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Fall 2021

A Message from President Dr. Rick Reed

Posted September 3, 2021

As I write this note, the Heritage campus is quiet.  Thankfully, that’s about to change.

On Labour Day, September 6th, we will welcome the new and returning college students moving into our residence halls.  I’m looking forward to meeting these new students and their families as they arrive on campus.  I’m also anticipating the Service of Dedication we will hold outdoors on Monday afternoon; it will be a time to commit ourselves to the Lord for the new school year.

I understand this new school year comes with many COVID complications.  I also realize Christians differ on how to best respond to the regulations issued by our government and public health officials.

At Heritage College and Seminary, our desire is to lead with love and act with integrity.  We are seeking to obey the biblical command to “be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” (Titus 3:1-2).  At the same time, we are seeking to respect the different viewpoints and convictions held by Christians (Romans 14:1-23).  It’s our desire to treat one another “in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3).

Our deep desire is to make this year about Christ rather than COVID.  We want to elevate the unity we have in Christ Jesus above the secondary matters that can divide us. We want our campus to be a safe and healthy place, both physically and spiritually.

To this end, Heritage will follow the new regulations issued this week for all post-secondary schools.  While vaccine passports are not required to attend Heritage, students who are not vaccinated or who choose not to disclose this information, will need to take rapid antigen tests provided on campus.  We will endeavour to make the process as easy and private as possible.  If you have concerns, please know that our team will listen to them and respond in a way that speaks the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

I would ask you to join our faculty, staff, and student leaders in praying for a year of great spiritual growth and ministry preparation.  More than ever, we need to raise up godly spiritual leaders for Christ, His Church and His global mission.

Warmly,

Dr. Rick Reed

Heritage College & Seminary Introduces a Campus-Wide COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

 Posted September 2, 2021

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:

This requirement will be effective for all currently enrolled College and Seminary students who will be attending Heritage on campus throughout the academic year. This includes all:

This requirement will also include the following staff and faculty roles:

Given the sensitive, private nature of the information that is being required for this COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, Heritage will be diligent in protecting the information shared and ensuring it will be kept secure and confidential.

Further details on the implementation of this policy will be communicated to students, staff, and faculty during the first week of classes – September 7 – 10.

For questions on this new policy or information on the framework for the Fall Semester, please feel free to contact the COVID-19 Protocols Committee at covid19@heritagecs.edu.

A Framework for the Fall Semester at Heritage 

Posted August 20, 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

At Heritage, we are respectful of the individual student’s decision on whether or not to receive the vaccination against COVID-19. In keeping with current Provincial guidelines, Heritage will not be requiring that our college and seminary students receive the vaccination in order to live on campus or attend classes this Fall at this time.

To continue to serve our student body, students who wish to be vaccinated during the course of the semester will be able to receive information and support from Student Services.

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.

Chapel

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 Gymnasium 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

Cafeteria

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.