Updated July 23, 2021
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.
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
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.
Dorms will open for residence student arrival on Monday September 6.
Dorm Care Groups will begin on Tuesday September 7.
M-F — 8:30am to 4:30pm — open to SBC students and staff.
2021-22 College Theme
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)
SBC will continue to follow guidance from Manitoba Public Health as we prepare for the Fall 2021 semester.
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.
Out of Province Student Arrival
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.
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.
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.
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: