COVID-19 Response Information and Resources

Update #26: November 18

In the past two days King's has received notification of three additional positive cases of COVID within our student community. Each of the cases are unrelated to each other. One student has been entirely online this semester, one is a commuter student, and one is a resident student.

Important actions King's has taken:

  • All precautions have been taken with regards to cleaning protocols and classes.
  • The students’ professors and in-person classmates have been informed. There are eight in-person classes that have moved online for the duration of the quarantine.
  • We have implemented our protocols for the residence. The COVID positive resident has been moved to a quarantine floor and the roommates are self-isolating and will be tested.

In dealing with COVID cases in classes and labs, the greatest determinant of how disruptive the case might be and the level of risk of community transmission is whether physical distancing was properly practiced in the room. Of the emails we have sent out, very few students have indicated that they were in close contact in the class even though some have still opted to isolate and get tested out of an abundance of caution.

Alberta Health Services defines close contacts as anyone who has had contact with a case for more than 15 minutes and within two meters or the length of one hockey stick. People are considered close contacts even if they were wearing a mask.

Strictly adhere to the 2 meter rule and the risk of transmission is significantly lowered and people will not have to isolate even when cases occur in the community.

We are thankful that all those who were in classes with our prior COVID positive cases tested negative for the virus! As cases in Edmonton rise, King's will likely be dealing with more positive cases in our community. We must remain vigilant to prevent the spread of the virus. In addition to distancing, remember to limit your social gatherings, practice good hand hygiene, and always wear a mask. If you are not feeling well, please stay home, get tested, and notify Megan Viens, Dean of Students.

Questions, Concerns, Information

Any inquiries from students, employees, or the public may directed to:

studentlife@kingsu.ca

Previous Updates

Update #25: November 16

Over this past weekend there was a 3rd positive case of COVID-19 in the King's community. All the usual protocols regarding cleaning and classes were followed. The student’s professors and in-person classmates were notified and two in-person classes were moved online until Wednesday, November 18.  Our guidelines for safety, to date, have proven effective. There has been no subsequent outbreaks.

Thank you for following the guidelines for safety:

  • Continue to wear a mask in all public places. Remember to maintain social distancing and proper utilization of masks in common areas such as the Level, Cafeteria, and lounges. Masks can be removed to eat and drink but if you do you must be at least two meters from anyone else.
  • Continue to maintain good hand hygiene through proper handwashing and using available hand sanitizers across campus and in the classrooms.
  • If you are feeling any symptoms, no matter how small, please stay home and take the Alberta Health Services (AHS) self-assessment or phone 811 if needed.
  • Students - Contact and report to Megan Viens, Dean of Students, ASAP if you are feeling ill, going to be tested for COVID-19 or are isolating due to potential close contact.
  • Keep your cohorts small. AHS is currently recommending limiting yourself to no more than 3 cohorts: your household, your school, and one other sport or social cohort.
  • There is a mandatory limitation of 15 people at any social or family gatherings in the city of Edmonton and surrounding communities.
  • Alberta Health Services has updated their voluntary measures as of Nov 6 to recommend that there are no social gatherings in private homes.

King's will continue to respond to cases and respond to changes as they occur. While we will notify you if there are major changes to our institutional guidelines, if there is an outbreak, or there are new regulations from the province, we will no longer be notifying the whole community every time there is a new case.

Update #24: November 13

The province announced new public targeted health measures for the Edmonton area to protect the health system and limit the spread of COVID-19. These new restrictions do not affect in-person classes at King's. In order to continue to follow all the guidance and health restrictions of Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Chief Medical Officer of Health, King's is taking the following actions across the whole campus:

  1. All employees who by job function can work from home are encouraged to do so. The goal is to reduce the number of employees in a workspace at a time.  Rotating personnel in offices that are two or more persons is also a viable option.
  2. Masks need to be used at all times (except when alone in a workspace or with an appropriate barrier). This includes in-person meetings, hallways, the Work-Out Centre, and gatherings spaces such as the Level.
  3. There is a new 15-person limit on family & social gatherings which includes lunches, award ceremonies, retirements, or anywhere where there is mixing and mingling.

Update #23: November 10

King's has our second confirmed case of COVID-19 in our student body. Please remember – if you feel at all ill, please do not come to campus. You may feel confident that you are able to weather COVID but someone you interact with may be more vulnerable.

Important things to know:

  • The student who has tested positive for COVID-19 is a commuter student. There are no additional concerns for students in the residence at this time.
  • All precautions have been taken with regards to cleaning protocols and classes.
  • The student’s professors and in-person classmates have been informed. There are three in-person classes that will move entirely online for the duration of the quarantine (until November 23rd).

A reminder to students to contact and report to Megan Viens, Dean of Students, if you are feeling ill, going to be tested for COVID-19 or are isolating due to potential close contact.

Please remember to maintain social distancing and proper utilization of masks in common areas such as the Level, Cafeteria, and lounges. Masks can be removed to eat and drink but if you do you must be at least two meters from anyone else.

