As some of you return to campus 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

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Before returning to campus

  1. Make sure you are authorized to come on campus
  2. Complete the COVID-19 safety training
  3. Know the guidelines for specific environments such as classrooms, labs, offices and residence
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Once on Campus

  1. Wear a mask - required in all USask spaces
  2. Wash your hands often - for at least 20 seconds
  3. Maintain social distancing and avoid close contact
  4. Only use areas that are approved to be open
  5. Follow the directions on the COVID-19 campus signage
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Continuously monitor your health

  1. Stay home if you are sick
  2. Be alert for symptoms and complete the daily pre-screening log in PAWS. Versions of the Self-monitoring checklist and Work Location Journal are available to download if you are unable to complete the daily online form.
  3. Read the feeling sick guidelines
  4. Use the online self-assessment tool to determine whether you should be tested
  5. Practice self-care (wellness resources are available)

Safety protocols

All students and faculty who are authorized to return to campus are required to complete the online COVID safety training provided by the university.

The course raises safety awareness about COVID-19, provides the latest safety guidance, provides instructions on how to correctly wear personal protective equipment and can be completed in less than 30 minutes.

Mandatory Masks Use

(as of Nov. 6, 2020)

All faculty, staff and students—as well as visitors, contractors and vendors—who are approved to be on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert will be expected to wear a face mask (non-medical mask or cloth face covering) in all USask spaces.

This includes:

  • hallways
  • lobbies
  • libraries
  • classrooms
  • laboratories
  • meeting spaces
  • study spaces
  • elevators
  • recreation facilities
  • shared offices
  • washrooms
  • outdoors,
  • and other campus spaces.

Students living in residence must wear a face mask in all common and designated areas outside of their private living space.

Face masks must be worn at all times in shared office and laboratory spaces even when physical distancing can be maintained. Unless supported by a documented risk assessment, face masks may only be removed to eat, drink, and while engaged in physical exercise. In these cases, physical distancing must be maintained.

There are some exceptions to mandatory face masks—children under 2 years of age, those who cannot don or doff a mask, individuals requiring a medical exception—but in general, it is expected that all university community members, as well as visitors, will follow this requirement.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Please review the PPE Guidance for COVID-19 for PPE recommendations for all Usask workers including PPE use in laboratories, disposable PPE reuse and extended use guidelines and purchasing PPE.

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

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WEAR A MASK
Face masks are mandatory in all indoor common spaces and if you are outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a minimum distance of 2 meters, you are also requested to wear a mask. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.

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. If you can’t maintain social distance, use your mask.

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CLEAN AND DISINFECT
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. 

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MONITOR YOUR HEALTH
Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19. Use the online self-assessment tool to determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19.

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STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK
If you believe you have COVID-19, call HealthLine at 811.

Self-reporting

Immediately notify the university if you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or if you suspect you have COVID-19 as well if you have come in close contact of a positive or suspect case. 

This will allow USask to take the appropriate actions to safeguard our community as well as provide you with available resources or support.

Students: notify your instructor/supervisor and email: wellness@usask.ca
Faculty and staff: let your supervisor know

If you have been reported to

Supervisors/leaders/instructors please following the reporting response guidelines.

Specific environment guidelines

Laboratory Safety Manual - COVID-19 Pandemic Supplement

The Laboratory Safety Manual COVID-19 Pandemic Supplement is intended to provide updates to fundamental health and safety practices for approved researchers during the Covid-19 Pandemic and phased reopening. All laboratory supervisors and workers should review this document and implement the following procedures addressed in the Laboratory Safety Manual COVID-19 Pandemic Supplement:

Laboratory Considerations

Safety Resources advises researchers to adopt strategies to mitigate the impact on research and ensure the health and safety of our campus community. This could include:

  • Prioritizing projects evaluate all work with criteria such as the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) (i.e., high-risk projects and projects which cannot be delayed until appropriate PPE is available).
  • Sharing of PPE inter-departmentally and between labs to ensure that the PPE needs of all researchers are met.
  • Implementing the use of appropriate reusable PPE (i.e., consider the use of re-usable style protective gloves rather than disposable)
    • All individuals requiring respirators for their work must be fit-tested for the specific type of respirator that they will be using. To arrange for a fit-test, please call 306-966-1814 or email fittest@usask.ca.
    • The CDC has published a guidance document on how to reuse respirators or wear them for extended periods. If you have questions about how to safely reuse respirators or wear them for extended periods, please contact the Biosafety Office at biosafety@usask.ca or call Safety Resources at 306-966-4675.
  • Utilize other safety controls appropriate for the work, such as certified biosafety cabinets and fume hoods.
  • Lab Notice Signage

As this situation is constantly evolving, all researchers should prepare for research delays and/or potential shutdowns of certain work if an outbreak occurs.

If you have any questions or concerns related to research safety, do not hesitate to contact:

Safety Resources
 306-966-4675
 covid19@usask.ca

Classroom and Academic Labs

  1. Follow safety traffic flow and seating patterns inside classrooms

  2. Follow all other preventative measures listed under Safety Protocols including wearing a face mask.

  3. Clean and Disinfect
    Students and faculty will be asked to apply hand sanitizer as they enter the class. Faculty members or others responsible for instruction will wipe down surface areas in their work area after each class. Students are also responsible for disinfecting surfaces around them. 
    The Facilities’ custodial department will continue to provide enhanced routine cleaning service levels including classrooms, usually after classes have ended for the day.

