COVID-19

Monday, January 18, 2021

COVID-19 Update: January 18, 2021

Briercrest Christian Academy, College, and Seminary has no new cases of COVID-19 to report. Last week’s positive case and close contact case remain in isolation.

One positive case with no known transmissions

One Briercrest student has tested positive through a precautionary test taken prior to returning to campus for school in January. Upon receiving test results the student was immediately placed in quarantine. The student was asymptomatic and had only one known close contact who has also been placed in immediate quarantine with guidance from the Saskatchewan Health Authority. There have been no known transmissions on campus to this point.

Briercrest Christian Academy students returned to campus on Monday, January 4 in time for classes to start on Tuesday, January 5. Briercrest College students returned to campus in time for classes to begin January 11.

Upon returning for the winter semester, all students are required to observe a 10-day isolation period and self-monitor through a daily health tracking and notification system. During isolation, all cafeteria meals are take out and will be eaten in isolation, students will not be permitted to enter dorm rooms or households other than their own. Until further notice, masks will be worn in the presence of others at all times. Community students may not visit others' homes. Due to the current Public Health Order, College students may not return home for the weekend.

Proactive campus health guidelines continue to be successful

We continue to monitor students and staff for symptoms through a daily health tracking and notification system.

Measures in place for ongoing student care

Briercrest continues to work closely with the Saskatchewan Health Authority to maintain proper health and safety protocols. We continue to monitor students and staff for symptoms through a daily health tracking and notification system. All students on campus have signed waivers indicating that they will adhere to Briercrest’s health guidelines, including daily health screening, the wearing of masks, and maintaining social distancing. We are grateful for the collaboration and guidance of the SHA and the creativity of on-campus leaders working to keep our campus safe while still providing opportunities for students to connect and have fun together.

Our campus facilities can accommodate over 1,000 students, making it possible to host the 665 students currently enroled on campus and in residences while preventing crowding.

Testing policies and procedures

Any student displaying symptoms will be isolated until they either test positively and move to quarantine or receive a negative COVID-19 test result.

For students needing to self-isolate, Briercrest has designated a dorm space that allows them to isolate comfortably and continue with their classes online. These students will also be included in the social aspects of life on campus digitally and through safe visits through windows.

Weekly updates to follow

Briercrest plans to continue to release a COVID-19 update weekly for the Winter semester. You can access last week's update here.

What you need to know

 

Briercrest College
Briercrest Christian Academy

 

Fall 2020 Course Delivery
  • Briercrest Christian Academy and Briercrest College will provide on campus, in-person programs this fall.
  • Briercrest Seminary is offering its programs online for Fall 2020
  • The Kaléo Program is proceeding with its Fall 2020 semester in accordance with B.C. Health Guidelines. Details
Check In Days
  • For Briercrest College, student check-in day is Monday, Setpember 7th
  • For Briercrest Christian Academy, student check-in day is Tuesday, September 8th
Campus Facilities
  • All Briercrest facilities are currently closed to the public.
  • The Husky, Subway, and Pilgrim Centre Coffee Shop remain open, but there is no longer in-store dining in these locations.
  • The Archibald Library is open as of September 8th. To review our services for off campus students, please visit https://www.briercrest.ca/library/offcampus/. For research assistance, or to ask questions, please email library@briercrest.ca.

Events
  • All events at Briercrest are cancelled for the foreseeable future.
Graduation
  • In March 2020, Briercrest College and Seminary’s graduation ceremony was postponed until further notice.
General Information

For COVID-19 information from the Province of Saskatchewan, please use the links below.

 

  • January 18, 2021
  • January 11, 2021
  • January 8, 2021
  • December 1, 2020

Updates will be posted regularly as Briercrest’s status and/or circumstances change amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Briercrest is proceeding in line with the directives of the Saskatchewan Health Authority in its commitment to the safety of the members of our Briercrest community.

People set you up here to succeed. They support you even when bad times happen, teaching you why and deepening your faith in God. It's like our chaplain says, "It's a giant youth group." But it's even a bit more than that. It's a family.
Luke Gobbett (Caronport High School)