Keep in mind the following the guidelines for safety:

  • Continue to wear a mask in all public places. The King's community has been doing a great job at maintaining this practice.
  • Continue to maintain good hand hygiene through proper handwashing and using available hand sanitizers across campus and in the classrooms.
  • If you are feeling any symptoms, no matter how small, please stay home and take the Alberta Health Services (AHS) self-assessment or phone 811 if needed.
  • Keep cohorts small. AHS is currently recommending limiting yourself to no more than 3 cohorts: your household, your school, and one other sport or social cohort.
  • There is a mandatory limitation of 15 people at any social or family gatherings in the city of Edmonton and surrounding communities.
  • Alberta Health Services has updated their voluntary measures as of Nov 6 to recommend that there are no social gatherings in private homes.

Update #22: October 27

As of today, King's has one confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in our community.

Important things to know

  • The student who has tested positive for COVID-19 is a commuter student. There are no additional concerns for students in residence at this time.
  • The student and roommates will quarantine for a period of 14 days.
  • All precautions have been taken with regards to cleaning protocols and classes.
  • The student’s professors and in-person classmates have been informed. There are two in-person classes that will move entirely online for the duration of the quarantine.

Any person directly impacted through contact with a confirmed case will be contacted by AHS as a part of their contact tracing protocol.

Thank you for following the guidelines for safety

  • Continue to wear a mask in all public places.
  • Continue to keep proper hand hygiene through handwashing and using available hand sanitizers across campus and in the classrooms.
  • If you feel any symptoms, no matter how small, please stay home and take the AHS self-assessment or phone 811 if needed.
  • Keep your cohorts small. AHS is currently recommending to limit yourself to no more than 3 cohorts: your household, your school and one other sport or social cohort.
  • There is a new mandatory limitation to 15 people at any social or family gatherings in the city of Edmonton.

Remember to reach out to Student Services if you need anything at all.

Update #21, Oct 21, 2020

We are deep into the semester and into midterms and papers. Let me encourage you to stay connected with your peers and your faculty. It has been my experience that student success is often related to whether students attend and are engaged in their classes. In this disconnected time, it is so important to be present with each other. I would encourage you to turn on your camera on Zoom. It really helps foster a sense of connection to talk to people and not a blank screen.

A couple news items for you:

Center for Career and Calling - Whether you have fixed ideas about your future, have a vague sense of direction or have no clue what you want to do after graduating from King's, the Centre for Career and Calling is ready to help you each step of the way. Book an appointment with the Career and Vocational Counsellor. 

Help stop the spread – Edmonton is seeing a rapid rise in active COVID-19 cases. We want to stay open! Thank you for doing your part in helping us maintain the option of having in-person classes. Starting Oct 8, Alberta Health Services has recommended the following voluntary measures:

  • Keep social gatherings small – no more than 15 people
  • Wear a mask in all indoor settings except in a workspace like an office or cubicle where you are safely distanced from others, or an appropriate barrier is in place
  • Limit your cohorts to no more than 3: your household, your school, and one other sport or social cohort

Update #20, October 5, 2020

Welcome to the first week of October and thank you for your patience as we continue to work out some bugs with our new hybrid model. Please find updates for the winter semester and international students below:

  1. Winter semester: Classes will continue to be held in a hybrid format next semester. The re-design work of course schedules in order to enable both in-person and online courses is well underway. Registration for Winter semester courses is open however, there will be changes. Watch for an email from Registry in early December announcing all changes are complete.
  2. International students: King’s has been approved as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) by provincial and federal authorities to receive international students based on our COVID-19 readiness plans starting October 20, 2020. COVID-19 readiness plans require a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival in Edmonton. Please direct any questions you may have to Courtney Radatz, our International Student Admissions Counsellor.

A reminder of resources and supports available to students:

  1. Check out the Campus Ministries Weekly Schedule – Connect via podcast and posts, lunch zooms or small group. If you have questions about this time or the Romans study the campus is engaged in, please contact Tim Wood, Campus Pastor.
  2. Need to talk with a counsellor? Appointments with psychologist for students are completely free and confidential. You can book an appointment online or through the Student Life office.
  3. Need some academic support? As we head into the thick of the semester, please check out the assistance available to you through the Academic Enrichment Centre and the library.

Update #19, September 15, 2020

Welcome to the second week of classes! It is so good to be back together again, in-person and online! Thank you for your patience as we worked out some minor glitches and bugs last week. A HUGE shout-out to faculty and staff who have worked incredibly hard to see this semester launch successfully!

Give yourself some grace this semester as there is a lot that is new. Adaptation can be both exhilarating and exhausting. Take it one step at a time. Lean in with your professors and your peers. The good thing, and perhaps the not so good thing, is that everyone is having to learn a new way of being and doing things. If you need some assistance, please do connect with your professor and check out supports available to you as students.

