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Fall 2021

A Framework for the Fall Semester at Heritage 

Updated September 2, 2021

Welcome to Heritage this September!

We are excited to see our college and seminary students on campus this Fall and are looking forward to seeing how God will work in and through the Heritage community this academic year.

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 changes, we have been working diligently to come up with a framework for the Fall Semester that will provide a safe and supportive learning environment for the students, staff, and faculty of Heritage.

Out of this desire to foster a positive learning experience for all our students on-campus, Heritage has established the following framework for the upcoming semester.

Vaccines at Heritage College & Seminary

In response to the latest requirements established for all post-secondary institutions in Ontario by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, Heritage College & Seminary will be moving forward with a campus-wide COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

As of September 7, 2021, the policy will require that all College and Seminary students, staff, and faculty at Heritage College & Seminary personally attest to or provide official Provincially approved proof of whether they have:

Students, faculty, and staff at Heritage who disclose that they are not vaccinated, wish to not disclose their vaccination status, or have received a medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 will still be able to live and study on campus, but will have to:

For more details, click here.

Classes will be Held On-Campus This Fall

Starting in September, Heritage will have classes offered on-campus and in person while following all active public health guidelines for our region and in the province.

Masks Are Required on Campus

Following the requirements of the Province and our Regional officials, Heritage will continue to require all students, staff, and faculty to wear appropriate face masks while in common use indoor spaces.

All members of the Heritage community are required to wear masks while inside both the Academic Building and the Heritage Community Centre.

Students living in residence will be required to wear masks when inside the buildings while in the hallways, laundry room, common rooms during gatherings, and other common areas. Masks can be removed when a student enters their designated apartment.

Members of the Heritage community will not be required to wear masks while outside on campus grounds while practicing physical distancing.

A mask must be always worn inside Heritage buildings, with the following exceptions:

Swipe Card Building Access

To maintain the safety of the Heritage community and help facilitate contact tracing on campus, Heritage will continue to require all to use swipe cards to both enter and exit all campus buildings.

Only people with assigned swipe cards will be to have access to buildings during approved hours. All other people requesting entry into buildings during hours of operation will have to ring the doorbell lo­cated at the front doors of the Academic Building and wait for administrative support.

All students, staff, and faculty will receive a scan card. On campus residence students will receive their card when they move in. Off-campus students, staff, and faculty will be required to request a swipe card by emailing the main office at info@heritagecs.edu.

What Swiping My Card Means

Each time you use your swipe card, you are confirming that you completed a personal self-assessment to conclude that you are feeling well and not displaying any of the common symptoms of COVID-19.

All are encouraged to evaluate their health regularly by using Ontario’s COVID-19 Self- Assessment tool at covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment.

Symptoms include:

Off-Campus Student Access to Buildings

All off-campus students enrolled in studies at Heritage are welcome to use the accessible spaces and services offered inside the Academic Building and the Heritage Community Centre during operating hours.

Students who reside off-campus will have to follow the same requirements of students who live on-campus while inside approved buildings including wearing masks and maintaining physical distance.

Off-campus students will also still be able to participate in student activities and events throughout the academic year.

Access to both Residence Buildings will be prohibited to all off-campus students.

Visitors to Heritage

This Fall, Heritage College & Seminary is excited to welcome back guests to our campus grounds.

Student Life

Residence Life

To provide a safe residence experience for our students while fostering a health community on campus, Heritage has established the following guidelines for Residence Life at Heritage.

Gatherings Within Residence Buildings

Masks in Residence

Students living in residence will be required to wear masks when they are in commonly used spaces by all students in the building. This includes the hallways, laundry room, common rooms and bedrooms during approved gatherings, and other common areas.

Quarantine Rooms in Residence

For the Fall, both North and South Hall will have one apartment that will be used in the event that it is necessary to isolate students.

Impact Groups

Impact Groups will continue to host their official weekly meetings in designated spaces and rooms located in The Heritage Community Centre and the Academic Building. This will allow Impact Groups to meet in a more spacious environment and welcome off-campus students to participate in person on a weekly basis.


This year, Heritage will continue to host two weekly chapel services. On Tuesdays at 11:30am, All-Institution Chapel will be once again held in the Chapel in The Heritage Community Centre and will welcome college and seminary students, along with staff and faculty to join for worship in-person or on livestream.

On Thursdays at 11:30am, college students will be able to gather for worship in the Chapel located in The Heritage Community Centre. Seminary Chapel will start again and will be hosted in Room 201 in the Academic Building.

Life in The Heritage Community Centre

We are excited to welcome students back to The H this semester to provide a welcoming space for our student community to learn, grow and thrive together.

Intramurals, Fitness Centre and Gym


To follow current guidelines established by the Province of Ontario, the Cafeteria will once again be laid out in both the Dining Hall and the Connections Café in order to provide distancing between the tables.

On-Campus Student Travel for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Last year, Heritage required that students make a special request to take overnight trips off-campus and out of the region over the weekend. Under current provincial guidelines, this requirement will be removed for the academic year.

For more information on the framework for the Fall Semester, please feel free to email the COVID-19 Protocols Committee at covid19@heritagecs.edu.

Important Links

Cambridge COVID-19 Assessment Centre – 226-895-1050

215 Holiday Inn Drive

Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8:30am – 8:30pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 8:30am-4:30pm

Region of Waterloo Public Health – COVID-19 Information

Provincial COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

Telehealth Ontario – 1-866-797-0000

Public Health Ontario

Public Health Agency of Canada

Past Updates

A Message from President Dr. Rick Reed – Posted September 3, 2021

Heritage College & Seminary Introduces a Campus-Wide COVID-19 Vaccine Policy – Posted September 2, 2021