Masks

The university has paused its mask mandate until August 29, 2022, and is moving to a mask-friendly environment for the summer.

Feeling sick or testing positive

  1. Stay home if you are sick, regardless if you think it is COVID-19 or not.
    • You should be symptom-free of any illness before returning to campus  
  2. Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, should consider taking a rapid antigen COVID-19 test.
  3. Follow USask's isolation guidelines which will inform you duration you must isolate before coming back to USask
  4. Immediately report if you have a confirmed case of COVID-19.
    • Employees, if you need to take time away from work because of a positive COVID-19 test, please follow the time away from work guidelines.
    • Students, if you need to miss class or an exam because you are sick or diagnosed/exposed to COVID-19, contact your instructor(s). Learn more about how to reschedule an exam.

When to get tested

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, should consider taking a rapid antigen COVID-19 test. Frequent testing helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, at home and in the community.

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

Covid 19 Self-Test Instructional Video
  • the rapid tests take less than five minutes to administer and 15 minutes to obtain results
  • the rapid tests are self-administered with a front of nose swab or throat swab

Step-by-step instructions

Prior to completing an at-home COVID-19 rapid screening test please carefully review the step-by-step instructions to ensure you are safely administering the tests to provide accurate results.

  • COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits are available for students and employees who are eligible for the rapid testing program.
  • A supply of COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits is also available for students and employees to complete at-home tests as part of their regular symptom monitoring and screening practices.
  • COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits obtained from other provincial locations can also be used as part of the rapid-testing program.

Pick up locations

  • Murray Library
  • Bookstore in Marquis Hall
  • Fit Centre
  • USSU Office 

Tests are available during normal operating hours and as supplies last.

At this time, rapid testing and PCR testing are being treated as equivalent for the purposes of tracking and reporting positive cases. Please follow the Saskatchewan Government's guidelines for requirements of confirmatory testing, if needed.

Isolation guidelines

You must be symptom-free before coming onto any USask campus but the duration may be longer depending on your test results:

  • If you are not experiencing symptoms you are not required to isolate unless you have tested positive (see above) or at the first sign of symptoms.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms you must be symptom-free before coming back to USask. Call 811 and follow directives.
  • If you have tested positive you must isolate for 5 days from the date of the positive test or from the onset of symptoms and must be symptom-free before coming back to USask

Reporting guidelines

Students

  • Students notify your instructors, who will notify the university

Faculty, staff and people leaders

  • Faculty and staff notify your people leader/supervisor
  • If someone has reported to you a confirmed case of COVID-19, see additional information below.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FACULTY AND PEOPLE LEADERS

What do I do if a student in my class reports a confirmed case of COVID-19?

As per USask protocol, students will notify their course instructors if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The following is guidance on the procedure for when a student declares this information and asks for accommodation for their learning.

Please note: Unless students have received a positive test result via rapid test or PCR, they do not need report when they are symptomatic or close contact.

This guidance is subject to change with provincial regulations, Public Health standards, and USask protocols.

The instructor will, after being informed by the student, report the name and NSID of the student to the associate/vice-dean that a student in their class has reported testing positive for COVID-19.

It is not mandatory to move to remote learning in the event of a positive case. Instructors will be notified directly if alternative measures are needed.

1. REPORT

Report to associate/vice-dean that your student reports a confirmed case of COVID-19.

2. IMPLEMENT PLAN

Associate/vice-dean will manage the case locally and only contact Safety Resources if necessary. 

Safety Resources
covid19.reporting@usask.ca

 


DO

  • Direct the student to contact 811 immediately and follow direction.
  • Follow the reporting steps. Include the student’s name and NSID so reporting from multiple classes by the same person can be identified.
  • Communicate with your class using only the pre-scripted message (see below).
  • Provide remote access to learning, where possible.
  • Accept the student’s return to class without probing into medical concerns/conditions.
  • Affirm the safety protocols, masking and vaccination.
  • Inform students of the student wellness information.

DON'T

  • Do not ask for/request/or collect vaccination status, additional medical diagnosis information or details, or probe for circumstances around medical concern.
  • Do not require or collect medical documentation. The University is currently accepting student declaration of the direction they receive from SHA.
  • Do not enforce an academic penalty for any students needing accommodation or missing class.

 

Please note: Please report all postive cases.

 1. STAY HOME

2. REPORT

People leaders will manage the case locally withing their department and only contact Safety Resources if necessary.

Safety Resources
covid19.reporting@usask.ca

3. MONITOR

Make sure the employee follows the guidelines set out by the Government of Saskatchewan.

Vaccinations

Mask

Proof of vaccination is no longer required to access USask's campusesGetting vaccinated is still recommended as a safe and effective way to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

Case Counts

As of June 17, 2022, USask will be pausing ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers until August 31, 2022, due to limited case counts. PRT will re-evaluate this decision over the summer.

Additional requirements

USask travel-related information including inter-provincial travel.

Eating on Campus

Faculty, staff, and students are permitted to eat on campus. 

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;
  • Individually served meals are preferred. If you are having a buffet, it must be served (no self-serve);
  • Reduce/avoid common touchpoints, 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;
  • Individually served meals are preferred. If you are having a buffet, it must be served (no self-serve);
  • Reduce/avoid common touchpoints, 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.

Bake sale guidelines

Bake sales raise money for student organizations by selling home-baked food items. USask requires all home-baked foods offered for sale are low-risk, which means foods that do not support bacterial growth or require refrigeration.

What guidelines do I need to follow when planning a bake sale?
  • Sell only low-risk baking items (see list below).
  • Sell only low-risk baking items (see list below).
  • Buy baking ingredients from approved sources, like a grocery store.
  • Wrap all baked goods with new, clear plastic to protect it from contamination, dust, and pests. You should label wrapped goods with the source of the product (e.g. baker’s name, address and phone number, or an identification number that could be linked back to a baker).
  • Bring a list of ingredients in case of allergy inquiries.
  • Prepare, store, display and sell baked items in a sanitary manner.
  • Keep bake sale area clean and sanitary, including wearing masks and using hand sanitizer.
  • Do not prepare baked items at home if you or someone at home is ill.
  • Limit social gathering in the area of bake sales
  • All bake sale must be take-away style. Eating/unmasking in the area must be avoided.

Low-risk foods
allowed for sale

  • bread or buns
  • cakes, squares, muffins
  • cookies
  • fruit pies
  • jelly rolls
  • sweet dough items like doughnuts

High-risk foods
not allowed for sale

  • beef jerky, cabbage rolls, perogies
  • cakes or pies with cream, cheese, egg or pudding fillings
  • cream éclairs or cream puffs
  • dairy products such as milk, cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, or butter
  • home canned/processed food items
  • icings made with eggs or dairy products

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

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

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 4B 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).

The University of Saskatchewan is an autonomous corporation, responsible for the management and control of campus facilities pursuant to The University of Saskatchewan Act. This responsibility includes the responsibility to implement the necessary measures to protect students, staff, and visitors to campus from known dangers on campus.

The Saskatchewan Employment Act and The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations also require the university to take reasonable precautions to maintain a safe working environment. This duty includes taking reasonable and justifiable measures to protect employees from the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The university’s pandemic measures are reasonable requirements that have been developed with the benefit of public health guidance and legal experts and they are being put in place in furtherance of these statutory responsibilities.