We want to stay open! Thank you for doing your part in helping us maintain the option of having in-person classes. A couple reminders:

  • Masks – the use of masks is required in public spaces such as hallways, meeting rooms, washrooms, and classrooms. If you need accommodations for wearing a mask in the classroom, please talk with your professor. Face masks are not required in non-public spaces such as non-public offices or private student residences. Please do follow guidelines regarding mask wearing.
  • Daily screening – if you get a failed screen, please do not come to campus! If you think you received a failed screen in error, please speak with the attendant at the entrance.
  • Notification – If you are feeling ill, are isolating or being tested for COVID-19, please do email @Megan Viens, Dean of Students, so we can ensure that spaces you have been in get a deeper clean if necessary.
  • Lockers – all of the lockers have been emptied. If you left contents in a locker (from last year), it needs to be requested and collected no later than October 5, 2020. Contact @Facilities. This is the final notice. Anything left beyond October 5 will be considered abandoned, will be donated or disposed of.
  • Social-distancing – help us with maintaining social distancing or physical distancing this semester. If you go out with friends in your cohort or bubble, check out whether the place has good public health protocols in place for distancing and cleaning.

Way to get connected whether you are on-campus or online:

  • Connect Rooms – Online Student Engagement Assistants are launching online connect rooms to meet together and have fun. MarioKart, JackBox games, and more! Check the YAPP app for dates, times and who to contact.
  • Campus Ministry – Each week there new ways to explore your spirituality. Join the ministry team on Wednesdays for the King’s Romans Gathering
  • The Level – is now open and serving coffee! Yay! We are hoping for the new furniture to arrive by the end of the week. Feel free to eat your breakfast or lunch in either the cafeteria space or the Level.
  • Firepits & Patio heaters – despite the evident cooling trend, the weather is actually supposed to be fairly reasonable this fall. Two firepits have been built on the grounds just outside the Level for student use. There is lots of firewood stacked near the firepits as well. In addition, two patio heaters have been added to the picnic benches outside the Level and two by the apartment benches. Please enjoy these additions to our outside spaces!

Update # 18, August 27, 2020

Message from Dr. Kris Ooms, VP Academic and Research

Soon we will commence our fall term at The King’s University. Kings’ motto, from Colossians 3:16, is “teaching each other in all wisdom.”  We will need “all wisdom” to support each other as we teach and learn during this pandemic.

I want to provide some information to help you envision what your term will be like. This is not an exhaustive list, but I hope it helps you know what to expect. If you have specific questions, please contact your professor, read your course outline (available from your professor soon), or visit the course Moodle site (active by the first week of September.) 

On behalf of the whole institution, I thank you for partnering with The King’s University this term. It has been challenging for us to prepare, and challenges will continue to arise as the term unfolds. But if we prioritize kindness, forgiveness, and love, we will have a fulfilling semester that will encourage flourishing even in this. 

Update #17, August 12, 2020

Message from Prez Mel

Greetings from King’s! We are looking forward to welcoming you to classes and to campus in a few short weeks!

I enjoyed connecting with both new and returning students through the Townhall with the President Zoom event hosted by our Admissions department last week. You had a lot of good questions! We put together a document - COVID-19 Guidelines: Campus Life, Services and Safety - addressing your questions about campus safety and access, events and activities, residences, campus ministries, student services and health protocols.

The health and safety of our students and our community are a top priority. We are dedicated to meeting or exceeding Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines for post-secondary institutions. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer. See you soon.

Update #16, Fall Term Update

This fall, King's plans to capitalize on the university's strengths as a small, close-knit campus and provide new ways to serve students with an unmatched university experience. More specifics will be decided upon in the coming weeks and will be released as soon possible. Here's what has been decided so far:

Courses

King's will offer courses online with the opportunity for in-person classes and lab experiences at least once per week. The health and safety of our entire university community is a top priority and we will adhere to all recommendations from the Government of Alberta and its Chief Medical Officer.

Many students are looking forward to on-campus experiences but some, by circumstance or preference, will want all components of courses online. Online alternatives are being developed for all in-person course components and you will have full choice with regard to what your education at King’s looks like this fall.

For those eager to set foot on campus this fall, King's is making some big changes to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone on campus.

In-person classes will be limited to a maximum of 30 students and held only in rooms that allow for at least 36 square feet of space per person so students won’t have any trouble ensuring they keep 6 feet away from others at all times. Where possible, the same classroom will not be used for consecutive classes to allow for cleaning between occupancies.

Course timetables are being modified and extended over more of the day to incorporate extensive health and safety measures. While the university is working hard to minimize the number of courses being rescheduled, in the event that your course schedule is modified, you will be notified of the change.

Making Sure Your Learning Experience is Awesome

King's will provide a top quality learning experience for each student. To achieve this, the university is investing in video conferencing technology for every learning space. Professors will also receive training and support to ensure online components of courses are interactive and engaging.

For some, adapting to learning online can be challenging. King's Student Life team is already busy planning Fall Orientation to assist all students in a smooth transition to university life. Fall Orientation will also be used to provide additional support to students in learning how to navigate various online platforms used for course instruction, student support appointments, and community building.  

Supporting Students

Last year we opened the brand new Academic Enrichment Centre (AEC) which is dedicated to helping every student excel in their studies. All AEC services, from supports for writing and studying, to disability accommodations and testing, will continue to be available.

This fall will also see the launch of a new Career and Calling office. There is a heightened level of uncertainty in our world and King's wants to support each of you through discerning God’s call for your life and providing guidance in your pursuit of a fulfilling career.

King’s has always been committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our students and that is not going to change. Free student counselling services will be available through in-person meetings and online sessions.

