September

President Stoicheff addresses proof of vaccination status

Thank you to the nearly 25,000 students, faculty and staff that have submitted their vaccine status which is the equivalent of 92 per cent of the total campus population for the fall term. Of those who have done so, 91 per cent are fully vaccinated and 97 per cent have received at least one vaccination dose. These numbers far exceed those of the general population in this province, and indeed across the country. We will continue to work to get these numbers higher, as full participation is vital to continue offering in-person activities.  

We acknowledge that even with these outstanding numbers, COVID-19 will continue to have a presence on our campuses and in our communities. As an additional health and safety measure, and to help everyone in our campus community be fully informed, we will begin providing additional updates on positive cases reported by our community members on and off campus, including when and where the confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported, beginning next week. Read the full statement.

Stay home if you are feeling sick 

COVID-19 including the Delta Variant continues to be present in our communities as we are experiencing an increase in positive cases within the province, specifically within the city of Saskatoon. To continue to reduce the risk of further spread, students, faculty and staff who are on campus are reminded to stay home if they are feeling ill or if someone within their household is suspected or has tested positive for COVID-19. Keep close tabs on your health to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by closely monitoring your symptoms and completing the self-monitoring checklist. COVID-19 rapid screening test appointments are available for all faculty, staff and students through the Student Wellness Centre. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Student Wellness Centre at 306-966-5768 or email student.wellness@usask.ca

  • Have been symptom-free for at least 48hrs;
  • Have not been in contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case; and
  • Have followed all Public Health directions, including completion of self-isolation as directed by Public Health (usually minimum 10-14 days).

More information is available at covid19.usask.ca/about/safety.php

At-home COVID-19 rapid testing program

USask faculty, staff and students who completed the Vaccine Status process and indicated they are not vaccinated, yet to receive your second dose, or chose not to disclose are required to participate in the rapid testing and self-monitoring program to be able to access USask campuses. Information about the locations for rapid testing kits pick-up locations in Regina and Prince Albert campuses is now available covid19.usask.ca/about/testing-tracking.php.

To be eligible to participate in the rapid testing and self-monitoring program individuals must have completed their Vaccine Status in PAWS. More information about the program including locations for picking up test kits and administering the tests is available at covid19.usask.ca/about/testing-tracking.php.

On campus mask adherence 

All faculty, staff, students, visitors and contractors will be required to wear approved masks in all indoor spaces on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. Masks are also required for outdoor gatherings of more than 20 people, including Huskie Athletics games.

Approved masks include single-use 3-ply-nonmedical-and-medical, N95, KN95s and double masking with a cloth mask over single-use 3-ply. Should you encounter individuals on campus not following mask protocols please: 

  • Remind the individual that masking is mandatory
  • Request that they don a 3-ply disposable mask
  • Remove yourself respectfully from the situation. It is not recommended that you engage in debate or conversation as this may result in lengthy engagement with an unmasked person or lead to negative interactions, or
  • Report using one of the following options:

For student issues: report any recurring scenarios or situations with the Report a Hazard tool (can be used confidentially);
For workplace issues: report the incident to the appropriate people leader or use the Report a Hazard tool as a confidential option.

New mask requirements for Huskie Athletics events

Effective immediately, anyone attending Huskie Athletics events at the University of Saskatchewan will be required to wear a mask, including those taking place outdoors at Griffiths Stadium. Due to the marked increase of cases in the province, Huskie Athletics is being diligent in mitigating the risk of transmission at our events. Fans will be required to adhere to the Usask's masking policy and recommendations and wear a mask at any Huskie Athletics events (events happening inside Griffiths Stadium, Merlis Belsher Place & the PAC). Visit huskies.usask.ca to learn more.

Vaccine status for USask contractors

Staring on September 20, USask contractors, vendors and service providers will receive a COVID-19 Contractor Declaration that will require all individuals arriving on campus to conduct work to acknowledge and comply with USask’s health and safety guidelines.

As of Sept. 24, 2021, all contractors, vendors, and service providers are required to be in compliance with the USask Mandatory Self-disclosure and Proof of Vaccination Status Protocol and Mandatory Rapid Antigen Testing and Daily Symptom Checklist expectation.

Safety Resources, the USask OHS Department, is accountable for audit and spot-check for compliance of all USask Health and Safety policies, protocols, and procedures.

If you receive questions or concerns from any of our contractors, vendors, or services providers regarding this requirement please have them contact safetyresources@usask.ca or covid19@usask.ca.

Saskatchewan research group’s COVID-19 vaccine moves to Phase 2 clinical trials

Global News Saskatoon. The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), is moving to Phase 2 of clinical testing of a COVID-19 vaccine developed at its lab in Saskatoon. Director and chief officer Dr. Volker Gerdts said interim data from a study led by the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology found that its COVAC-2 vaccine is safe and well-tolerated. Learn more.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update. 

For the seven-day period ending Thursday, September 16, the university was informed of 35 positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community on and off campus. Beginning next week, USask will be posting the locations, both on and off campus,  where the positive cases have been reported. 

Process for reporting confirmed or suspected positive case

Instructions/guidelines for students, employees, faculty/instructors and people leaders for self-reporting confirmed or suspected cases are available and must be followed. These simplified instructions allow USask to take the appropriate actions to safeguard our community as well as provide all faculty, staff and students with available resources or support.

Campus activities and services

Stay up-to-date on the status of university services at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php. Many services will continue to be delivered in both in-person and remote throughout the fall term. Events planned for groups of more than 150 people are required to submit a Request Approval for Large Events and Gatherings form

After more than 18 months and now a fourth wave, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge us all. It has disrupted our daily routines, affected our sense of familiarity and comfort, and most importantly, it has presented many health and safety challenges.

To protect the health and safety of our campuses, our USask community has met every challenge with resourcefulness and resilience. The low case and transmission rates on our campus to date confirm that the steps we have taken have truly helped ‘Protect the Pack’.

As the Delta variant rapidly spread over the summer, we knew that further measures around vaccination requirements and proof of vaccination would be necessary for a successful fall term—and once again our campus community approached this challenge with the unwavering commitment I have come to expect.

The numbers speak for themselves: nearly 25,000 students, faculty and staff have submitted their vaccine status – 92 per cent of the total campus population for the fall term. Of those who have done so, 91 per cent are fully vaccinated and 97 per cent have received at least one vaccination dose. These numbers far exceed those of the general population in this province, and indeed across the country. We will continue to work to get these numbers higher, as full participation is vital to continue offering in-person activities.

Three per cent of those who have responded are either not vaccinated or have chosen not to disclose. Those individuals are now required to submit two negative rapid test results each week and complete a daily symptom record to participate in on-campus activities.

The paramount need for safety has led us to introduce consequences of non-compliance for individuals who have yet to declare vaccination status, including loss of access to course tools, unpaid leave and no longer being permitted on campus. All information submitted through our secure system will be protected in accordance with the university’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Policies, and Saskatchewan’s The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Implementing the guidelines, systems and processes around vaccination and proof of vaccination is a complex and comprehensive undertaking. But as is always the case at USask, we have come together and worked tirelessly for the common good. I am confident in our response and our continued flexibility and strength as we work through the fall term.

We acknowledge that even with these outstanding numbers, COVID-19 will continue to have a presence on our campuses and in our communities. As an additional health and safety measure, and to help everyone in our campus community be fully informed, we will begin providing additional updates on positive cases reported by our community members on and off campus, including when and where the confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported, beginning next week.

We continue to adapt our measures in response to current realities and trends. In addition to our mask policy for all indoor spaces, we are now requiring masks be worn at any outdoor on-campus gathering of more than 20 people, including Huskies games. And please remember that given Saskatchewan is experiencing a significant rise in positive cases, please stay home if you are feeling unwell and get tested for COVID-19.

Every wave of this pandemic brings anxiety, stress and fear. Be assured that there are resources to support you. There are a broad range of services for students at theStudent Wellness Centre, while staff and faculty can access confidential counseling through the Employee and Family Assistance Program.

As fall term progresses and the number of COVID-19 cases in our province evolves, we will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 and its effects on USask, and respond accordingly by updating processes and activities. Additionally, USask will be flexible in operations to ensure we are aligned with the government safety measures recently announced. As guidelines are updated, details will be included in the weekly COVID Update e-newsletters.

For the most up-to-date information please visit covid19.usask.ca. If you have any questions, please email covid19@usask.ca.

Peter Stoicheff

President and Vice-chancellor

University of Saskatchewan

Proof of vaccination process

Thank you to all members of the USask community who completed the proof of vaccination process prior to the September 9 deadline. 

Completing the Vaccine Status is required for all students and employees, including those studying or working remotely.

Aggregate data from the proof of vaccination process will be shared with the university community prior to the end of next week. Visit our vaccine FAQ page to learn more about the vaccine eligibility criteria, as well as information about how your information and privacy will be protected. Should you have any questions not covered in the FAQ, contact covid19@usask.ca. COVID-19 vaccination bookings can be made on the Saskatoon campus at the Student Wellness Centre or throughout the province. 

Stay home if you are feeling sick 

COVID-19 including the Delta Variant continues to be present in our communities as we are experiencing an increase in positive cases within the province, specifically within the city of Saskatoon. To continue to reduce the risk of further spread, students, faculty and staff who are on campus are reminded to stay home if they are feeling ill or if someone within their household is suspected or has tested positive for COVID-19. Keep close tabs on your health to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by closely monitoring your symptoms and completing the self-monitoring checklist. COVID-19 rapid screening test appointments are available for all faculty, staff and students through the Student Wellness Centre. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Student Wellness Centre at 306-966-5768 or email student.wellness@usask.ca

  • Have been symptom-free for at least 48hrs;
  • Have not been in contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case; and
  • Have followed all Public Health directions, including completion of self-isolation as directed by Public Health (usually minimum 10-14 days).

More information is available at covid19.usask.ca/about/safety.php

COVID-19 at home rapid testing starts Sept 13

USask faculty, staff and students who completed the Vaccine Status process and indicated they are not vaccinated, yet to receive your second dose, or chose not to disclose must complete at-home COVID-19 rapid screening tests, upload the results and submit a daily pre-screening log in order to access Saskatoon campuses starting September 13. Regina and Prince Albert campus testing information will be available next week.

Detailed information and instructions about the at-home tests has been emailed directly to students and staff required to provide test results. The information is also available at the USask COVID-19 testing, reporting and tracking webpage

At-home COVID-19 rapid screening test kits are only being provided to students and employees that are required to participate in the program immediately to ensure inventory levels remain adequate.

Indoor mask requirement 

All faculty, staff, students, visitors and contractors are required to wear 3-ply single-use masks in all indoor spaces on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert - this includes in-person meetings, in shared offices, or if more than one person is in a private office. Cloth or reusable masks are not acceptable.

These guidelines will remain in place until December 31 and be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Any changes will be communicated with the campus community. Masks are not required in outdoor locations on all USask campuses, except for prescribed activities, like Kids Camps, for example. 

Printable COVID-19 health and safety poster templates and resources are available to download and place in USask spaces around campus. Single-use mask recycling stations have been set up across campus to minimize the environmental impact of using 3-ply single-use masks, keeping them out of the landfill. A complete list of mask recycling stations is available here. 

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update. 

