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Covid-19 FAQs

General

Yes! We are excited to continue to offer in-person on-campus classes this spring and will continue to be careful to operate within Alberta government regulations and guidelines. CSBS&C will continue to pilot test three course delivery methods in the coming semester, namely “HyFlex”, “HyperFlex”, and “Hybrid”. Learn more about our online options here.

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

Due to the recently uplifted international travel restrictions, CSBS&C is able to accept new international students on campus for the spring semester. Please be advised that this is subject to change and will be updated as needed.

Continuing international students who have existing study permits may join us on campus for Spring 2021. Continuing international students who have travelled abroad and desire to return to Canada and live on campus must quarantine in one of our assigned isolation and quarantine units for a total period of fourteen days.

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.

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

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 Spring Schedule

See Seminary Class Spring Schedule

We are pleased to announce that we will continue to pilot test 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 continue to pilot test 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.

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.

Each class will have students spaced 2 meters (6 ft.) apart with a designated seat for the semester. As per the new provincial regulations announced on November 24th, 2020, the use of masks is now mandatory on our campus. Mandatory masking is required except when working alone in an office or a safely distanced cubicle or an appropriate barrier is in place. The classroom is considered a workplace and therefore masking is required. The instructor can unmask while teaching, but must mask before and after. Students must wear masks at all times in indoor areas of our school.

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.

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 is 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

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

Student Life

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

We plan to continue to enjoy weekly chapel services during our spring 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) and masks must be worn at all times in the indoor areas of our school including chapel.

Recreation

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

Yes. Masks (or face coverings) are now mandatory as per the latest provincial regulations.

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.

If a student needs to self-isolate, they will be asked to self-isolate in their room and follow our 8 Step Action Plan as posted on our website. If they begin to display symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive, they will be moved to a unit reserved for quarantined students.

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