It is important for you to be aware of and adhere to the following protocols and guidelines to help promote a safe and supportive environment - working together is key to our success.

Expectations and Protocols

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Be informed

  1. Know USask's COVID-19 health and safety requirements
  2. Know USask's non-compliance measures
  3. If you are concerned or unsure how to stay safe on campus you can take Usask's COVID-19 safety training (under Safety Resources)
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Follow vaccination measures

Everyone coming onto USask campuses must follow USask’s vaccination measures

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Wear a mask

Everyone coming onto USask campuses must follow USask's mask requirements.

Continuously monitor your health

  1. Stay home if you are sick
  2. Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19. 
  3. Read the feeling sick guidelines
  4. Determine whether you should be tested
  5. Practice self-care (wellness resources are available)
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Self Report positive and suspected COVID-19 cases

  1. Immediately notify the university if you have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
  2. Follow the self-reporting guidelines for students, employees, faculty/instructors and people leaders.

Specific environment guidelines

Find USask travel information regarding policies, inter-provincial travel, travelling to Canada and more.

Eating on Campus

Faculty, staff, and students are permitted to eat on campus. We encourage people to eat outside at this time, weather permitting.

There are a variety of areas where you may choose to eat indoors including: lunchrooms, breakrooms, lounges, common areas, outside and/or other designated eating areas. You must follow distancing and masking practices in all indoor spaces. We discourage anyone from eating in the hallways as it leaves little room for distancing. No eating or drinking (except water) is permitted in meeting rooms or classrooms. If you have questions, contact your supervisor or instructor.

Masks may only be removed when you are consuming food or drink, not socializing (e.g.. Holding a coffee while talking is not active drinking). If you would like to socialize while eating or drinking we encourage you to eat outside.

Prior to eating:


PRACTICE PROPER HAND HYGIENE

SIT DOWN AND REMOVE MASK
  • practice hand hygiene after using share items such as microwaves, coffee makers, refrigerators etc.
  • wash hands after preparing food and before eating
  • once seated, remove mask

After eating:


PUT ON MASK

PRACTICE PROPER HAND HYGIENE
  • put on mask
  • practice proper hand hygiene
Maintain social distancing and avoid close contact. Do not congregate or socialize after you have finished eating

 

Events with food

All USask faculty, staff, students, and visitors organizing or attending events that serve food should use the following guidelines when planning their events.

Events held outdoors

  • All servers/staff must wear masks and practice regular hand hygiene;
  • All attendees should distance whenever possible;
  • Buffets must be served;
  • Reduce/avoid common touch points, shared utensils, condiments and drink dispensers;
  • Handwashing facilities and/or hygiene stations must be available for all attendees;
  • While not required, having extra single use masks is recommended for those that may need one; and
  • Open air tents are recommended.

Events held indoors

  • All servers/staff must wear masks and practice regular hand hygiene;
  • All attendees must wear a mask until they have reached their seat to eat/drink;
  • Masks must be worn when moving around the room;
  • Buffets must be served;
  • Reduce/avoid common touch points, shared utensils, condiments and drink dispensers;
  • Handwashing facilities and/or hygiene stations must be available for all attendees;
  • While not required, having extra single use masks is recommended for those that may need one; and
  • If you are eating or drinking you must be sitting at a table or designated eating area.

Hoteling and hot-desking allow for students, faculty, and staff to sign-out temporary stations for study and work. Stations range from tables in large rooms with others (hot-desking) to dedicated offices with office equipment such as monitors, keyboards, staplers, printers, etc. (hoteling). The following guidelines should be used for both hoteling and hot-desking.

Hoteling and hot-desking areas must:

  • Have a system in place to track and trace users;
  • Be arranged to follow physical distancing practices;
  • It is recommended to stagger sign-up start and end times to reduce the number of people moving throughout the area;
  • Allow for 15 minutes between users to allow for appropriate disinfection;
  • Must have an approved disinfectant (sanitizing wipes or sanitizer bottles/paper towels) and hand sanitizer available for users; and
  • Food/Eating is not permitted at the workspace.

Prior to starting work

  • Practice hand hygiene; and
  • Clean area and common touchpoints (tabletop, keyboard, mouse, stapler, etc.).

Practice proper Hand Hygiene

Clean/Disinfect

After finishing work

  • Clean area and common touch points (tabletop, keyboard, mouse, stapler, etc.); and
  • Practice hand hygiene.



Clean/Disinfect

Practice proper Hand Hygiene

General Guidance for Cleaning Computers

Do not spray cleaners directly onto electronics. If you have approved disinfectant wipes, use them for cleaning computers and electronics. If you do not have disinfectant wipes, you can soak a dry wipe or clean soft lint-free cloth in an approved disinfectant until soaked but not dripping. Avoid getting liquid into any electronic openings.

Remember:
  • Masks are mandatory at the hotel/hot-desk
  • Masks may only be removed when drinking

In addition to the protocols  and guidelines listed above you are encouraged to follow these additional preventative measures:

Wash hands.

WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

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AVOID CLOSE CONTACT
Put distance between yourself and other people.

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CLEAN AND DISINFECT
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. 