For the seven-day period ending Thursday, September 9, the university was informed of 20 positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community on and off campus. 

Beginning next week, USask will be posting the locations, both on and off campus,  where the positive cases have been reported. 

Process for reporting confirmed or suspected positive case

Instructions/guidelines for students, employees, faculty/instructors and people leaders for self-reporting confirmed or suspected cases are available and must be followed. These simplified instructions allow USask to take the appropriate actions to safeguard our community as well as provide all faculty, staff and students with available resources or support.

Weekly updates on wastewater COVID-19 early indicators study

USask researchers are providing weekly updates on Saskatoon’s wastewater surveillance data for SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (the virus that causes COVID-19). Updates are made available Monday afternoons and include data for Prince Albert and North Battleford. View the most recent data here

Campus activities and services

Stay up-to-date on the status of university services at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php. Many services will continue to be delivered in both in-person and remote throughout the fall term. Events planned for groups of more than 150 people are required to submit a Request Approval for Large Events and Gatherings form

Back to campus: USask committed to a safe return for fall semester

A year and a half after the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of USask students, staff and faculty are finally coming back together on campus this fall. With a focus on health and safety first – including requiring proof of vaccination, indoor mask requirements, wastewater testing, enhanced cleaning, and space reconfiguration in some high-traffic areas – the university is beginning the transition back to more robust course and program delivery on its campuses. Read more.

Proof of vaccination status now available

USask faculty, staff and students now have access to complete the online process to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The Vaccine Status channel in PAWS allows members of the university community to confidentially confirm their vaccine status—either fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, not vaccinated, or choose not to disclose status. As previously announced, starting Sept. 7, 2021, every member of the USask community—all students, faculty, staff — will be required to show proof of at least one dose of a World Health Organization (WHO)-approved COVID-19 vaccine before coming onto campus. Proof of a second dose will be required by no later than Oct. 18, 2021.

USask students and employees studying or working remotely are still required to provide information about their remote status into the Vaccine Status system.

Visit our vaccine FAQ page to learn more about the vaccine eligibility criteria, as well as information about how your information and privacy will be protected. Should you have any questions not covered in the FAQ, contact covid19@usask.ca. COVID-19 vaccination bookings can be made on the Saskatoon campus at the Student Wellness Centre or throughout the province. 

Stay home if you are feeling sick 

COVID-19 including the Delta Variant continues to be present in our communities as we are experiencing an increase in positive cases within the province, specifically within the city of Saskatoon. To continue to reduce the risk of further spread, students, faculty and staff who are on campus are reminded to stay home if they are feeling ill or if someone within their household is suspected or has tested positive for COVID-19. Keep close tabs on your health to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by closely monitoring your symptoms and completing the self-monitoring checklist. COVID-19 rapid screening test appointments are available for all faculty, staff and students through the Student Wellness Centre. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Student Wellness Centre at 306-966-5768 or email student.wellness@usask.ca

  • Have been symptom-free for at least 48hrs;
  • Have not been in contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case; and
  • Have followed all Public Health directions, including completion of self-isolation as directed by Public Health (usually minimum 10-14 days).

More information is available at covid19.usask.ca/about/safety.php

COVID-19 rapid testing options 

Details for how COVID-19 rapid testing and other required protocols for individuals who are not fully vaccinated or choose not to disclose status will be provided to all members of the university before Sept 10. Testing requirements will begin Sept 13. Currently, rapid screening tests are available at the Student Wellness Centre for USask students, faculty and staff who meet the eligibility requirements. All members of the university community are encouraged to closely monitor their symptoms and use the online self-assessment tool to determine whether they should be tested.

Indoor mask requirement 

All faculty, staff, students, visitors and contractors are required to wear 3-ply single-use masks in all indoor spaces on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert - this includes in-person meetings, in shared offices, or if more than one person is in a private office. Cloth or reusable masks are not acceptable.

These guidelines will remain in place until December 31 and be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Any changes will be communicated with the campus community. Masks are not required in outdoor locations on all USask campuses, except for prescribed activities, like Kids Camps, for example. 

Printable COVID-19 health and safety poster templates and resources are available to download and place in USask spaces around campus. Single-use mask recycling stations have been set up across campus to minimize the environmental impact of using 3-ply single-use masks, keeping them out of the landfill. A complete list of mask recycling stations is available here. 

Weekly updates on wastewater COVID-19 early indicators study

USask researchers are providing weekly updates on Saskatoon’s wastewater surveillance data for SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (the virus that causes COVID-19). Updates are made available Monday afternoons and include data for Prince Albert and North Battleford. View the most recent data here

Top five ways to prepare for on-campus activities 

As USask prepares for the transition to increased on-campus activities, faculty, staff and students may be wondering what they need to do to prepare to be on campus. Here are the top five ways all members of the university can prepare for on-campus activities in the fall.

Get vaccinated. Beginning Sept. 7, every member of the USask community—all students, faculty, and staff—will be required to show proof of at least one dose of a World Health Organization (WHO)-approved COVID-19 vaccine before coming onto campus. Proof of a second dose will be required by no later than Oct. 18. Individuals who are unable or who are unwilling to get vaccinated will be required to provide regular and frequent negative COVID-19 test results and to submit a daily symptom checklist in order to access our campuses. To learn more or to schedule an appointment please visit saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine.

Wear a mask. All faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to wear a 3-ply single-use mask while in indoor spaces on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. This includes hallways, lobbies, libraries, classrooms, laboratories, meeting spaces, study spaces, elevators, recreation facilities, shared offices, washrooms, prescribed outdoor activities (ex. Kids Camps) and all other indoor USask spaces.

Monitor your health. COVID-19 virus is still active in our communities and we should continue to closely monitor our health for signs of symptoms and apply multiple preventative measures,including physical distancing when possible to protect ourselves and others against the spread of COVID-19. If you have any concerns about your health or possible exposure to COVID-19 call 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.returning to campus/work.

Know the safety guidelines. Prior to accessing USask facilities, including, indoor spaces, USask workplaces and student residences, spend the time to carefully review the safety guidelines for these areas.

Self-report confirmed cases. If you suspect you have COVID-19 or have come in close contact with a positive case, please take the appropriate actions and report this immediately.

More information about how you can help Protect the Pack is available at covid19.usask.ca

Campus activities and services

Stay up-to-date on the status of university services at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php. Many services will continue to be delivered in both in-person and remote throughout the fall term. Events planned for groups of more than 150 people are required to submit a Request Approval for Large Events and Gatherings form

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update. 

For the seven-day period ending Thursday, September 2, the university was informed of four positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community. 

August

You now have access to complete the online process to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The Vaccine Status channel in PAWS allows members of the university community to confidentially confirm their vaccine status—either fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, not vaccinated, or choose not to disclose status. As previously announced, starting Sept. 7, 2021, every member of the USask community—all students, faculty, staff — will be required to show proof of at least one dose of a World Health Organization (WHO)-approved COVID-19 vaccine before coming onto campus. Proof of a second dose will be required by no later than Oct. 18, 2021.

Getting started: To complete your vaccine status you will be asked if you will be accessing any of the USask campuses (Saskatoon, Regina, or PA) for any purpose prior to Dec. 31, 2021. All faculty, staff and students who provide a Yes response to this question must then confirm as fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, not vaccinated, or choose not to disclose status. If you provide a No response and will not be accessing any of our campuses between now and Dec. 31, 2021 for any reason, no further action is required. However, if your access-to-campus status changes between now and Dec. 31, you are required to update this information.

Fully vaccinated individuals can simply upload a copy of the required documentation and press submit. Once the vaccination documentation is uploaded, no additional information is needed, and you can access campus without further restrictions beyond following all health and safety guidelines currently in place. This includes masking in all indoor spaces for everyone on USask campuses.

Partially vaccinated individuals can upload documentation of their first dose and are then required to provide proof of second dose no later than Oct. 18. Partially vaccinated individuals will be required to provide regular negative COVID-19 test results and submit a Daily Screening Symptom Check in order to access our campuses until two weeks after proof of a second dose are provided. The testing requirement for partially vaccinated individuals is in place for protection due to the virulence and prevalence of the Delta variant. Once fully vaccinated and two weeks have transpired, no additional information or testing will be needed, and you can access campus without further restrictions beyond following all health and safety guidelines currently in place.

Individuals indicating they are not vaccinated or prefer not to disclose will be required to provide mandatory regular negative COVID-19 test results and submit a Daily Screening Symptom Check in order to access our campuses for the fall term.

More information about the process for testing and daily screening will be provided to our campus communities on Sept. 10. The testing requirement takes effect Sept. 13.

All information collected will be protected in accordance with the university’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Saskatchewan’s The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Please visit our vaccine FAQ page to learn more about the vaccine eligibility criteria, as well as information about how your information and privacy will be protected. Should you have any questions not covered in the FAQ, please contact covid19@usask.ca.

Thank you for your doing your part to help Protect the Pack and help ensure our safety for the fall term.

USask to launch proof of vaccination status and testing process

Starting next week, USask faculty, staff and students will receive an email notification to their USask email address to inform them of when they are eligible to complete the proof of vaccination process—a process that is simple, secure and will help protect the health and safety of our campus community. Emails will be sent to groups of students, faculty, and staff over a number of days to manage the traffic on the system. Please watch for the email before attempting to complete your proof of vaccination.

Fully and partially vaccinated individuals can upload the required documentation in order to access campus without further restrictions beyond following the health and safety guidelines currently in place. Once the vaccination documentation is uploaded, no additional information is needed.

Those who are unable or unwilling to be vaccinated, or prefer not to disclose their vaccination status, will be required to provide two negative COVID-19 rapid tests on a weekly basis beginning September 13, 2021. Like vaccination status, these test results will be submitted through a dedicated and secure PAWS channel. More details about the testing process will be provided in the coming days.

Visit our vaccine FAQ page to learn more about the vaccine eligibility criteria, as well as information about how your information and privacy will be protected. Should you have any questions not covered in the FAQ, contact covid19@usask.ca.

On campus pop up COVID-19 vaccination clinic

The Student Wellness Centre will be hosting a pop up COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Bowl between 10am and 4pm on August 31, September 2 and 3. Students can make appointments in advance by calling 306-966-5768 and walk-up appointments are welcome. In the event of poor weather conditions, the clinic will be moved inside Convocation Hall. Vaccines are also available through most pharmacies and pop-up clinics across the province

COVID-19 rapid screening test appointments are also offered at the Student Wellness Centre. To find out available times, call the Student Wellness Centre at 306-966-5768 or email student.wellness@usask.ca.

Process for reporting confirmed or suspected positive case

USask has updated the instructions/guidelines around self-reporting confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 for students, employees, faculty/instructors and people leaders. These simplified instructions will allow USask to take the appropriate actions to safeguard our community as well as provide all faculty, staff and students with available resources or support.

USask travel approvals

USask faculty and staff are reminded that travel reservations that do not meet the applicable public health orders must be approved by the traveler’s Dean/AVP/VP prior to completing the booking. Please carefully review the current provincial and federal travel advisories prior to making travel arrangements. If your travel destination has a listed travel restriction or advisory, you must route your travel request in Concur to your Dean/AVP/VP in addition to your supervisor.

