2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

General Coronavirus Information
Students, faculty and staff are directed to the official provincial, federal and international health authorities where Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) links provide the most up-to-date information available. The large volume of global information about COVID-19 on social media does not always reflect current provincial circumstances or appropriate risk mitigation measures.

Government of Saskatchewan
Government of Canada
World Health Organization (WHO)


The health of our students is important to us. Counselling and other services are available to help you during this challenging time.

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April 7, 2020 Update

In response to COVID-19 Saskatchewan Polytechnic is telling employees and students to continue to work and study from home.

Sask Polytech is following recommendations from the Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Advanced Education. Sask Polytech will continue to follow the advice of government and health officials in the coming weeks.

A friendly reminder that Sask Polytech’s COVID-19 FAQs are updated daily. Please check back for regular updates.

(NEW) Stay connected: The current COVID-19 situation is generating a host of creative new ways for the Sask Polytech community to keep active and engaged. Join Sask Polytech online to stay socially connected, be active and channel your creativity! Sask Polytech is organizing daily events and one-time webinars. Some events include yoga on Mondays, workouts on Tuesday and Trivia on Friday! Upcoming webinar topics include resilience, working remotely and responding well when faced with a crisis.

 

(NEW) Student access to lockers: If students have special circumstances and need to access their lockers approval may be granted. Please send the following information to campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca.

Name

 

Program

 

Campus

 

Date you would like to access

 

Approximate Time

 

Purpose

 

 

(UPDATED) Student Code of Conduct: With classes moving online to message boards and live video, the Student Relations Office is reminding students the Non-Academic Student Code of Conduct still applies to all your interactions with others. Students’ ability to communicate clearly and properly online can impact not only your grades, but how others view you. Your classmates will be your future coworkers. Your instructors will be your future references. This is why it’s important to make sure your online communication style represents you in a positive manner. Please read about Netiquette, Manners & Non-academic Misconduct Online Learning (pdf). More information about academic and non-academic student conduct is available on Sask Polytech’s student conduct page.

Student wellness is important to Sask Polytech. During these times of uncertainty and change, we encourage you to connect with the services and supports available to you. Learn more about services that are currently available to students.

Working and studying from home: Students can access learn from home information at saskpolytech.ca/learnfromhome

We all can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if we each do our part and work together. Please remember to continue to maintain social distancing. Social distancing could really be called physical distancing. It involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. Stay home as much as possible. Limit trips to the grocery store or other places where people gather. Maintain 6’ of distance when in public. This will help to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Visit saskpolytech.ca/coronavirus for more information or email campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca.

NOTICE: This update applies to students who are studying at one of Sask Polytech’s four campuses in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Students taking a Sask Polytech program/course at a regional college may receive different information from their home institution.

 

 

In response to COVID-19 Saskatchewan Polytechnic is telling employees and students to continue to work and study from home.

Sask Polytech is following recommendations from the Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Advanced Education. Sask Polytech will continue to follow the advice of government and health officials in the coming weeks.

A friendly reminder that Sask Polytech’s COVID-19 FAQs are updated daily. Please check back for regular updates.

(NEW) Student Emergency Fund: The COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted everyday routines and disrupted lives everywhere - including those of you, our students. Students facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 can access this emergency fund to help with essentials – food, shelter, medicine and other costs. To access these emergency funds please email: counselling@saskpolytech.ca

(NEW) T2202: T2202s are available electronically on mySaskPolytech. For more information, including how to find and print your T2202, please refer to our T2202 Frequently Asked Questions (pdf). If you have difficulty accessing your T2202, please contact Enrolment Services at your campus.

Student Code of Conduct: With classes moving online to message boards and live video platforms such as Zoom, the Student Relations Office is reminding students the Non-Academic Student Code of Conduct still applies to all your interactions with others at Sask Polytech. Please read about Netiquette, Manners & Non-academic Misconduct Online Learning (pdf). More information about academic and non-academic student conduct is available on Sask Polytech’s student conduct page.

Student wellness is important to Sask Polytech. During these times of uncertainty and change, we encourage you to connect with the services and supports available to you. Learn more about services that are currently available to students.

