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COVID-19 updates

(Updated September 30, 2020)

Update on the winter 2021 semester

It has been a pleasure, this fall, to welcome new students and faculty, launch new events, delve into new and existing research projects and connect with our extended communities of partners and alumni. We would like to thank everyone for their flexibility as we all adapt to and embrace a new remote learning environment. While this year will certainly be different, there is still much to look forward to and celebrate as we continue to advance our teaching, leadership, service, research and training.

As the global COVID-19 pandemic evolves, many are understandably wondering about plans for the winter semester. After careful consideration, we can now tell you that classes in the winter semester will be online.

We remain as committed as ever to ensuring that students receive a high-quality education and are well prepared to enter the social work field. Since the spring, our faculty have become adept at teaching virtually, strengthening their skills through intensive training and practice. This semester, they will continue to build their strengths to support all students in an online environment.

What will this mean for winter practicums? At present, many of our practicums are virtual, and we expect that this will continue in the new year. FIFSW and its practicum partners are required to follow university directives, directives at their organizations and public health guidelines. Whether all practicums become virtual will be determined by changes to these directives.

If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of our academic leadership team listed under ‘FIFSW contacts’ below. We will also continue to hold monthly student community meetings where students can raise questions and share ideas in a public forum. We have shared the questions and answers from previous meetings below.

> UTogether: Information about Fall 2020 at U of T

NEW: Introducing Navi

U of T has launched a Student Mental Health Virtual Agent to help students navigate mental health supports at the University of Toronto. Navi (short for navigator) is an anonymous wayfinding tool that is available 24/7. It can currently speak to 48 broad topics related to mental health including: stress, anxiety, loneliness, harassment, discrimination, bullying, academics, career, sleep issues, accessibility, coping techniques, abuse, eating disorders, how to get involved, health care access, and more. Click here to learn more.

> Click here to access Navi: Your mental health wayfinder

> Financial Support & Funding Opportunities

Student community meetings

FIFSW has been holding monthly Student Community Meetings to provide students with updates and answer any questions students may have.

Questions and answers from previous meetings can be found in the PDFs linked to below.

March 25 FAQs [PDF]
April 14 FAQs [PDF]
May 13 FAQs [PDF]
June 18, 2020 [PDF]
September 21, 2020 [PDF]

Impact on Social Work Practicums

> Click here for information on COVID-19 Impact on Practicum courses.

> Recommended Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Learning

Research information

U of T’s FAQs

> U of T – Frequently Asked Questions

Further resources:

FIFSW Contacts

Members of the FIFSW community who have questions, are encouraged to contact appropriate faculty member below:

Master of Social Work:
David Burnes, Associate Dean, Academic, and Associate Professor

Eileen McKee, Assistant Dean, Field Education

PhD program:
Lin Fang, PhD Program Director, and Associate Professor

David J. Brennan, Associate Dean, Research, and Professor