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COVID-19 Response Plans

  • The University of Regina's top priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the wider community.

  • The University is working to reduce the risk of exposure/transmission of COVID-19.

  • At the same time, comprehensive response protocols are in place should a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 be reported on campus.

  • These have been developed in close consultation with public health authorities.

What is the University currently doing to reduce the risk of exposure/transmission?

  • The University of Regina continues to treat the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff as our top priority as we navigate our way through the global, COVID-19 pandemic.

  • In line with that, course offerings for the Fall 2020 semester – and potentially beyond – will be delivered primarily by remote means, with only a few, select, low-density labs and studios taking place in-person.

  • While our campuses are still considered “closed” to the general public, a slight increase in foot traffic and activity is expected as we begin the Fall semester

  • The University is committed to providing as safe a teaching and learning environment as possible by taking a multitude of measures, among them:

    • people who are not required to be on campus are being asked to continue working or studying remotely and to not come to campus unless absolutely necessary;

    • access to indoor spaces on the main campus has been reduced to four entry points (Riddell Centre, Education Building, Classroom Building, and Administration-Humanities Building);

    • for those who must come to campus, mask/face covering usage becomes mandatory in shared, indoor spaces. Please familiarize yourself with the mask guidelines, and please bring your own reusable non-medical mask whenever possible;

    • physical distancing and proper hygiene practices continue to be recommended;

    • access and activity control measures (with signage) have been implemented to reduce the potential for close contact in shared spaces such as elevators, stairwells, hallways, study areas, and washrooms;

    • enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols that meet or exceed current recommendations, are now in place for labs, studios, and other spaces, with particular attention being paid to high-touch points and labs, studios and classrooms where people may gather.

    • following a comprehensive, regimented cleaning and disinfecting protocol and using only Health Canada-approved processes and products, including Oxivir hydrogen peroxide wipes and electrostatic spray technology;

    • Facilities Management is making ventilation, filtration, humidity, and air flow improvements where recommended (with an initial focus on classrooms that will be occupied) to reduce the possibility of aerosol transmission. That work has already begun;
    • Housing Services is spacing out all students living in residences on campus to ensure they have private accommodations unless they have specifically requested shared ones. Regardless of living arrangements, each resident has a private bathroom. Housing Services has also set aside a number of isolation units should any resident report symptoms; and,

    • information packages have been distributed to students, faculty, and staff who are required to be on campus to ensure they are aware of all health and safety practices and protocols and that they take the required e-training.

What are the response procedures if a student is ill?

The information below provides guidance to students when feeling sick or experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms to prevent the spread of the virus. The University of Regina will receive notification of a positive COVID-19 test from ill campus community members (see below) or directly from the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).

Ill Student Immediate Response Procedures

General Procedure

  • All members of the campus community must be self-monitoring daily for the development of symptoms, such as using a daily symptom tracker provided here: https://ca.thrive.health.

  • All students must practice good respiratory/hand hygiene while on campus and follow appropriate cleaning/disinfection instructions of their instructors. Face masks are required in all indoor areas of campus facilities. Read full mask guidelines here.

  • All members of the campus community must not come to campus if they feel ill or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Instructors and lab managers are required to maintain records of attendance/scheduling in the event contact tracing is required.

Procedure if a student is experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms

  • If a student becomes ill, they should separate from others, leave their classes, labs, or workspaces immediately and return home/to their residence.

  • If a student experiences symptoms, they should contact Saskatchewan Health Line at 811 or complete the SHA COVID-19 Self Assessment, follow public health advice and options for testing.

  • Students should report an Illness to Health, Safety, and Wellness by using the Report an Illness page or by contacting health.safety@uregina.ca (306-337-2370). All medical information will be kept confidential and only be provided to the Healthy Workplace Advisor, Human Resources to guide the ill person on next steps.

  • If testing is required, inform Health, Safety, and Wellness of emerging results.

Instructor/Supervisor Procedure

  • If illness is reported during scheduled activities direct the student as above. Clean and disinfect student workstation thoroughly.

    • Clean and disinfect all areas and equipment used by the person who is sick, or arrange for cleaning as applicable. Focus on frequently touched surfaces.

    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products. One minute disinfection of touchpoint surfaces and equipment can be done using Oxivir-Tb disinfectant wipes (accelerated hydrogen peroxide) available at UR Stores. Gloves should be worn.

    • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

  • Remind all class participants to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, be vigilant with hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection practices. Take care to not disclose a student’s illness or name to others or compromise their privacy.

