COVID-19 Updates

The University of Toronto is continuing to monitor developments involving the coronavirus (now referred to as COVID-19). 

 

Latest coronavirus updates for the U of T community

 

Latest coronavirus updates specific to the SCS community

Latest message: March 30, 2020 03:30 PM

As we all try to adjust to terms like flattening the curve and social distancing, the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies is working hard to uphold our commitment to meeting your learning needs.  Mandatory business and education closures mean that in all things “teaching and learning”, we have to continue our dedication to being nimble, responsive, and creative.   

Merely having online and remote learning options available isn’t enough – we want to stay true to our commitment to providing the highest academic quality.  As we prepare for the winter term to end and the spring term to begin, here are a few updates. 

Winter 2020 final tests, exams and assessments 
For those of you who are in a course that is in-progress, you should have an email from a member of the SCS team letting you know that both in-person final assessments and online proctoring will not happen this term.  You will be receiving further communications this week, letting you know what your final assessment – if applicable – will look like. Our main focus in this process is you, our learner. We are doing all that we can to be sure you feel supported through to the completion of your course, and we’re mindful of the stresses you are under in all aspects of your life right now.

Updates on Spring/Summer courses
None of us know how how long the Ontario Government’s recommendations for social distancing will last. We have received direction from the University’s executive academic administrators to plan for online and remote delivery for the spring/summer semester.  We have a solid, existing suite of online courses. We also have many courses that currently aren’t available in an online or remote learning format, and we are working to change that. We need time to factor in our commitment to academic quality and the learner experience to determine which courses can be moved to an online or remote delivery format and allow us to stay true to those commitments. We need some time to do this and we expect to have more details by April 14th. 

More information and staying connected
We understand that these times are unsettling for many. We will continue to provide adult education solutions, but we acknowledge, and are sensitive to, the economic realities faced by so many Canadians. 

We are all trying to find our place in this new reality. If you have questions or if there is anything we can do to support you, we remain here for you.

Sincerely,
Maureen MacDonald, PhD
Dean
 

Previous messages

As Canada continues to deal with the repercussions of COVID-19, the University of Toronto remains committed to playing our part in ensuring the health and wellbeing of our community. To this point, all administrative buildings on all three U of T campuses are closed to the public, effective March 18, 2020.

What does this mean for your current learning with us or your upcoming learning? The academic administrative support and services provided at SCS continue to be fully operational. Where we can, we are moving our in-class courses to an online learning environment. We encourage you to check your email, and here, for regular updates.  Some online resources have been created and they will be updated as developments around COVID-19 evolve.

We are grateful for your loyalty, patronage and understanding.  We are seeing unprecedented waves of solidarity to try to contain the impact of COVID-19, within Canada and across the globe. If you have questions, we are here for you.

Sincerely,
Maureen MacDonald, PhD
Dean

The entire University of Toronto community is monitoring the developments around COVID-19.  When possible and appropriate, the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) will follow the lead of the University.  We have developed this web page to house information that is SCS-specific and we encourage you to check the U of T general updates page noted above, as well as this page, frequently. 

In response to the University of Toronto’s directive to cancel undergraduate courses in an effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies will be suspending in-class courses from Saturday, March 14th until Sunday, March 22, 2020. 

Please note: Learners in the U of T SCS English Language Program (ELP) will hear directly from the ELP Program Team regarding contingency planning.

During this time, we will be evaluating each course and determining an appropriate approach that will allow for suitable course completion, including exams, where applicable. As there is not a “one-size-fits all” approach in this situation, we will be reaching out directly to you by March 20, 2020, with specific plans for the course(s) you are enrolled in. 

We will also be evaluating our existing enrolment guidelines and establishing contingency guidelines to accommodate for these extenuating circumstances. These guidelines will also be published by March 20, 2020. Online courses will continue as planned, as well as pre-planned online exams. 

Learners who are registered in course(s) in the Spring/Summer term can also expect to hear from us regarding future planning and scheduling, as of today the Spring/Summer term remains unchanged. Please direct your immediate questions to scs.academics@utoronto.ca

Please note that the Comparative Education Service continues to welcome, process and conduct communications on credential assessment applications. We acknowledge that processes to obtain official academic records may be affected by the global situation and wish to reassure our applicants that no application will be suspended or cancelled due to delays in obtaining your academic transcripts. IRCC clients may also obtain government-issued instructions here.

We recognize that these are unprecedented times and we are committed to supporting you in your continued learning. We thank you for your ongoing understanding and flexibility.

Sincerely,
Maureen MacDonald, PhD
Dean

Dear Students,

The University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies is following the University’s leadership when it comes to the continued monitoring of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. The University has established a steering group of senior administrators, including leaders who responded to the SARS crisis in 2003, to coordinate U of T’s response across its three campuses. The University also has academic and business continuity plans that will be enacted if needed.


Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health continues to advise that the risk to Ontarians is low. The University has prepared answers to some FAQ’s and provided some helpful contact numbers. We recommend that you stay informed on the latest information about symptoms and treatment, how to protect yourself, and the status of COVID-19 by following any of the credible information sources (which are being updated regularly) listed at the bottom of this message.

We also recommend you adopt the following practices: 

  • Check your email for updates from SCS on a regular basis
  • Look for the latest information about your classes on Quercus
  • The University is posting COVID-19 updates as more information is made available 

We are preparing contingency plans should the situation change and will keep you informed if we need to alter our regular operations. Our preparations revolve around the need to ensure the health of our community, and the continuity of our courses and programs. 

Finally, we all need to practice basic protective measures against COVID-19. Please consider these tips from Toronto Public Health

Resources: 

Health

Travel

 

Sent on behalf of our Dean, Dr. Maureen MacDonald

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Kristine (Krissy) Collins, MA

Director Academic Programs
University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
158 St. George Street, 
Toronto, ON, M5S 2V8 Canada
scs.academics@utoronto.ca