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COVID-19 updates

(Updated March 11, 2021)

Important building notice:

In light of the rapidly changing COVID developments, the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work building at 246 Bloor Street West is closed to the public until further notice. Deliveries cannot be received without advance notice. Mail to FIFSW should only come through Canada Post. (No couriered packages, please.)


Fall 2021 update

We wanted to reach out to you, following the letter from President Gertler, to echo the optimism expressed about the opportunity to gather in person on campus this fall, subject to the evolving public health recommendations.

As we have previously communicated, given the current circumstances, classes at FIFSW will need to continue online in the spring and summer semester, (with perhaps the exception of some courses in the ITR program).

This fall, however, we are hopeful that we will be able to come together for in-person learning and activities. We are currently developing plans towards this goal so that we will be ready to make the transition when it is safe to do so.

The extent to which we will be able to gather in-person will depend on the uptake and success of COVID-19 vaccinations and declining incident rates during the spring. Similarly, the extent to which fall practicums are offered remotely will depend on these factors. At present, the signs are encouraging, and like you, we are hopeful of meeting in person soon.

In the late spring, we should be able to share more up-to-date information about our plans for the fall semester at FIFSW. As always, our top priority is to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff while continuing to ensure that our students receive a high-quality education, move uninterrupted towards academic completion and are prepared for future professional success.

We would like to thank all of you for your ongoing perseverance, flexibility and vigilance throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to seeing you all in person soon.

Dexter Voisin
Dean & Professor
dean.voisin@utoronto.caDavid Burnes
Associate Dean, Academic
david.burnes@utoronto.ca

David Brennan
Associate Dean, Research
david.brennan@utoronto.ca

Lin Fang
Ph.D. Program Director
lin.fang@utoronto.caEileen McKee
Assistant Dean, Field Education
e.mckee@utoronto.ca

Eva Gladish
Chief Administrative Officer
eva.gladish@utoronto.ca

 


Update on spring/summer courses

As the vaccine is rolled out, social distancing measures are predicted to remain in effect at least into the spring of this year. As a result, classes at FIFSW will need to continue online in the spring and summer semester.

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. Our faculty continue to build their strengths to support all students in an online environment.

Summer practicums
What will this mean for spring and summer practicums? At present, many of our practicums are remote, and we expect that many will continue to be remote into the spring and summer or until social distancing restrictions loosen.

Convocation
The University of Toronto along with other colleges and universities have made the decision to hold their spring 2021 convocation ceremonies virtually. U of T’s virtual ceremony is scheduled for 12pm EST on June 23.

Fall 2021
Our plans for the fall will depend on the success of the vaccination process. We are hopeful that the vaccination roll out will go well, but of course it is not possible to predict with certainty at this time. We remain committed to updating you in real time when more becomes known.

We would like to underscore our commitment and support to our students. You are the next generation of social workers, the future of the profession and our future leaders. Our goal is to get to the other side of this pandemic together. We are looking forward to the day when we can again meet on campus, in person.

Dexter Voisin
Dean & Professor
dean.voisin@utoronto.caDavid Burnes
Associate Dean, Academic
david.burnes@utoronto.ca

David Brennan
Associate Dean, Research
david.brennan@utoronto.ca

Lin Fang
Ph.D. Program Director
lin.fang@utoronto.caEileen McKee
Assistant Dean, Field Education
e.mckee@utoronto.ca

Eva Gladish
Chief Administrative Officer
eva.gladish@utoronto.ca

 


> UTogether 2020: Your guide to the 2020-21 school year at U of T


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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 on our FIFSW Frequently asked questions page.


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

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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
416-978-5659
Associate.deanfifsw@utoronto.ca

Practicum:
Eileen McKee, Assistant Dean, Field Education
416-978-4338
e.mckee@utoronto.ca

PhD program:
Lin Fang, PhD Program Director, and Associate Professor
416-946-5084
Lin.fang@utoronto.ca

Research:
David J. Brennan, Associate Dean, Research, and Professor
416-978-3273
David.brennan@utoronto.ca