February 9, 2021 Update:
Atlantic School of Theology will once again offer a full slate of graduate-level courses and Continuing Education opportunities during Summer term (June 14 – July 23, 2021). Both hybrid and online-only courses will be offered. This decision was made by the AST Senate on 3 Feb 2021.
At AST, a hybrid course is a course that involves an on-campus classroom setting for those who wish to attend in person, together with a simultaneous broadcast of the classroom to distance learners “live” in real time, via teleconference. Online-only courses may blend synchronous (“live”/real time) and asynchronous elements. Courses will be scheduled in light of the time zone differences across Canada and the USA.
If public health restrictions make it impossible for hybrid classes to meet on campus, hybrid courses will be redesigned as online-only courses.
Atlantic School of Theology remains deeply committed to in-person, on-campus learning and theological formation of our students. This is a high value for us that we are not surrendering. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible, as it did in 2020, to have a fully on-campus learning experience in Summer term 2021. We regret this and wish it were not so. We look forward to welcoming all our students to on-campus learning once again as soon as it is possible.
The slate of courses to be offered in Summer term 2021, and their designation as hybrid or online-only, will be announced in mid-March.
January 8, 2021 Update:
The following message is from the NS provincial government.
Effective January 9th at 8 a.m., any traveller from New Brunswick must now complete a 14-day self-isolation period upon arrival in Nova Scotia.
Students who started their travel in Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador and who are travelling through New Brunswick with minimal or no stops will not be subject to the 14-day self-isolation period. Try not to make any stops in New Brunswick. If a brief stop is necessary, please ensure you practice public health protocols such as keeping a physical distance of 2 metres away from other people, wear a non-medical mask, and wash or sanitize your hands often.
As a summary of the current requirements, students arriving in Nova Scotia from anywhere except Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador need to:
1) Complete a Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form before arriving: https://travel-declaration.novascotia.ca/
2) Self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the province
3) Complete a digital check-in daily during self-isolation
Students are also encouraged to get a COVID-19 test on day 6, 7, or 8 of self-isolation. Schedule your test using the COVID-19 self-assessment tool: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/
While the border restriction with New Brunswick is not retroactive, students who arrived from New Brunswick or had visitors from that province in the past 14 days are encouraged to get tested immediately and consider a second test five to seven days later. They are encouraged to self-isolate while waiting for the first test result.
International students must also use the federal government’s ArriveCAN app to provide their information to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Students can download the ArriveCan app or call 1-833-641-0343 for assistance. International students have particular self-isolation requirements. Learn More
Questions? Visit the Coronavirus website: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/education/#post-secondary or email PostSecondary@novascotia.ca. Anyone in Nova Scotia who thinks they have symptoms of COVID-19 should do the COVID-19 self-assessment. You can call 811 if you cannot complete the self-assessment online.
November 25 Update:
New requirments for COVID-19 isolation have been set. You can find them in the pdf's below:
New self-isolation rules for Nova Scotia
New self-isolation rules for Nova Scotia FR
New self-isolation rules for Nova Scotia_AR
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New self-isolation rules for Nova Scotia_ZN-CH
August 24 Update:
Please see the requirments for students entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada attached here: COVID-19 Requirements for Students Entering Nova Scotia COVID-19 Requirements for Students Entering Nova Scotia
Do you have questions regarding returning to campus? Check out the COVID-19 post-secondary fact sheet.
July 23 Update:
- After extensive consultation, we determined that all courses and con-ed programs will take place online only until the end of 2020 (Exception: small special-purpose academic gatherings may take place from time to time as necessary, in accordance with Nova Scotia public health directives)
- A decision regarding winter Term 2021 offerings will be made by the end of the Fall Term
May 15 Update:
Atlantic School of Theology has moved it popular summer term programs and classes to a fully virtual environment. Plans for the fall term are currently being reviewed. Updates will follow by mid-June.
April 6 Update:
The Faculty Council met and has decided – with the agreement of AST’s senior management – to relocate all of Summer term 2020 into the virtual environment. There will be no on-campus classes, programs, or worship at AST in Summer 2020. However, we will still have a (virtual) Summer term.
March 18 Update:
AST is well positioned to continue our programs and courses beyond this term. We’re taking things one step at a time. As people of prayer and care, we will get through this together.
March 16 Update:
In keeping with this public health direction, AST is moving as quickly as possible to offer classes online. Effective March 15, on-campus classes are suspended and will be moving to virtual course delivery as soon as things can be arranged.
Students: you will hear from your instructors about the plan for your specific course(s). Some course requirements may be modified, given the circumstances. Please note that all students who complete course requirements successfully this term will receive course credit. Those on track to graduate in Spring 2020 can still graduate.
HealthyMinds NS was created to make sure students have access to mental health supports whenever they need them. Their website offers multiple mental health supports and services available and free to post-secondary students in Nova Scotia.
For more information, visit: https://healthymindsns.ca/
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