Non-Compliance

USask's Health and Safety Policy requires that all members of the university community be held accountable for health and safety and are subject to, and are expected to comply with all requirements of the Health and Safety Policy and associated Procedures. 

The university will pursue all appropriate measures to ensure compliance and accountability. This may include, when required, one or more of the following formal actions against individuals who violate USask's COVID-19 health and safety requirements:

  • Multiple notifications of non-compliance with consequences that include being placed on an unpaid leave of absence until compliant with the requirements;

  • Should further acts of non-compliance persist, disciplinary action (up to and including termination of employment) in accordance with  The University of Saskatchewan Act, 1995, The Saskatchewan Employment Act and respective collective agreements where applicable.

Accommodations or exemptions

Accommodations or exemptions from mandatory protocols (i.e., self-disclosure of vaccination status, point-of-care testing and/or masking) will be considered only for medical grounds and/or other relevant grounds recognized by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. Adherence to the mandatory protocols will be required until accommodations or exemptions are verified by the appropriate USask representative or designate.

Feeling sick guidelines

 If you have any concerns about your health or possible exposure to COVID-19 call  Saskatchewan's HealthLine at 811.

If you are sick, it is imperative that you stay home and do not spread your illness. Even if it is not COVID-19, please stay home and monitor your symptoms. Regardless of your vaccination status, it is mandatory that you should be symptom-free for 48 hours prior to returning to campus/work. Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are mild, should get tested immediately.

USask Students

If you meet the criteria for testing:

USask Faculty and Staff

Learn the steps you should take if you are feeling sick or have to take time away from work.

Telephone or Virtual Doctor Visits

Saskatchewan residents with a valid provincial health card can book virtual or telephone appointments with a doctor. The new virtual services, which will be supported through a new payment code for physicians, will enable patients to connect with physicians by telephone effective immediately. The Government of Saskatchewan will cover the costs of the service. Please contact your doctor’s office to inquire about this service.

USask faculty and staff, and their dependents, have 24/7 access to Virtual Health Care through our benefits provider, Sun Life.

Dedicated COVID-19 Hotline

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency has launched a dedicated, toll-free phone line for people who have general questions about the COVID-19 pandemic that are not health-specific.

The line will be staffed 18 hours a day, from 6 am to 10 pm, by emergency operators who will be able to answer questions or point people to information ranging from government services to travel restrictions.

Call toll-free: 1-855-559-5502, or 306-787-8539 for Regina residents.

If people have symptoms or health concerns, they are encouraged to phone 811.

Sign up for MySaskHealthRecord

With MySaskHealthRecord you can track your personal health information online anywhere, anytimeOnce you register for MySaskHealthRecord, you will have quick and easy access to a secure website that contains your personal health information, such as:

  • Laboratory Test Results
  • Medical Imaging Reports
  • Clinical Visit History, such as hospital visits
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MySaskHealthRecord will temporarily provide users their PINs over the phone to complete registration.

Support and wellness resources

Living through the COVID-19 pandemic can cause us stress and anxiety

Coping with loneliness that self-isolation can cause or fear about the health of loved ones can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. It's OK to reach out and ask for help in these trying times. Here are some mental health resources to help during this difficult time.

Students

If you are a University of Saskatchewan student in crisis or distress, or if you just need to talk with someone, please call 306-966-5757 or email student.outreach@usask.ca and we will connect you with a member of the Student Affairs and Outreach team.

Current clients of the Student Wellness Centre can access services in person or remotely during business hours by contacting the Student Wellness Centre by phone at 306-966-5768 or by email at student.wellness@usask.ca. Some same-day appointments are available.

USask Employees

If you need help, use the university's employee and family assistance program

Also, be considerate to people around you. The World Health Organization has put out a Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak factsheet.

USask Staff Resources

Other Resources

Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • All Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) mental health inpatient units for adults, children and youth remain open for admissions as needed.
  • Regular intake phone lines are operating, including HealthLine 811 which has mental health services available providing 24/7 assistance or referral.
Family Health Services

Family Service Saskatchewan, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, supports free mental health walk-in clinics. These clinics offer free one-time counselling sessions which are now available by phone.

Government of Saskatchewan
  • Kids Help Phone offers professional counselling, information and referrals. You can phone, text or chat online. It's confidential, free and available 24/7.
  • Mobile Crisis centres are located across Saskatchewan and operate 24/7.
  • Farm Stress Line provides support for farmers and ranchers and is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. To get help, call 1-800-667-4442.

Saskatchewan Resources

After-hours Support

For after-hours support, please contact Saskatoon Mobile Crisis at 306-933-6200 or Crisis Services Canada at 1-833-456-4566.

Questions or Concerns?

Stages of reopening are guided by Provincial recommendations and guidelines, but USask may decide to move more conservatively in some areas to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.

USask is currently in Stage 4A of reopening.

Symptoms or Health Concerns

Call HealthLine at 811.

General SK COVID-19 Questions

Call 1-855-559-5502, or 306-787-8539 (Regina) from 6 am to 10 pm.

USask-related Questions 

Email: covid19@usask.ca

Safety Concerns

If you have concerns about safety guidelines not being followed you can let your supervisor know, or fill out this form (anonymous reporting option available in the form).