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Return To Campus

This Fall, Briercrest will continue to offer an education that trains students to seek the kingdom of God, to be shaped profoundly by the Scriptures, and to be formed spiritually and intellectually for lives of service.

In light of Saskatchewan’s successful operation according to Stage 4 of the Re-open Saskatchewan plan, we believe that our unique setting and resources make it reasonable and that we return to face to face education for our students.

For Briercrest Christian Academy and College, this will begin in Fall 2020 with a number of temporary practices that fit within the most recent dictates of the Saskatchewan Health Authority. For Briercrest Seminary, we will continue to offer our Fall courses online with the intention of returning to more on-campus offerings as soon as this is deemed safe and prudent.

These plans are highly adaptive, and our COVID-19 committee will continue to monitor evolving best practices related to public protocols and policies for the rest of the academic year. Read on to learn more about our return to campus and to face to face education!

 

FAQ

  • Is Briercrest restricting the number of students allowed back on campus?

    Yes, we will be operating at approximately 50% capacity. 

    Under normal circumstances, our campus can service nearly 1000 students in the College and the Academy programs with a capacity of 671 students in residence. Under current restrictions, we will be able to house approximately 250 college students in dormitories with approximately an additional 100 living in community. In a separate dormitory setting, Briercrest Christian Academy (BCA) will be able to accommodate approximately 60 students in residence.

  • Is online instruction available for students who don’t feel comfortable returning to campus?

    Yes! The option to study online is available to all students.

  • Is there a plan to lift restrictions as the year progresses?

    Our hope is that these restrictions will be temporary, and that as the Government of Saskatchewan re-opens the province, they will lift these restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so. Our dedicated COVID-19 committee will be continually evaluating these restrictions as the semester progresses and responding to evolving best practices to make adjustments as needed.

  • What happens if students need to self-isolate?

    If a College 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, they will be moved to a dorm reserved for quarantined students.  

    If a Briercrest Christian Academy student displays symptoms of COVID-19, they will be sent home to self-isolate with their families.

  • Will on-campus students need to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival?

    While many things are out of our control, our hope is to have all students and staff tested for COVID-19 on or before September 4th. 

    Students from provinces offering asymptomatic testing will be asked to be tested in their home province no more than a week prior to arriving on campus. If conditions permit, we would ask the Saskatchewan Health Authority to assist with testing for those who are unable to access testing in their home province. During the intervening 48 hours until results are achieved, all students who are tested on campus will be required to social distance.

  • How will students maintain social distancing in the cafeteria?

    Students will maintain social distancing in the cafeteria through socially distanced seating during meals. Meal times will also be staggered and will consist of single service meal delivery (no buffets or salad bars). 

    Our food service providers (Sodexo) are trusted industry leaders and will follow the highest standards of food service along with thorough monitoring of their staff.

    See the Sodexo website for details.

  • Will non-athlete students be able to use the athletic/recreation facilities like the weight room?

    The Fitness Centre will not be open for non-athlete students using it during a scheduled team training session, but there is possibility for non-athletes to make use of the gymnasium provided they maintain social distancing and do not share equipment.

    All equipment will be sanitized after being used by an individual that is not part of your cohort.

  • How will students use the Archibald Library?

    For on-campus students, the library will operate normally but at 50% capacity.

 
 

Complete Return to Campus Plan

 
Access a complete PDF copy of Briercrest Christian Academy, College, and Seminary’s public Return to Campus plan.
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Webinars

Dorm Life: Making a Home Away from Home

Have you ever wondered what it is like to live in dorm? Join AJ Crocker as he explores everything dorm. AJ is joined by Kirsten Matthies, Sr. Residence Director, as she unpacks all of the details of what it means to be a dorm student in the BCA dorms!

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Admissions Process: How to Become a BCA Student

Join Tessa Riley, Assistant Director of Recruitment, as she unpacks what is necessary to become a student at BCA. Everything from Inquiry to Acceptance. At the end of Tessa's presentation there will be an opportunity for Live Q + A!

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Academics and Culture: The Heartbeat of BCA

Join AJ Crocker as he discusses the foundational aspects of life at BCA: Academics and our school culture. AJ is joined by Principal Deborah Ike, Vice Principal Derek Zacharias.

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ENGLISH+ at Briercrest Christian Academy

Join us as for a look at the ENGLISH+ International Program at Briercrest Christian Academy. Learn more about the admissions process, the academic and personal supports available, and how COVID-19 protocols affect studying abroad.

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The Admissions Timeline

Join us as we talk through the steps in the Briercrest College admissions process, answer frequently asked questions, and share important dates and deadlines to mark on your calendar if you are considering attending Briercrest in the Fall of 2021.

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Understanding Student Finance

Figuring out how to pay for higher education is part of the application process for all new students. Join us as we discuss financial resources available to you as a student, applying for Briercrest scholarships and key dates and deadlines.

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Kaleo: A Leadership Program of Briercrest and Camp Qwanoes

Complete a year of Briercrest courses while experiencing rich community, west-coast adventures, hands-on ministry, and a deepening of your faith. Register to hear from our program leader Korey Reimer and current Kaleo students!

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Education that Disciples: Growing Your Faith

Christian young adults are leaving the Church at an alarming rate. This often happens during the years right after high school. Find out how a Briercrest education can help you solidify your faith and prepare you for your career after high school!

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Education That Disciples: Finding Your Career

We believe education and calling shouldn’t be disconnected. Briercrest education prioritizes both spiritual and intellectual transformation. Sign up for this webinar to learn how we build our programs with these values in mind!

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Briercrest Seminary: Great and Godly Leadership

Learn about how Briercrest Seminary is training individuals to be great and godly leaders. Meet the new program coordinator, Jay Mowchenko, as well as the new Director of the Leadership Centre, Tristan Norton.

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BCA Dorms

Briercrest is opening campus up to students this fall! Attend this webinar to learn more about what BCA dorms will look like as we navigate COVID-19 guidelines and best practices.

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College Dorms

Briercrest is opening campus up to students this fall! Attend this webinar to learn more about what College dorms will look like as we navigate COVID-19 guidelines and best practices.

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High School Classes

Briercrest is opening campus up to students this fall! Attend this webinar to learn more about what a regular BCA school day and semester breakdowns will look like as we navigate COVID-19 guidelines and best practices.

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College Classes

Attend this webinar to learn more about what College classes and semester breakdowns will look like as we navigate COVID-19 guidelines and best practices.


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What's Up, Doc?

Blayne Banting, Dean of the Seminary, lends some clarity to the educational structure for the fall.

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The most satisfying thing about Briercrest is that I can study in an environment that encourages me in a healthy relationship with God and others. It gives me a chance to make friendships and relationships with those who have the same values as me.
From the National Survey of Student Engagement 2015 (College)