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The Summer 2021 term at DLSPH will be a continuation of the Fall and Winter terms — remote learning for the vast majority of courses.

And, with few exceptions, courses for the Fall 2021 term will be delivered remotely.

This page was updated on May 31, 2021 – 2:15 p.m. EST

Dear Students,

I am writing to provide an update on the Fall 2021 Term for DLSPH. With few exceptions, courses will be delivered remotely. We will provide as much in-person co-curricular activity as we can offer safely, following public health guidance.

I am encouraged by the progress we are making against the pandemic with vaccinations and declining COVID-19 caseloads. However, as we relax restrictions on indoor activity this summer, it is unclear whether we will face a fourth wave in the Fall.

I am optimistic that students, staff, and faculty will have received at least one dose of vaccine by the beginning of the Fall term, and that case numbers will continue to decline and stay low. However, I anticipate that some public health restrictions, such as gathering size limits and physical distancing, will remain in place during the Fall term.

This is why I have made the difficult decision, in consultation with faculty leaders, to deliver courses remotely, with few exceptions in the Fall term. That said, you will have opportunities to meet and engage with other students, faculty, and staff this Fall. We are focussing on in-person research activities and creating a range of in-person co-curricular activities, informed by public health guidance.

Our School communications office will update you throughout the summer on progress towards these plans. We intend to consult with student leadership on a meaningful program of in-person and online activities to enrich your time at DLSPH.

All my best,
Steini

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.