All airfare must be booked through one of the approved USask travel booking processes, either Concur or Direct Travel. Airfare booked outside of these two options will not be reimbursed.  If you require assistance completing your travel request or booking travel, please contact ConnectionPoint.  More information about USask’s travel policy and steps for completing a travel request is available at covid19.usask.ca/info/travellers.php.

Campus activities and services

Exterior doors to the main USask buildings on the Saskatoon campus are open with additional access to USask facilities increasing during the month of August. The status of in-person and remote university services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

While you are no longer required to complete a request access to campus form, you are still encouraged to speak with your direct supervisor prior to accessing campus. The Request Approval for Large Events and Gatherings form is required for university events that include more than 150 people. 

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update. 

For the seven-day period ending Thursday, August 26, the university was informed of one positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community. 

Stay home if you are feeling sick 

COVID-19 continues to be present in our communities and the number of positive cases reported has continued to increase over the past few weeks. To continue to reduce the risk of further spread, students, faculty and staff who are on campus are reminded to stay home if they are feeling ill or if someone within their household is suspected or has tested positive for COVID-19. Keep close tabs on your health to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by closely monitoring your symptoms and completing the self-monitoring checklist. COVID-19 rapid screening test appointments are available for all faculty, staff and students through the Student Wellness Centre. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Student Wellness Centre at 306-966-5768 or email student.wellness@usask.ca

  • Have been symptom-free for at least 48hrs;
  • Have not been in contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case; and
  • Have followed all Public Health directions, including completion of self-isolation as directed by Public Health (usually minimum 10-14 days).

More information is available at covid19.usask.ca/about/safety.php

As previously announced, starting Sept. 7, 2021, every member of the USask community—all students, faculty, and staff—will be required to show proof of at least one dose of a World Health Organization (WHO)-approved COVID-19 vaccine before coming onto campus. Proof of a second dose will be required by no later than Oct. 18, 2021.

To safely and securely collect the vaccine information, USask is introducing a dedicated Vaccine Status channel in PAWS that will allow all members of the university community to confidentially provide proof of vaccine status—either fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, not vaccinated, or choose not to disclose status.

IMAGE OF PAWS VACCINE STATUS PAGE


How it will work

Starting next week, USask faculty, staff and students will receive an email notification to their USask email address to inform them of when they are eligible to complete the proof of vaccination process—a process that is simple, secure and will help protect the health and safety of our campus community. Emails will be sent to groups of students, faculty, and staff over a number of days to manage the traffic on the system. Please watch for the email before attempting to complete your proof of vaccination.

Individuals will have the opportunity to indicate if they are fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, not vaccinated, or choose not to disclose.

Fully and partially vaccinated individuals can upload the required documentation in order to access campus without further restrictions beyond following the health and safety guidelines currently in place. Once the vaccination documentation is uploaded, no additional information is needed.

Those who are unable or unwilling to be vaccinated, or prefer not to disclose their vaccination status, will be required to provide two negative COVID-19 rapid tests on a weekly basis beginning September 13, 2021. Like vaccination status, these test results will be submitted through a dedicated and secure PAWS channel. More details about the testing process will be provided in the coming days.

All information collected will be protected in accordance with the university’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Saskatchewan’s The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Visit our vaccine FAQ page to learn more about the vaccine eligibility criteria, as well as information about how your information and privacy will be protected. Should you have any questions not covered in the FAQ, contact covid19@usask.ca.

The university has identified activities in which the risk of contracting COVID-19 is elevated and as such full vaccination is required. The two activities initially announced include participation in Huskie Athletics and living in Residence—as additional groups are identified they will be notified directly. If you are part of an elevated risk activity and require information regarding vaccine accommodation based on Human Rights grounds, you can find information here for students and here for faculty and staff.

Thank you for doing your part to help Protect the Pack and ensure our safety for the fall term. 


Regards, 

The University of Saskatchewan Pandemic Response and Recovery Team (PRT)

Message from President Stoicheff regarding vaccination measures for fall term

President Stoicheff addresses USask's recently announced vaccination measures for fall term. Watch the full video here. If you have any questions on these new measures, please visit our FAQs or email covid19@usask.ca.

COVID-19 vaccinations and rapid screening tests available at USask

USask students, faculty and staff can book COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 rapid screening test appointments at the Student Wellness Centre. To find out available times, call the Student Wellness Centre at 306-966-5768 or email student.wellness@usask.ca.

Vaccines are also available through most pharmacies and pop-up clinics across the province

Indoor mask requirement extended to December 31

All faculty, staff, students, visitors and contractors are required to wear 3-ply single-use masks in all indoor spaces on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert - this includes in-person meetings, in shared offices, or if more than one person is in a private office. These guidelines will remain in place until December 31 and be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Any changes will be communicated with the campus community.

Masks are not required in outdoor locations on all USask campuses, except for prescribed activities, like Kids Camps, for example. 

Printable COVID-19 health and safety poster templates and resources are available to download and place in USask spaces around campus. Single-use mask recycling stations have been set up across campus to minimize the environmental impact of using 3-ply single-use masks, keeping them out of the landfill. A complete list of mask recycling stations is available here. 

The quest for a solution: USask's VIDO emerges as Canada's leader in vaccine development

Dr. Volker Gerdts, director and CEO of USask’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), had been in his role for just under a year when the news broke. As a scientist with a veterinary degree and doctorate in virology and immunology from his home country of Germany, he was not surprised. Read more.

Updated process for reporting confirmed or suspected positive case

USask has updated the instructions/guidelines around self-reporting confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 for students, employees, faculty/instructors and people leaders. These simplified instructions will allow USask to take the appropriate actions to safeguard our community as well as provide all faculty, staff and students with available resources or support.

Campus activities and services

Exterior doors to the main USask buildings on the Saskatoon campus are open with additional access to USask facilities increasing during the month of August. The status of in-person and remote university services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

While you are no longer required to complete a request access to campus form, you are still encouraged to speak with your direct supervisor prior to accessing campus. The Request Approval for Large Events and Gatherings form is required for university events that include more than 150 people. 

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update. 

For the seven-day period ending Friday, August 20, the university was informed of two positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community. 

Stay home if you are feeling sick 

COVID-19 continues to be present in our communities and the number of positive cases reported has continued to increase over the past few weeks. To continue to reduce the risk of further spread, students, faculty and staff who are on campus are reminded to stay home if they are feeling ill or if someone within their household is suspected or has tested positive for COVID-19. Keep close tabs on your health to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by closely monitoring your symptoms and completing the self-monitoring checklist. COVID-19 rapid screening test appointments are available for all faculty, staff and students through the Student Wellness Centre. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Student Wellness Centre at 306-966-5768 or email student.wellness@usask.ca

  • Have been symptom-free for at least 48hrs;
  • Have not been in contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case; and
  • Have followed all Public Health directions, including completion of self-isolation as directed by Public Health (usually minimum 10-14 days).

More information is available at covid19.usask.ca/about/safety.php

Our university has made many difficult choices throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to help protect the health of our campus community. As our plans for the fall term have unfolded, new variants have again shifted the landscape, with the Delta and other variants now driving a fourth COVID-19 wave.  

Over the past several weeks, our Pandemic Response and Recovery Team (PRT) has been closely monitoring the emerging risk of the Delta and other variants and the stalled and relatively low vaccination rates of those under 30 in Saskatchewan. We have also consulted with other institutions in Canada, with our faculty and students, and with legal and public health experts. Considering that USask welcomes upwards of 30,000 people daily onto our high-density campuses, we must once again be flexible to help protect all members of our USask and broader communities. 

Today I am therefore announcing stronger vaccination and health safety measures for the fall term. 

Beginning Sept. 7,  every member of the USask community—all students, faculty, and staff—will be required to show proof of at least one dose of a World Health Organization (WHO)-approved COVID-19 vaccine before coming onto campus. Proof of a second dose will be required by no later than Oct. 18. Full details on how to provide proof of vaccination status will be announced soon. For those not yet vaccinated, COVID-19 vaccination bookings can be made on the Saskatoon campus at the Student Wellness Centre or throughout the province

Individuals who are unable or who are unwilling to get vaccinated will be required to provide regular and frequent negative COVID-19 test results and to submit a daily symptom checklist in order to access our campuses. Details on testing and other required protocols will be provided soon. These measures aim to minimize the health risks to all when on USask campuses.

Additionally, for those involved in higher-risk activities—including those living in residence and those involved in Huskie Athletics—vaccinations will be required for participation. Requests for exemption from this vaccination requirement will be considered in alignment with The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code.  We are currently reviewing other areas of programming that carry elevated COVID-19 transmission risks, and will update the campus community as those additional activities are identified. 

These new measures are endorsed by the university’s senior leadership and our Board of Governors. 

All current COVID-19 health and safety measures remain in place including indoor mask requirements, wastewater testing, some continued on-line programming, space reconfigurations in high-traffic areas, and enhanced cleaning.

The science is clear and overwhelming: vaccinations are the clearest path towards beating COVID-19 and its dangerous variants. Without these measures unvaccinated individuals on campus jeopardize their own health and the health of others, and will disrupt in-person classes and campus activities for everyone. Only widespread vaccination and testing throughout our campuses can help ensure our safety for the fall term and our goal of offering as full an in-person student experience as possible by January. 

COVID-19 has required our university to respond in ways we previously could not have imagined. Every response has been carefully considered to ensure the health and safety of our campus community and beyond. The pandemic has required us to be exceptionally flexible and responsive. I remain deeply appreciative of all that everyone at USask has done to help in those efforts. 

"Protecting the pack" is a shared responsibility that requires all of us to do our part. I am confident that with your support, these new measures will further protect the health and safety of us all.

If you have any questions, please email covid19@usask.ca.

Peter Stoicheff
President and Vice-chancellor
University of Saskatchewan

Campus Activities and Services

Exterior doors to the main USask buildings on the Saskatoon campus are open with additional access to USask facilities increasing during the month of August. The status of in-person and remote university services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

While you are no longer required to complete a request access to campus form, you are still encouraged to speak with your direct supervisor prior to accessing campus. The Request Approval for Large Events and Gatherings form is required for university events that include more than 150 people. 

Final Week for Drive-Thru and Mass Immunization Clinics

As of August 8, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is shifting its vaccination focus from mass vaccination to focused outreach, targeting those in the province who are under- and unvaccinated.  While the provincial vaccination program will continue through targeted walk-in and pop-up clinics as well as through participating pharmacies, please take advantage of all the options currently available to receive your first or second dose prior to the start of the fall term.

Details on clinic locations and times are listed on the SHA website. Please note, these vaccine clinics are subject to change based on demand.  Any changes to clinic hours and location will be updated online. 

COVID-19 vaccinations and rapid screening tests available at USask

USask students, faculty and staff can also book COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 rapid screening test appointments at the Student Wellness Centre. To find out available times, visit the Student Wellness Centre webpage.

Top five ways to prepare for on-campus activities 

As USask prepares for the transition to increased on-campus activities, faculty, staff and students may be wondering what they need to do to prepare to be on campus. Here are the top five ways all members of the university can prepare for on-campus activities in the fall.

Get vaccinated. Being fully vaccinated is the number one way that you can protect yourself and limit the spread of COVID-19. With vaccines taking two weeks to be fully effective, receiving your second shot by mid-August will ensure you have maximum vaccine protection for the start of the fall term in September. To learn more or to schedule an appointment please visit saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine.

Wear a mask. All faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to wear a 3-ply single-use mask while in indoor spaces on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. This includes hallways, lobbies, libraries, classrooms, laboratories, meeting spaces, study spaces, elevators, recreation facilities, shared offices, washrooms, prescribed outdoor activities (ex. Kids Camps) and all other indoor USask spaces.

Monitor your health. COVID-19 virus is still active in our communities and we should continue to closely monitor our health for signs of symptoms and apply multiple preventative measures,including physical distancing when possible to protect ourselves and others against the spread of COVID-19. If you have any concerns about your health or possible exposure to COVID-19 call 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.returning to campus/work.

Know the safety guidelines. Prior to accessing USask facilities, including, indoor spaces, USask workplaces and student residences, spend the time to carefully review the safety guidelines for these areas.

Self-report confirmed cases. If you suspect you have COVID-19 or have come in close contact with a positive case, please take the appropriate actions and report this immediately.

More information about how you can help Protect the Pack is available at covid19.usask.ca

Reminder: mandatory indoor mask use

All faculty, staff, students and visitors will be required to wear 3-ply single-use masks in all indoor spaces on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. Masks are no longer required in outdoor locations on all USask campuses, except for prescribed activities, like Kids Camps, for example. 

While the Government of Saskatchewan is easing its mandatory mask mandate, USask's masking guidelines will remain in place until August 31. These guidelines will be reviewed prior to the end of August and any changes will be communicated with the campus community.

Printable COVID-19 health and safety poster templates and resources are available to download and place in USask spaces around campus.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update. 

For the seven-day period ending Thursday, August 5, the university was informed of zero positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community. 
 

July

Limited access to campus buildings starting on August 3

Starting on Tuesday, August 3, exterior doors to the main USask buildings on the Saskatoon campus will be open with additional access to USask facilities increasing over the coming weeks. While you are no longer required to complete a request access to campus form, you are still encouraged to speak with your direct supervisor prior to accessing campus.

The Request Approval for Large Events and Gatherings form is required for university events that include more than 150 people. 

Stay up-to-date on the status of university services by visiting the campus activities and services page at covid19.usask.ca.

Upcoming changes to provincial vaccine administration

As of August 8, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is shifting its vaccination focus from mass vaccination to focused outreach, targeting those in the province who are under- and unvaccinated.  While the provincial vaccination program will continue through targeted walk-in and pop-up clinics as well as through participating pharmacies, take advantage of all the options currently available to receive your first or second dose.

Details on clinic locations and times is listed on the SHA website. Please note, these vaccine clinics are subject to change based on demand.  Any changes to clinic hours and location will be updated online. 

COVID-19 vaccinations and rapid screening tests available at USask

USask students, faculty and staff can book COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 rapid screening test appointments at the Student Wellness Centre. To find out available times, visit the Student Wellness Centre webpage.

Top five ways to prepare for on-campus activities 

As USask prepares for the transition to increased on campus activities, faculty, staff and students may be wondering what they need to do to prepare to be on campus. Here are the top five ways all members of the university can prepare for on-campus activities in the fall.

Get vaccinated. Being fully vaccinated is the number one way that you can protect yourself and limit the spread of COVID-19. With vaccines taking two weeks to be fully effective, receiving your second shot by mid-August will ensure you have maximum vaccine protection for the start of the fall term in September. To learn more or to schedule an appointment please visit saskatchewan.ca/covid19-vaccine.

Wear a mask. All faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to wear a 3-ply single-use mask while in indoor spaces on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. This includes hallways, lobbies, libraries, classrooms, laboratories, meeting spaces, study spaces, elevators, recreation facilities, shared offices, washrooms, prescribed outdoor activities (ex. Kids Camps) and all other indoor USask spaces.

Monitor your health. Despite declining positive cases in the province, the COVID-19 virus is still active in our communities and we should continue to closely monitor our health for signs of symptoms and apply multiple preventative measures, including physical distancing when possible to protect ourselves and others against the spread of COVID-19. If you have any concerns about your health or possible exposure to COVID-19 call 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.

Know the safety guidelines. Prior to accessing USask facilities, including, indoor spaces, USask workplaces and student residences, spend the time to carefully review the safety guidelines for these areas.

Self-report confirmed cases. If you suspect you have COVID-19 or have come in close contact with a positive case, please take the appropriate actions and report this immediately.

More information about how you can help Protect the Pack is available at covid19.usask.ca

VIDO research provides insight into the immune response and possible long-term health impacts associated with COVID-19

One of the newest scientists at USask's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) has published new research on the potentially lasting effects of COVID-19. Read more.

Share your Vax pics, posts and stories!

As we continue to plan for the fall term, we need your help in encouraging and supporting fellow members of our USask community to “Protect the Pack” and get vaccinated. What does getting a vaccine mean to you? Why is it important to you and USask? Whether you’ve just received your first shot, or are waiting for your second shot, we want to hear from you. Tag your vaccination posts with #protectthepack or #usaskvax, or send us your comments, pics, and videos to covid19@usask.ca 

Updated USask COVID-19 online resources

As USask begins the transition to increased on campus activities in the fall, the content on covid19.usask.ca has been evolving to include status updates on the availability of university services, revised health and safety protocols along with resources to assist faculty, staff and students to plan a safe return to campus, joining those who have remained on campus over the past several months.

Reminder: mandatory indoor mask use

All faculty, staff, students and visitors will be required to wear 3-ply single-use masks in all indoor spaces on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. Masks are no longer required in outdoor locations on all USask campuses, except for prescribed activities, like Kids Camps, for example. 

While the Government of Saskatchewan is easing its mandatory mask mandate, USask's masking guidelines will remain in place until August 31. These guidelines will be reviewed prior to the end of August and any changes will be communicated with the campus community.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update. 

For the seven-day period ending Thursday, July 29, the university was informed of zero positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community. 

Updated USask COVID-19 online resources

As USask begins the transition to increased on campus activities in the fall, the content on covid19.usask.ca has been evolving to include status updates on the availability of university services, revised health and safety protocols along with resources to assist faculty, staff and students to plan a safe return to campus, joining those who have remained on campus over the past several months.

USask COVID-19 protocols and processes that changed this week

As the university continues to gradually reopen a number of the processes and procedures that were put in place during the pandemic were changed or removed this week. Below is the list of changes that occurred, effective July 19.

Research lab protocols and procedures have been removed:

  • Laboratory Safety Manual – COVID-19 Pandemic Supplement
  • Lab Cleaning and Disinfection COVID-19 Guidance
  • Lab Notice Signage

Academic protocols and procedures have been changed:

  • Classroom Disinfection – COVID-19 Guidance
  • Classroom and Academic Lab Operation Manual 

Campus Access Request form has been decommissioned and is no longer required for the following activities:

  • Operations, including contractors and projects hiring contractors
  • In-person meetings
  • Research activity, including service technician/equipment maintenance visits
  • Office access
  • Video recording
  • Retrieval of items
  • Teaching and learning 

The Request Approval for Large Events and Gatherings form is required for on campus events that include more than 150 people.

Additionally, the following general campus community protocols and procedures have been removed:

  • Self-Monitoring Checklist/PAWS Pre-screening Log: however, this is a good practice and the continued use of the Daily Health Screening is encouraged although the tool for documentation of the screening will no longer be required
  • Work Location Journal
  • USask Cleaning Log/Cleaning and Disinfectant Log
  • Health Declaration for COVID-19 – For Contractors and Externals
  • COVID-19 Guidelines: Lunchroom and Break Room Use
  • COVID-19 Guidelines: Vehicle Use and Vehicle Shared Use

Share your Vax pics, posts and stories!

As we continue to plan for the fall term, we need your help in encouraging and supporting fellow members of our USask community to “Protect the Pack” and get vaccinated. What does getting a vaccine mean to you? Why is it important to you and USask? Whether you’ve just received your first shot, or are waiting for your second shot, we want to hear from you. Tag your vaccination posts with #protectthepack or #usaskvax, or send us your comments, pics, and videos to covid19@usask.ca 

COVID-19 vaccinations and rapid screening tests available at USask

USask students, faculty and staff can book COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 rapid screening test appointments at the Student Wellness Centre. To find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for the vaccine and the screening test, visit the Student Wellness Centre webpage.

Upcoming changes to Health Sciences Building access

Access to the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Health Sciences Building will gradually increase in the weeks ahead. Learn more about how operations within the Health Sciences Building have changed since the removal of selected COVID-19 protocols and processes on campus.

Reopening of University Library locations

Beginning August 3, the Murray Library and the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library will open for in-person library services, access to library stacks, and study space. The hours for both locations during the month of August, up to and including September 2, are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Beginning September 7, the hours at both locations will expand to Monday to Friday, 9 am to 9 pm; and Saturday and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm. Learn more. 

Reminder: on-campus mask use

All faculty, staff, students and visitors will be required to wear 3-ply single-use masks in all indoor spaces on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. Masks are no longer required in outdoor locations on all USask campuses, except for prescribed activities, like Kids Camps, for example. 

While the Government of Saskatchewan is easing its mandatory mask mandate, USask's masking guidelines will remain in place until August 31. These guidelines will be reviewed prior to the end of August and any changes will be communicated with the campus community.

Campus beginning to open, with increased in-person services available

While many university buildings remain closed with access only provided to approved staff, faculty, and grad students, campus access requirements will be eased beginning July 19. While you no longer have to request access to campus through the PRT, you are still encouraged to speak with your direct supervisor prior to accessing campus. In the coming weeks, colleges and units are submitting return to campus plans and more details will be available then.

The current status of many university services including those offering virtual or in-person services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Reopening of University Library locations

Beginning August 3, the Murray Library and the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library will open for in-person library services, access to library stacks, and study space. The hours for both locations during the month of August, up to and including September 2, are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Beginning September 7, the hours at both locations will expand to Monday to Friday, 9 am to 9 pm; and Saturday and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm. Learn more. 

Reminder: on-campus mask use

All faculty, staff, students and visitors will be required to wear 3-ply single-use masks in all indoor spaces on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. Masks are no longer required in outdoor locations on all USask campuses, except for prescribed activities, like Kids Camps, for example. 

While the Government of Saskatchewan is easing its mandatory mask mandate, USask's masking guidelines will remain in place until August 31. These guidelines will be reviewed prior to the end of August and any changes will be communicated with the campus community.

COVID-19 vaccinations and rapid screening tests available at USask

USask students, faculty and staff can book COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 rapid screening test appointments at the Student Wellness Centre. To find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for the vaccine and the screening test, visit the Student Wellness Centre webpage.

Changed and removed COVID-19 protocols and processes

As of July 19, the PRT has made the decision to change or remove a number of processes and procedures put in place during the pandemic. As the university continues to gradually reopen, below are upcoming changes. All changes below are in effect on July 19.

Research lab protocols and procedures have been removed:

  • Laboratory Safety Manual – COVID-19 Pandemic Supplement
  • Lab Cleaning and Disinfection COVID-19 Guidance
  • Lab Notice Signage

Academic protocols and procedures have been changed:

  • Classroom Disinfection – COVID-19 Guidance
  • Classroom and Academic Lab Operation Manual 

Campus Access Request form will no longer be required for the following activities:

  • Operations, including contractors and projects hiring contractors
  • In-person meetings
  • Research activity, including service technician/equipment maintenance visits
  • Office access
  • Video recording
  • Retrieval of items
  • Teaching and learning 

The Campus Access Request application form will still be required for large events (more than 150 people) and activities involving non-USask personnel working, visiting, or attending campus.