Working and studying from home: Students can access learn from home information at saskpolytech.ca/learnfromhome

We all can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if we each do our part and work together. Please remember to continue to maintain social distancing. Social distancing could really be called physical distancing. It involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. Stay home as much as possible. Limit trips to the grocery store or other places where people gather. Maintain 6’ of distance when in public. This will help to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Visit saskpolytech.ca/coronavirus for more information or email campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca.

NOTICE: This update applies to students who are studying at one of Sask Polytech’s four campuses in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Students taking a Sask Polytech program/course at a regional college may receive different information from their home institution.

In response to COVID-19 Saskatchewan Polytechnic is telling employees and students to continue to work and study from home. 

Sask Polytech is following recommendations from the Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Advanced Education. Sask Polytech will continue to follow the advice of government and health officials in the coming weeks.

A friendly reminder that Sask Polytech’s COVID-19 FAQs are updated daily. Please check back for regular updates.

(NEW) Final exams: Sask Polytech’s goal is to ensure as many students as possible are able to complete their term or program, despite the disruption caused by COVID-19. The way Sask Polytech conducts assessment for grades will be different this year.

Instead of final exams, students can expect to see:

  • Assignments or projects.
  • Open-book exams.
  • Video/Zoom demonstrations.
  • Assessments that require an application of knowledge and skills.

For more information please contact your instructor.

(NEW) Final grades: Whenever possible, faculty will assign a percentage grade for courses. If the course cannot be completed by the end of term, for example, due to restricted access to labs or shops, a continuing (CN) grade will be assigned and the course will resume when campus access is restored. If it is not possible to assign a percentage grade, but the student has passed the course and deserves credit for the course, an Aegrotat (AEG) designation can be used. Use of this grade requires your dean’s approval.

Students can choose to withdraw from a course to avoid a low or failing grade. The withdrawal deadline will be extended to 10 days past receiving the final grade. Enrolment Services must be contacted to have this change of grade entered. Call Enrolment Services (all locations) at 1-866-467-4278 or email:

(NEW) Internet access: During the COVID-19 pandemic more people are working from home and remotely. This utilization is putting a strain on many internet service providers. We are aware that some users have reported intermittent difficulties with their internet service when accessing Sask Polytech services. Sask Polytech can confirm our services are operating as expected. 

(NEW) Zoom: Sask Polytech expects students to act in ways that reflect our core values of respect, integrity, excellence and sustainability. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Sask Polytech’s codes of conduct. A lack of awareness will not excuse misconduct so knowing what's expected—and how Sask Polytech addresses issues if they arise—will help students to understand their rights and responsibilities. Zoom is being used daily for Sask Polytech meetings and connecting with students. It is important to be respectful of everyone attending Zoom meetings. Do not take photos or video of the Zoom meeting to share online.

Student wellness is important to Sask Polytech. During these times of uncertainty and change, we encourage you to connect with the services and supports available to you. Learn more about services that are currently available to students.

Working and studying from home: Students can access learn from home information at saskpolytech.ca/learnfromhome

We all can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if we each do our part and work together.

Visit saskpolytech.ca/coronavirus for more information or email campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca.

NOTICE: This update applies to students who are studying at one of Sask Polytech’s four campuses in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Students taking a Sask Polytech program/course at a regional college may receive different information from their home institution.

In response to COVID-19 Saskatchewan Polytechnic is telling employees and students to continue to work and study from home. Sask Polytech is following recommendations from the Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Advanced Education. Sask Polytech will continue to follow the advice of government and health officials in the coming weeks. Next week students should continue to study at home. An update about arrangements for the week of April 6 will be shared later next week.

A friendly reminder that Sask Polytech’s COVID-19 FAQs are updated daily. Please check back for regular updates.

(NEW) Study groups: In response to COVID-19 Sask Polytech programs are being offered online and through alternate delivery to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Learning from home individually also means you need to follow this protocol for group work. Any group project work needs to be completed virtually using technology such as Zoom. Sask Polytech students are asked not to meet in person to study. Study groups would not be able to maintain the six feet of distance required for physical distancing. Stay socially connected but physically apart.

Convocations postponed: Saskatchewan Polytechnic has made the difficult decision to postpone convocation ceremonies that were scheduled for this April, May and June. Additional information will be provided once we have evaluated options and determined the appropriate solution for this year. Convocation is an important milestone and exciting moment for our community. We are working diligently on solutions to ensure our graduates are recognized for their achievements at Sask Polytech.

Student wellness is important to Sask Polytech. During these times of uncertainty and change, we encourage you to connect with the services and supports available to you. Learn more about services that are currently available to students.

If you are in crisis and need urgent mental health supportCrisis Services Canada is available by phone at 1.833.456.4566 and text 45645 or dial 911 for immediate support.

Working and studying from home:

We all can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if we each do our part and work together.

Visit saskpolytech.ca/coronavirus for more information or email campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca.

NOTICE: This update applies to students who are studying at one of Sask Polytech’s four campuses in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Students taking a Sask Polytech program/course at a regional college may receive different information from their home institution.

Dear Students,

It has been quite a week for everyone in the Sask Polytech community, especially you, our valued students.

Every day seems to add a new dimension to the COVID-19 situation, and I know that many of your lives have been turned upside down by the impact of the pandemic and the closing of campuses.  I also understand the challenges of moving to online learning late in the semester, and of being physically apart from classmates and friends.  Yet, I am heartened by the commitment and determination that you have shown as we complete our first week of online and remote learning.

It is important that we support each other in this new era of self-isolation as we ensure the protection of each other’s health, and working together to stop the spread of COVID-19.  As a reminder, you have access to a number of exceptional wellness services and supports.  Please don’t hesitate to use them.  As well, I encourage you to keep up to date with the latest information at saskpolytech.ca/coronavirus.

The people of Saskatchewan have a reputation across Canada and beyond for their strength and resilience.  It has been humbling to witness these qualities as the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded, and it is my hope that our lives return to normal soon. 

Thank you, and remember:  we are one day closer to the end of this.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rosia
Dr. Larry S. Rosia, President & CEO

In response to the changing COVID-19 situation Sask Polytech is telling employees and students to stay at home. A friendly reminder that Sask Polytech’s COVID-19 FAQs are updated daily. Please check back for regular updates.

(NEW) Convocations postponed: Saskatchewan Polytechnic has made the difficult decision to postpone convocation ceremonies that were scheduled for this April, May and June. Additional information will be provided once we have evaluated options and determined the appropriate solution for this year. Convocation is an important milestone and exciting moment for our community. We are working diligently on solutions to ensure our graduates are recognized for their achievements at Sask Polytech.

Sask Polytech campuses and computer labs are closed: Classes will continue to be offered through online and alternate delivery methods. Students who do not have access to computers or reliable internet in their off-campus locations should contact campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca. Sask Polytech will work to find alternative solutions on an individual basis.

Student parking: Sask Polytech students with parking passes for the month of March, and periods beyond March, are eligible for a prorated refund starting March 16, the first day Sask Polytech on-campus classes were suspended. Students will receive refunds for parking tags for days that on-campus classes have been closed. The refunds will be issued in the bookstore once campuses are reopened to the public.

Student wellness is important to Sask Polytech. During these times of uncertainty and change, we encourage you to connect with the services and supports available to you. Learn more about services that are currently available to students.

Working and studying from home:

  • Students can access learn from home information at: saskpolytech.ca/learnfromhome
  • Sask Polytech programs will be offered online or remotely to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please see the program list for more information.

We all can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if we each do our part and work together.

Visit saskpolytech.ca/coronavirus for more information or email campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca.

NOTICE: This update applies to students who are studying at one of Sask Polytech’s four campuses in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Students taking a Sask Polytech program/course at a regional college may receive different information from their home institution.

In response to the changing COVID-19 situation Sask Polytech is telling employees and students to stay at home.

