COVID-19 Updates

Monday, August 17, 2020 – A message from Dr. Blackaby

SCHOOL RE-OPEN LETTER 

In two weeks we will hold the first classes on our campus to begin our fall 2020 semester.  Preparations are almost complete in our classrooms to enable us to offer all of our college and seminary classes in either a HyFlex, HyperFlex, or hybrid format.  You will find a helpful discussion of these options on our Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – A message from the Dean post below.

As you anticipate returning to campus you will need to be aware of changes that have been implemented in our daily routines on campus.  Students will soon receive an email from Student Life Director, Mary Parra, that will provide you with more details regarding daily screening procedures, and policies that will be enforced in order to maintain a safe learning and working environment.  It is mandatory that you read this material and view the corresponding video before coming on campus your first time.

In advance of the Student Life email, you will find below answers to some common and important questions:

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? We regret that due to the international travel restrictions, CSBS&C is unable to accept any new international students on campus for the fall semester.  This will be revisited later in the fall semester in anticipation of 2021 classes.  Continuing international students who have existing study permits may join us on campus for fall 2020.  Continuing international students who desire to return to live on campus must quarantine in one of our assigned isolation and quarantine units for a total period of fourteen days.
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 do not 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.
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.
Will students be able to have visitors from out of town? Yes!  However, you must 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.).
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).
Do I need to bring a mask to school?  Yes.  We ask for every student, faculty and staff to carry a mask with them at all times and to wear that mask 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.  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 websiteIt 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 for the disease, they will be moved to a unit reserved for quarantined students.

As you familiarize yourself with these and other new dynamics of campus life this semester, please know that policies and procedures have been put in place with your health and safety as a primary consideration.  COVID-19 has caused changes to our routines; it has not changed our commitment to your spiritual formation, your continued progress in your academic programs, excellence of your classroom experience, and your ability to connect with fellow students and faculty members on campus.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” (Philemon 1:25)

Sincerely,

Rob Blackaby
President
Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College

Friday, July 31, 2020 – A message from Dr. Blackaby

In less than a month we will welcome students back to our campus for the beginning of our fall semester.  With the abrupt changes that we needed to make in response to COVID-19 during our spring semester, I am overjoyed to finally be able to gather together again.  I am anxious to hear stories of what you have each learned from God over the past five months.  And, I believe the experiences God has stored up for us as a learning community this fall will be rewarding and enduringly meaningful.

In anticipation of the commencement of fall classes, there are two things I want to highlight.  First, as has been widely publicized already, we are excited to be able to offer all of our college and seminary classes in either a HyFlex, HyperFlex, or hybrid format.  I encourage you to read the post below to become more familiar with the rich benefits that these options afford us.

Second, we have made notable changes to our campus in anticipation of the arrival of students for classes.  You will receive another email from me about two weeks prior to our first class on August 31.  In that email, you will be provided with details regarding campus preparations, as well as some changes you will experience in your daily routines on campus.  You will also be provided with details regarding daily screening procedures, and policies that will be enforced in order to maintain a safe learning and working environment.

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 CSB)

Rob Blackaby
President
Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – A message from the Dean

We know you have all been anxiously awaiting some announcement about the fall semester.

Well, here it is! Under the permission granted by Alberta Health, we will have in-person on-campus classes in the fall! Of course, we will be careful to operate within the government regulations and guidelines. We believe that by God’s grace and the cooperation of our students, staff, and faculty we will be able to provide a safe and secure learning environment going forward. If for any reason things change between now and then, we will notify you immediately. So stay tuned!

Please read Dr. Booth’s entire letter here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – A message from the Librarian

I wanted to notify you of the upcoming adjustments in library hours and access during this time. It’s hard to believe that there is less than 2 weeks left of classes with a few days of exams to come. I want to congratulate you all for adjusting so quickly to the changes made due to the COVID-19 virus. I hope you’ve been able to take advantage of our e-resources from home as you attempt to keep safe and healthy at home.

