Covid-19 Guidelines

The Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College have developed these guidelines in response to the current pandemic of COVID-19 and to reduce the risk of transmission among our students, faculty and staff. CSBS&C is constantly monitoring the latest information and recommendations with regards to COVID-19 from regional and provincial medical health officers. It is important that you read these guidelines carefully before arriving at our campus. CSBS&C remains committed to its mission of training leaders for tough places. We will continue to venture into new ways to learn, grow and connect with God and with each other.

These guidelines are subject to change and will be updated as needed.

Covid-19 Risk Mitigation

General Guidance

  • According to the permission granted by Alberta Health, CSBS&C will continue to have in-person on-campus classes in the spring and will continue to be careful to operate within the government regulations and guidelines.
  • CSBS&C will continue to pilot test three course delivery methods in the coming semester, namely “HyFlex”, “HyperFlex”, and “Hybrid”.
  • Everyone can help prevent the spread by following these steps to protect yourself and others:
    • Practice a physical distance of at least 2 meters (6 feet)
    • practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes into the bend of your elbow, and avoid touching your face
    • monitor for symptoms regularly: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • Anyone entering Alberta from outside Canada is legally required to isolate for 14 days.
  • Any individual experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition is required by law to follow Alberta’s isolation requirements.
  • Following 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.

International Students

  • 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.

Online Screening

  • As of August 27th, students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to fill out an online screening tool each day before coming to school/work. This tool is called Fit For School and Work Online Screening Tool and is available on our website. This online screening tool is revised and updated regularly to comply with provincial guidelines.
  • Upon submission of a completed screening tool, each eligible person will receive an automated response indicating clearance to access the academic and/or admissions building. For students, proof of clearance may be requested by professors at the beginning of class sessions.

Physical Distancing

  • A physical distance of 2 meters (6 feet) is to be maintained at all times between all individuals on campus.
  • CSBS&C has made adaptations to educational scheduling and spaces in order to meet maximum attendance and physical distancing requirements as stipulated by Alberta Health. We have also instituted controls to ensure physical distancing in areas inside and outside of the classrooms, including hallways, washrooms, and common areas such as the Lunch Room:
    • Class schedules have been adjusted to avoid crowded entryways and hallways.
    • Removal and restaging of seating in classrooms and common areas to keep a distance of two meters between occupants;
    • Posting of markers, signs, and barriers in close quarters and high-traffic areas.
    • Limited washroom occupancy to two people at a time.
    • Avoiding or adapting practices that otherwise include close physical contact between individuals such as handshaking or passing items from one individual to another (e.g. teaching aids)
  • Students are not to crowd the hallways before or after classes.
  • The use of a mask is now mandatory.

Cleaning and Sanitation

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at classroom entrances and exits, and proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette is encouraged.
  • Every classroom and common area, such as the Lunch Room and Fitness Room, will be provided with supplies for disinfecting equipment, and every occupant is responsible for disinfecting and wiping down communal surfaces such as desks and workstations after use.

Responding to Illness

  • The following steps are to be followed when a student, faculty or staff is experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms:
    1. STAY HOME from school. Stay away from other public places.
    2. Avoid close contact with people in your unit, especially those with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
    3. Avoid sharing personal and household items like dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels and pillows.
    4. Take the COVID-19 self-assessment found at the myhealth.alberta webpage.
    5. Call Alberta’s HealthLink by dialling 811 and follow all of their instructions.
    6. If tested positive, you are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days and you must contact the Student Life Office at (403) 932-6622, ext. 237 for further arrangements. Isolation period is for 10 days from the start of the symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.
    7. If tested negative, continue to monitor your symptoms carefully. At this point, you are not legally required to isolate (unless you have known exposure to COVID-19). However, it is recommended to stay home until your symptoms resolve to avoid infecting others.
    8. For medical emergencies call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you have or may have COVID-19.
  • Two of our Guest Housing units have been set aside for Isolation and Quarantine. These have been reserved for students showing COVID-19 like symptoms and/or test positively, in which case they are legally required to quarantine.
  • If CSBS&C learns that two or more students, faculty, or staff have become symptomatic, the institution will comply with provincial expectations and will notify Alberta Health Services (811).

Student Housing

CSBS&C encourages residents living in Student Housing units to get together as roommates, read and discuss this Household Action Plan:

  1. Monitor your symptoms carefully and daily.
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  3. Plan to designate a bathroom for sick roommates to use, if possible.
  4. Plan to clean this designated bathroom as needed when someone is sick.
  5. Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household like dishes, towels, bedding, and remote controls.
  6. Create a cleaning and disinfecting schedule. Clean all common surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, chairs, doorknobs, handrails, and light switches. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.
  7. Create an emergency contact list.
  8. Keep a list of visitors and any other persons who enter your unit.
  9. Prepare for isolation. Have 72 hours’ worth of food and supplies at home (See Picture “Be Prepared: Build your Emergency Kit” as a guide).
8 Steps to Take if you feel Covid 19 Symptoms

Campus Life

  • 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 (November 16). 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 between attendees (with the exception of cohort groups). Masks must be worn at all times in the indoor areas of our school including chapel.

  • Due to the adaptations made to educational scheduling and spaces in order to meet maximum attendance and physical distancing requirements as stipulated by Alberta Health, Friday Fellowships have been postponed until further notice.


The following measures have taken place in the library:

  • Reduction of library extended hours to Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm; Fridays 8am-4pm; Saturdays 10am-2pm.
  • Student workstations have been spread out and signs will indicate the number of people that can be in the Common Grounds coffee area at the same time.
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas throughout the day.
  • No children will be permitted in the library for the spring semester. Parents can pick up material for their children.
  • No outside visitors will be permitted in the library. Arrangements can be made to pick up resources from outside the library.
  • Keurig machine in the coffee area will be moved to the library staff room. Coffee/tea may still be requested, but library staff will run the machine.
  • Study carrels have been blocked throughout the library to preserve proper distancing. Please do not remove the tape.
  • Chairs have been removed from tables to allow for social distancing. Roommates and spouses may use the same study table
  • Library will use card notifications (green & red cards) to indicate if a study space has been cleaned and is ready for use (green for clean; red for used and not yet cleaned). Students will be required to put the red card up when they leave a study space.
  • Study room has been set up for two people maximum at a time, sitting on either end of the table.
  • Returned circulating books will be quarantined for 72 hours before re-shelving. Reference and Reserve books will be wiped down and re-shelved by library staff.
  • Self-serve check out system will not be available for the fall semester.

Sports & Recreation

  • The Fitness Room will open and the following guidelines are to be followed at all times:
    • Stay home if you have symptoms of illness
    • Maintain a physical distance of 2 meters (6 feet)
    • No children allowed
    • Maximum occupancy of 2 people at a time
    • Wipe down and disinfect equipment and workstations after each use.
  • The Games Room will open and the following guidelines are to be followed at all times:
    • Stay home if you have symptoms of illness
    • Maintain a physical distance of 2 meters (6 feet)
    • No children allowed
    • Maximum occupancy of 8 people at a time
    • Wipe down and disinfect communal surfaces after each use.
  • Showers will remain closed until further notice.


For a comprehensive list of our frequently asked questions, please visit the COVID-19 FAQ page.

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