Sask Polytech campuses and computer labs are closed: Classes will continue to be offered through online and alternate delivery methods. Students who do not have access to computers or reliable internet in their off-campus locations should contact campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca. Sask Polytech will work to find alternative solutions on an individual basis.

Student parking: Sask Polytech students with parking passes for the month of March, and periods beyond March, are eligible for a prorated refund starting March 16, the first day Sask Polytech on-campus classes were suspended. Students will receive refunds for parking tags for days that on-campus classes have been closed. The refunds will be issued in the bookstore once campuses are reopened to the public.

Student wellness is important to Sask Polytech. During these times of uncertainty and change, we encourage you to connect with the services and supports available to you. Learn more about services that are currently available to students

In addition to learning from home there are other steps you can take to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

  • Maintain proper social (physical) distancing. This means staying at home and avoiding close contact with others to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Keep a minimum distance of two metres (six feet) from others when shopping or walking in the community.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing. If you don’t have a tissue, always cough or sneeze into your arm, not into your hands. Throw away tissues after wiping your nose or covering a cough, and wash your hands.
  • Using soap and warm water, wash your hands thoroughly and often, including after coughing, sneezing, using tissues or the washroom, and before eating or preparing foods.
  • Make a point of keeping hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean common services including mobile phones, doorknobs, elevator buttons, light switches, toilet handles, counters, hand rails, touch screen surfaces and keypads daily.
  • Stay healthy by eating well, drinking lots of fluids, staying active (if well), and trying to get enough rest and sleep. A healthy immune system is better equipped to fight an infection.
  • Maintain safe food practices.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. The Government of Saskatchewan has provided a self-assessment tool to determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19.

(NEW) The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Student Association (SPSA) also has some resources for students.

Working and studying from home:

  • Students can access learn from home information at: saskpolytech.ca/learnfromhome
  • Sask Polytech programs will be offered online or remotely to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please see the program list for more information.

We all can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if we each do our part and work together.

Visit saskpolytech.ca/coronavirus for more information or email campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca.

NOTICE: This update applies to students who are studying at one of Sask Polytech’s four campuses in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Students taking a Sask Polytech program/course at a regional college may receive different information from their home institution.

In response to the changing COVID-19 situation Sask Polytech is telling employees and students to stay at home.

Computer labs: Effective today, March 24 at 4:30 p.m. Sask Polytech computer labs are closed. Classes will continue to be offered through online and alternate delivery methods. Students who do not have access to computers or reliable internet in their off-campus locations should contact campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca. Sask Polytech will work to find alternative solutions on an individual basis.

Access to campus: Campuses are no longer open to the general public. The intent of these actions is to limit the number of people at each campus.

(NEW) Parking: Sask Polytech students with parking passes for the month of March, and periods beyond March, are eligible for a prorated refund starting March 16, the first day Sask Polytech on-campus classes were suspended. Students will receive refunds for parking tags for days that on-campus classes have been closed. The refunds will be issued in the bookstore once campuses are reopened to the public.

Bookstore: Sask Polytech physical bookstores locations are closed but online ordering is open. Students can order their books through the Bookstore website 24/7; stores will be sending out shipments regularly.

Counselling Services: A reminder Counselling Services are available to all Sask Polytech students. To set up an appointment email counselling@saskpolytech.ca or call.

Library Services: Library Services are available online. If students need assistance they can use chat services between 8 a.m. - 4:50 p.m. weekdays or email help.library@saskpolytech.ca. There is also a writing support Zoom room, available online from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Fitness and Recreation: Fitness and recreation professionals are available for virtual personal consultations. To book an appointment email wellness@saskpolytech.ca. We encourage you to continue to add movement into your daily routines. Follow @saskpolytechfitandrec on Facebook and Instagram to enjoy a series of functional movement exercises and workouts.

Learn more about all services that are currently available to students.

Social distancing: Remember to stay socially connected but physically apart. Social distancing could also be called physical distancing. It involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. Stay home as much as possible. Limit trips to the grocery store or other places where people gather. Maintain six feet of distance when in public. This will help to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Working and studying from home:

  • Students can access learn from home information at: saskpolytech.ca/learnfromhome
  • Sask Polytech programs will be offered online or remotely to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please see the program list for more information.

