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COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19

Updated July 23, 2021

Vaccination Information

Students and families may have questions about COVID-19 vaccinations. Here is a helpful and informative video interview between two local pastors and Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead for Manitoba’s Vaccine Implementation Task Force.

SBC Fall 2021

As summer approaches, we look ahead with anticipation to meeting new students in September and continued learning and growth alongside returning students.

Given what we know today, here is a snapshot of our fall 2021 planning.

Academics

In-person – Classes will resume in-person Wednesday September 8 with opening day activities and registration on September 6 and 7.

Capacity – Classroom capacity limits will follow Provincial guidelines – likely 50% or greater of full classroom capacity.

Streaming – Live classes will continue to be streamed to allow for the option of students joining us in-person or online.

Semester 1 Schedule

  • September 6: School Year Begins
  • September 8: Classes begin in-person
  • September 24-26: All College Retreat
  • October 25-29: Fall Break Week
  • December 7-10: Exam Week

Community Life

Chapel – The goal is to have most chapels live and in-person.

Athletics – We are planning to resume our sports teams as soon as the leagues start up in fall. The Fitness Room will remain open to student and staff usage. Weekly Intramurals programming in the gym will continue.

Residences

Dorms will open for residence student arrival on Monday September 6.

Dorm Care Groups will begin on Tuesday September 7.

Library Hours

M-F — 8:30am to 4:30pm — open to SBC students and staff.

2021-22 College Theme

“BEING RENEWED”

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (NIV)

 

 

Government Guidelines

SBC will continue to follow guidance from Manitoba Public Health as we prepare for the Fall 2021 semester.

MB Health encourages vaccination for COVID-19 as it is a safe and effective tool in slowing the transmission and reducing severe outcomes of the disease.
Current MB Public Health Orders indicate that individuals who are fully vaccinated (ie. 14 days have passed since their second dose) will not need to quarantine upon entrance to Manitoba, nor will they need to quarantine when they are exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 if they are not showing symptoms.

SBC commits to following MB Public Health Orders as they evolve and will use discernment and risk assessment to determine how best to fulfill the mission of SBC and pursue the well-being of our community.

The Steinbach Bible College is on the IRCC list of designated learning institutions (DLIs) with approved readiness plans.

Out of Province Student Arrival

Out of Province students should be aware that Manitoba’s current public health orders indicate that a 14-day quarantine is mandatory for anyone entering the province.

To accommodate this, SBC will have quarantine spaces available for the early arrival of students from August 16-31 for Student Leaders and August 21/22-September 5 for all other students. Students can book their quarantine package here. The quarantine package is $400 but all applicants are eligible to receive a $400 bursary to cover the cost. 

Students will have meals and essentials delivered to them, Wi-Fi access, and be able to utilize a small courtyard for fresh air and recreation. If an out of province student cannot arrive early to do their quarantine for the dates stated, they will be responsible for arranging their own quarantine location and plans. The location should have access to adequate internet connection so that classes can be attended online.

It is also recommended that arriving students be tested for COVID-19 on Day 1 and Day 10 of their quarantine. Steinbach has a COVID-19 testing site which facilitates easy access to testing.

Exemption: According to the current public health orders, individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (ie. have received their final dose at least 14 days prior) and are symptom-free, are exempt from the mandatory quarantine.

International Student Arrival

Individuals arriving from outside of Canada are subject to the federal Quarantine Act which states that all persons entering Canada must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and follow all testing and isolation requirements.  All international students are expected to arrive at least 14 days before the start of the term. For the fall semester, this means they should arrive in Canada by 11:59pm on August 23rd.

Students must register their quarantine plans with SBC or book an SBC quarantine package here which includes individual accommodations and meets the criteria for an approved quarantine location by the federal government.

International students will be required to show that they have an adequate quarantine plan to border services upon arrival. Use ArriveCan to provide mandatory travel information on and after your entry into Canada. It only take minutes to help keep each other safe.

Exemption: In a news release on June 21st, Canada announced that beginning on July 5th at 11:59pm EDT, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada (which includes international students) will not be required to quarantine. For further details including approved vaccines, how to show proof of vaccination, and other requirements still in place, please read the news release. Current international student requirements from the Government of Canada can be found here.

Here is a letter from the Manitoba Government welcoming you to study in Manitoba, Canada. In it are some reminders as to how you can protect yourselves and others during the COVID pandemic. Read the letter…

Exemption: News Release -As of August 9th, 3-day government authorized hotel stay is no longer necessary for ALL travellers (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) and indicates that Winnipeg airport will be able to receive international flights as of August 9th as well. 14 day quarantine and testing requirements remain in place for unvaccinated travellers.

For further details regarding the easing of border restrictions, including the travel requirements for travellers to Canada please consult the following hyperlinks:

 

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