Additionally, the following general campus community protocols and procedures have been removed:

  • Self-Monitoring Checklist/PAWS Pre-screening Log: however, this is a good practice and the continued use of the Daily Health Screening is encouraged although the tool for documentation of the screening will no longer be required
  • Work Location Journal
  • USask Cleaning Log/Cleaning and Disinfectant Log
  • Health Declaration for COVID-19 – For Contractors and Externals
  • COVID-19 Guidelines: Lunchroom and Break Room Use
  • COVID-19 Guidelines: Vehicle Use and Vehicle Shared Use
  • Health Declaration for COVID-19 – For Contractors and Externals

Share your Vax pics, posts and stories!

As we continue to plan for the fall term, we need your help in encouraging and supporting fellow members of our USask community to “Protect the Pack” and get vaccinated. What does getting a vaccine mean to you? Why is it important to you and USask? Whether you’ve just received your first shot, or are waiting for your second shot, we want to hear from you. Tag your vaccination posts with #protectthepack or #usaskvax, or send us your comments, pics, and videos to covid19@usask.ca 

Safely moving work items back to campus

For people returning to campus, please plan for the safe move of office items and equipment with the following tips:

  • Always use safe lifting techniques – know the load characteristics and path, when lifting use your legs, engage your core, and keep the load close to your body.
  • Get help from co-workers if necessary to safely move heavy or awkward items.
  • Always utilize lifting aids available in your building to move items, such as dollies and rolling carts. 
  • Always know your path when transporting items, to safely navigate locked doors, slopes or grade separation.
  • Whenever possible use elevators and not the stairs when transporting items up to labs or offices. 

Following these best practice tips will help reduce injury and ensure a successful move back to campus.

All Saskatchewan residents 12+ are eligible for their second dose

All Saskatchewan residents 12 years of age and older are eligible to book their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine 28 days after receiving their first dose. Online appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations can be made at StickItToCOVID.ca.

Campus beginning to open, with increased in-person services available

While many university buildings remain closed with access only provided to approved staff, faculty, and grad students, campus access requirements will be eased beginning July 19. While you no longer have to request access to campus through the PRT, you are still encouraged to speak with your direct supervisor prior to accessing campus. In the coming weeks, colleges and units are submitting return to campus plans and more details will be available then.

The current status of many university services including those offering virtual or in-person services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Updated on-campus mask use mandate

All faculty, staff, students and visitors will be required to wear 3-ply single-use masks in all indoor spaces on USask campuses in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. Beginning July 11, masks will no longer be required in outdoor locations on all USask campuses, except for prescribed activities, like Kids Camps, for example. 

While the Government of Saskatchewan is easing its mandatory mask mandate, USask's masking guidelines will remain in place until August 31. These guidelines will be reviewed prior to the end of August and any changes will be communicated with the campus community.

COVID-19 vaccinations and rapid screening tests available at USask

USask students, faculty and staff can book COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 rapid screening test appointments at the Student Wellness Centre. To find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for the vaccine and the screening test, visit the Student Wellness Centre webpage.

Campus/Field Activity or Campus Access Requests 

As of July 19, the Campus Access Request form will no longer be required for the following activities:

  • Operations, including contractors and projects hiring contractors
  • In-person meetings
  • Research activity, including service technician/equipment maintenance visits
  • Office access
  • Video recording
  • Retrieval of items
  • Teaching and learning 

The Campus Access Request application forms will still be required for:

  • Large events (more than 150 people) 
  • Activities involving non-USask personnel working, visiting, or attending campus

Fit Centre reopening July 15 to USask employees

USask Rec is excited to welcome back USask employees on July 15, 2021.

This includes weight room access and fitness classes at the Physical Activity Complex. 

At this time, we continue to allow students to secure one-hour time slots, up to three days in advance, to ensure we are able to offer a safe and hygienic space to exercise within the limited capacity. As employees begin using USask Rec along with students, and will continue to re-evaluate our capacity numbers weekly with the potential to open more exercise opportunities.

Membership fees will be assessed accordingly. USask Rec staff will work to ensure that memberships held prior to March 16, 2020 will be adjusted in an appropriate manner. If you have questions about your membership, please contact usaskrec@usask.ca.

Enter to win a full-year USask Rec membership! All USask employees who purchase a membership before September 1, 2021, are automatically entered to win a full-year USask Rec membership.

For more information and to review the new protocols for the Fit Centre, please click here.

Changed and removed COVID-19 protocols and processes

As of July 19, the PRT has made the decision to change or remove a number of processes and procedures put in place during the pandemic. As the university continues to gradually reopen, below are upcoming changes. All changes below are in effect on July 19.

The following research labs protocols and procedures have been removed:

  • Laboratory Safety Manual – COVID-19 Pandemic Supplement
  • Lab Cleaning and Disinfection COVID-19 Guidance
  • Lab Notice Signage

 Requirements for the following academic protocols and procedures have been changed:

  • Classroom Disinfection – COVID-19 Guidance
  • Classroom and Academic Lab Operation Manual 

Additionally, the following general campus community protocols and procedures have been removed:

  • Self-Monitoring Checklist/PAWS Pre-screening Log: however, this is a good practice and the continued use of the Daily Health Screening is encouraged although the tool for documentation of the screening will no longer be required
  • Work Location Journal
  • USask Cleaning Log/Cleaning and Disinfectant Log
  • Health Declaration for COVID-19 – For Contractors and Externals
  • COVID-19 Guidelines: Lunchroom and Break Room Use
  • COVID-19 Guidelines: Vehicle Use and Vehicle Shared Use
  • Health Declaration for COVID-19 – For Contractors and Externals

Student #USaskVax week four winners!

The week four winners of the student #USaskvax campaign were selected! Check out the winning submissions and learn how you can participate to win great prizes each week by sharing your vax story!

Share your Vax pics, posts and stories!

As we continue to plan for the fall term, we need your help in encouraging and supporting fellow members of our USask community to “Protect the Pack” and get vaccinated. What does getting a vaccine mean to you? Why is it important to you and USask? Whether you’ve just received your first shot, or are waiting for your second shot, we want to hear from you. Tag your vaccination posts with #protectthepack or #usaskvax, or send us your comments, pics, and videos to covid19@usask.ca 

Stay home if you are feeling sick 

COVID-19 continues to be present in our communities and has likely impacted many of us, our friends, and our families. To continue to reduce the risk of further spread, students, faculty and staff who are on campus are reminded to stay home if they are feeling ill or if someone within their household is suspected or has tested positive for COVID-19. Keep close tabs on your health to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by closely monitoring your symptoms and completing the self-monitoring checklist.

  • Have been symptom-free for at least 48hrs;
  • Have not been in contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case; and
  • Have followed all Public Health directions, including completion of self-isolation as directed by Public Health (usually minimum 10-14 days).

More information including an online self-assessment tool is available at covid19.usask.ca/about/safety.php

All Saskatchewan residents 12+ are eligible for their second dose

All Saskatchewan residents 12 years of age and older are eligible to book their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine 28 days after receiving their first dose. Online appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations can be made at StickItToCOVID.ca.

Campus beginning to open, with increased in-person services available

While many university buildings remain closed with access only provided to approved staff, faculty, and grad students, campus access requirements will be eased beginning July 19. While you no longer have to request access to campus through the PRT, you are still encouraged to speak with your direct supervisor prior to accessing campus. In the coming weeks, colleges and units are submitting return to campus plans and more details will be available then.

The current status of many university services including those offering virtual or in-person services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

June

All Saskatchewan residents 12+ are eligible for their second dose

All Saskatchewan residents 12 years of age and older are eligible to book their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine 28 days after receiving their first dose. Online appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations can be made at StickItToCOVID.ca.

USask sticks it to COVID!

Mirela Violeta David
Assistant Professor
Modern Chinese History | Women and Gender Studies 
Keith A. Willoughby
Dean & Professor of Management Science Edwards School of Business
Anna Thompson
University Library

"I was fortunate to be able to get the second shot of the Pfizer vaccine at the University of Saskatchewan clinic for students, staff and faculty. I wanted to get fully vaccinated to protect my family, myself as well as students. I hope students and members of the community will also get fully vaccinated so we can beat covid and get back to a normal life. Thanks to the University of Saskatchewan for organizing this clinic, and to the staff for efficiently running it and for  giving us a chance to make an appointment on campus."

"Received my 2nd vaccine dose on Monday evening at Prairieland Park!

As one who has enjoyed a career teaching about the elegance of serpentine waiting lines, I was delighted with the efficiency of the Prairieland process."

"Even when you are working from home, it is a great feeling when you are fully vaccinated. Getting the vaccine means I will soon get to hug family members and one step closer to returning to campus.

It is important because leading by example builds trust and helps support those that are vulnerable stay safe until they can be vaccinated – Protect the Pack."

Share your Vax pics, posts and stories!

As we continue to plan for the fall term, we need your help in encouraging and supporting fellow members of our USask community to “Protect the Pack” and get vaccinated. What does getting a vaccine mean to you? Why is it important to you and USask? Whether you’ve just received your first shot, or are waiting for your second shot, we want to hear from you. Tag your vaccination posts with #protectthepack or #usaskvax, or send us your comments, pics, and videos to covid19@usask.ca 

USask’s VIDO announces positive Phase 1 results for COVAC-2

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) announced positive interim results from their Phase 1 clinical trial for COVAC-2, VIDO’s COVID-19 subunit vaccine candidate. The interim data from the study led by the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology (CCfV) demonstrates COVAC-2 is safe and well tolerated. Read more. 

Reminder: Extended July 1 long weekend

To show appreciation to faculty and staff for your commitment and dedication throughout the pandemic, the university is providing an extended July 1 long weekend and will be closed on Friday, July 2. This additional day off is also in lieu of our annual employee appreciation picnic, which we are unable to gather for in-person due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

University buildings remain closed, with some in-person services available

Most university buildings remain closed with access only provided to approved staff, faculty, and grad students, and to students taking an in-person class. The current status of many university services including those offering virtual or in-person services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Requests to gain access to university buildings must be submitted through the online Campus Access Request Form.

On campus vaccination clinic

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be set up on campus on Wednesday, June 23 and Thursday, 24. Located on the main floor of Place Riel on the USask Saskatoon campus the clinic is offering the Pfizer vaccine with the priority to immunize USask students and USask employees. The first dose of the vaccine is available to all students, staff and faculty, and the second dose is available to those over the age of 40 or anyone who received their first dose of the vaccine on or before May 1.

Vaccines are available by appointment only — walk-ins will not be accepted. Students and employees who are eligible can schedule an appointment by calling the Student Wellness Centre at 306-966-5768.

Appointments at other COVID-19 vaccination clinics located across the province can be scheduled through the provincial government's online booking system.

Extended Canada Day long weekend

To show appreciation to faculty and staff for your commitment and dedication throughout the pandemic, the university is providing an extended Canada Day long weekend and will be closed on Friday, July 2. This additional day off is also in lieu of our annual employee appreciation picnic, which we are unable to gather for in-person due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Please take this extended time off to rest and recharge. As indicated in the recent employee pandemic engagement and wellness surveys, faculty and staff are feeling the additional burden and increased demands brought on by the pandemic.  