Faculty/Staff Close Contact Immediate Response Procedure

Close Contact Procedure

A close contact can only be designated by the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

  • Students who have been designated as a close contact must inform their instructors that they are self-isolating for 14 days. Sick notes are not required to inform requirements to self-isolate.

  • Unless instructed otherwise, the on-campus lab/studio/class will continue to take place.

What are the response procedures if a faculty or staff member is ill?

The information below provides guidance to Faculty/Staff when feeling sick or experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms to prevent the spread of the virus. The University of Regina will receive notification of a positive COVID-19 test from ill campus community members (see below) or directly from the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).

Ill Faculty/Staff Immediate Response Procedures

General Procedure

  • All members of the campus community must be self-monitoring daily for the development of symptoms, such as using a daily symptom tracker provided here: https://ca.thrive.health.

  • All Faculty/Staff must practice good respiratory/hand hygiene while on campus and use appropriate preventative cleaning/disinfection practices for common touchpoints in their workspaces. Face masks are required in all indoor areas of campus facilities. Read full mask guidelines here.

  • All members of the campus community must not come to campus if they feel ill or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Ill persons must stay away from work and/or classes until 48 hours after their symptoms have abated.

Procedure if Faculty/Staff member is experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms

  • Any member of the campus community who is experiencing symptoms when arriving or while working at the University must be separated from others and leave the campus immediately.

  • If Faculty/Staff experience symptoms, they should contact Saskatchewan Health Line at 811 or complete the SHA COVID-19 Self-Assessment, follow public health advice and options for testing.

  • All Faculty/Staff must notify their supervisor or department if they are ill and unable to come to work or are self-isolating. Sick notes are not required to inform supervisors of requirements to self-isolate.

  • Report an Illness to Health, Safety, and Wellness by using the Report an Illness Page or by contacting health.safety@uregina.ca (306-337-2370). All medical information will be kept confidential and only be provided to the Healthy Workplace Advisor, Human Resources to guide the ill person on next steps.

  • If testing is required, inform Health, Safety, and Wellness of the results.

Supervisor/Departmental Procedure

  • Contact Health, Safety, and Wellness (HSW) at health.safety@uregina.ca or call 306-337-2370.

    • HSW will communicate with SHA, if required, including guidance on communication and additional precautions/isolation if required.

    • HSW will provide guidance on cleaning and other precautionary measures interim to SHA guidance.

    • Remind workgroup to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, be vigilant with hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection protocols. Take care to not disclose a worker’s illness to others or compromise their privacy.

Faculty/Staff Close Contact Immediate Response Procedure

Close Contact Procedure

A close contact can only be designated by the Saskatchewan Health Authority

  • Faculty/Staff who have been designated as a close contact must inform their supervisor that they are self-isolating for 14 days. Sick notes are not required to inform supervisors of requirements to self-isolate.

  • Supervisors must remind workgroup to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, be vigilant with hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection protocols. Take care to not disclose a worker’s illness to others or compromise their privacy.

  • Contact Health, Safety, and Wellness (HSW) at health.safety@uregina.ca or call 306-337-2370.

What will be done if a case/exposure/transmission of COVID-19 is confirmed on one of our campuses?

  • The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our top priority.

  • In the event of a confirmed case/exposure/transmission/outbreak on campus, the University – through our Health, Safety, and Wellness team – will work directly with provincial public health officials to determine the best course of action depending on the specific circumstances.

  • The University will follow the recommendations and direction of Public Health based on the specific situation and set of circumstances (i.e. protective measures that were in place at the time of the exposure, physical set-up, number of people and places exposed).

  • Actions taken may potentially include any combination of the following in consultation with health officials:
    • Assisting health officials in communicating the specifics around the exposure either through general, public communication or targeted, individual communications

    • Assisting health officials in contact tracing

    • Recommending testing to those who may have been exposed

    • Advising those potentially exposed to monitor for symptoms

    • Advising those potentially exposed to self-isolate for a designated period of time

    • Temporarily isolating and closing a lab, classroom or other space on campus

    • Temporarily moving a lab or studio to a remote platform

    • Temporarily suspending or cancelling classes, labs or studios

    • Conducting deep, or enhanced core cleaning to an affected area

    • In the event of a significant or cluster outbreak, implementing a “re-closure” of campus whereby the limited activities that are currently being allowed would be suspended and all teaching and learning activities would revert to remote delivery.

      • Due to the low-density activity on-campus, a full closure is considered highly unlikely.