Living with COVID-19

Parkland College remains committed to keeping our communities healthy, safe, and informed.

Ongoing Safety Measures: Parkland College remains committed to providing a healthy and safe environment by continuing with enhanced sanitation processes, readily available disinfecting wipes, adequate hand washing facilities and hand sanitizer.  Staff, learners and visitors should continue to stay home when ill and stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations, including boosters. Masks are still available at all campus and training locations.

Since the start of the pandemic, everyone has worked tirelessly to support learners, colleagues, and our campus communities.  No one has remained untouched by COVID-19 and the impacts of the prolonged pandemic on our personal and professional lives.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have navigated the COVID-19 pandemic together.

Parkland College Announces Vaccination and Testing Requirements

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Parkland College has committed to providing a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors.

To reduce transmission of COVID-19, Parkland College will require all employees and learners to be fully vaccinated or provide proof of negative test results.

Effective December 10, 2021, all employees, students, board members, and visitors, including consultants, contractors, and agents must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.  For individuals who are not vaccinated or choose not to disclose their vaccination status, proof of a valid negative COVID-19 test result must be provided every seven (7) days.

Employees and students will be required to complete a COVID-19 Vaccination Self-Declaration form by November 3, 2021.  “Federal and Provincial health authorities have indicated that the COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada are a safe and effective way to reduce the chances of acquiring and transmitting COVID-19 in the workplace and our communities”, said Alison Dubreuil, Vice President, Administration at Parkland College.

“Vaccine requirements are an additional way to ensure Parkland College continues to be safe so we can deliver our programs and services”, said Dubreuil.

“Our college will continue to follow public health orders and implement additional safety protocols in an effort to make our campuses and communities as safe as possible”, said Malena Vroom, Director of Safety and Facilities Management. 

Further details about the COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination or Negative Testing policy will be communicated with students and staff.


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About Parkland College:

Parkland College provides high quality, learner-centred education and training as a foundation for lifelong success. The college offers a superior learning and campus experience with locations in Yorkton, Melville, Fort Qu’Appelle, Esterhazy, Canora, and Kamsack.

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Blended Learning

At Parkland College, we are delivering classes in the 2020-21 year through Blended Learning. We are coordinating with post-secondary institutions across Saskatchewan on this hybrid approach to education.

What is Blended Learning anyway?

Blended Learning refers to a mix of online instruction, face-to-face classes, experiential learning, and alternative delivery methods.

Online instruction may occur through a combination of synchronous (occurring at the same time) and asynchronous (not occurring at the same time) delivery methods. This may include scheduled video conferencing, live webcasts, and recorded lectures, modules, assignments, and other exercises accessible when it is convenient for you.

Face-to-face classes may be required for programs with substantial hands-on learning components which are not easily replicated in a virtual environment. In-person classes may also be scheduled if student enrollment and classroom sizes meet physical distancing requirements. As well, programs may be divided into cohorts with separate class schedules to allow students to attend face-to-face classes.

Experiential learning provides learners with opportunities to apply their knowledge and practice their skills in real-life situations, such as a clinical placement in a health care facility or work placement with a local company.

Alternative delivery methods, such as paper packages including instructions and assignments, may be considered where required.

How will this affect my program?

Each program will be affected differently, based on a number of factors:

  • necessity of face-to-face instruction (e.g. hands-on labs and shop time required to complete a program);
  • needs of students (e.g. lack of Internet access/unreliable connections off-campus);
  • availability of space at our campuses;
  • physical distancing guidelines and building capacity limits; and
  • any other restrictions imposed by the government as the pandemic evolves.

Some programs are delivered online more easily than others. Program planning is underway, and specific guidelines will be communicated with students as the fall term approaches.

Why is the College using Blended Learning rather than all-online or exclusively face-to-face instruction?