Residence

There will continue to be space for some of our students to live on-campus this fall. We’re consulting with provincial health authorities to determine how we can proceed with residence safely and will provide more details soon.

Athletics

It is with great regret that King's announces there will not be Eagles athletics programming in the fall semester. We are working with the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference and staff in our athletics department to sort out what this means for our student athletes and the possibilities for resuming team sports in January 2021.

Student Co-curricular Opportunities

Our Student Life team is hard at work exploring safe and responsible ways to provide awesome experiences on-campus. However, the feasibility of some opportunities is dependent on health and safety guidelines defined by the Province. Announcements about these plans will be released as they are developed.

We are hard at work enhancing outdoor campus spaces and are in conversations with the Students’ Association regarding the Level Coffeehouse and student clubs. More details on how we will create a safe and enjoyable campus experience for students will be shared soon.

Update #15, June 12, 2020 Employee Update

The province of Alberta has announced Stage 2 of its Relaunch Strategy effective this Friday, June 12. The King’s University continues to follow all the guidance and health restrictions of Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

The King’s University Employee Return Strategy is as follows:

Phase 1: Limited Return (June 12)

Some limited return of employees. Campus overall remains closed however some re-entry is permitted with respect to the workplace and visitors. 

July is traditionally a vacation month in which not much institutional business occurs on campus. I encourage this to be our same pattern this year both for the sake of our reduced facilities staff and for each of us who will need to be well-rested to take on an unusual fall semester. Please do take time to personally prepare for a return to on campus work. For some, a return to campus is exciting and long overdue. For others, there is a lot of fear and anxiety about a return to campus at this time.

Phase 2: Partial Return (August 4)

This phase will see the partial return of employees as required and some caution re-opening of the facilities and events. 

This phase sees a return to work on campus, phasing in employees whose work most requires them to be on campus and or accommodating those for whom working at home is a hardship. There are limits to shared office spaces, directional hallways, and no business travel. Each of the phases requires 2 meters distancing at all times.  Where 2 meters is not possible, face masks are encouraged. Face masks will be made available for employee use.

Phase 3: Full return with caution (August 24)

This phase is characterized with a full return with limitations for gatherings and social-distancing. 

Phase 3 is a generalized return to work though some may still choose to work from home for personal reasons. Online meetings are still preferred but resumption of face-to-face meetings is possible where social distancing is possible. Business travel will still be restricted. International personal travel will require a 14-day isolation period directly upon return.

For each of these phases, anyone who is experiencing symptoms will be required to stay home and report to HR. Please see the DRAFT Return to Work Guidelines posted with a full description of each phase. Each of the phases can be retracted should an outbreak occur. Information regarding outbreak procedures will be made available at a later date.

Update #14, June 4, 2020

This fall, King's plans to capitalize on the university's strengths as a small, close-knit campus and provide new ways to serve students with an unmatched university experience. More specifics will be decided upon in the coming weeks and will be released as soon possible. Here's what has been decided so far:

Courses

King's will offer courses online with the opportunity for in-person classes and lab experiences at least once per week. The health and safety of our entire university community is a top priority and we will adhere to all recommendations from the Government of Alberta and its Chief Medical Officer.

Many students are looking forward to on-campus experiences but some, by circumstance or preference, will want all components of courses online. Online alternatives are being developed for all in-person course components and you will have full choice with regard to what your education at King’s looks like this fall.

For those eager to set foot on campus this fall, King's is making some big changes to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone on campus.

In-person classes will be limited to a maximum of 30 students and held only in rooms that allow for at least 36 square feet of space per person so students won’t have any trouble ensuring they keep 6 feet away from others at all times. Where possible, the same classroom will not be used for consecutive classes to allow for cleaning between occupancies.

Course timetables are being modified and extended over more of the day to incorporate extensive health and safety measures. While the university is working hard to minimize the number of courses being rescheduled, in the event that your course schedule is modified, you will be notified of the change.

Making Sure Your Learning Experience is Awesome

King's will provide a top quality learning experience for each student. To achieve this, the university is investing in video conferencing technology for every learning space. Professors will also receive training and support to ensure online components of courses are interactive and engaging.

For some, adapting to learning online can be challenging. King's Student Life team is already busy planning Fall Orientation to assist all students in a smooth transition to university life. Fall Orientation will also be used to provide additional support to students in learning how to navigate various online platforms used for course instruction, student support appointments, and community building.  

Supporting Students

Last year we opened the brand new Academic Enrichment Centre (AEC) which is dedicated to helping every student excel in their studies. All AEC services, from supports for writing and studying, to disability accommodations and testing, will continue to be available.

This fall will also see the launch of a new Career and Calling office. There is a heightened level of uncertainty in our world and King's wants to support each of you through discerning God’s call for your life and providing guidance in your pursuit of a fulfilling career.

King’s has always been committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our students and that is not going to change. Free student counselling services will be available through in-person meetings and online sessions.

Residence

There will continue to be space for some of our students to live on-campus this fall. We’re consulting with provincial health authorities to determine how we can proceed with residence safely and will provide more details soon.

Athletics

It is with great regret that King's announces there will not be Eagles athletics programing in the fall semester. We are working with the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference and staff in our athletics department to sort out what this means for our student athletes and the possibilities for resuming team sports in January 2021.

