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SAIT: Pandemic Preparedness

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Update: Sunday, March 15, 4 pm

Alberta Health Services has developed a simple online assessment tool to help you decide whether you need to call Health Link 811 to be tested for COVID-19.

If you have recently returned from travel outside of Canada or have a cough, fever, fatigue or difficulty breathing, please use the tool and help reduce unnecessary call volumes to Health Link.

SAIT: Pandemic Preparedness

Update: Saturday, March 14, 8 pm

In response to concerns over COVID-19, SAIT has made the decision to suspend classes at all campuses Monday, March 16, Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18.

As of Thursday, March 19, we will transition to online and alternate delivery of programs through to the end of the semester. Staff and faculty, in the short-term, will be working on this transition. Details will be provided to students as soon as possible.

As per Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services Chief Medical Office direction, our campuses will remain open.

We want to support all students and employees through this difficult time. We recognize the uncertainty and stress of the situation. We will do our very best to keep everyone informed as this situation unfolds.

Online delivery 

While classes are suspended, staff and faculty will work quickly to move as much programming as possible to online platforms and alternate delivery formats. We are unique in our applied education and apprenticeship programming, and we are considering all delivery options to ensure as many students as possible complete their programs with the necessary requirements.   

Inclusions

  • All off-campus program activities, such as field trips, will be suspended.
  • Destinations Travel Agency, 4Nines, The Highwood, The Market Place and The Butchery will be closed.
  • Lamb Learner Success Centre and the campus bookstore will be closed.
  • The Culinary Campus and The Tastemarket by SAIT, located downtown, will be closed.
  • The Wellness Centre will be closed.

Services

  • Regular operations in residence will continue as normal.
  • Key student, faculty and staff services will remain operational.
  • The Reg Erhardt Library remains open for computer access only.
  • The International Centre and the Office of the Registrar will be open.
  • Food services on campus will continue, but expect some locations to be closed.

The health and well-being of our students, staff, and guests are paramount and we make every effort to ensure the continued safe and non-disruptive working and learning environment at SAIT.

Our institution has a Pandemic Planning and Advisory Committee (PPAC) in place who provide information and guidance to the institution on infectious disease events (such as a pandemic) and hazards that may pose a challenge to the institutional communities of students, staff, faculty and visitors. The committee reports to SAIT’s senior management and is made up of representatives from our academic, administrative and operations divisions.

PPAC is actively engaged and our pandemic planning is currently being refreshed in light of the “coronavirus” situtation known as COVID-19. We are also working in alignment with government including Alberta Health Services who provide us with accurate and timely direction.

Students and employees are encouraged to download SAIT’s emergency response app SAITALERT. Download it on Google Play for Android or the App Store for Apple devices. Enable push notifications to receive alerts.

Community health and hygiene

Travel

Mass gatherings

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Alberta government asked that all large gatherings or international events in the province to be cancelled.

Following the Government of Alberta’s recommendations to mitigate risk and limit the potential spread of COVID-19, as of Friday, March 13, 2020, SAIT has cancelled all upcoming events until further notice.

At this time, this does not apply to classes and instruction.

Information and advisories

As with any worldwide health situation, there is often false, misleading or inaccurate information and it can be difficult to determine the truth.

It is recommended you check back often and seek up-to-date information from credible sources including:

For any personal health concerns, please contact your health care provider or call Alberta Health Link at 811.

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