COVID-19 FAQs

General

Will students be able to study on campus this fall?

Yes! We are excited to offer in-person on-campus classes in the fall and will continue to be careful to operate within Alberta government regulations and guidelines. We will be pilot testing three course delivery methods in the coming fall and spring semesters, “HyFlex”, “HyperFlex”, and “Hybrid”. See our Online Learning page for more details.

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

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

Will international students be able to return to campus?

Continuing international students who have existing study permits may join us on campus for Fall 2020. Continuing international students who have travelled abroad and desire to return to Canada and live on campus must quarantine for 14 days in one of our assigned isolation and quarantine units.

Is CSBS&C restricting the number of students allowed back on campus?

No. The number of students allowed on campus is not limited at this time, as we are able to maintain social distance in all classes, chapel services, and meetings. We are choosing the classrooms assigned to each course based on the number of students in seats, spaced safely and appropriately for learning and health.

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

Yes! For those students who prefer to stay at home for now, or who become symptomatic during the semester and need to quarantine, you can join the class from the privacy of your home.

Academic

What is the new semester schedule?

The semester schedule has classes meeting on multiple days with most sessions less than 3 hours. (i.e. T/TH for 1.5 hr each) HyFlex courses will have students in seats and online in real-time. HyperFlex courses will have students in seats, online in real-time, and also asynchronous recordings for distance students who don’t attend in real-time. Hybrid courses have a mixture of asynchronous (on their own time) with scheduled meetings, but not weekly.

See College Class Fall Schedule

See Seminary Class Fall Schedule

What are the HyFlex and HyperFlex models?

We are pleased to announce that we will be pilot testing course delivery methods in the coming semester. The first is called “HyFlex.” The HyFlex educational model is designed with flexibility and student choice in mind. These courses will be taught both face-to-face and online (via Zoom) by the same instructor at the same time. And with your instructor’s permission, you can move between these two “sections” as necessary without any additional cost.

At the seminary level, we will also be pilot testing a number of “HyperFlex” courses this fall. The HyperFlex model is just like the HyFlex model but goes one step further. In addition to the in-person and Zoom options, HyperFlex will include an asynchronous option for students who cannot join the class in real time (what we have previously referred to as “Online FLEX”). Live class sessions will be recorded and uploaded for students to watch at another time. But rather than studying in a completely different course, these students will be integrated into a single course with the same instructor and the other enrolled students. You can check the syllabi for details. See our Online Learning page for more details.

How will students maintain social distancing in the academic building?

Classes have been set up to ensure students always remain 2 meters (6 ft.) apart from others. All furniture in common spaces will be spaced to maintain social distancing. When possible, exits and entrances will have signage to create a separate one-way flow of traffic.

What changes will take place in class?

Each class will have students spaced 2 meters (6 ft.) apart with a designated seat for the semester. Masks are not required in the classroom unless the student chooses and/or Town of Cochrane mandates the use of masks based on an increase in the number of active cases. Students and professors will be asked to take time at the end of the class to wipe down their table/chair before leaving the classroom. Students will not be allowed to eat in the classroom. As always, drinks will need to have a lid.

What happens if students are absent for health reasons?

Students will be required to take a health assessment online each morning to determine any risk of attending class. If a student feels any symptoms, they will be asked to access the course(s) online for that day(s). If students choose to access a course online on any day for any reason, they will be asked to promptly email the professor communicating their attendance will be online (before class starts). Tardies and absences will be tracked for every course, no matter what mode is accessed. Attendance policy remains in effect: “Unless previously approved by the professor, a student absent for more than 2 class hours per credit hour for the course will not receive credit for the course.”

Every class being provided online at the same time was created to benefit students who need to attend from home (other than those seminary students taking courses in an asynchronous format).

Student Housing

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

Yes! Make sure to follow the latest Alberta Health guidelines.

Can students hang out with students from other units?

Yes, as long as everyone is healthy and practices the designated physical distancing of 2 meters (6 ft).

Student Life

Are student trips off campus possible within the guidelines (i.e. Banff, Kananaskis)?

Day trips off campus are possible, though students are encouraged to minimize them where they can.

What will chapel look like this year?

We plan to enjoy weekly chapel services during our fall semester. Chapel will take place on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 am. Our chapel area will be set up, and chapel services will be conducted in keeping with Alberta Re-Launch Guidance for places of worship (June 22). These measures are meant to minimize the risk of transmission of infection among attendees. Seating will be set up to allow for a distance of at least 2 meters (6 ft.) between attendees (with the exception of cohort groups).

Will students be able to be a part of a journey group?

Yes! Stay tune for more details.

Recreation

Will students be able to use fitness/recreation facilities like the weight room and games room?

Yes. Please be aware that a maximum occupancy has been assigned to both of these rooms. Respect and follow all the guidelines posted on entrances.

COVID-19: Health and Safety Guidelines

Do I need to bring a mask to school?

Yes. We ask for every student, faculty and staff to carry a mask with them and wear them whenever a distance of 2 meters (6 ft.) cannot be maintained.

Will students need to be screened for COVID-19 before entering the school building?

Yes. As of Thursday, August 27th, all students, faculty and staff are required to fill out an online screening tool called Fit for School and Work every day before coming to school or work. This online form is available on our website. It is very important that you follow the instructions provided after the form has been completed.

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 unit reserved for quarantined students.