Fees

Student fees will be reduced for the fall semester to reflect limited access to campus facilities and services. Details of fee adjustments will be provided soon.

Student Co-curricular Opportunities

Our Student Life team is hard at work exploring safe and responsible ways to provide awesome experiences on-campus. However, the feasibility of some opportunities is dependent on health and safety guidelines defined by the Province. Announcements about these plans will be released as they are developed.

We are hard at work enhancing outdoor campus spaces and are in conversations with the Students’ Association regarding the Level Coffeehouse and student clubs. More details on how we will create a safe and enjoyable campus experience for students will be shared soon.

Update #13, May 14, 2020

The province of Alberta has announced Stage 1 of its Relaunch Strategy. Each stage of relaunch will depend on our ability to keep infection numbers low. Edmonton has done a fantastic job of crushing the curve! And we want to continue to do so!

In a meeting with the Council of Post-secondary Presidents of Alberta, Dr. Marcia Johnson (Chief Deputy Medical Officer of Health) suggested that the guidelines for businesses may be most relevant to small institutions. We do have a strategic advantage over larger institutions with large class sizes however, we will continue to proceed with an abundance of caution and follow all of Alberta Health Services guidelines. Here are some important updates for our community:

Decisions

Change to building access: Beginning Tuesday, May 19, exceptions will be made for those employees for whom it is a personal or work-related hardship to continue to work from home, to return to campus between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM under the following conditions:

  1. Permission to be on campus will continue to be cleared through the Executive Leadership Team.
  2. All employees must continue to check in and sign out at Reception.
  3. Limited occupancy of offices (1 person at a time for shared office space)
  4. No congregating – meetings should still occur via Zoom.
  5. Appropriate social distancing is observed.
  6. Support our essential services staff by following guidelines announced on SharePoint (e.g. Facilities regarding cleaning schedules).

Thanks to everyone for doing your part and staying home! Thanks also for your understanding and patience as we continue to adapt to our constantly changing context.

Class of 2020 Curbside Pick-Up

This is an announcement for our newly minted alumni! On Saturday, May 30th we want to provide you with the opportunity to pick up your degree parchment, take pictures and receive other “graduation-in-a-box” goodies we have curated for you! Look for details coming to you via your King’s email and our alumni Facebook page. If you are unable to come to campus for curbside pick-up, your degree parchment, alumni socks, and other treats will be mailed to you.

Update #12, April 23, 2020

Congratulations to our students who are finished, or very close to being done for the semester. And a big congratulations to all those graduating this year!

There have been some silver linings in the past couple weeks, with the stories from professors and students in the Community in Quarantine podcast. Kudos to Dr. Dudiak for his contributions to a highly successful Last Lecture event for graduating students. Thanks also to Drs. Patrick, Sandle, Peet, Kim, Segger and Prior for participating on the faculty panel. Last Lecture was recorded and can be found on the podcast link. Thanks to Community Relations for sponsoring this event!

If you have a story you think the community should hear during this time, please contact Tim.Wood@kingsu.ca. We would love to hear what you are learning or how you are serving the needs of your family and community. If you are struggling, know that you are not alone. Reach out. Call one of your peers, a faculty or staff member or a friend. If you need to speak to a counsellor, you can set up a phone session through the JaneApp.

Convocation & grad celebrations

King's continues to follow the advice of our public health officials regarding COVID-19. I had announced in an earlier communication that Convocation would be postponed until the fall semester. Regardless, we intend to celebrate, and are so proud of our graduates. We know that you will do amazingly well and contribute significantly to a better world. More information about how we want to celebrate with you will be coming soon!

Financial assistance for students

The new Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) will provide students with $1,250 per month from May until August. Students with dependents or with disabilities will be eligible for an additional $500 per month. Students can earn an additional $1,000/month and still be eligible for CESB. More information about CESB to come.

The federal government announced a new Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) for students who choose to volunteer rather than work during the upcoming months. The grant will be for “students helping the fight against COVID-19” this summer and will eligible for $1000-$5000, depending on your hours. More information about CSSG to come.

Additionally, there have been changes made to the Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP) increasing low income grants to $6,000 per year, and weekly student loan levels from $210 to $350.

We are currently connecting with some members of our donor community in an effort to raise support for our Student Emergency Fund. Should you be confronted with significant financial challenges, I encourage you to connect with our Manager of Student Finance and Scholarships, Meredith Wiersma, Financial Aid Coordinator to explore options for financial assistance, including possibly accessing Student Emergency Fund support.

Campus News

All spring term classes will be conducted in an online/alternate delivery format. The last day to apply for Spring Term 1 is April 28. Classes begin May 4, 2020. Check out spring term course offerings here.

King's is deep into planning for the fall semester. We are moving forward in faith that the coronavirus will be substantially under control in Canada and federal and provincial governments will give permission for in-person delivery of courses. All signals are that the government is anxious, as we are, to get the economy re-started and students back to school. In an abundance of caution, we are exploring options for limiting larger class sizes, extending the class schedule in order to avoid congestion in the hallways, offering some courses in alternate or online formats, and learning all we can about supporting students in hybrid, alternate, or online classrooms. We’ve got your back! If you have ideas as to technology platforms or ways we can improve the student experience, don’t hesitate to share them to covid-19@kingsu.ca.

