminds us in the Gospel of Luke, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.

This is still true today. May we always be reminded that the kingdom of God is in our midst, no matter if we are physically or virtually together.

March 12, 2020.

As we have been tracking the COVID-19 outbreak, it has become evident that it is best practice for us to temporarily send students home until the threat has passed. We are requiring that all students leave campus by Sunday, 3/15, at 5:00 PM EST. The men who are currently on the Manhood retreat will be able to leave upon their return to campus on Saturday – their risk of exposure is low right now as they are at an isolated retreat center. Women may leave as early as Friday at lunch. If a student leaves before Sunday at 5:00PM, they will not be allowed to return. This is to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus.
Students will attend classes/programming virtually next week, 3/16-3/20. Details will be provided as soon as possible. Students will then have a week off from classes for their Spring Break, as planned. Right now, our goal is that students will return as normal following Spring Break. However, we will continually monitor and reassess the situation to ensure the health of our students and staff.
We recognize that this sudden requirement to travel home could be significantly challenging for some families, especially those who can only fly home. Several airlines are currently waiving all change fees due to the virus outbreak. You could alter flight plans from Spring Break with this waiver as well as book a round-trip ticket to return after Spring Break. If the Spring Break return date is extended, then you could move the return trip date without penalty.
Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we seek to make the wisest decisions for the health of this community. If you have any further questions, please contact Jonathan Morrow ([email protected]).
Here is a list of action steps provided for your family to consider:
1. Plan travel arrangements for your student to return home by Sunday, March 15th. We highly recommend every student to go to their own home.
a. We will provide a shuttle to the Atlanta airport on Sunday morning at 8:30am. If your student does not want to use this option, then they will have to secure their own transportation to the airport.
2. Pack anything students will possibly need for an extended period of time, possibly beyond the two-week period.
3. Pack all supplies needed for class, including books, laptop, headphones, etc.

 


March 11, 2020

Impact 360 Institute continues to monitor and follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control guidelines regarding the novel Coronavirus.

We will follow their professional guidance. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state the risk is “low” for the general American public and the state of Georgia.

As with the regular flu, if students or staff experience fever, or flu like symptoms then they should not attend classes or come to work, and should notify a staff member of their condition. Students/staff are required to see a doctor when experiencing fever or flu-like symptoms before they are allowed to return to work/activities. Students exhibiting these symptoms will be temporarily quarantined from other students and staff for the duration of their symptoms, which will include, when possible, a student being transported home to recover.

Please visit the following link for a detailed Coronavirus Fact Sheet

At this time, immediate risk to the general public in the state of Georgia and the United States is considered low. Information provided by national, state, and local public health organizations includes tips on how to stay healthy during the flu season, which are also recommended for prevention of the Coronavirus.

 

Addition Information from Center of Disease Control about 2019-nCoV

 

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused more severe illness, such as severe

acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). 2019-nCoV is a new coronavirus that had not been seen in humans before December 2019.

 

Who is at Risk for 2019-nCoV?

At this time, most people are not considered at risk for 2019-nCoV infection and do not need to seek medical evaluation for the virus.

 

Who Should Seek Medical Evaluation for 2019-nCoV?

  • Those with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing AND have traveled from China in the last 14 days OR
  • Those with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing AND have been identified by the Public Health Department as a recent close contact of a confirmed 2019-nCoV case or had recent close contact with someone who is being evaluated for 2019-nCoV infection.

 

What Can I do to Prevent a 2019-nCoV Infection?

The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against 2019-nCoV and other illnesses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). Then throw tissue away and wash hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Keep students home if they have a fever or they report not feeling well, appear weak or ill.
  • Consult your health care provider if you or your child has special health conditions that put you at increased risk

 

  • Ensuring common use items and areas such as desks, doorknobs, keyboards, classrooms, cafeteria tables, etc. are frequently and thoroughly cleaned.
  • Closely monitoring national, state, and local public health organization updates.
  • Emphasizing to students, and staff, the importance of proper and frequent hand washing, proper cough etiquette, and the importance of staying home if one is sick.
  • Working with residential staff, and staff to identify flu-like symptoms and to evaluate persons displaying these symptoms.

 

Should people at low risk for 2019-nCoV wear masks?

National, state, and local public health organizations are not recommending that people at low risk of 2019-nCoV wear masks in public. Currently, the immediate health risk to the general public in Georgia is low and there are questions about the effectiveness of using masks in public to prevent illness.

 

However, some people prefer to wear a mask, and this is a common cultural practice in some parts of the world.

 

Where can I Turn for More Information?

Georgia Department of Public Health U.S. Center for Disease Control

 

At this time, the immediate risk to the general public in Georgia and the United States is considered to be low. While it’s possible that some person-to-person spread with this virus will happen in the United States, at this time, 2019-nCoV is NOT spreading in the Harris County community.