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Planning the Safe Return to Campus in Fall 2020

In early-May, we announced that the Fall 2020 semester would proceed both on-campus and online through Hyflex technology. Since then we have been working to develop campus preparedness plans to ensure the health and safety of our school community over the summer and into the fall.

It is our intention to bring back all of our programs with an on-campus delivery. We have already relaunched the Primary Care Paramedic and aviation programs with appropriate safety protocols in place. In addition, we will offer a synchronous Hyflex virtual option.

This means that if you would like to return to campus to take your education, you can. As a small institution, in a rural setting, we have the capacity to handle a complete student population even with distancing requirements. However, you have the additional option of taking your courses virtually instead.

Following Government of Canada travel and immigration guidelines, we are working one-on-one with international students to accommodate a quarantine period if they are returning/coming to campus.

On-Campus or Hyflex: Making the Decision that is Right for You

We’re asking all students to let us know their preference -whether they will be studying on-campus or synchronously online through Hyflex, by July 24

In order to assist you in that decision please refer to the information provided on the following website about Covid-19 conditions in the Kneehill County (Three Hills) area: https://www.alberta.ca/maps/covid-19-status-map.htm

Deciding to return to campus is a big decision, one that you will need to prayerfully consider with trusted advisors. We don’t take this lightly. Make the decision that is right for you, and we’ll be here to help you succeed in whatever you choose.

Move-in and orientation will be adjusted to allow for appropriate physical distancing. More details will be shared in August.

Hyflex Students: You can plan to participate in orientation week on September 1-3. Watch for links to the online platform where virtual orientation will take place

With the start as planned on September 1, the academic calendar will be unchanged.  Review the full calendar on the Registrar’s page on the website.



HyFlex stands for Hybrid Flexible, meaning that instructional delivery can be adjusted to accommodate multiple forms of attendance. An individual class may include students who are simultaneously learning on campus in the classroom or learning via live web conference from their homes or residences on campus. More details will be available closer to September.

Required:

Laptop with webcam, speakers, microphone and headset plugin

 

Recommended but not required:

Headset or noise cancelling headphones

Prairie has developed comprehensive preparedness plans for all major departments.  Please review all the preparedness plans on the website, including student housing, airport, main campus, and the Tilly Thrift shop.

Dining Centre

Dining services will resume with the following adjustments:

  • Disposable utensils, plates, cups for the first semester
  • The salad bar and “make your own” sandwich bar will be closed (Grill will remain open)
  • Increased spacing at tables in the dining room 

We will release more details on this as soon as we have them.

Return to Campus: Move-in Dates & Quarantines

Canadian Students (or international students who have remained in Canada over the summer)

If you have opted to study on campus, please arrive August 31 between 1 -5pm or September 1 between 10am – noon. Orientation will begin on September 1 at 10am.

 

International Students (from the US and other countries)

If you have opted to study on campus, please plan to arrive on August 17. You will be required by law to quarantine:

  • You may quarantine with friends and family members if you can quarantine for a full 14 days before move-in day on August 31.
  • If you cannot quarantine with friends and family, you can quarantine with other international students starting on August 17 (this is a firm date).  Please email admissions@prairie.edu if this is you, and we’ll send the information package to help you plan. You will be required to pay a partial month room and board of $450.

S.A.L.T. Leaders

All SALT leaders are required to participate in the SS261 Leadership Foundations course as part of their bursary responsibilities. This means SALT leaders will arrive on campus August 21 to begin the course that takes place August 22-31. The course runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day. Immediately following the course, SALT leaders will begin their leadership responsibilities by assisting with the new student orientation (Sept. 1 and 2). SALT leaders will have Sunday, August 23 and Sunday, August 30 free of responsibilities. SALT leaders are given scholarships to audit SS261. They are required to pay the remainder (regular tuition amount minus audit fee) if they need/want to take the course for credit. During the dates of the course, residence room charges are paid by Prairie College and food is paid by the SALT leaders. SALT leaders are only excused from the SS261 course if they have previously taken SS261 for credit. If you have taken the course previously you only have to participate in the contextualized training which begins at 1:40pm on August 26 and continues until Aug. 29 at 5:00pm. Excused absence for any reason should be applied for through the Registrar’s office.