Registration for fall term is underway and classes are filling up! Be sure to register prior to June 15 to ensure your place.

Finally, plans are underway for a refresh and renovation of The Level Coffeehouse. Stay tuned for information from TKUSA regarding the fresh new vibe including new layout, furniture and paint job.

Update #11, April 9, 2020

Consistent with best practices across post-secondary institutions (PSIs) in Alberta, King’s is committed to providing letter grades for the Winter 2020 semester. Faculty and staff are here to help students successfully complete their term online. As part of this, letter grades will remain the most meaningful indicator of student achievement at most PSIs in Alberta, including The King’s University.

However, we understand that students may have circumstances that are preventing them from completing their studies to their satisfaction. Given the challenging times we find ourselves in, we want to assure students that grades obtained in this semester will not negatively affect their academic standing determination at the end of the semester. King's is also providing students with additional course mark options to help them complete courses. Students should choose wisely as decisions may affect future academic careers.

We hope that this hybrid approach to final grades this term provides a way forward for all concerned!

Winter 2020 Grade Options

Update #10, March 27, 2020

Students - The last day of classes is April 17. Hang in there! King's is dedicated to finishing the semester with grades as the pass/fail system that some institutions are defaulting to could cause problems for students with respect to scholarships, transferability, and entry into graduate school. If you are struggling academically, please contact your professor. Your professors are adjusting their courses and will do what is best for students, all the while maintaining the integrity of your courses.

King's will hold final exams however they may be in the form of take-home exams. Your professors will be in contact with you regarding the specifics of your final exams.

If you are struggling with anxiety or are emotionally drained at this time, please contact King’s counselling services. You can set up a phone session through the JaneApp. Also, please check out the other available Student Services and Supports; listen to Campus Minister Tim Wood interviewing your professors on the new podcast, Community in Quarantine; or consider attending a virtual event.

Update #9, March 25, 2020: 5:30 P.M.

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Alberta very closely to make every effort to protect the safety of our community and continue to provide the best experience possible for our students through the remainder of this term.

Students – there will be a communication shortly about completing classes and final exams. We are dedicated to finishing this semester with grades. Some assignments and finals will be altered in order to accomplish this, but you can expect that you will have letter grades on your transcript from this semester.

Here are some important updates for our community.

Decisions

  1. Change to building hours and access: Beginning Friday, March 27 at 4:30pm, King’s campus will be closed to all except essential service employees. Building hours for essential services employees will be 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday–Friday. The campus will be closed on weekends.
  2. Students living in the tower residence will be able to continue to access residence 24/7 through the card-locked residence entrance. No other students will be permitted in the main campus building after Friday, March 27 unless they have made an appointment with a counsellor or the Academic Enrichment Centre.
  3. Campus security: Starting Friday, March 27, security personnel will be stationed on campus 24/7.
  4. Cafeteria: The last day of operation for the King’s cafeteria will be Tuesday, March 31.

Thanks everyone for doing your part and staying home! It doesn’t come naturally. All of the decisions being made are in the interest of the health and safety of our community. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we adapt to the current situation. Stay safe!

Update #8, March 20, 2020: 3:45 PM

We are now three days into online classes and most of our faculty and staff have transitioned to working from home. King's appreciates everyone’s efforts and patience during the last number of days. It is encouraging to see how everyone has pulled together as a community to support one another. Here are some important updates for our community. 

Decisions:

  1. Change to building hours: Beginning Monday, March 23, the King’s campus will close at 8pm.
  1. Student Lockers: Personal belongings that remain in student lockers can be left there until the current threat of COVID-19 subsides. If you wish to remove your belongings now, you are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. When coming to campus, please bring your student ID and check-in with security at the front desk upon arrival. In addition, please remember to practice appropriate social distancing at all times.
  1. Counseling: Is available by phone session. Please make an appointment through JaneApp.

Update #7, March 18, 2020: 5:00 PM

From all reports, it appears that we have had a successful first day of transitioning our classes to an online format. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen in a short amount of time. Thank you, students, for your patience through this challenging time and know that we continue to do our best to provide you with a quality King’s education over the next few weeks.

Decisions:

  1. Campus is now closed to all visitors.
    • Our campus is closed to all visitors and is now only to be accessed by students and employees. No outside groups will be permitted to use our campus facilities including churches and other external clients.
    • For outside contractors coming to campus, the office receiving this contractor support must provide authorization to campus security.
    • Parents assisting students moving out of residence will be permitted but should limit their time on campus and assigned move-out schedules must be followed.
  2. Our campus gymnasium and Workout centre are now closed to all users.
  3. Students moving out of residence before March 31, 2020 are eligible for a credit.
    • A credit of $500 will be available for all residence students who officially check-out of residence on or before March 31, 2020.
    • The credit will be applied to student accounts and can be used for payment of tuition, fees, or residence for the 2020/2021 academic year.
    • Graduating students will receive a $500 refund by cheque.
    • At this time, there will not be any refunds on food plans.
    • More detailed information will be provided directly to residence students.
  4. All employees who are not deemed to be providing an essential on-campus service should be working from home. 
    • Faculty who must use their office space to deliver their courses may continue to do so.