We all can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if we each do our part and work together.

Visit saskpolytech.ca/coronavirus for more information or email campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca.

NOTICE: This update applies to students who are studying at one of Sask Polytech’s four campuses in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Students taking a Sask Polytech program/course at a regional college may receive different information from their home institution.

Our world has changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As you adjust to this new normal, please take a few minutes to view the this video message to remind you that you are so valued and appreciated during these uncertain times.

 

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding. The health, safety and security of our students and employees is of the utmost importance.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is asking employees and students to stay at home.  Access to our campus communities will be limited.

From March 23-April 3 Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon (main) and Prince Albert (Technical Building) campuses will be open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with limited access. All other Sask Polytech facilities, including Sask Polytech Administrative Offices, will be closed. To enter the campuses, please use the main entrance and sign in at the front desk.

If needed, students may still access computer stations with proper social distancing and precautions at Sask Polytech’s main campuses: 

  • Regina library lab 207.25.
  • Moose Jaw computer lab 4.239.
  • Prince Albert, Technical Building computer lab A204.
  • Saskatoon library lab 102.5.

Disinfectant wipes are available and Sask Polytech strongly encourages students to use wipes prior to utilizing a campus computer.

Sask Polytech services:

    • Moose Jaw: 306-691-8310  
    • Prince Albert: 306-765-1611
    • Regina: 306-775-7436
    • Saskatoon: 306-659-4050

Working and studying from home:

  • Students can access learn from home information at: ca/learnfromhome
  • Beginning Monday March 23, almost all Sask Polytech programs will be offered online or remotely to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please see the program list for more information.

We all can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if we each do our part and work together.

Visit saskpolytech.ca/coronavirus for more information or email campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca.

NOTICE: This update applies to students who are studying at one of Sask Polytech’s four campuses in Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Students taking a Sask Polytech program/course at a regional college may receive different information from their home institution.

The Government of Saskatchewan today declared a provincial State of Emergency.

Sask Polytech remains committed to keeping our community healthy, safe and informed.  We are taking every precaution to protect the well-being of students, faculty and staff.  

In partnership with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education, Sask Polytech is asking students to study from home.  Starting on March 23rd there will be limited key services on campuses to support students including: library computer labs, food services, technology services, student counselling services, and security.  Sask Polytech programs will be offered online only.

Updated class and work schedule: 

  • March 17-20:  In-person classes are suspended.
  • March 23:  Online courses will begin.
  • March 23-April 3:  Limited key services available on campuses (access computers in the library, limited food services and counselling services). 

This situation is developing rapidly.  Updated information for students will be provided from each program by email. Students are encouraged to visit saskpolytech.ca for more information, including frequently asked questions.  Additional program-specific information will be posted on the website as it becomes available.  Thank you for your patience while our Instructors create new plans to help you continue your studies this semester, when possible.

We encourage our students to learn more about Saskatchewan’s provincial State of Emergency.

Thank you to our students for your patience and cooperation during this unprecedented time.

We all can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if we each do our part and work together.  The health, safety and security of our students and employees is of the utmost importance.  If you have a specific question not listed on the website please contact campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca.

Kindest regards,

Dr. Rosia

Dr. Larry S. Rosia, President & CEO
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

In partnership with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education, Saskatchewan Polytechnic is cancelling all classes and programming for the remainder of this week.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs will be offered online or through alternative delivery options where possible to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, effective March 23.

Updated class schedule:

  • March 17-20: in-person classes are suspended.
  • March 20: more information will be provided regarding online or alternative delivery where possible.
  • March 23: online courses or alternative delivery programming for students will begin, where possible.

Updated information for students will be provided by email from each program.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic campuses are not closing.  Limited services may be available at each campus.  The fitness centres will remain closed until further notice.

All non-essential gatherings and events will continue to be cancelled until further notice.  Events and activities not directly connected to academic programs are postponed.

Travel restrictions remain in place.  

