As the COVID-19 cases continue to climb throughout the province and the Sask. Health Authority (SHA) is implementing further guidelines, St. Peter’s College is being proactive and updating our policies for on-campus & in-person classes. This mask policy will be implemented while we maintain our current policies that include physical distancing of 6ft at all times and expanded sanitizing, alongside many more best practices detailed in our COVID-19 handbook. While no COVID-19 cases have been identified at the College or among the staff, students, faculty, guests and other stakeholders, the College takes the health the health & safety of all seriously.
Effective Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 8:00 am: Cloth or non-medical Face Masks will be required to be worn at all times while on campus at St. Peter’s College.
This regulation applies to everyone on campus. As always, disposable face masks will be provided free of charge at the front desk. New cloth masks have been ordered that are bigger, sturdier and made of approved materials and one will provided to each student, staff and faculty member upon request. These updates have been changed in our handbooks which will be printed this week and provided to everyone as soon as possible. All signage and posters will be changed to indicate these policies changes.
All are expected to wear a mask at all times. Areas such as hallways, the student lounge, classrooms, the library and other areas of the College are places where a facemask must be worn.
Exceptions to this policy include:
- While exercising in the fitness facilities and gymnasium (as per SHA guidelines), provided that physical distancing is maintained.
- When eating and drinking.
- Or while by yourself* in a private individual study room or an office
*Being alone in a room that is not a dedicated office or study space is not an exception.
According to SHA and the province, wearing a mask in public is considered another line of defence against COVID-19 for both the wearer, students, and your friends & family members at home. Wearing a mask reduces community transmission of the COVID-19 virus by blocking water droplets within the fabric. High levels of mask usage in other jurisdictions have been associated with reductions in COVID-19 cases.
Please remember this does not replace the need for other public health measures such as:
- Stay home if sick or symptomatic
- Stay home as much as possible
- Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
- Sanitize your hands as much as possible
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your elbow
- Continue to sign-in when arriving at the college
According to SHA and the province when making or purchasing a cloth mask/face covering, consider the following recommendations:
- Cloth masks should be tailored to fit the user's facial features as much as possible, ensuring that the mask can cover the nose, mouth, and chin areas with few gaps. Additional information on materials to use when making a mask is available from the Government of Canada.
- It is not recommended to coat the outside of a mask with substances like wax to create a barrier. This can make it more difficult to breathe and air is more likely to escape out of the sides of the mask.
- Bandanas and gaitor masks are not appropriate face coverings. They are ineffective at blocking respiratory droplets.
It is strongly recommended that you purchase and keep a supply of reusable or disposable masks at home for personal use when a two-metre distance cannot be maintained or is unpredictable. Use them in public indoor spaces (retail areas, places of worship, schools, common areas in workplaces) or when you are in situations such as being on a bus. It is also a good idea to carry one or two masks with you in case you need to visit a public indoor place.
Please visit the Saskatchewan COVID-19 website for more information about face masks.
We thank you for your continued dedication as we work together and do our best to keep you safe and healthy while also maintaining your in-person campus and class options!
Any questions and concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you all in a variety of face masks starting on Thursday.