Please be reminded to continue to practice appropriate social distancing at all times.

Update #6, March 16, 2020: 6:45 PM

This update is specifically directed to current students. All faculty met this morning to be instructed on how to deliver their courses online. King's plans to have classes resume in an online format beginning Wednesday, March 18. You will hear directly from your professors regarding your courses.

King's is continuing to meet or exceed all recommendations made by the Chief Medical Officer of Health and of the Ministry of Advanced Education. The University will remain open and student services will be accessible in order to assist you in finishing your semester.

All entry to King's campus during regular business hours will be through the main front entrance. All other entry doors will remain locked.

About student services on-campus:

  • The Library will be accessible by appointment between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM To book an appointment, please call 780-465-8304 or email library@kingsu.ca.
  • The Workout Centre will be accessible from 7 AM to 11 PM , with a strict limit of 5 users at any time. You are expected to practice adequate social distancing. It is also your responsibility to take extra measures to clean the equipment that you have used. This service is being provided on a trial basis.
  • The Music Practice Rooms will be available from 7 AM to 11 PM. If you are using a piano, please wipe the keyboard down before and after use.
  • The Computer Science lab and N203 computer lab will remain open. These labs will be cleaned four-times a day. Labs are restricted to coursework only. Computer terminals are spaced for appropriate social distancing.
  • Counselling Services are available in person and by phone sessions. Please make an appointment through Jane App.
  • The taking of Grad Photos will be discontinued on campus at this time. We will notify you if it is possible to have your grad photo taken at the photographer’s downtown studio or wait until fall semester.

For students living-in-residence:

  • The Residences will remain open and adequate food services are available through the Cafeteria. If you choose to go home for the remainder of the semester, we need you to check out formally. Please follow the steps outlined in the Residence Life Coordinator’s COVID-19 Update and Residence email.

Regarding events:

  • Graduation Convocation will be rescheduled to be held during the fall semester. We will notify you as soon as possible regarding the date.
  • Spring term courses will be offered online. Stay tuned for registration details.

Check your institutional email and The King’s University website regularly for updates! 

Questions regarding this communication can be directed to covid-19@kingsu.ca.

Update #5, March 15, 2020: 8:45 PM

In response to the news that K-12 schools, all licensed child care facilities, out-of-school care programs and preschools are now closed and in consultation with the Ministry of Advanced Education, we are taking the following actions:

Decisions:

  1. The University will remain open as will access to all essential student services. However, all employees, not designated as essential on-campus services – see list below, who are able to work from home starting on Monday, March 16 are encouraged to do so. Please inform your supervisor that you will be working from home.
  2. All employees who by job function can work at home but are not set up to do so, please come in Monday and we will make alternate arrangements for equipping you to work from home. If you are immune suppressed or in any way ill, please stay at home!
  3. If you are a supervisor of a student employee you will be responsible for contacting the students to communicate expectations for their ongoing work.

Faculty – If you need to stay home either because of health reasons or childcare, please contact your Dean. Arrangements are being made to resource you from a distance and further information will be forthcoming.

Student employees – Please check your King’s email address for further instruction from your supervisor about your work expectations and schedule.

Ongoing Meetings

There are a number of campus meetings scheduled for Monday. If you are in one of these groups, expect to be on campus.

    1. Pandemic Response Team – Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16 at 8:00am (Oak Room)
    2. VP Academic & Research & Deans – Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16 at 8:00am (AEC conference room)
    3. Faculty – Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16 at 9:00am (Atrium). Faculty, if you are immune compromised or ill, please do not come in. We will work to assist you in your preparations for online delivery of your classes either asynchronously or connect you to meetings via Zoom.

Essential on-campus services

    • IT Services
    • Residence Life staff
    • Food services
    • Cleaning Staff
    • Registry
    • Security

Essential Functions (not required to be on-campus):

    • Payroll
    • One member of emergency management team
    • Finance 
    • HR 
    • AEC – Accessibility
    • Associate VP Institutional Research
    • Website/communications function
    • Admissions 
    • Executive Associate to the VPAR
    • Executive Assistant to the President and Board

As recommended by Alberta Health Services, if you have symptoms and recently travelled outside of Canada or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions. The three key signs of the virus are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. As Health Link is experiencing high call volumes, you may have difficulty getting through. Please be persistent and do not go to the ER unless the situation is an emergency. If you need immediate attention, call 911 and inform them that you may have COVID-19.

If you have more questions, please remember to review credible sources:

www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-be-prepared.html
www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

Questions regarding this communication can be directed to covid-19@kingsu.ca

Update #4, March 13, 2020: 5:00 PM

The COVID-19 response team has made the following decisions based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Alberta and in consultation with the Ministry of Advanced Education. In a statement from the Council of Post-secondary Presidents of Alberta;

As Alberta post-secondary Institutions, we have an important role to play in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will take a responsible and proactive approach that balances the goal of supporting our students in achieving their learning objectives with the safety and health of our learners and institutional team members. While the decisions made by each institution will be unique to the institution’s needs and context, we are collectively utilizing alternative delivery models and solutions as well as staffing models to ensure that our doors remain open. We recognize that the decisions we make today will need to be sustainable into the months ahead. Because the situation regarding COVID-19 is dynamic, we will continue to follow the advice of public health agencies as it is updated. 

