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Return to Campus

  • Campus Guide

    Download ebook for key points on the protocols and safety measures in place for Fall 2020.

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  • FAQ

    See our list of frequently asked questions regarding the Return to Campus Plan

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  • Webinars

    Live and recorded webinars explaining what life on campus will look like in fall of 2020.

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This Fall, Briercrest College is moving forward with the Return to Campus Plan. We want to continue to provide students with a safe place to experience a rich discipleship community and further their education in person.

In light of Saskatchewan’s successful operation according to Stage 4 of the Re-open Saskatchewan Plan  we believe that our unique setting and resources make it both reasonable and essential that we return to face to face education for our students.

We are adopting a number of temporary practices to make this possible. Because community experiences like dorm life, chapel, and student life are so central to a Briercrest education, we plan to provide these experiences on campus while prioritizing student safety according to the most recent dictates of the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

This plan for Fall 2020 is highly adaptive, and our COVID-19 committee will continue to monitor evolving best practices related to public protocols and policies for the rest of the academic year.

 

Return to Campus Guide

Download our student guide to returning to Briercrest College this fall. This eBook covers the key protocols and safety measures in place for arriving on campus, academic life, and campus facilities.

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  • General
  • Will students be able to study on campus this fall?

    Yes! We are excited to welcome students back for on-campus learning this fall. With careful consideration and thoughtful planning, Briercrest has articulated a Return to Campus Plan for Fall 2020 in consultation with Saskatchewan Health Authority.

  • Will out-of-province students be able to return to campus?

    Yes! Canadian students residing outside of the province of Saskatchewan will be able to return to campus this fall.

  • Will international students be able to return to campus?

    Due to the complications and risks involved in international travel, we will not admit any new international students (this will be revisited later for the winter semester). 

    Continuing international students in the College who have existing study permits may join the on campus community. 

    Continuing international college students who desire to return to campus must:

    • quarantine in Canada for two weeks prior to arriving on the Briercrest campus, and
    • be tested for COVID-19 prior to arriving on the Briercrest campus.
  • Is Briercrest restricting the number of students allowed back on campus?

    Yes, we will be operating at approximately 50% capacity. 

    Under normal circumstances, our campus can service nearly 1000 students in the College and the Academy programs with a capacity of 671 students in residence. Under current restrictions, we will be able to house approximately 250 college students in dormitories with approximately an additional 100 living in community. In a separate dormitory setting, Briercrest Christian Academy (BCA) will be able to accommodate approximately 60 students in residence.

  • Is online instruction available for students who don’t feel comfortable returning to campus?

    Yes, we will work to accommodate online students.  If the courses you need are not listed, please send an email to Academic Services (academicservices@briercrest.ca) with your course needs and preferences and we will create a plan for you.

  • When is College move-in day?

    We look forward to welcoming our students on campus on Friday, September 4. If you are unable to move in on this day, please contact the Admissions team at enrolnow@briercrest.ca.

    Please note, this year athletes will report to campus the same day (above) as non-athletics students.

  • Is transportation available for students flying to Saskatchewan?

    If you are flying to Saskatchewan to study at Briercrest as a new student, we will happily welcome you at the YQR airport and provide you with a ride to campus. Please make this request by emailing enrolnow@briercrest.ca.

  • Academics
  • When can I begin registering for courses in this new model?

    New and continuing students can begin registering for courses on Monday, July 27 at 9:00 am . Course registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • What is the new semester schedule?

    Our typical 15-week semesters will now be broken up into two 7-week sessions separated by one modular or reading week. Students can take up to two classes per 7-week session, and one modular course to make a five-course semester.

    The Fall 2020 Course Schedule can be accessed here. This PDF is a really helpful visual in understanding which courses are offered in Session One and which are offered in Session Two in order to plan your semester well.

  • What is the modified tutorial model?

    The modified tutorial model consists of pre-recorded class material provided by professors that students will watch prior to class. Students will then come to a face to face class for a 45-minute tutorial with professors to discuss material, ask questions, engage in exercises and more.

  • How will students maintain social distancing in the academic building?

    Classes will be set up to ensure students always remain 2 metres apart from others. All furniture in common spaces will be spaced to maintain social distancing. Hallways will have an empty centre lane with foot traffic socially spaced in one-way lanes while major entrances and exits will have signage to create a separate one-way flow of traffic.

  • What changes will take place in class?

    Class sizes will be smaller and shorter in length than previous semesters to minimize contact between individuals. Students and professors will also practice social distancing in class. Before coming to class, students will have their temperature taken to ensure that they are well enough to enter the building.

  • What will happen to choir and other classes that involve singing?

    Until further notice, with a few exceptions, we cannot permit group or choir singing in Briercrest buildings due to the extra risk associated with the spread of COVID-19. Cancelled programming includes College Singers and group voice classes. An exception will be made for worship teams and Resonant to practice under SHA guidelines. Individual voice lessons will be permitted.

    Anyone can sing outdoors with 4 meters spacing (without masks) or 2 meters with a mask.

  • What happens if students are absent for health reasons?

    Class attendance policies will be waived for the semester. If a student has any signs of illness, they will be isolated until passing a health screening in isolation. In this event, their face to face classes turn into online courses.

