This page was updated on May 31, 2021 – 2:15 p.m. EST
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,
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.
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
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 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 others. Volunteer 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
- COVID-19 Information for University of Toronto Students (FAQ)
- Quercus Student Guide
- Student Guide to Other Tools
- Getting ready to be an online learner: https://onlinelearning.utoronto.ca/getting-ready-for-online/
- Academic success resources: https://studentlife.utoronto.ca/program/academic-success-resources/
- Basic Hygiene and Precautions
- CAMH Resources and FAQs on how to be well
- Volunteering in Active Health Care Environments
- U of T Geography and Planning – Mental Health Resources
- Well-Being Support Resources – March 27
- Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 (Coursera)
- Presenting online 101
- It’s OK not to feel OK – Toronto Public Health
- OISE – Online Wellness Platform
Don’t miss our weekly webinars with our DLSPH experts. Did you miss a webinar? Watch them all on our YouTube page.
DLSPH’s Notice and Information on Business and Academic Continuity
Past memos on business and academic continuity at DLSPH are listed below.
- A Letter from Senior Leadership (March 13, 2020)
- Faculty IT Support (March 14, 2020)
- Telecommunity at DLSPH (March 15, 2020)
- Students and Academic Continuity (March 16, 2020)
- Restricted Duties and Local Placements for Faculty of Medicine Clinical Learners (March 16, 2020)
- Class Evaluation (March 16, 2020)
- CIHR – Tri-Agency Message on COVID-19 (March 16, 2020)
- Operational Continuity (March 17, 2020)
- Graduate student research (March 18, 2020)
- Academic Continuity for Faculty (March 27, 2020)
- Academic Continuity for Students (March 27, 2020)
- Summer Classes 2020 (March 30, 2020)
- Financial Aid Resources for Students (March 31, 2020)
- In-Person Practicum Placement Pause (March 31, 2020)
- In-Person Practicum Placement Exception Process (April 7, 2020)
- Update: Summer 2020 (April 9, 2020)
- Graduate Research Continuity (April 14, 2020)
- Update: in-person practicum placement exception process (April 23, 2020)
- Process to Review Requests for Exception to in-person practicum placement sanctions (April 24, 2020)
- COVID-19 Update: Summer and Fall Teaching (May 4, 2020)
- SGS Admissions FAQ to support student communications (May 7, 2020)
- COVID-19 Update: Canada Emergency Student Benefit (May 7, 2020)
- COVID-19 Update: In-Person Practicum Placements (May 12, 2020)
- Research Continuity for Master’s and Doctoral Students in Response to COVID-19 Disruption (May 15, 2020)
- COVID-19 Update: Student Fall Term (September 3, 2020)
- Winter Term Decision (September 29, 2020)
- Winter Term Start Dates (November 26, 2020)
- Summer Term (March 15, 2021)
University of Toronto and COVID-19
The University of Toronto has developed a one-stop webpage for all university matters pertaining to COVID-19.
- Important announcement from President Gertler regarding COVID-19
- Archive of Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates for the U of T Community
- COVID-19 Prevention and Precautions
- Academic Continuity Plan
- Business Continuity Plan
- ITS Preparedness
- How to Support Employee Well-Being While Working Remotely
- Provincial Announcement on Essential Services – Impact on University Operations
- Further to PDAD&C #58 re: Faculty and Librarian Performance Evaluation and Merit Process for 2019-20 (PTR/5% Merit) (PDAD&C #61)
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.
- DLSPH’s Funding Opportunities for COVID-19
- DLSPH’s Research Funding for COVID-19
- CIHR’s Research Funding for COVID-19
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.
- Health and wellness
- Status of cases
- Current affected areas
- Travellers returning from affected areas
- Laboratory Testing
- How Ontario is preparing
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.
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Being prepared
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel advice
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): For health professionals
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Guidance documents
- Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada
- Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak
- Public Health Guidance for Schools (K-12) and Childcare Programs (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Summary of Assumptions
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources – resources are available in PDF Format in multiple languages
- Vulnerable populations and COVID-19
- How to isolate at home when you have COVID-19
- About coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Know the facts about coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Be prepared infographic (COVID-19)
- Be prepared factsheet
- Information sheet – Travellers returning to Canada (includes contact information for public health authorities in each province and territory)
- Information sheet – Travellers returning from Iran and Hubei Province, China (includes contact information for public health authorities in each province and territory