Safely improving the fit of your disposable mask

If you find that your single-use mask fits poorly, double-masking can be a valuable tool in ensuring your mask fits snugly against your face. Double-masking includes a single-use mask as the first layer against the face and a cloth mask overtop as the outside layer. Double-masking, as described by the Centre for Disease Control, is not required when on campus and two disposable masks should never be used at the same time.

A reminder that disposable mask recycling stations have been set up across campus to minimize the environmental impact of using 3-ply single-use masks, keeping them out of the landfill. More information about the new 3-ply single-use masks guidelines is available on the USask COVID-19 website.

USask sticks it to COVID!

SIMONNE HOROWITZ
PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE
MARK BOLAND
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING PHYSICS
KATE LANGRELL
COPYRIGHT COORDINATOR
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

"I’m a Prof in the history department who specializes in the history of medicine and history has shown us over and over again that rigorously tested vaccines like we have for Covid 19 are one of the way out of the pandemic. Everyone who can get their vaccine should!"

"Good luck motivating The Pack!"

"Getting my first shot felt like a huge step toward being able to travel safely and see my family again. My parents and brother live in Manitoba, and this is the longest I’ve ever gone without seeing them. It was important to all of us not to travel, in order to keep each other and others safe, but I can’t wait to see them again once we’re all vaccinated and can travel responsibly!"

Share your Vax pics, posts and stories!

As we continue to plan for the fall term, we need your help in encouraging and supporting fellow members of our USask community to feel confident, “Protect the Pack” and get vaccinated. Vaccinations will play a critical role in allowing many of us to get back to campus this fall as the more of us who are vaccinated, the safer campus will be. What does getting a vaccine mean to you? Why is it important to you and USask? Whether you’ve just received your first shot, or are waiting for your second shot, we want to hear from you. Tag your vaccination posts with #protectthepack or #usaskvax, or send us your comments, pics, and videos to covid19@usask.ca 

USask’s Merlis Belsher Place COVID-19 field hospital to be decommissioned

The decommissioning process of the potential pandemic field hospital at USask's Merlis Belsher Place is expected to begin August 1. Learn more.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update. For the seven-day period ending Friday, June 18, the university has been informed of two positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community. 

To ensure the safety of the campus community, an area-specific response and cleaning plan will be completed by the Crisis Operations Team prior to re-opening (if individuals with a positive case had been on campus recently), and the SHA will complete the contact tracing process to identify and directly notify all individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Anyone not contacted directly by SHA is not considered a close contact, and should simply continue to self-monitor for symptoms. 

Updated guidance for international travel 

As Federal, Provincial, and local Public Health authorities ease restrictions relating to COVID-19, USask related travel restrictions will continue to follow the guidance of these authorities. In addition, all proposed travel must be supported by a Travel Request that is approved by the traveller’s supervisor before any travel arrangements are made. More information about USask's inter-provincial and international travel policies and guidlines is avaialble at covid19.usask.ca/info/travellers.php.

University buildings remain closed, with some in-person services available

Most university buildings remain closed with access only provided to approved staff, faculty, and grad students, and to students taking an in-person class. The current status of many university services including those offering virtual or in-person services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Requests to gain access to university buildings must be submitted through the online Campus Access Request Form.

COVID-19 second dose vaccination eligibility and special leave

As of 8 am on Thursday, June 10 all individuals 55+ or anyone who received their first dose before April 7 are eligible for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. By June 24, every eligible Saskatchewan resident will be able to receive their second vaccine shot, depending on the length of time that has passed since their first shot. Appointments for the first or second dose can be booked online at saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.

A reminder that the Government of Saskatchewan amended The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020, to incorporate a Special Vaccination Leave. This new provision allows for paid time off from work for employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The new section 6-22.1, Special Vaccination Leave, establishes that during the pandemic:

  • Workers are entitled to three consecutive hours leave during work hours to receive a COVID-19 vaccination; or
  • Workers are entitled to a period longer than three consecutive hours, if in the opinion of the employer, the circumstances warrant a longer break from work; and
  • Workers do not lose any pay or other benefits while receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

Employees are to request time off through established request/approval practices (e.g. requesting time off for a medical appointment), and people leaders are to approve the requested time off (standard of three consecutive hours with the option for a longer period if deemed to be warranted) without loss of pay and without applying any paid entitlements (like sick leave, vacation leave, previously banked OT/additional time, etc.). Should employees’ requests for time off present operational challenges for the college/department/unit, please contact your HR SBA to determine if alternate solutions might exist.

You may develop symptoms after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. It is important to determine whether the symptoms are side effects from the vaccine or symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

The most common symptoms experienced after vaccination include redness at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pains and fever. Respiratory symptoms and loss of sense of smell are NOT common side effects of the vaccine. If symptoms begin PRIOR to vaccination, please follow the usual COVID-19 screening and guidance.

To help with tracking symptoms an easy-to-follow flowchart is available that indicates potential vaccine side effects and the appropriate actions to take. More information is also available at covid19.usask.ca.

Share your Vax pics, posts and stories!

As we continue to plan for the fall term, we need your help in encouraging and supporting fellow members of our USask community to feel confident, “Protect the Pack” and get vaccinated. Vaccinations will play a critical role in allowing many of us to get back to campus this fall as the more of us who are vaccinated, the safer campus will be. What does getting a vaccine mean to you? Why is it important to you and USask? Whether you’ve just received your first shot, or are waiting for your second shot, we want to hear from you. Tag your vaccination posts with #protectthepack or #usaskvax, or send us your comments, pics, and videos to covid19@usask.ca 

Smartphone survey to collect Saskatchewan residents’ perception of COVID-19

Thanks in part to a new study launched by USask researchers Saskatchewan residents can give input about COVID-19 public health measures by using their smartphones to respond to a series of five-minute surveys. Learn more.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update. For the seven-day period ending Friday, June 11, the university has been informed of one positive COVID-19 case involving members of the university community. 

To ensure the safety of the campus community, an area-specific response and cleaning plan will be completed by the Crisis Operations Team prior to re-opening (if individuals with a positive case had been on campus recently), and the SHA will complete the contact tracing process to identify and directly notify all individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Anyone not contacted directly by SHA is not considered a close contact, and should simply continue to self-monitor for symptoms. 

Disposable mask recycling stations available on campus

Disposable mask recycling stations have been set up across campus to minimize the environmental impact of using 3-ply single-use masks, keeping them out of the landfill. As a result of previous outbreaks on campus and the rising number of new COVID-19 variants of concern (VoC) cases in the province, single-use 3-ply masks will be mandatory on campus, effective immediately and through this summer. During this time, the masks will be provided by the university as an enhanced health and safety measure, replacing the use of reusable cloth masks in indoor spaces and outdoor spaces when two or more people are together and cannot maintain a minimum of two meters of physical distance. A properly fitted 3-ply mask provides increased filtration and an additional layer of protection to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

More information about the new 3-ply single-use masks guidelines is available on the USask COVID-19 website.

University buildings remain closed, with some in-person services available

Most university buildings remain closed with access only provided to approved staff, faculty, and grad students, and to students taking an in-person class. The current status of many university services including those offering virtual or in-person services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Requests to gain access to university buildings must be submitted through the online Campus Access Request Form.

Disposable mask recycling stations available on campus

Disposable mask recycling stations have been set up across campus to minimize the environmental impact of using 3-ply single-use masks, keeping them out of the landfill. As a result of previous outbreaks on campus and the rising number of new COVID-19 variants of concern (VoC) cases in the province, single-use 3-ply masks will be mandatory on campus, effective immediately and through this summer. During this time, the masks will be provided by the university as an enhanced health and safety measure, replacing the use of reusable cloth masks in indoor spaces and outdoor spaces when two or more people are together and cannot maintain a minimum of two meters of physical distance. A properly fitted 3-ply mask provides increased filtration and an additional layer of protection to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

More information about the new 3-ply single-use masks guidelines is available on the USask COVID-19 website.

College of Medicine Advancement Team Stick it COVID

Share your Vax pics, posts and stories!

As we continue to plan for the fall term, we need your help in encouraging and supporting fellow members of our USask community to feel confident, “Protect the Pack” and get vaccinated. Vaccinations will play a critical role in allowing many of us to get back to campus this fall as the more of us who are vaccinated, the safer campus will be. What does getting a vaccine mean to you? Why is it important to you and USask? Whether you’ve just received your first shot, or are waiting for your second shot, we want to hear from you. Tag your vaccination posts with #protectthepack or #usaskvax, or send us your comments, pics, and videos to covid19@usask.ca 

Third employee pandemic engagement survey results

A summary of the results of the university’s third employee pandemic engagement survey is now available on the faculty and staff website. These short-pulse surveys have occurred throughout the past year as a way of collecting feedback from our faculty and staff about the university’s response to the pandemic and how employees are managing remote teaching and working arrangements.

Starting next week all employees will receive invitations for the next employee pandemic engagement survey. The email invites will come from McLean and Company, who are administering the survey on behalf of the university to ensure that your data and responses are kept confidential. As we begin to transition to increased on campus activity in the fall, this survey is a great opportunity for you to share your concerns or express your ideas towards a safe return to campus. 

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update. For the seven-day period ending Thursday, June 3, the university has been informed of five positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community. 

To ensure the safety of the campus community, an area-specific response and cleaning plan will be completed by the Crisis Operations Team prior to re-opening (if individuals with a positive case had been on campus recently), and the SHA will complete the contact tracing process to identify and directly notify all individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Anyone not contacted directly by SHA is not considered a close contact, and should simply continue to self-monitor for symptoms. 

Health Canada COVID Alert App

Saskatchewan residents are encouraged to download to their smartphone the Health Canada COVID Alert app. The national COVID Alert app uses Bluetooth technology to detect when users are near each other. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, they can choose to let other users know about potential exposure risk without sharing any personal information.

University buildings remain closed, with some in-person services available

Most university buildings remain closed with access only provided to approved staff, faculty, and grad students, and to students taking an in-person class. The current status of many university services including those offering virtual or in-person services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Requests to gain access to university buildings must be submitted through the online Campus Access Request Form.

May

USask Safe Return Transition Plan

USask’s Pandemic Response and Recovery Team (PRT) has developed a staged transition plan designed to provide guidance in safely increasing on-campus activity and assist those responsible for planning a transitional return in the fall. The Safe Return Transition Plan supports the increased on-campus activities specified in Stage 4 of the university’s Recovery Framework while aligning with Public Health regulations and the province’s Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

Faculty and staff should continue to visit covid19.usask.ca throughout the spring and summer for USask pandemic status updates, program delivery information, return to campus information, and additional details about changes in campus operations.


RYAN BANOW
EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
GWENNA MOSS CENTRE FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING
MARTIN GAAL
LECTURER
DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCES
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
 
 
GLORIA GINGERA
COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT
PLANT SCIENCES

"Getting a vaccine was a huge relief for me. My family had just emerged from 24 stressful days in isolation due to a positive COVID test. This shot was a step to ensuring that we never have to do that again and a contribution to protecting others in our community!"

"Come on USask Community!

