Fall 2020 campus access and safety planning

Saskatchewan Polytechnic, in alignment with all Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions, will be providing its programs via a two-pronged approach to education delivery this fall.

Sask Polytech is taking precautions to support student and employee safety while on campus. The health, safety and security of students and employees is of utmost importance for Saskatchewan Polytechnic. 

All employees and students accessing campus for in-person training will adhere to the requirements and measures put in place for Fall 2020 program delivery and follow criteria outlined in the Re-open Saskatchewan Plan.

Prior to arriving on campus

Employees and students who are attending campus for hands-on learning that cannot be completed online will be required to log in to their mySaskPolytech account to:

  • Complete an online Pandemic Operations Awareness training session prior to coming on campus
  • Fill out and submit a daily Campus Access Health Checklist form

Students will receive instructions by email on how to access these materials once they are available.

If employees or students have travelled to an area in the last 14-days identified as restricted by the federal or provincial government, they must report this on their Campus Access Health Checklist document and may be required to quarantine as per government recommendations.

Safety planning

Our campus shops and labs are going to look a little different this fall.

Safety plans will be in place to facilitate safe and efficient learning and support service environments for programs prior to students and employees accessing campus for hands-on learning that cannot be completed online.

Signage and floor markers will be installed for physical distancing and to direct faculty and students.  This includes hallways, stairwells, elevators, shop and lab spaces. 

Prior to accessing campus for hands-on learning, faculty will advise students on designated access doors and lab/shop protocols.  Students and employees will be required to stay in their instruction areas and use designated washrooms and break areas.

Cleaning protocol

Commonly touched areas and shared equipment will be cleaned and disinfected at least twice daily or when visibly soiled. These include light switches, door handles, toilets, taps, handrails, countertops, mobile devices and keyboards.

Shared tools or equipment will be cleaned after individual use.  Shared tools or equipment and touch surfaces will be cleaned between each separate group of students using the training space.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Starting Monday, August 24 all Sask Polytech students and employees are to wear masks at all times while on campus to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Wearing masks the week of August 17 is highly encouraged as Sask Polytech transitions to mandatory masks on August 24. Visitors to campuses, including vendors and contractors, are also required to wear a mask on campus. Masks must be worn in shops, labs, classrooms, or areas where people work within 2-metres of each other, hallways, washrooms and elevators.

Sask Polytech will provide one branded cloth mask for each student coming on campus for limited in-person learning experiences. Until the branded masks are received, your Sask Polytech instructor will provide disposable masks. Students can also wear personal cloth masks while on campus that cover the nose, mouth and chin. Masks with exhalation valves are not accepted for use on campus as they are not recommended by the Government of Canada.  This type of mask does not limit the spread of the virus.

Regular PPE program requirements still apply (safety glasses, gloves, etc.).

More information is available in our FAQs.

Employee and student health 

All employees and students must self-monitor for symptoms.

If employees or students are ill, we ask that they not come to campus, please stay home and use the self-assessment tool or contact Health Line 811 for advice.

  • Students will need to contact their instructor and provide an estimated time that they will be absent from class.
  • Students should inform their instructor if they are able to return earlier or if they think they will be absent for a longer period of time.

If employees or students become ill while on campus, they will be given a mask, asked to return home immediately and instructed to call 811 for instructions.

Sask Polytech campuses and offices remain closed for general access. Sask Polytech is committed to keeping our community healthy, safe and informed. We will continue to take every precaution to protect the well-being of students, faculty and staff.