Decisions

  1. All classes and labs will be suspended for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 in order to provide faculty with the opportunity to prepare for the delivery of their courses online. Education after-degree should refer to forthcoming updates from the Dean of Education.
  2. Starting Wednesday, March 18, classes will resume online. We will be using the Moodle platform. Detailed information will be provided in due time.
  3. The University will remain open and student services will still be accessible.
  4. Monday and Tuesday will be regular work days for all employees of the university. Accommodations may be arranged to work from home starting Wednesday, March 18 in consultation with their supervisor.

King's wants to provide maximum opportunities for safety and is taking all measures to safeguard our campus residence community. Should a student choose to leave residence at this time, please contact the Residence Life Coordinator to make arrangements.

We will endeavor to ensure that the quality of The King’s University education remains consistent during this challenging time.

Please check your institutional email and The King’s University website for updates.

As recommended by Alberta Health Services, if you have symptoms and recently travelled outside of Canada or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions. The three key signs of the virus are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. As Health Link is experiencing high call volumes, you may have difficulty getting through. Please be persistent and do not go to the ER unless the situation is an emergency. If you need immediate attention, call 911 and inform them that you may have COVID-19.

If you have more questions, please remember to review credible sources:

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-be-prepared.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

Questions regarding this communication can be directed to covid-19@kingsu.ca.

Update #3, March 13, 2020: 11:00 AM

The King’s University's pandemic response team has since met regularly over the last few days. The team met this morning to discuss how the institution needs to prepare for the evolving COVID-19 situation. King's is currently in the process of creating plans for the possible delivery of classes online and will be prepared to respond to the recommendations from Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Government of Alberta as they are communicated. 

King's recognizes how quickly this situation is evolving and is being proactive in our preparedness to respond. While the worldwide risk of contracting COVID-19 is rising, AHS continues to state that the risk of contracting the virus is low in Alberta and as such, the university is continuing to run classes today. 

Please note that the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge have temporarily suspended classes today due to yesterday’s recommendation from AHS restricting gatherings of more than 250 people. At this point they are planning to resume classes on Monday in a format that aligns with AHS recommendations.

The pandemic response team will be meeting again later today (March 13) to further assess the situation and will communicate necessary updates regarding ongoing university operations at that time.

As recommended by Alberta Health Services, if you have symptoms and recently traveled outside of Canada or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions. The three key signs of the virus are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. As Health Link is experiencing high call volumes, you may have difficulty getting through. Please be persistent and do not go to the ER unless the situation is an emergency. If you need immediate attention, call 911 and inform them that you may have COVID-19.

If you have more questions, please remember to review credible sources:

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-be-prepared.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

Questions regarding this communication can be directed to covid-19@kingsu.ca

Update #2, March 12, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic with sustained risk of further global spread. While the risk in Alberta is still low, we are dedicated to safeguarding the health and well being of our community and our neighbours.

COVID-19 Response at King’s

The King’s University has been closely monitoring the evolving status of COVID-19 and has participated in information briefings at the provincial and federal level - planning accordingly. King's strategies align with best practices and reflect an abundance of caution. Currently the university has no reported cases of COVID-19.

Decisions

  1. All out-of-province and out-of-country class and athletics trips are suspended until further notice.
  2. All large events hosted on King’s campus—involving more than 50 persons, requiring space insufficient for social distancing (1-meter space between persons), and involving external guests—are suspended until further notice (see complete list of postponed events below). Convocation remains scheduled at this time but is under close review.
  3. Classes will continue as scheduled at this time. However, we are suspending all guest speaker visits who either have engaged in international travel or have been sick over the past two weeks.

As recommended by Alberta Health Services, if you have symptoms and recently traveled outside of Canada or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions. The three key signs of the virus are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Do not go to the ER. If you need immediate attention, call 911 and inform them that you may have COVID-19.

Questions regarding this communication can be directed to covid-19@kingsu.ca.

Campus events - suspended until further notification:

  • On-campus Athletics ID camps
  • Donor Appreciation Night
  • Academic Enrichment Centre Grand Opening
  • King’s Encounter Weekend
  • King’s View Friday
  • ENVS field trip to UNBC
  • Athletics Banquet
  • 40th Anniversary Choir Concert
  • Honduras Water Project

Update #1, March 4, 2020

Alberta health officials continue to note that the risk of contracting this virus remains low. King's is continuing to monitor Alberta Health Services guidelines and will follow or exceed all recommended precautions. 

Recently a small group of students returned from a class trip to South Korea. The students did not visit any affected areas but in an abundance of caution, they have been asked by King’s to voluntarily self-isolate. The request to self-isolate is taken as a precautionary measure to safeguard the health and safety of everyone on campus and exceeds the Alberta Government’s recommended actions. Should a student become ill, this will no longer be a voluntary measure.

The Alberta government continues to state that to protect against the spread of any virus you should:

  • Wash your hands often and well,
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes or mouth with unwashed hands,
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched,
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill,
  • When sick, cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands.

For more information please visit Alberta Health Services.