 

Canadian Students (or international students who have remained in Canada over the summer)

If you have opted to return to campus to study, please arrive on September 2 between 2 – 5pm to move in. Classes begin on September 3.

 

International Students (from the US and other countries)

If you have opted to return to campus to study, please plan to arrive in Alberta no later than August 19. You will be required by law to quarantine; however, you may quarantine with friends and family members if you can quarantine for a full 14 days before move-in day on September 2 between 1-5pm.

IMPORTANT! If you cannot quarantine with friends and family, you can quarantine with other international students starting on August 17 (this is a firm date).  Please email admissions@prairie.edu if this is you, and we’ll send the information package to help you plan. You will be required to pay a partial month room and board of $450.

Key Dates

DateTimeWhatWhoNotes
     
Jul 281 PMLive Q&A with Prairie LeadersAll studentsRegister here
Aug 178am – 7pmQuarantine begins 

New students who have been outside of Canada

Returning students who are NOT quarantining with friends/family

Quarantine is mandatory. You will be required to provide a 15 day quarantine plan to border officials upon arrival in Canada. Prairie will assist with this.
Aug 182pmTown Hall Q&A with Prairie leadersAll studentsRegister here
Aug 204pmStudent Success Lab Info SessionStudents who are interested in academic supportsRegister here
Aug 212pm – 5pmSALT Leader arrival to campusSALT leaders 
Aug 22-319am – 5pm each daySS261 Leadership Foundations courseSALT leaders 
Aug  26 – 291:40pm – 5pmContextualized Leadership TrainingSALT leaders 
Aug 311-5pmMove-in DayAll new students 
Sept 110amOrientation Day 1 (registration begins at 10am and you can also move in until noon)

All new students

SALT leaders

Orientation schedule will be provided in Aug
Sept 2

9am

—-

2 – 5pm

Orientation Day 2

—–

Move-in day for returning students

All new students+

SALT leaders

—–

Returning students

 
Sept 38amClasses beginAll students (new and returning) 
Sept 94:30pmAdd/Drop DeadlineAll studentsLast day to make changes  to your academic calendar for Term 1without penalty

Adjusting to the New Normal: The Prairie Campus Experience

“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are my God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5 NIV

Our close knit community is one of the most rewarding aspects of the Prairie experience; however the way we experience community this year at Prairie will be different.  Everything we do will place health guidelines in the forefront to ensure continued health on campus. 

Please expect to adhere to enhanced safety protocols. Familiarize yourself with campus preparedness plans. Take an abundance of caution when going off campus.

Try to view this moment in history as an opportunity to develop Christ-like character: to depend on God, to develop courage, resilience and discipline, and to love others in unconventional ways. No doubt, we will look back on this time in our lives as formative. We believe that it is possible to have an enriched experience, even with new safety measures in place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, according to the provincial health guidelines for Alberta, you can travel unrestricted within the province. Please be mindful to follow physical distancing and other safety measures.

Everything will look a little different this year, however, we are looking into creative ways to maintain physical distancing and other requirements while still providing recreational activities.

Chapels will still happen and be mandatory. However, due to gathering restrictions, the delivery will be adjusted with blended streaming options. We will provide more details in September.

No. Each student will live in their own room to provide adequate social distancing. Room rates will still be charged at double occupancy rates (you will not be charged more for a single room).



Following the provincial health guidelines has been a top priority for everyone on campus, and will stay that way until the pandemic passes.

We are committed to providing a quality learning experience both in-person and virtually and we look forward to welcoming all of you in September. Thank you for your patience as we have worked through the local implications of this global situation.

Looking forward to seeing you in September.

Until then,

Mark Maxwell

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