Blended Learning gives us the flexibility to deliver programs while managing risks associated with COVID-19. Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of students and staff. In the event of a resurgence of the virus in our region or province, we will be better positioned to transition to online-only instruction. But we recognize that many of our programs contain a substantial amount of in-person and hands-on learning, so we want to ensure students receive the highest quality education possible given the current circumstances.

A second reason for moving to Blended Learning is that you will likely experience blended working environments in the workforce. Many organizations are highly digital and it is imperative that our graduates are comfortable with technology. Also, many employers support employee development by providing access to training which can be delivered in face-to-face, blended, or fully online modalities. It is important that you have the skills to learn in all of these environments.

A third reason is that employers typically desire graduates with practical work experience, which is gained through experiential learning. Parkland offers experiential learning opportunities in a number of programs and is working to expand this to other programs.

Parkland College will continue to adhere to public health guidelines as delivered by the Government of Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer. Again, our priority, at all levels of the education system, is the health and safety of students and staff. We are prepared to adjust our plan and timelines at any point as the pandemic evolves.


Parkland College to re-open to students & public on August 31

Parkland College campuses will re-open to learners and the public on Monday, August 31. This marks the fourth and final phase of the College’s re-opening plan and is the result of months of preparation for a healthy and safe return to in-person programming.

“We are ready to open our campuses,” said President & CEO Dr. Mark Hoddenbagh. “Our staff have worked incredibly hard over the summer to prepare our facilities to be compliant with COVID-19 guidelines. We have also devoted considerable effort to developing online programming and training our instructors to deliver curriculum online, in order to enrich the educational experience of our learners.”

Parkland College is delivering classes this fall through Blended Learning – a mix of online instruction, face-to-face classes, experiential learning, and alternative delivery methods. Blended Learning gives the College the flexibility to provide instruction while managing risks associated with COVID-19. All programs will have an online component to help limit the number of people on campus.

All visitors, students, and staff are required to wear masks. They are mandatory in hallways, bathrooms, common areas, and any space where physical distancing of two metres cannot be maintained.

Campus access tracking is an essential part of the College’s safety protocols. Members of the public accessing College sites are required to complete a brief health questionnaire and sign in on a visitor log.

Additional safety precautions are in place, including plexiglass shields at reception areas, extra hand sanitizer stations, and frequent cleaning and sanitizing schedules. Some common areas are off-limits or have restricted access, while decals have been placed on floors and signs on walls to help control traffic flow and aid in physical distancing.

“Our shared priority, at all levels of the education system, is the health and safety of students and staff,” Hoddenbagh added. “We are glad to be opening, but we remain ready to adapt at any point as the pandemic evolves.”

May 22, 2020 – Message from President & CEO Dr. Mark Hoddenbagh

Dear Students:

Parkland College and Cumberland College, working closely together in a Coalition, intend to deliver classes this fall through a blend of face-to-face and online learning. We are coordinating with post-secondary institutions across Saskatchewan on this hybrid approach to education.

The blended model follows the guidance of the provincial government’s Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Educators believe a combination of in-person classes and online instruction will give you, our students, the best chance of academic success in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The common staged re-opening and blended model will combine online, classroom, laboratory, shop, clinical, and physical instruction. The concept provides the programming flexibility needed to manage the risks of the pandemic while ensuring the continued health and safety of students, faculty, and staff.

Since the pandemic began, Saskatchewan’s post-secondary sector has worked together to keep students and staff safe, and to establish guidelines and protocols for fall programming. We will continue to adhere to public health guidelines as delivered by the Government of Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer.

I believe this is fantastic news for our students and staff. The opportunity to deliver high-quality instruction in both face-to-face and alternative formats will enable us to provide you with superb hands-on learning, while also preparing you for the worlds of online learning and work.

Our preparations for the fall include focusing on providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff. As we move forward, we are prepared to adjust our plan and timelines at any point as the pandemic evolves.

I encourage you to monitor our website for additional details about specific programs and classes. We will communicate more details with you as we finalize programming decisions.

All the best,

J. Mark A. Hoddenbagh, Ph.D.
President & CEO, Parkland College