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Critical Information for Practicum Students

A mandatory COVID-19 Curriculum has been developed for students in the health sciences.

Training and Compliance 

Student participating in an on-site placement must complete all safety orientation and  training from the site and adhere to the placement site’s health and safety processes, procedures, policies, and directives.

Students should keep up-to-date on all communications and announcements of COVID-19 related policy or procedural changes at UofT and their placement site.

Students completing clinical placements may have additional requirements, including compliance with their program’s directives regarding interactions with COVID-19 positive or presumed positive patients.

Students may not attend in-person at a placement site if they develop any COVID-19 symptoms indicated by Public Health Ontario and must notify U of T’s Occupational Health Nurse immediately by email at ehs.occhealth@utoronto.ca if they test positive for COVID-19.  Students then may not visit the University or placement site until they receive clearance to do so from UofT’s Occupational Health Nurse.

Pre-placement COVID-19 training via Quercus is mandatory for MSW students.

Best Practices

Students completing a placement on-site should follow the following best practices:

    • Wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently and after touching common surfaces
    • Avoid touching their face
    • Avoid congregating in groups, even during breaks
    • Maintain physical distancing as much as possible
    • Wear a mask and/or other PPE when social distancing is not possible or when required by the placement site
    • Wipe computer and work station with disinfectant at the start and end of each work day.

Communicate with University

Students should inform their Placement Supervisor and their University Placement Coordinator if they experience any workplace illness/injury or if they become aware of placement circumstances which are unsafe. Students have the right to refuse unsafe work immediately.

Modification Requests

COVID-19 may pose unique challenges for students and the University is committed to providing as much flexibility as possible in the circumstances. Students should inform their Program lead if they believe they require modifications to their practicums based on their personal circumstances.  Please note that Accessibility Services remains available to students experiencing disability-related barriers.

Health and Safety Policies and Resources:

Office of Environmental Health and Safety Health and Safety Policy

Guidelines on Off-Campus Safety

Policy on the Framework on Off-Campus Safety

Standards of Professional Practice Behaviour for All Health Professional Students

HUEC Guideline – Guidelines for Clinical Sites re Student Clinical Placements in an Emergency

Situation (for Health Science Faculties)

Graduate Supervision Guidelines for Students, Faculty and Administrators

 

Posted July 20, 2020