  • Student Residence
  • Will I have to pay extra for a single occupancy room?

    We want all our students to feel safe living in residence. For this reason, we have reduced the cost of a single occupancy room from $2,550 to $1,680 per semester for the 2020-2021 academic year. This means the cost of living in dorms will be the same for all students regardless of whether students choose single or double occupancy.

  • Will students be able to have visitors from out of town?

    Unfortunately, students will not be able to have visitors enter the dormitories (this includes community students). Only students within a cohort will be permitted in their respective dormitories.

  • Can students hang out with students on their hall?

    Yes! Students are encouraged to build community with the other students in their cohort. 

  • Can students hang out with students from other dorms?

    Yes! Students can hang out with students from other dorms by going for a walk and remaining 2 meters apart. They may also use common dorm spaces provided they maintain social distancing while using that space.

  • Can we still have gatherings in confined spaces like dorm lounges?

    Yes! Students may use dorm lounges freely with their cohorts. If students are not with their cohort, they must practice proper social distancing.

  • Student Life
  • Are student trips off campus possible within the guidelines (i.e. to Moose Jaw, Regina, Banff)?

    Day trips off campus are possible, though students are encouraged to minimize them where they can. Trips longer than a day or to other provinces must be approved by a Residence Director.

  • What will chapel look like this year?

    Students will sit with their cohort in chapel (5 groups of 30 students) while maintaining social distancing between the other cohorts. The Hildebrand Chapel will be used according to Saskatchewan health guidelines for churches and performers will follow the Saskatchewan health guidelines for performing arts.

  • How will we maintain social distancing in the cafeteria?

    Students will maintain social distancing in the cafeteria through socially distanced seating during meals. Meal times will also be staggered and will consist of single service meal delivery (no buffets or salad bars). 

    Our food service providers (Sodexo) are trusted industry leaders and will follow the highest standards of food service along with thorough monitoring of their staff.

    See the Sodexo website for details.

  • Can students be a part of extracurricular groups (student government teams, intramural teams, etc.)?

    Students can participate in various extracurricular activities freely with their cohorts, however sporting activities between individuals/teams of differing cohorts will not be allowed until further notice. Public music performances will not be allowed until further notice, though musical practices limited to smaller groups that practice social distancing with masks on will be permitted. 

    When using the Margaret P. Reimer gymnasium without your cohort, 15 people may use each side provided they do not share equipment and practice social distancing. Extracurricular teams that do not require face to face interactions may proceed online or can meet face to face while social distancing if they are a small group.

  • Athletics
  • What will practice schedules look like for student athletes?

    College Athletics will follow the guidelines as directed by the National Sport Organizations (NSOs) and the Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) for return to play. This includes individual training, strength and conditioning, team practices, and competitions. All training will meet the requirements within the phases as listed by the NSOs and PSOs. Schedules will be communicated to individual teams as requirements unfold.

  • Will student athletes be able to compete this fall?

    The leagues in which we compete, the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference and the Prairie Athletic Conference, have delayed league play until January 8, 2021.

    For the fall semester, Briercrest Athletics will follow national and provincial guidelines for return to play. Teams will engage in physical training while social distancing. Training will mostly follow a personal skill development model.

  • Will student athletes be able to use athletic/recreation facilities like the weight room?

    Use of the athletic/recreation facilities will be limited to organized and supervised team use, paying attention to disinfection equipment afterward. These facilities will otherwise remain closed.

  • Will non-athlete students be able to use the athletic/recreation facilities like the weight room?

    The Fitness Centre will not be open for non-athlete students using it during a scheduled team training session, but there is possibility for non-athletes to make use of the gymnasium provided they maintain social distancing and do not share equipment.

    All equipment will be sanitized after being used by an individual that is not part of your cohort.

  • COVID-19: Health and Safety Guidelines
  • Do I need to bring a mask to school?

    Yes. Students will be asked to bring a mask to school as they may need it for certain face to face settings and activities.

  • Will students need to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival?

    While many things are out of our control, our hope is to have all students and staff tested for COVID-19 on or before September 4th. 

    Students from provinces offering asymptomatic testing will be asked to be tested in their home province no more than a week prior to arriving on campus. If conditions permit, we would ask the Saskatchewan Health Authority to assist with testing for those who are unable to access testing in their home province. During the intervening 48 hours until results are achieved, all students who are tested on campus will be required to social distance.

  • What happens if students need to self-isolate?

    If a student needs to self-isolate, they will be asked to self-isolate in their room. If they begin to display symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive, they will be moved to a dorm reserved for quarantined students.

  • Is there a plan to lift restrictions as the year progresses?

    Our hope is that these restrictions will be temporary, and that as the Government of Saskatchewan re-opens the province, they will lift these restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so. Our dedicated COVID-19 committee will be continually evaluating these restrictions as the semester progresses and responding to evolving best practices to make adjustments as needed.

Webinars

College Dorms

Tuesday, August 11, 2020   
7:00 PM

Briercrest is opening campus up to students this fall! Attend this webinar to learn more about what College dorms will look like as we navigate COVID-19 guidelines and best practices.

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Complete Return to Campus Plan

 
Access a complete PDF copy of Briercrest Christian Academy, College, and Seminary’s public Return to Campus plan.
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