The New Normal

As Saskatchewan deals with the ongoing pandemic, many faculty and students have started their programs at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Faculty have spent the last few months tweaking their courses and the structure of their programming to meet the training requirements and measures put in place for Fall 2020 program delivery criteria outlined in the Re-open Saskatchewan Plan.

“Sask Polytech is taking precautions to support student and employee safety while on campus. The health, safety and security of our students and employees is of utmost importance for Saskatchewan Polytechnic,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO. “We continue to follow the advice of the Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Advanced Education.”

Sask Polytech programs are being delivered via a two-pronged approach in alignment with all Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions. Programming for students includes a combination of online, distance and limited in-person training. Dr. Hasan Malik, provost and vice-president, Academic says, “Although learning experiences may look different this fall, the quality of a Sask Polytech education and the value of our credentials remain the same. Sask Polytech continues to work hand-in-hand with professionals and industry experts on developing and updating curriculum through our Program Advisory Committees.”

Dr. Rosia says, “This new academic year is unlike any other in our institution’s history. The scope of activity on campus has changed. There are a number of new measures in place for students, faculty and staff to follow as they enter the campuses.”

Employees and students visiting campus for limited in-person learning experiences have to complete an online Pandemic Awareness Orientation. Employees and students on campus for in-person training are also required to complete a daily Campus Access Health Checklist form.

Second year students returning to campus for in-person training will notice new signage to meet COVID-19 protocols. Signage and floor markers were installed this summer to ensure physical distancing and to direct faculty and students to designated learning areas. Labs and shop safety plans have been prepared for students covering workstations layouts, access doors, designated washrooms and break areas.

Student gatherings and campus events are not permitted. On campus food services remain closed. Plans are underway for students to order meals for pick-up from the cafeteria. Curbside pick-up has been established for students to access their course materials from the bookstores and libraries. Recreational services are being provided virtually.

Enhanced cleaning protocols have been put in place. Commonly touched areas and shared classroom equipment is being cleaned and disinfected at least twice daily. Shared shop and lab tools or equipment is being cleaned after individual use.

All Sask Polytech students and employees are to wear masks while on campus. Visitors to campuses are also required to wear a mask.

Sask Polytech campuses and offices remain closed for general access to ensure the safety of students and staff.

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October 2020