We know COVID-19 is causing unusual and challenging times.  Thank you for your patience, cooperation and the care you’ve demonstrated for yourselves and others in our community.  We all can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if we each do our part and work together.  The health, safety and security of our students and employees is of the utmost importance.  Students, faculty or staff with questions should refer to details on our website or contact campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca.

Regards,

Larry

Dr. Larry S. Rosia, President & CEO
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is following recommendations from the Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Advanced Education.

The Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan orders that no public gathering of over 250 people in any one room take place. This does not include settings where people are distributed into multiple rooms or buildings, such as schools, universities or workplaces.

At Saskatchewan Polytechnic learning typically takes place in smaller class sizes. At this time, all Sask Polytech classes will continue as scheduled.

The Government of Canada has noted the overall assessment for public health risk to Canada remains low. Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is taking a proactive approach to ensure students, faculty, and staff are aware of COVID-19 and are taking steps to mitigate the risk of contracting or spreading the virus. The health, safety and security of our students and employees is of the utmost importance.

We know the value our students place on their Sask Polytech education. Be assured that each decision we make will be based on recommendations from the Chief Medical Health Officer and will be based on the best information available at that time. All decisions take our student, employee and stakeholder needs into account. We are working to adjust our planning, developing contingencies and possible responses during this rapidly evolving situation.

Our landlord, the Ministry of Central Services administers the cleaning contracts and sets the standards for cleaning within government-owned buildings. Central Services will be providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer in common areas. They are in discussions with the cleaning contractors and will ensure frequent cleaning and disinfecting of washrooms and high touch surfaces.

Earlier today, Sask Polytech cancelled or postponed all non-essential gatherings and events. This means that all events and activities that are not directly connected to academic programs have been postponed until a later date. Updated information regarding travel restrictions was also shared earlier today.

We understand that the continued spread of the virus may generate concern and uncertainty for many. Updates and online resources are available at saskpolytech.ca including links to the most up-to-date COVID-19 information from the Government of Saskatchewan, Government of Canada, and the World Health Organization.

We encourage the entire Sask Polytech community to continue to follow preventative actions, including:

  • Practice proper cough and sneezing etiquette;
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands;
  • Maintain safe food practices; and,
  • Avoid close contact with others.

The health, safety and security of our students and employees is of the utmost importance at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Students, faculty or staff with questions should refer to details on the our website or contact campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca .

Regards,

Larry

Dr. Larry S. Rosia, President & CEO
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Administrative Offices

Message from Dr. Larry S. Rosia, President & CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic:

I’m writing to provide you with an update on our response to the evolving COVID-19 situation that has disrupted so many lives these past few days.

First, I want to assure you that the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff is, and will continue to be, our primary focus as events unfold.  At this time, the mySaskPolytech portal  is the best and latest source of information regarding the impact of the virus on our institution.  It is updated continuously as new information becomes available or as institutional decisions are made.

Realizing that it was likely only a matter of time before Saskatchewan Polytechnic would be affected by what has now been determined to be a global pandemic, we began planning weeks ago for how best to respond to, and monitor this fluid situation. 

For example, in February the Emergency Management Committee (EMC) made the decision to cancel all Sask Polytech organized and funded trips to China until further notice.  At that time, it was noted we would continue to follow the World Health Organization (WHO) and Government of Canada travel guidelines and support the recommended regional assessment process for other countries of travel during this heightened alert.  Since then a process has been put in place to review all student, faculty and staff Sask Polytech related travel, which considers current travel alerts and advisories.

The Sask Polytech Pandemic Emergency Response Team (PERT) has been meeting regularly and is actively initiating steps to prepare our campuses in the event that Saskatchewan is further impacted by COVID-19.  To date, there is one presumptive case of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.  The Government of Canada has noted that the overall assessment for public health risk to Canada remains low.

It is important to remind everyone that good health practices, such as proper handwashing, social distancing and making sure you do not come to school or work if you are feeling ill, are critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Additional information on COVID-19 is available at saskpolytech.ca/coronavirus.

Finally, I would like to thank all of you for your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty, and to remind you to continue to monitor the  mySaskPolytech portal for updates.

