COVID-19 Re-Open Plan

Briercrest is moving forward with face-to-face instruction and taking precautions to prevent the unnecessary spread of the Covid-19 virus and its variants.

Our plan anticipates that the college will open September 1, 2021, with reduced class sizes and reaffirm our community’s commitment towards personal hygiene and respect for others.

To reduce interprovincial exposure, Briercrest Seminary will continue with remote, online education
until January 2022. Briercrest Christian Academy (BCA) will operate, mostly by the dictates of Prairie South School Division (PSSD), though some overlapping areas will fall under the Briercrest Plan (i.e. Food Services or dormitory life).

Briercrest will continue to monitor the evolving best practices and remain highly adaptive as the pandemic continues in the province. This plan and its assumptions are informed by recent findings and trends published by the CDC and WHO. Consultations will be made with Saskatchewan Health Association (SHA) to modify our plans should changes occur in the science or regional pandemic conditions.

 

Media Release

 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Briercrest Reporting Zero Positive Covid Cases



Since October 12, 2021 Briercrest Christian Academy and Briercrest College have had zero positive cases of COVID-19.

After the initial round of testing yielded eight positive COVID-19 test results, Briercrest took steps to care for affected students, staff, and faculty and to limit further spread. The response included providing isolation accommodations for students unable to isolate where they were and hosting several additional SHA mobile testing clinics on campus.

After a crest in the number of positive cases on campus, Briercrest is grateful to be now reporting zero cases of infection among our community.

We are also most grateful that no one from our campus community ever required being checked in to hospital care.

Deborah Ike, BCA Principal, commented: “We are thankful to have resolved our outbreak and are grateful for the conscientious work of our staff and students in close collaboration with Briercrest Student Development, Prairie South School Division, and Saskatchewan Health Authority.”

Briercrest is committed to continual cooperation with SHA and full compliance with all public health mandates. Leadership is grateful for the collaboration of all involved on campus.

Don Taylor, Briercrest Provost, reflected: “We are very pleased with how swiftly our Covid outbreak abated and that we are back to zero cases.  We are grateful to the Lord for the quick recovery of our students with no infringement on our health care system.  I’m proud of how our staff/volunteers served our students in this season and how we have experienced the grace of God upon our community.”

Kevin Thiessen, Dean of Students, observed: “I appreciated seeing how students, staff and faculty rallied together and supported each other throughout the outbreak.  I also appreciated the support of numerous SHA staff who offered clarity, guidance and support to myself and many of our students… We are all grateful to be returning to normal and remain hopeful for a special year together.”

Students have repeatedly expressed gratitude for the ability to study in community. Campus health measures continue at Briercrest to help limit the spread of any potential new infections.

What you need to know

Briercrest Institutional
COVID-19 Re-Open Plan

Briercrest Christian Academy
Check In Days
  • For Briercrest Christian Academy, student check-in day is Wednesday, September 1st
  • For Briercrest College, student check-in day is Monday, September 6th
Campus Facilities
  • We are open to public now but we do ask that any campus visitors check in at the front desk upon arrival.
Events
  • All events at Briercrest resume this fall
 
General Information

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

 

Updates will be posted on this page 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.

I met a lot of professors who truly cared about their students. They taught us with great dignity and respect. I appreciate all of the faculty members that I took classes with. I will continue to keep in touch with some of the ones I connected with.
From the National Survey of Student Engagement 2015 (College)