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This page was last updated on January 19, 2022 – 5:27 p.m.

Dear DLSPH Community,

You have likely seen today’s email from the Provost and VP, People, Strategy & Equity that the University of Toronto’s return to in-person activities has been delayed to Feb. 7. I’m writing now to share the decision that DLSPH senior leaders, in consultation with students and faculty members, have made regarding our classes for the remainder of the Winter Term.

We will remain online-only until March 1, at which point we will return to a modified version of our original plan to offer some in-person class components.

The physical and mental health of our entire community is paramount in our decision-making. We also strongly considered that our School is a health science faculty with many students and faculty members working in our hospitals and other healthcare settings. At a time of great strain on our health systems, our partner hospitals and other institutions are working through staffing shortages and this means we should support them by remaining online-only until March 1. This should help cope with the increased burden of the current COVID-19 surge.

In December, when we announced our plan to return to some in-person classes and activities, each instructor came up with a plan for an in-person component. These ranged from fully in-person classes to fully online classes with options for in-person office hours or other small gatherings.

For those courses with classes that were to be online only, today’s announcement means that nothing changes. Those classes will remain fully online for the duration of the Winter Term.  Likewise, nothing changes for practicums currently underway.

For those classes whose instructors had planned to offer in-person instruction:

  • We will continue to offer all classes with larger enrolments (over 30 students) in an online format
  • We will work with the course directors for smaller classes to assess whether they can remain in person. In each case, we will encourage instructors to consider the needs of all students so that we help students participate fully in their classes.

Please note that classes held in other faculties will proceed under the rules for those faculties and we will be moving all evaluations online for the duration of the Winter Term.

It is still our goal to create opportunities for in-person gatherings and meetings for the rest of the Winter Term. Please stay tuned for announcements of more in-person academic, social and other events at our School – especially when the weather warms up and we can use outdoor spaces.

We will continue to work to make sure our spaces are as safe as possible. To this end, we will be procuring high-quality masks for students, staff and faculty who need to be on campus, we will ask all visitors to complete the UCheck paper screening form that students, staff and faculty complete online; and we will follow the public health measures laid out in our GAT. We will also be the pilot site for air quality monitoring for the University.

Finally, I know that students and faculty would like to be able to make concrete plans, and I want to assure you that this decision will stand for the rest of the Winter Term. I had looked forward to welcoming many of you back to the Health Sciences and Gage buildings, but we continue to wrestle with a challenging pandemic and we would like all of you to be able to plan for the rest of the term. Please note that it is our intention that the summer term progresses as an entirely in-person term.

Also, please know that support is available for anyone who needs it during this difficult time. U of T’s My Student Support Program (My SSP) provides students with real-time and/or appointment-based confidential, 24-hour support for any school, health, or general life concern at no cost.

The Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is available to employees of the University of Toronto. This program is provided at no cost 24/7 and 365 days a year. Call toll free 1-800-663-1142.

And please remember, flexibility, kindness and patience – with each other and with ourselves – is essential to our collective health and wellbeing right now.

Thank you for your continued patience with this process as we make the best decisions with the best available evidence for our School.

Sincerely,

Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown
Dean and Professor


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Gage Building
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Gage- Covid 19 Re entry plan

Frequently Asked Questions and Vaccinations

As we maintain continuity during these challenging times, we also aim to address all of your questions.

Click here to access our FAQ page.

You can also find live updates from JCB here.

You are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible. Please read the Provost’s Q&A on vaccine requirements on campus.

Staying Well

DLSPH 8th Floor Lounge” on Quercus!

The 8th Floor Lounge provides a space for students, faculty, and staff to come together, connect, be social, support each other, and be in community. The 8th Floor Lounge can be entered anytime. We’re seeding our the 8th Floor with Inspiration. There’s something for everyone – whether you are inspired by art, nature, animals, music, dance, poetry, speeches, short films, memes, humour, or watching others poke goo. If what inspires you is missing – add it! This space is intended to be co-created so how our online community grows is only limited by our imagination! The 8th Floor Lounge currently includes the following ways to connect:

  • Discussion boards – add a topic that excites you!
  • Themed Virtual Meeting Spaces, such as The Lounge, The Kitchen, The Tree House, The Gym, The Spa, The Music Room and more!
  • An Inspiration Corner
  • Mental Health and Wellness Resources

Visit the Lounge here.

Life is complicated and doesn’t always go as planned. If you are in distress, we can connect you to the help you need. Here are some resources for learners and students.

For Students

For 24/7/365 support: U of T My SSP (multiple languages): 1844-451-9700; or download the app: uoft.me/myssp
Good 2 Talk: 1866-925-5454

Tips from Toronto Public Health

  • Take deep breaths. Simple breathing exercises can help ease stress. Try breathing in deeply, counting to three, hold for a count of three, and then slowly breathe out, counting to three.
  • Have a routine. Structure your day and maintain positive habits.
  • Let in the sun. Open windows. Sunlight can improve your mood.
  • Exercise, dance and have fun. Blow off steam and boost endorphins.
  • Call or virtually connect with loved ones. Lean on each other for support.
  • Stay informed.  Check credible sources of information for updates but take breaks when needed. Taking in the news all day can be draining. Unplug for a bit and recharge – listen to music, meditate, read or listen to a podcast instead.
  • Look for the positives. Share inspirational stories of people helping one another.
  • Engage your brain. Do a word search, Sudoku, jigsaw or crossword puzzle.
  • Help othersVolunteer to pick up groceries or walk the dog for a neighbour who is self-isolating. Helping someone else can make you feel good.
  • Seek help. If you are feeling overwhelmed, reach out. Community help is available.

UofT GUIDES FOR STUDENTS

More Tips

Webinars

Don’t miss our weekly webinars with our DLSPH experts. Did you miss a webinar? Watch them all on our YouTube page.
Dashboard of the Dalla Lana YouTube page for COVID-19 webinars

DLSPH’s Notice and Information on Business and Academic Continuity

Past memos on business and academic continuity at DLSPH are listed below.

University of Toronto and COVID-19

The University of Toronto has developed a one-stop webpage for all university matters pertaining to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

The public health community has a wide range of knowledge, experience and skill sets to contribute to the fight against COVID-19. Listed below are immediate COVID-19 funding opportunities.

Toronto Public Health’s Resources on COVID-19

Toronto Public Health is monitoring all positive cases of COVID-19.

Public Health Ontario’s Resources on COVID-19

Learn about how the Ministry of Health is preparing for the 2019 novel coronavirus in Ontario. Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick after you travel and how to recognize possible symptoms.

Government of Canada’s Resources on COVID-19

The Government of Canada has a number of valuable resources for the public as well as health professionals as we weather through this pandemic.