Show everyone that we support science as a way out of this Pandemic!"

"So happy to have received our first dose. Can’t wait to get back to something a little more normal."

Share your Vax pics, posts and stories!

As we continue to plan for the fall term, we need your help in encouraging and supporting fellow members of our USask community to feel confident, “Protect the Pack” and get vaccinated. Vaccinations will play a critical role in allowing many of us to get back to campus this fall as the more of us who are vaccinated, the safer campus will be. What does getting a vaccine mean to you? Why is it important to you and USask? Whether you’ve just received yours or are waiting for your age group to become eligible, we want to hear from you. Tag your vaccination posts with #protectthepack or #usaskvax, or send us your comments, pics, and videos to covid19@usask.ca 

Updated mask use requirements on campus

As a result of previous outbreaks on campus and the rising number of new COVID-19 variants of concern (VoC) cases in the province, single-use 3-ply masks will be mandatory on campus, effective immediately and through this summer. During this time, the masks will be provided by the university as an enhanced health and safety measure, replacing the use of reusable cloth masks in indoor spaces and outdoor spaces when two or more people are together and cannot maintain a minimum of two meters of physical distance. A properly fitted 3-ply mask provides increased filtration and an additional layer of protection to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

More information about the new 3-ply single-use masks guidelines is available on the USask COVID-19 website.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update.

For the seven-day period ending Friday, May 28, the university has been informed of two positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community. 

To ensure the safety of the campus community, an area-specific response and cleaning plan will be completed by the Crisis Operations Team prior to re-opening (if individuals with a positive case had been on campus recently), and the SHA will complete the contact tracing process to identify and directly notify all individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Anyone not contacted directly by SHA is not considered a close contact, and should simply continue to self-monitor for symptoms. 

Health Canada COVID Alert App

Saskatchewan residents are encouraged to download to their smartphone the Health Canada COVID Alert app. The national COVID Alert app uses Bluetooth technology to detect when users are near each other. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, they can choose to let other users know about potential exposure risk without sharing any personal information.

Stay home if you are feeling sick 

COVID-19 continues to be present in our communities and has likely impacted many of us, our friends, and our families. To continue to reduce the risk of further spread, students, faculty and staff who are approved to be on campus are reminded to stay home if they are feeling ill or if someone within their household is suspected or has tested positive for COVID-19. Keep close tabs on your health to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by closely monitoring your symptoms and completing the self-monitoring checklist.

  • Have been symptom-free for at least 48hrs;
  • Have not been in contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case; and
  • Have followed all Public Health directions, including completion of self-isolation as directed by Public Health (usually minimum 10-14 days).

More information including an online self-assessment tool is available at covid19.usask.ca/about/safety.php

University buildings remain closed, with some in-person services available

Most university buildings remain closed with access only provided to approved staff, faculty, and grad students, and to students taking an in-person class. The current status of many university services including those offering virtual or in-person services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Requests to gain access to university buildings must be submitted through the online Campus Access Request Form.

Updated mask use requirements on campus

As a result of recent outbreaks on campus and the rising number of new COVID-19 variants of concern (VoC) cases in the province single-use 3-ply masks will be provided by the university as an enhanced health and safety measure replacing the use of reusable cloth masks in indoor spaces and outdoor spaces when two or more people are together and cannot maintain a minimum of two meters of physical distance. A properly fitted 3-ply mask provides increased filtration and an additional layer of protection to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

This change is an enhanced health and safety measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is expected to be in place until Aug. 31, 2021, when it will be re-evaluated.  

USask colleges and units will make masks available to all their faculty, staff and students at no charge. Instructors will have masks available to students in class if necessary. The provision of masks for students is for spring and summer only.

USask wants to ensure that the implementation of this additional safety measure is as environmentally sustainable as possible. Specific recycling locations will be set up on campus to minimize the environmental impact of using 3-ply single-use masks, keeping them out of the landfill.

More information about the new 3-ply single-use masks guidelines is available on the USask COVID-19 website.

USask Safe Return Transition Plan

USask’s Pandemic Response and Recovery Team (PRT) has developed a staged transition plan designed to provide guidance in safely increasing on-campus activity and assist those responsible for planning a transitional return in the fall. The Safe Return Transition Plan supports the increased on-campus activities specified in Stage 4 of the university’s Recovery Framework while aligning with Public Health regulations and the province’s Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

Significant work remains within academic units and administrative units that support the teaching, learning and research missions to detail full implementation plans and complete details for the members of our university community who are returning to campus this fall. Faculty, staff, and students should continue to visit covid19.usask.ca throughout the spring and summer for USask pandemic status updates, program delivery information, return to campus information, and additional details about campus changes operations.

USask statement on vaccines for Fall 2021

As the university continues to develop plans for the Fall 2021 term it is the expectation that all students, staff, and faculty take every precaution available to protect the health and safety of all members of our campuses and the communities we live in, including being vaccinated before coming onto our campuses in the fall.  Vaccination is an essential tool in ensuring our safe return to campus. Based on numbers reported by the province, indications are that most of the campus community will be vaccinated by the fall term. USask strongly urges everyone to get vaccinated when eligible and receive all required booster shots, when necessary. Read the entire statement.


VICKY PAROHL
MANAGER, ACCREDITATION & STRATEGIC INITIATIVESEDWARDS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS 
TROY LINSLEY
DIRECTOR, FACILITIES

SERVICES, FINANCE AND RESOURCES
 
SHIRLEY ZHOU
INTERNATIONAL OFFICE
OFFICE OF VICE PRESIDENT RESEARCH 

"I was so excited to get my vaccine and to know we're one step closer to being back together on campus!"

"I was very happy to get my vaccine.  I am very grateful to our team in Facilities in their ongoing support of campus in response to COVID-19. Their tireless efforts truly help the University the World Needs!"

"Getting vaccinated means better protection of myself and the others particularly the ones who can’t be vaccinated. As a USask alumnus and staff, I’m so grateful that I got vaccinated at a university facility by a USask trained nurse. Sore arm but immunized body!"


Share your Vax pics, posts and stories!

As we continue to plan for the fall term, we need your help in encouraging and supporting fellow members of our USask community to feel confident, “Protect the Pack” and get vaccinated. Vaccinations will play a critical role in allowing many of us to get back to campus this fall as the more of us who are vaccinated, the safer campus will be. What does getting a vaccine mean to you? Why is it important to you and USask? Whether you’ve just received yours or are waiting for your age group to become eligible, we want to hear from you. Tag your vaccination posts with #protectthepack or #usaskvax, or send us your comments, pics, and videos to covid19@usask.ca 

Saskatchewan Blue Cross invests $150K to help establish USask’s VIDO as Canada’s Centre for Pandemic Research

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) at USask is one step closer to establishing its Centre for Pandemic Research, thanks to a $150,000 donation from Saskatchewan Blue Cross. Learn more.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update.

For the seven-day period ending Friday, May 21, the university has been informed of one positive COVID-19 case involving members of the university community. 

To ensure the safety of the campus community, an area-specific response and cleaning plan will be completed by the Crisis Operations Team prior to re-opening (if individuals with a positive case had been on campus recently), and the SHA will complete the contact tracing process to identify and directly notify all individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Anyone not contacted directly by SHA is not considered a close contact, and should simply continue to self-monitor for symptoms. 

USask pharmacist welcomes questions on vaccine response

While vaccines remain a safe and effective way to stop the spread of viruses like COVID-19, some of those who have been vaccinated are wondering about potential side effects. Read more.

Four Reasons To Use Lumino Health Virtual Care

Your access to Lumino Health Virtual Care provides you and your family with many benefits to keep you all happy and healthy. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to activate your account now.

  1. Convenience: You can consult health care professionals when it is convenient for you — from the comfort of your couch or a chat at work — Lumino Health Virtual Care is there whenever and wherever you need it.
  2. Time Saved: Reduce unnecessary and time-consuming trips to the hospital or clinic, eliminate time spent on travel and in the waiting room and avoid having to take time off work.
  3. Easy Access: You have on-demand access to a full team of healthcare professionals at your fingertips, via your phone, video or text.
  4. Peace of Mind: Consult with Lumino Health’s Care Team as often as you wish, and receive professional medical advice based on your situation. There is no question too small for Lumino Health. More information.

COVID-19 safety protocols for being on campus 

The health and safety requirements for all members of the university community who are approved to be on campus are detailed below and must be followed. The health and safety guidelines include COVID-19 testing and reporting procedures for reporting to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and contact tracing. If you are approved to be on campus, please ensure you are following the COVID-19 health and safety protocols that include:

  1. Monitoring your symptoms and completing 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.
  2. Completing the COVID-19 Health and Safety Training is available to all USask personnel and is required for all employees working on campus. The online safety training expires after one year and employees are required to complete the training again in order to continue access the campus.
  3. Utilizing 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.
  4. Following the guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment are available on covid19.usask.ca.

University buildings remain closed, with some in-person services available

Most university buildings remain closed with access only provided to approved staff, faculty, and grad students, and to students taking an in-person class. The current status of many university services including those offering virtual or in-person services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Requests to gain access to university buildings must be submitted through the online Campus Access Request Form.

USask Spring Convocation

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 Spring Convocation will not be held in person. Instead, virtual graduation celebrations will be live-streamed from May 31 to June 4, and beginning mid-June, spring graduates will receive their degrees, diplomas and certificates by mail. For more information, visit the graduation web page.

Don’t wait it out: USask health professional easing the concerns of the vaccine-hesitant

Vaccines are a safe and effective way to stop the spread of viruses like COVID-19. But while many have either been vaccinated or are getting prepared to do so, there are those who may be hesitant about doing their part and getting immunized. Read more.


DENEH’CHO THOMPSON
DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA AND
MEIKA TAYLOR 
OFFICE OF THE VICE-PROVOST, INDIGENOUS ENGAGEMENT
LUCY VUONG
INSTITUTIONAL PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT 
TINA ELLIOTT
SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
"Deneh’Cho Thompson and Meika Taylor both received Pfizer vaccines this week at the Saskatoon Tribal Council Indigenous immunization clinic from a USask alum!"  "Getting the vaccine was my way to not only protect the community and those around me but to also show my gratitude to the frontline workers and health care professionals working tirelessly on our behalf." "The first day I was eligible to get a vaccine was also my father’s 65th birthday. I used my wait time to have a birthday chat over the phone with my dad as we both drank coffee and took in the beautiful morning sunshine. My vaccination has brought me one step closer to giving him a long-overdue hug."

Share your story!

As we continue to plan for the fall term, we need your help in encouraging and supporting fellow members of our USask community to feel confident, “Protect the Pack” and get vaccinated. Vaccinations will play a critical role in allowing many of us to get back to campus this fall as the more of us who are vaccinated, the safer campus will be. What does getting a vaccine mean to you? Why is it important to you and USask? Whether you’ve just received yours or are waiting for your age group to become eligible, we want to hear from you. Tag your vaccination posts with #protectthepack or #usaskvax, or send us your comments, pics, and videos to covid19@usask.ca 

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update.

For the seven-day period ending Thursday, May 13, the university has been informed of one total positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community. 

To ensure the safety of the campus community, an area-specific response and cleaning plan will be completed by the Crisis Operations Team prior to re-opening (if individuals with a positive case had been on campus recently), and the SHA will complete the contact tracing process to identify and directly notify all individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Anyone not contacted directly by SHA is not considered a close contact, and should simply continue to self-monitor for symptoms. 