Classroom Disinfection - COVID-19 Guidance

The following protocols are intended to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and lab instructors or coordinators in teaching labs, studios, and other in-person teaching environments.

The protocols are essential if we are to successfully carry out needed in-person academic program delivery. They include:

Required protocols may change as the COVID-19 situation evolves, stemming for example, from changes to Public Health directives.

Strategies for Safety in the Workplace

Please review COVID-19 Strategies for Safety in the Workplace for basic procedures and modify or enhance to suit the workplace.

Daily Health Screening

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, faculty, staff, and students who are working on campus during this time are required to self-monitor for the development of COVID-19 symptoms. Screening must be completed daily by all faculty, staff, and students and kept for future reference.

Work Location Journal

All faculty, staff, and students who are approved to be on campus are required to keep a work location journal (or use the new pre-screening log in PAWS), recording what rooms, offices, laboratories, and buildings they have visited each day. This will enable targeted health surveillance if there is an outbreak on the USask Campus and allow for open and informed communication with anyone who may have been exposed, decreasing the chance of larger outbreaks.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Commonly touched areas and shared equipment must be cleaned and disinfected at least twice daily, or when visibly soiled. Wherever possible, discourage workers from sharing phones, desks, offices, and other tools and equipment.

  • Commonly touched areas and shared equipment includes but is not limited to: Computers, keyboards, mice, printers, sinks/faucets, cabinets and handles, doorknobs, phones, light switches, refrigerator/freezer handles, lab benches and equipment, touch-points in research and animal areas, desk and lab phones, personal lockers, shared PPE, and touch screens/mobile devices.

Cleaning Log

All completed disinfection practices must be documented in the USask Cleaning Log and posted in the laboratory/work area.

Cleaning and Disinfectant Log

Virtual Fire Drill 

This USask Virtual Fire Drill Survey is designed to supplement the normal comprehensive USask fire drill schedule while campus buildings are closed due to current pandemic restrictions. 

This is an important part of our ongoing emergency preparedness due diligence and has been approved by the Saskatoon Fire Department.

The comprehensive USask fire drill protocol and schedule will resume when buildings are again open for normal operations.

At this time USask personnel returning to work on campus will be contacted either through their Chief Building Warden, their Local Safety Committee, their supervisor, or Safety Resources with the link to complete a short survey to confirm awareness of the Local Emergency Response Plan (ERP) and to confirm an understanding of how to safely evacuate from the building(s).

If you have questions about your local emergency response expectations, then please first review the building local ERP and follow up with your supervisor and/or Chief Building Warden. 

Indoors

All faculty, staff and students—as well as visitors, contractors and vendors—who are approved to be on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert will be expected to wear a face mask (non-medical mask or cloth face covering) in all USask spaces.

Students living in residence must wear a face mask in all common and designated areas outside of their private living space.

Lunch Room Guidelines

Lunchrooms and break rooms are common spaces and masks must be worn until the point at which you are ready to eat your food.

Outdoors

If you are outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a minimum distance of 2 meters, you are also requested to wear a mask. 

USask-owned vehicles are shared spaces. Mask use is mandatory in vehicles.

Feeling sick

 If you have any concerns about your health or possible exposure to COVID-19 call the 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. It is mandatory that you should be symptom-free for 48 hours prior to returning to campus/work.

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 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.

Home Pharmacy Delivery

The following local pharmacies offer free home or mail delivery of your prescriptions. 

Other pharmacies may offer home delivery services. Please contact your pharmacy for more information.

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 intake@usask.ca and we will connect you with a member of the Student Affairs and Outreach team.

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.

What USask is doing

USask will require appropriate face covering in indoor public spaces and outdoors when it isn’t possible to stay 2 metres from others.  Review exemptions and best practices for face coverings.

University approved signage has been supplied to all areas authorized to be open on campus. As your needs evolve you may want additional signage for directing traffic, entrances and exits, self-assessment or handwashing guidelines. A complete package of general use signage is available for you to download and print and post on your own. If you have specific signage needs that are not met in this package, please reach out to safereturn@usask.ca for further assistance. More permanent signage is being coordinated centrally.

Download Signage Packages:

COVID 19 General Guidelines 11x17 Signs Package (.zip)

COVID 19 Assorted Signage 11x8.5 Package (.zip)

COVID 19 Screens Package. (.zip)

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Monitoring all buildings and building systems
  • Disinfecting high-touch surfaces
  • Enhancing cleaning protocols for public spaces
  • Monitoring supply levels of hand soap, hand sanitizer and paper products
  • Creating traffic flow
  • Providing signage and directional indicators
  • Installing barriers and protective screens
  • Removing furniture

USask has procedures and guidelines in place for when students, faculty or staff have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or if they have come in close contact of a positive or suspect case. 

USask will implement contact tracing capabilities. USask is cooperating with Sask Health Authority health authorities to facilitate contact tracing.

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 3 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).