As a reminder, the library is open for your use, however, it’s my hope that you will use the library only as needed to check out materials, but will refrain from gathering in the library. Please keep at least 2 meters between you and your fellow students, and respect the same social distance with library staff. Physical distancing if very important if we are going to get through this crisis.

As of Thursday, April 16th, the Keith C. Wills Library of the CSBS&C will follow the lead of many other libraries in the province by transitioning to service to CSBS&C students only. The building will be restricted to CSBS&C students, staff, and faculty only until further notice. Please do not bring your children into the library at any time. You may check out material for your family, but they are not to accompany you at all. Just as the Alberta Health encourages you to assign one family member to go to grocery stores, please have only the CSBS&C student use the library. The library will remain open as usual until the Saturday, April 25th. The library hours for finals week are as follows:

April 27-29, Monday-Wednesday: 8am-5pm;

April 30-May 1, Thursday & Friday: 8am-4pm.

The library will close for the remainder of the summer.

Please return all library resources before May 1st. All fines accrued over the last few weeks, will be exempted.

For CSBS&C students, staff and faculty, I will continue to offer research assistance by email and online chat through the library website throughout most of the summer. The library building will be restricted to library staff only after May 1st until further notice.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will be available primarily through email but will be in the library until the end of April. You may also contact me through live chat on our library website between 8:30am-4:30pm M-Thursday.

Finish well, finish strong! We look ahead to the fall semester with hope for good health, good community, and great purpose to continue what God has planned for each one of us.

Blessings,

Kathy Seidler

Friday, April 3, 2020 – A message from the Registrar

I also wanted to inform everyone at this time we have postponed the two May Intensive courses; Worship (May 11-15; seminary) and Theology, Culture & Christian Worldview (May 25-29; college & seminary).

Both Dr. Sharp and Dr. Quinn have agreed to come next year, so our plan is to offer these same courses in May 2021. For those of you who have immediate questions about how this impacts your program of study, please contact the Registrar. We are aware of the needs of those graduating and are working on alternative options.

-Sue Smith

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – A message from the President

Students and alumni,

I want to communicate with you regarding the recent decision to postpone our graduation celebration.  The expectation of social isolation to slow the spread of COVID-19, coupled with uncertainty as to how many weeks this will last has prompted our school to act now and allow students, families, faculty and staff members to make necessary adjustments in their plans.

I know that those of you who are graduating will be most disappointed.  We are planning to celebrate your graduation and your accomplishments later this year.  We are working on scheduling a new ceremony, and we will keep you updated as that plan comes together.

As the COVID-19 crisis has disrupted the normal routines of our lives, and has reminded us of our common human frailty and mortality I have longed with fresh hope for the fulfilment of Revelation 21: 3-4 . . .

Look! God’s dwelling is
with humanity
and He will live with them.
They will be His people,
and God Himself will be
with them
and be their God.
He will wipe away every tear
from their eyes.
Death will no longer exist;
grief, crying, and pain will exist
no longer,
because the previous things
have passed away.
To this promise we cling, and we pray, “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22: 20)

Sincerely,

Dr. Rob Blackaby

Friday, March 19, 2020

We have had to limit access to our school. Students still have access through three doors: both library doors and the activities/game room door.  Our students will continue to have access to our free food area (student lunch room downstairs), library and bread (kitchen upstairs) through those three points of entry.  Again, these entry ways are designated for students only.  Other guests must call the number posted on the doors during business hours for access.

Students, staff, and guests must abide by the Alberta Health posters that have been posted on all entry doors; they underline the conditions that would prevent you from gaining entry to the school. These are:

  • If you have cough or fever
  • If you have travelled outside of Canada withing the last 14 days

The doors to the game room lock at 5:00 p.m., and the doors to the library are locked when the library closes (see library hours).

Friday, March 13, 2020: Letter from Dr. Blackaby