COVID-19 safety training expires after one year

Online COVID-19 Health and Safety Training is a mandatory requirement for everyone who is authorized for activity on campus. USask faculty and staff who previously completed it are required to retake the online course after one year in order to continue accessing campus. 

The training program takes 30 minutes to complete and includes safety guidelines, such as instruction on how to correctly wear personal protective equipment. COVID-19 Health and Safety Training is open to the entire USask community, including those who are not returning to campus.

Employees who are approved to access campus are also required to complete the COVID-19 daily self-monitoring assessment tool Accessible in PAWS, the self-monitoring assessment tool is an essential requirement to provide information to the Saskatchewan Health Authority in the event of a confirmed positive case on campus.

More information about the Health and Safety requirements for working on campus at covid19.usask.ca.  

COVID-19 vaccination eligibility and special leave

COVID-19 vaccine booking eligibility as of 8 am on Friday, May 14 includes all individuals 23 years of age and older and remains 18 years of age and older living in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District. More information about locations and scheduling a time to get the COVID-19 immunization is available at saskhealthauthority.ca.

The Government of Saskatchewan amended The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020, to incorporate a Special Vaccination Leave. This new provision allows for paid time off from work for employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The new section 6-22.1, Special Vaccination Leave, establishes that during the pandemic:

  • Workers are entitled to three consecutive hours leave during work hours to receive a COVID-19 vaccination; or
  • Workers are entitled to a period longer than three consecutive hours, if in the opinion of the employer, the circumstances warrant a longer break from work; and
  • Workers do not lose any pay or other benefits while receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

Employees are to request time off through established request/approval practices (e.g. requesting time off for a medical appointment), and people leaders are to approve the requested time off (standard of three consecutive hours with the option for a longer period if deemed to be warranted) without loss of pay and without applying any paid entitlements (like sick leave, vacation leave, previously banked OT/additional time, etc.). Should employees’ requests for time off present operational challenges for the college/department/unit, please contact your HR SBA to determine if alternate solutions might exist.

You may develop symptoms after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. It is important to determine whether the symptoms are side effects from the vaccine or symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

The most common symptoms experienced after vaccination include redness at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pains and fever. Respiratory symptoms and loss of sense of smell are NOT common side effects of the vaccine. If symptoms begin PRIOR to vaccination, please follow the usual COVID-19 screening and guidance.

To help with tracking symptoms an easy-to-follow flowchart is available that indicates potential vaccine side effects and the appropriate actions to take. More information is also available at covid19.usask.ca.

University buildings remain closed, with some in-person services available

Most university buildings remain closed with access only provided to approved staff, faculty, and grad students, and to students taking an in-person class. The current status of many university services including those offering virtual or in-person services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Requests to gain access to university buildings must be submitted through the online Campus Access Request Form.

Fall planning update

On Wednesday, President Peter Stoicheff provided an update to the university community on the planning for Fall 2021 program delivery. Indicating the Fall Term will be considered "transitional" as the university continues to offer some courses remotely with a full transition out of pandemic operations anticipated in January 2022. Read the entire announcement.

Province releases re-opening roadmap

Earlier this week, the Government of Saskatchewan released the Re-Opening Roadmap - a three-step plan to gradually lift the current public health restrictions as the province reaches significant vaccination levels. Step One outlined in the roadmap will come into effect once three weeks have passed since 70% of people age 40 and above received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Read the complete Re-Opening Roadmap.

Your vaccine stories

DR. JAKE PUSHIE
RESEARCH SCIENTIST, SASKATCHEWAN CEREBROVASCULAR CENTRE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY, COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
DR. SCOTTY BUTCHER
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF REHABILITATION SCIENCE
CHANDRA LEPOUDRE
STUDENT SUPPORT COORDINATOR
COLLEGE OF KINESIOLOGY
“My excitement was infectious as I went on with the nurse about how great this experience was, how I appreciated the work she was doing, and how I was beyond excited to be getting vaccinated.”

“I just got my dose of the Force just in time for May the Fourth!”

“Waited three hours yesterday (happily) in the Saskatoon drive-thru to get my first shot. I couldn’t be more elated! I sure miss the campus!”

Share your story!

As we continue to plan for the fall term, we need your help in encouraging and supporting fellow members of our USask community to feel confident, “Protect the Pack” and get vaccinated. Vaccinations will play a critical role in allowing many of us to get back to campus this fall as the more of us who are vaccinated, the safer campus will be. What does getting a vaccine mean to you? Why is it important to you and USask? Whether you’ve just received yours or are waiting for your age group to become eligible, we want to hear from you. Share your comments, pics, and videos. Email us at covid19@usask.ca for more information on you can get involved in this important story.

Education key to vaccine acceleration

As someone who has dedicated his professional life to fighting life-threatening diseases, Dr. Volker Gerdts (DVM, PhD) knows the biggest impediment to getting back to normal are those who are hesitant or refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Read more.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases

USask will provide ongoing updates on confirmed positive COVID-19 case numbers associated with the campus community, based on information provided to the university. Due to privacy considerations, only top-line case numbers will be announced on a weekly basis in this update.

For the seven-day period ending Thursday, May 6, the university has been informed of six total positive COVID-19 cases involving members of the university community. 

To ensure the safety of the campus community, an area-specific response and cleaning plan will be completed by the Crisis Operations Team prior to re-opening (if individuals with a positive case had been on campus recently), and the SHA will complete the contact tracing process to identify and directly notify all individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Anyone not contacted directly by SHA is not considered a close contact, and should simply continue to self-monitor for symptoms. 

COVID-19 vaccination eligibility and special leave

COVID-19 vaccine booking eligibility as of 8 am on Thursday, May 6 includes all individuals 35 years of age and older and remains 18 years of age and older living in the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District. More information about locations and scheduling a time to get the COVID-19 immunization is available at saskhealthauthority.ca.

The Government of Saskatchewan amended The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020, to incorporate a Special Vaccination Leave. This new provision allows for paid time off from work for employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The new section 6-22.1, Special Vaccination Leave, establishes that during the pandemic:

  • Workers are entitled to three consecutive hours leave during work hours to receive a COVID-19 vaccination; or
  • Workers are entitled to a period longer than three consecutive hours, if in the opinion of the employer, the circumstances warrant a longer break from work; and
  • Workers do not lose any pay or other benefits while receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

Employees are to request time off through established request/approval practices (e.g. requesting time off for a medical appointment), and people leaders are to approve the requested time off (standard of three consecutive hours with the option for a longer period if deemed to be warranted) without loss of pay and without applying any paid entitlements (like sick leave, vacation leave, previously banked OT/additional time, etc.). Should employees’ requests for time off present operational challenges for the college/department/unit, please contact your HR SBA to determine if alternate solutions might exist.

You may develop symptoms after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. It is important to determine whether the symptoms are side effects from the vaccine or symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

The most common symptoms experienced after vaccination include redness at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pains and fever. Respiratory symptoms and loss of sense of smell are NOT common side effects of the vaccine. If symptoms begin PRIOR to vaccination, please follow the usual COVID-19 screening and guidance.

To help with tracking symptoms an easy-to-follow flowchart is available that indicates potential vaccine side effects and the appropriate actions to take. More information is also available at covid19.usask.ca.

University buildings remain closed, with some in-person services available

Most university buildings remain closed with access only provided to approved staff, faculty, and grad students, and to students taking an in-person class. The current status of many university services including those offering virtual or in-person services is available at covid19.usask.ca/campus-status.php.

Requests to gain access to university buildings must be submitted through the online Campus Access Request Form.

In early March I expressed optimism and confidence about a significant increase to in-person, on campus programming for the September Fall 2021 Term. Although COVID-19 case counts are currently high in Saskatchewan, we remain confident that, with the rapid deployment of vaccines and the support of the Ministry of Health and the Chief Medical Health Officer, our continued planning for a more open Fall Term can proceed. 

While we are preparing to have many programs, classes and labs return to in-person delivery in September, and much more than we had in this past term, the Fall Term should be considered “transitional” as we will continue to offer some classes remotely. We will likely not complete our full transition out of pandemic operations until at least January 2022, at the beginning of Winter Term. 

On Friday May 7, students will begin to see the details for course offerings through the registration system and are encouraged to check throughout May for any changes ahead of the opening of registration windows in June. Students should carefully read the course registration details paying particular attention to the “attributes”, which will provide details on whether the course is in-person or remote.  

Alongside the increase of in-person teaching and research activity, there will be an increase in available services on our physical campuses. Student Residences will be more fully opened to safely accommodate the increase in students on campus. So, too, will food service outlets that are operated by USask, like Marquis Culinary Centre. Additional in-person student services will be phased back in to offer needed face-to-face contact for those on campus. Again, all of these in-person services will be following strict health and safety measures to protect the health and wellness of our university community. 

We’ve learned a great deal over the past year, including how to quickly move to a completely remote learning and working environment. The transition back to in-person activities won’t be as quick, but we will ensure that those members of our community who are returning to learn and work on our campuses will have the necessary protections to keep them safe. We will continue to follow the directions given by Public Health and the Chief Medical Officer. USask’s Pandemic Response and Recovery Team has worked closely with government and other partners in the Saskatchewan post-secondary sector to develop and implement plans so we can deliver our programming in the safest ways possible. Based on the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, we will also need to remain flexible and diligent. An updated Framework for Return plan will be provided to the campus community in the next couple of weeks. 

It is expected that administrative staff who directly support teaching, learning, and research, and associated student services, will return to campus this fall if their on-campus presence is necessary. As such, other administrative staff currently working from home will continue to work remotely for the time being to reduce the number of people on campus, facilitating the safety of students, faculty, and staff who will be returning. In the coming months, unit leaders will make decisions about who is able to return to campus, and when. If you are an employee, please speak with your supervisor about your unit-specific plans; Human Resources will be sharing information about the return-to-work plan in the near future. 

While we are closer to the end of the pandemic than the beginning, we are not through with COVID-19 yet, nor it with us. Current case counts remain high, the spring and summer terms will be primarily remote, and the campus remains closed to all unless approved.  

It is the expectation of the university that everyone in the USask community will do everything possible to protect themselves and each other now, and in the Fall, fulfilling your public responsibilities by following all public health orders and occupational health and safety guidelines.  

It is important to stress that the surest step you can take to prevent COVID-19 and keep the campus safe is through vaccination. The university strongly urges all staff and students get their COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as they are eligible and ask that you encourage your friends and family members to do the same. In case you have questions about getting vaccinated, be sure to have a look at the information we are regularly updating on the vaccination website

For all USask students, faculty, and staff, I know there is growing excitement - and some apprehension - as we move towards the Fall Term. September will present a significant step towards the campus life and in-person experiences we remember. There is more planning to do, and additional details about how the fall will look will be announced over the coming weeks. And while it will still be different than fall semesters of the past, I know our campus community will work together to ensure the health and safety of everyone and continue to “protect the pack” as we work toward a full return in winter. 

 

Peter Stoicheff
President and Vice-chancellor
University of Saskatchewan

Past Updates

View USask's past updates related to COVID-19.

Questions?

Questions can be sent to:

 Email: covid19@usask.ca

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.