Pandemic News for Dorm Students

Pandemic Information for our Dorm Community

March 18, 2020

In light of the Government of Saskatchewan’s suspension of classes, we understand that some of you may be considering leaving the dorms. As of today, the Government of Saskatchewan has also declared a state of emergency.  As a result, there are a number of items we want to address with you.

Living at Luther During the Pandemic

We are not asking any of you to move out of the dorms. We would be more than happy to have you stay with us until the end of the June, as usual, and provide any support you may need. Luther College High School will continue to take all necessary precautions and follow government-approved, recommended public health procedures to keep everyone safe.

We do have an isolation wing separate from the regular dorms.  We are able to quarantine students if one or more students are required to self-isolate or are diagnosed with COVID-19.  Our school nurse has a background in Public Health and is following the Pandemic Plan for Luther College High School.

From Friday, March 20 to Friday, March 27, Luther College will be closed with the exception of essential services to support our dorm students. This includes our nurse, dorm staff, cafeteria and maintenance services.

Classes and Online Learning

Please note it is our hope to continue running our regular academic program and our ESL programs, but through online learning instead of face-to-face. We do not know yet when or even if this will start.  We await government approval.  We are very hopeful that we will continue to offer ESL courses starting on March 30, 2020.

If you are an IB student or taking IB classes, IB exams will be continuing as scheduled for May 5th  though perhaps in a revised format. Furthermore, the Government of Saskatchewan’s suspension of classes is indefinite with no specified date of return. 

The Government of Canada is continually updating travel advisories.  Read the latest information here. For our international students, there is a risk of not being able to re–enter Canada at a later date if and when you so choose.

We ask that you consider all of the uncertainty of your educational future before you make a decision about leaving Canada for this reason. For example, if you are required to write an IB exam, you may not be able to return to Canada to take the exam.  If classes reconvene (at some future point) you may not be able re – enter the country to participate in classes with your peers.

Fees and Refunds

If you do decide to move out early, dorm fees and meal fees will be refunded on a pro-rated basis for the duration of your time living in the dorms. Deposits will be refunded within 4-6 weeks, as long as your room is in good condition with no damage and there are no debts on your account.

We will require written confirmation from your parents/guardians that they want you to leave the dorm early.

We also require confirmation that you will be continuing your academic program (ESL or regular) online with Luther College should we get approval from the Ministry of Education to do so. This means ensuring you have internet access and the technology wherever you are to support online learning if you decide to leave the Luther College High School dorms at this time.

We know that you have many questions and we will work with you to make the best decision possible in these uncertain times.

  • Tanner Brightman, Dean of Men - tanner.brightman@luthercollege.edu
  • Mary Gurel, Dean of Women - mary.gurel@luthercollege.edu
  • Shawn Stieb, Vice Principal, Student Life - vpstudentlife@luthercollege.edu