St. Peter's College continues to monitor the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and will provide you with relevant information as needed. As part of our regular operations, St. Peter's College will continue to rely on the expertise of the qualified professionals of the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Health Authority, and the Provincial Government as they closely monitor this matter and develop appropriate responses as deemed necessary.
St. Peter's College is announcing enhanced COVID-19 measures. Michael Hall and all College facilities, including the Sports Complex and Placid Hall, continue to be closed to all public access until further notice.
Staff and Faculty - all faculty and staff with the College have worked diligently throughout the changes that have taken place throughout the last several weeks. We are assured in your commitment to our students as you continue to work diligently at home to ensure the success of our students.
Students - we hope that you have taken advantage of the opportunities and advanced notice provided to collect any belongings left at the College. Should you still have items at the College, you may retrieve them once the campus is open. Continue working hard on your classes and reaching out to the available supports.
Residence - effective 3:00 PM Thursday, March 26th, all residence students have safely returned home on their own accord and have been refunded fully in the meal and rent costs they were unable to take advantage of.
Teaching, Learning and Students - we are committed to supporting our students and minimizing any negative impact on their academic progress. As such, we have taken the following steps in accordance with the University of Saskatchewan.
- Online services and resources with the University of Saskatchewan continues to be available.
- There will be no in-person exams for courses offering during Winter Term 2020.
- The withdrawal deadline for the 2020 Winter Term and multi-term classes offered over the 2019 and 2020 winter terms has been moved to the last day of classes. The last day for all classes at St. Peter's College is on April 7th. Refer to the message sent to students by the University of Saskatchewan on March 20th for additional details.
- Services for students continue to be available by phone, email and online. For a complete list of services available, including contact information, visit students.usask.ca or contact SPC staff or faculty.
- All course instructors are to continue working remotely as they continue to offer their courses in alternate ways to ensure our students can successfully complete the term. Information and support for offering courses and exams remotely will continue to be updated by the University of Saskatchewan.
- Students who do not have access to computers or reliable internet in their off-campus locations are encouraged to connect with their instructors and student services for alternative options. [Note to instructors: Support is in place to assist you in identifying alternative options]
The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency has launched a dedicated, toll-free phone line for people who have general questions about the COVID-19 pandemic that are not health-specific. The line will be staffed 18 hours a day, from 6 am to 10 pm, by emergency operators who will be able to answers questions to point people to information ranging from government services to travel restrictions.
Call toll-free: 1-855-559-5502 or 306-787-8539 for Regina students.
If people have symptoms or health concerns, they are encouraged to phone 811.
As changes of the COVID-19 situation continue to update, St. Peter's College has decided to cancel all events for the remainder of the Winter term. Our staff and faculty have been hard at work to ensure that students and faculty are prepared for online classes, which resume on Thursday, March 19th. Students can find the latest information about each individual class through their PAWS emails.
As of Sunday 15th at 5:00 PM, all University of Saskatchewan classes at St. Peter’s College from Monday to Wednesday have been suspended until Thursday, March 19th, at which point they will resume through online methods for the remainder of the term. Please be reassured that your professors, St. Peter’s College and the University of Saskatchewan are continuing to strive for your success during these changes.
We will be in touch early next week to determine the next steps for your class. In the meantime please feel free to contact Student Services with questions, concerns or comments. Updates and information are available at https://updates.usask.ca/
I am sure that you have been curious as to how the next weeks of your winter terms are going to run. Please be assured that the College is taking the necessary steps to continue providing a safe and comfortable environment.
You have undoubtedly heard that the University of Saskatchewan has cancelled face-to-face classes on the Saskatoon Campus from Monday, March 16th to Wednesday, March 18th, with the remainder of classes from the winter term to take place through alternative methods. St. Peter’s College is not yet affected by this, and we will continue to provide you with updates in a timely fashion.
Give that the COVID-19 situation, while declared as a low risk for Canadians, is changing minute-by-minute, we want to be clear that the safety of our students, faculty, staff and the Abbey is of the utmost importance.
As it stands - Monday morning classes have been cancelled. Students in GE 121.3 and ENG 114.3 are to take their classes through online methods. Your professor has made or will make contact with you through your PAWS email as to the methods this will occur. For the other classes from Monday to Wednesday – you will be advised on how your classes will run through PAWS to explain whether the class will be at the College, cancelled or through an online medium. As many authorities are emphasizing, this is the early stages for responsible, proactive and cautious planning, but is not a signal or alarm for panic. More information on classes will be confirmed through email so please continue to watch for more updates. To faculty – please know that we will continue to support you throughout the rest of the term.
If your classes are to be held on campus, please practice the recommended advice whenever possible:
- Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face.
- When possible, keep 2m (6ft) of distance between you and other people.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Check your PAWS email frequently for updates.
You may share any questions, concerns or comments with Krystal or me. We will work to provide you with an answer in a timely fashion.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to update you. For information on updates from the University of Saskatchewan please visit https://updates.usask.ca/.
Our efforts at St. Peter’s College are focused on ensuring the health and safety of our campus community while minimizing disruptions for students and staff.
As of March 12, 2020, we are unaware of any specific issues at this time within our community and the students' communities, and will proactively address any issues that may be identified. As such, St. Peter’s College continues to operate as usual, as does the University of Saskatchewan. We will continue to rely on the expertise of the qualified professionals of the University of Saskatchewan as they closely monitor this matter and develop appropriate responses for the protection of students and the public in a campus environment.
Should our operations need to change, we will do so with as little disruption to our students as possible. Our students, staff and faculty are diligent towards their studies and are capable of handling accommodations if necessary. At this time, prevention remains the best way to protect yourself, and supplies and posters outlining the best tips have been circulated throughout campus.
Please continue to take these recommended precautions that can help prevent illness and transmission:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Sneeze into your sleeve or elbow and throw away soiled tissues as soon as possible, followed by hand washing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Stay home if you are sick
- Make sure that your vaccinations are up-to-date
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
We understand that this is a time of uncertainty and concern, but please know that the health and safety of our campus community is our top priority. We encourage all our stakeholders to follow the recommended practices for mitigating exposure and transference and to call health services if you require more information or feel you are exhibiting any symptoms of concern.