Briercrest Christian Academy

FAQ

  • What’s the latest update about our school in relation to COVID-19?

    Please see our main alert page for the most up to date information.

    This week: 
    In a concerted measure to care well for the range of students in our Briercrest school community, the decision has been made to suspend on-campus classes in the college and seminary as of this Monday, March 16 and to temporarily close the dormitory program as of Wednesday evening, March 18. College and seminary students will be moved into online learning to complete their semester.

    As a result of the temporary closure of our dormitory program, our BCA students in residence will be leaving the dorm. Our BCA school will remain open at the present time and will continue providing education for our students while following the COVID-19 safety protocols that we have already put in place in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Health Authority Public Health Branch. We will transition dorm students to online learning for the balance of this semester.  

    BCA is closing its doors as directed by the Ministry of Education.

     

  • What about refunds?

    We are waiting to find out what, if any, continued instruction we will be providing to our students as well as whether our 3rd semester will proceed or not before processing refunds.

     

  • Has any BCA or Briercrest student or staff member tested positive for COVID-19?

    No. One of our BCA students went in for testing Saturday, March 14. The result has come back NEGATIVE. The SHA Public Health authorities will communicate appropriately with anyone who is likely to have come into close contact with individuals confirmed to have the virus.
     

  • When will my child have to leave the dorm?

    Briercrest has communicated that the cafeteria will serve its last meal (for now) for supper on Wednesday, March 18. The dorm will close thereafter. BCA dorm students are currently being contacted in a separate email with additional details regarding the process of departure. Students are encouraged to leave at any point between now and Wednesday evening in order to accommodate the variety of travel needs that are represented. Our Student Development and Finances Departments will be happy to address your questions about dorm- and school-related finances.

     

  • How will my children finish their credits for this semester?

    The educational needs of our students are of great importance to us.

    Dorm students: We will be communicating further information within the next several days to help dorm students transition to online learning in order to complete their semester 2 coursework. We anticipate that we will be able to provide this opportunity for the vast majority of our courses. Subjects that require multiple hands-on components, such as PAA, will be more challenging to shift into an online context; we will strive towards this.   

    Day students: We will continue to run regular classes in our building for our students.

     

  • When will the dorm program re-open?

    We hope to resume normal operations in time for the third semester starting on May 5; however, we cannot predict what impact the COVID-19 virus will be having in SK at that time. We will keep you informed.

  • What does all this mean for large-group events?

    We will be monitoring the directives of the SK and Canadian governments with regard to best practices for large group events such as, but not limited to, graduation.

  • How can we maintain the special ethos of our school family while we’re going through this temporary interruption?

    There’s no question that this is going to be tough. Tough on all of us. We love being together as a school. We love hanging out and doing school together. We love our chapels, classes, relationships, small group leaders, mentors, tutors, best friends, extracurricular activities, dorm staff, coaches, chaplains and, well, each other. We are going to go through some changes for a little while, and we’re going to need to get creative and committed to keeping our school strong together, even while some of us are temporarily apart. I want to encourage all of us to stay connected, to engage in positive social media connections with people who love us and want to support us, to pick up the phone and call the people we miss and to pray for each other daily and for the world around us. Prayer has no spatial or temporal limits, so we need to keep praying for and with each other.

     

  • How can we adjust to this temporary change?

    STAY CONNECTED. If you haven’t read my thoughts in the response above, please do that now. We know that this experience will likely have challenges and hurts along the way. If you need somebody to talk to, come see any one of our staff members. We love you, and we want to support you. We can connect you to a counselor, too, if you need a little extra help. Primarily, I think that we need to be really kind and gracious to each other. There are going to be lots of emotions floating around, and that’s normal in a situation like this. Let’s do our best to try to build each other up and encourage each other. We’ll need to be committed and creative to make these temporarily long-distance relationships work and thrive, but I believe in the resilient spirit of our staff and students. And, ultimately, I believe that the Lord is going to walk through this with us, loving us and holding onto us every step of the way. All the way back to BCA.

     

 
 

COVID-19

Saskatchewan Government Closing Public Schools

March 16, 2020.
Briercrest Christian Academy is closing as part of the COVID-19 response - directed by the provincial Government.

BCA Student COVID-19 Test NEGATIVE

March 15, 2020
BCA Student tested for COVID-19 gets results back and they are NEGATIVE.

Travel Restrictions

March 15, 2020
A "COVID-19 Update" from PSSD Director of Education indicating that "If a student has been out of Canada and returns to Canada on March 15 or later, they are not to attend school for 14 days after their return.

 

 

 

Coronavirus alert page

 

Briercrest was 4 of the greatest years of my life. I made life long friends, grew in my walk with God and of course met my husband. I learned a lot about who I am and who I am in Christ and where God wants me to be!
Teryn Ulriksen (College)