Thank you.

Regards,

Larry

Dr. Larry S. Rosia, President & CEO
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population. However, there is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians 65 and over, and for those with compromised immune systems or underlying medical conditions.

Public health officials continue to reassess the national and provincial public health risk, based on the best available evidence, as the situation evolves. Students, faculty and staff are directed to the provincial government website www.saskatchewan.ca, where the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) link provides the most up-to-date information available for Saskatchewan residents. The large volume of global information about COVID-19 on social media does not always reflect current provincial circumstances or appropriate risk mitigation measures.

Yesterday afternoon, Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s senior leadership team met with Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer, along with representatives from the Ministry of Advanced Education and the other post-secondary institutions in the province. In an effort to protect the academic progress of students at Saskatchewan’s post-secondary educational institutions during the current pandemic, and under the leadership of the Ministry of Advanced Education, in cooperation with other Ministries, the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and representation from the Association of Saskatchewan Regional Colleges have agreed to the following actions.

Effective immediately, all non-essential gatherings and events are cancelled until further notice. This means that all events and activities that are not directly connected to academic programs will be postponed until a later date.  Please contact your Dean or AVP if you have questions about this. An email will be sent today with additional information about cancelled events.

Travel restrictions for students, faculty and staff remain in place. Sask Polytech sponsored travel to all areas outside of Saskatchewan is subject to Dean or AVP approval following the completion of a Travel Risk Assessment Form. This form is to be completed in conjunction with the program/department, Health, Safety and Security and Human Resources. This approval process will be in place until the travel advisories are lifted or updated. More information for employees is available on mySaskPolytech 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Update

Sask Polytech is evaluating alternative program delivery methods in advance preparation in case the situation in the province escalates and requires reductions in the need for person-to-person contact.

We encourage the entire Sask Polytech community to continue to follow preventative actions, including:

  • Practice proper cough and sneezing etiquette;
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands;
  • Maintain safe food practices; and,
  • Avoid close contact with others. 

The health, safety and security of our students and employees is of the utmost importance at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. The circumstances surrounding the spread of this disease are evolving rapidly around the world, and additional measures may be required as circumstances change.

Students, faculty or staff with questions about today’s statement should refer to details on the Saskatchewan Polytechnic website or contact campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca .

Sask Polytech is taking a proactive approach to ensure faculty, staff and students are aware of COVID-19 and are taking steps to mitigate the risk of contracting or spreading the virus.   

The latest numbers from the Government of Canada are as of March 12, 2020: 138 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada and one presumptive case confirmed in Saskatchewan. The Government of Canada has noted the overall assessment for public health risk to Canada remains low.

It is currently business as usual at all Sask Polytech campuses.  We are taking a proactive approach to ensure faculty, staff and students are aware of COVID-19 and are taking steps to mitigate the risk of contracting or spreading the virus.  

If you have travelled to a country with a level three travel advisory, limit your contact with others for a total of 14 days starting the day you began your journey to Canada. This means self-isolate and stay at home. All travellers are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms and to contact the local public health authority in their province or territory if they feel sick. If you have symptoms, contact the Saskatchewan HealthLine 811 for more information.

The Government of Saskatchewan has new and updated information on their COVID-19 web page:

  • NEW: Saskatchewan COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (March 11, 2020)
  • NEW: COVID-19 Guidance: Mass Gatherings, Risk for Elderly Populations (March 11, 2020)
  • UPDATED: Self-Isolation Information Sheet (March 11, 2020)
  • NEW: Self-Monitoring Information Sheet (March 11, 2020)

Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available. We understand that the continued spread of the virus may generating concern and uncertainty for many. The best way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands
  • cough and sneeze into your sleeve and not your hands.
  • please note that when using hand sanitizer one pump is sufficient

The health, safety and security of our students and employees is of the utmost importance at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Travel advice and health precaution information on COVID-19 is available at saskpolytech.ca/coronavirus or on the mySaskPolytech portal.

Thank you for your assistance and patience as we work through this situation.  If you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19, please email campussafetyandsecurity@saskpolytech.ca.