What you need to know if you’re coming on campus
As limited numbers of staff and students return, we’re keeping safety a top priority
SAIT is taking a careful and measured approach to the reopening of campus, with the first students now back in labs and classrooms and finishing their Winter 2020 courses. As we move into the Fall 2020 semester, there are a few things you should know if any of your classes are being delivered in-person.
Before coming to campus
If you’re coming to campus this fall, before you arrive you must complete the Return to Campus Safety Orientation. Students and apprentices will be automatically registered in this four-module course in Brightspace (D2L). You’ll find the modules in ORNT 118: Orientation. Watch for ORNT 118 in your course list.
Completion of the Return to Campus Safety Orientation is a priority for students attending some or all of their studies in-person on campus. If you’re coming to campus and can’t access the course in advance of your first day, please contact your Academic Chair.
The course takes about 20 minutes to complete. Make sure you select "exit" on the bottom right once you finish each module to ensure your completion registers to your transcript.
- You must complete the daily campus access form prior to your arrival each and every day you will be on campus. Completing the form will help protect SAIT from community transmission of the COVID-19 virus and create a record of individuals who are accessing campus in the event contact tracing is required.
- Bring only what you need, access to lockers will not be available.
- Park near the building where your classroom is located to avoid walking across campus and park away from other vehicles to maintain physical distancing.
- Public transit
- Appropriate precautions (i.e., wearing a mask, practicing good hand hygiene and maintaining physical distancing) are key. Calgary Transit continues to provide directions to all riders on how to remain safe while using public transportation.
- Individuals travelling by CTrain and/or bus must wash hands as soon as possible upon arriving on campus and before entering buildings or shared spaces. Individuals wearing disposable PPE (i.e., gloves or masks) must remove and discard these items into designated garbage bins before entering classrooms, labs, offices or work spaces. You will be required to wear a mask inside campus buildings, so please bring a clean cloth mask or new disposable mask.
While on campus
- Wear your mask
- Individuals are required to provide their own clean cloth, procedural or surgical mask, which is mandatory for all indoor activity on campus.
- Mask usage guidelines can be found here: https://www.alberta.ca/masks.aspx
- Keep your distance
- Individuals must maintain a separation of two metres at all times while on campus, including while moving within and between locations on campus.
- Avoid shaking hands and holding the door for others.
- Take the most direct route that is open and permitted
- Walk on the right side of the path.
- Maintain two-metre distance and yield to oncoming traffic.
- Follow signage and directional markings.
- When using the washroom, follow all signage indicating sink and stall closures to maintain proper distancing.
- Practice good hand hygiene
- Wash hands regularly. Use soap and water and wash for a minimum of 20 seconds. Scrub all surfaces of hands, including backs of hands, wrists, between fingers and under fingernails.
- Use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not available.
- Cover your cough or sneeze
- Cough and sneeze into your arm and then wash hands with soap and water.
- Lunch breaks
- Limited space will be available to take breaks and for eating lunch. All social distancing protocols must be observed.
- Students and staff are encouraged to bring bagged lunches that can be consumed without refrigeration or heating.
- Fridges, microwaves and food preparation spaces will not be available in most circumstances.
- Water fountains
- Students are encouraged to bring a supply of water for the day from home as vending machines and food services will be limited or unavailable. Updates on water access will be made on sait.ca.
- In support of health and safety regulations due to COVID-19, and for the ongoing overall well-being of our community, SAIT will permanently become a smoke-free campus, effective Monday, August 31, 2020. For more information, please refer to SAIT’s Smoking and Use of Tobacco Products Policy.
- Take the stairs or follow elevator etiquette
- Elevator occupancy is restricted to two occupants at a time within the cab.
- If you’re on campus and start to feel ill
- Notify your instructor.
- Plan a safe way to get home (avoid public transit).
- If you live at SAIT Residence, report your illness to a Resident Assistant.
- You are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition. Additional information on isolation requirements is provided by the Government of Alberta.
Take care of your mental health and emotional wellbeing
If you’re a SAIT student and you’re experiencing heightened anxiety or stress, resources are available.
- Student Development and Counselling – call 403.284.7023
- SAIT Health Clinic – call 403.284.8666
- Support during times of uncertainty
For more information, please have a look at our going to campus page.