This page was last updated on Oct. 15, 2021 – 9:21 a.m.
Dear DLSPH Community,
I would like to share our plans for safely navigating DLSPH buildings during the Fall 2021 Term.
As a school of public health, we must be exemplary in our own COVID safety protocols. As such, our newly revised protocols (see attached), developed in consultation with DLSPH’s occupational and environmental health experts, exceed the University’s requirements for distancing and other safety measures in non-instructional spaces.
Our in-person return plan aligns with the University’s protocols for a safe return and the province’s three-step process. We are currently in step 3, which allows for limited opportunities for individual faculty and staff to access their individual offices and cubicles, and some in-person interactions and activities for students in meeting rooms and assigned student spaces.
For the rest of the Fall Term, courses offered remotely continue to be online. Staff members will, in most cases, continue to work remotely, with some opportunities to come into the office. Faculty will have the option of continuing to work remotely or in their individual offices. Student study space is available through the libraries, and we will gradually work to make individual and group study space available in the Health Sciences Building in the next few weeks.
All U of T community members — students, staff, faculty, librarians — must receive their second shot by tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 15, and provide proof of being fully vaccinated in UCheck by October 29 in order to come to campus. A green screen on UCheck indicates that you have complied with the vaccination guidelines. You may be asked to show your green screen, so please note the requirements below for each time you wish to come onto campus.
University employees must upload proof of vaccination in UCheck, even if they are currently working remotely.
If you have specific questions about uploading proof of vaccination and the University’s COVID response, please visit the University’s Frequently Asked Questions.
Please view this short video on safely navigating the Health Sciences Building this Fall.
If you visit the Health Sciences Building or the Gage Building or other parts of campus, you are required to:
- be fully vaccinated and upload proof of vaccination on the University’s UCheck
- wear a mask;
- maintain physical distancing of two metres indoors;
- follow all posted guidelines;
- daily when planning to be on-campus, complete the symptom screening in the UCheck system prior to coming onto campus.
We seek to engage our community in a manner that reminds, redirects and educates regarding expectations and policy. However, failure to adhere to the above requirements will result in significant disciplinary actions for students, staff and faculty members.
- Only one person is allowed in small rooms such as single-person offices, photocopy rooms, and storage spaces.
- Two people at a time are allowed in each elevator.
- Maximum occupancy limits are noted on the attached floor plans and occupancy limit signs are posted for meeting rooms, kitchens and our graduate student lounge on the 7th Where our occupational and environmental experts have determined the ventilation is expected to be “excellent”, maintaining two metres of physical distancing and wearing a mask (non-medical) will reduce risk of person to person transmission. In rooms that are not expected to have “excellent” ventilation, occupancy limits are reduced further to minimize transmission with the available ventilation. Please carefully follow the noted limits on the floor plans and posted signage.
- The large DLSPH student lounge on the 7th floor of the Health Sciences Building has been rated as having “excellent” ventilation and will therefore be available with the posted occupancy limit sign as long as occupants maintain two metres of physical distancing between people and are wearing a mask.
- The Gage Building will continue to be locked 24/7 and access will be restricted to those approved to have a fob, or those who have scheduled laboratory sessions or essential in-person meetings booked
- Faculty (including PIs and trainees) do NOT require formal approval from the Dean in advance to access assigned spaces in HSB or Gage (a change in policy reflecting our move to step 3). But they should consider whether research can be conducted remotely, and should be prepared to provide the rationale for the necessity of researchers’ physical presence at DLSPH. PIs are responsible for overseeing scheduling of research staff based on occupancy limits and distancing requirements in an Outlook shared calendar which may be requested by the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
- In our buildings, please follow the one-way floor direction arrows for hallways, or where feasible, two-way arrows indicating to pass on the right.
- Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipe dispensers are available throughout DLSPH spaces.
- You may eat (and remove your mask) only in kitchens while complying with posted occupancy limits or in private offices with the door closed.No eating or drinking is permitted in classrooms or open concept cubicles/offices, as masks must remain on at all times in these spaces.
- Note that water coolers are not available.
I would like to thank Profs. Paul Bozek and Victoria Arrandale, along with CAO Robin Hurst for their hard work and expertise in allowing our community to access our buildings safely during the Fall Term. Please watch for updates about the Winter Term, when we are expecting a further loosening of restrictions based on Ontario’s progress in curbing the pandemic.
Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown
DLSPH’s Building Use Protocols:DLSPH COVID Building Protocols Fall 2021
Floor Plans Showing Occupancy Limits:HSB floorplans
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.
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)
- Fall Decision (May 31, 2021)
- Fall Term Decision (August 9, 2021)
- Fall Update (September 7, 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