Message to our Students
The School of Rehabilitation Science is committed to supporting our students and minimizing any negative impact on their academic progress. We will continue to communicate with our students about course delivery and any changes to the curriculum through our normal channels and meetings.
Although all University buildings are currently closed, the faculty and staff of the School of Rehabilitation Science are working remotely and will respond to all inquiries as soon as they are able.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require assistance.
Faculty and Staff Resources
There is information available online for faculty who are looking for support to set up their courses remotely.
- Going Virtual - Faculty Development
- Faculty Development has compiled resources to help you transition to online formats for your presentations, courses or programs on the new Going Virtual page.
- There are also links that are regularly updated on COVID-19 in the Clinical Resources section of thewebsite.
- In the Wellness tab there are new resources that focus on faculty and learner wellness with the challenges of COVID-19.
- Be sure to contact Faculty Development if you require help and support.
- USask Teaching and Learning also offers suggestions for planning, tools, best approaches and FAQs. Learn more
The university supports working from home/telecommute arrangements in situations where work can be performed from home (or at an alternate location).
However, ICT’s current priority and focus are to support the transition for teaching remotely, and therefore, ICT services may be limited due to the demand during this transition.
If applicable, employees and their People Leaders should discuss and determine the feasibility of a work from home/telecommute arrangement applying the principles, criteria and guidelines.
The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.If you need help, use the university's employee and family assistance plan. Also, be considerate to the people around you. The World Health Organization has put out a Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak factsheet
Health and Wellness Resources for Students
You can find accurate updates and detailed information on symptoms, prevention, and spread of the virus on the following websites:
Choosing sources of information carefully is critical to COVID-19 mental well-being says Mental Health Commission of Canada https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/news-article/13920/choosing-sources-information-carefully-critical-covid-19-mental-well-being-says
The Science of Well-Being: Yale University is offering this course online free. In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits.
How to Use Mindfulness in Times of Crisis and Challenge – Mindfulness, which is being fully aware in the present moment, is an effective strategy for dealing with the stressors and trauma of crisis situations.
Taking Care of Your Emotional Health – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety: American Psychological Association: https://www.apa.org/research/action/speaking-of-psychology/coronavirus-anxiety [apa.org]
Coronavirus & Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks American Psychiatric Association (APA)As physical distancing expands amid COVID-19 pandemic, some worry about a social recession
The Pandemic Toolkit Parents Need - https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/pulling-through/202004/the-pandemic-toolkit-parents-need
Talking to Teens & Tweens about Coronavirus The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/02/well/family/coronavirus-teenagers-anxiety.html [nytimes.com]
Just for Kids: A comic Exploring the New Coronavirus National Public Radio: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus [npr.org]
Parent/Caregiver guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19 The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/outbreak_factsheet_1.pdf [nctsn.org]
Staying physically active and getting regular workouts is critical right now. Working out keeps your immune system strong and your state of mind clear, calm, and stress free. Here are a few resources to make sure you stay moving.
- DownDog App has made all their apps completely free until May 1st. You can choose from hundreds of at-home yoga, HIIT, Barre, and 7-minute workouts.
- Glo is offering free online yoga, meditation and pilates workouts to help deal with anxiety.
- Workout for Women app: You don’t need any equipment. Plus, they make it super easy to get in a 7-minute workout.
- Yoga with Adriene offers amazing free yoga classes on YouTube, and is welcoming to all abilities and body types.
Social distancing during coronavirus doesn’t have to mean total isolation or feeling lonely. Technology offers countless ways to stay connected to your family, friends, and community.
- NextDoor has quickly become an essential way to connect with your neighbors while you’re hunkering down inside. You can connect with others, check in on the vulnerable around you, and if you have extra supplies or an essential that someone else needs, you can drop them at your neighbor’s door.
- Netflix Parties. This Chrome plugin lets you watch your favorite Netflix show in tandem with friends, making you feel like you’re at a slumber party from the comfort of your own home.
- Take a virtual field trip! Watch sea animals at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, go on a tour of the Louvre, explore Yellowstone National Park, or hop on over to the Van Gogh museum.
HealthFlix hosted an online conference on wellness from March 31 – April 12. Click on the link below to access all of the recorded sessions!
Strength Jedi Council Webinar SeriesFree lectures and webinars!
Click below to view free webinars, lectures, and lecture series. More added regularly; subscribe for notifications!
COVID-19 Rehab Resources
The Rehabilitative Care Alliance has gathered rehabilitation resources for COVID-19 patients. Access these resources below.
NeuroSask: Active and Connected
A virtual program tailored to people with neurological conditions for physiotherapy-guided exercise and social-connection during COVID-19. The doors to your local group may be closed, but we are open for active connection!
Find out more and register here.