This page was last updated September 9, 2021
Responding to COVID-19 at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy’s academic, research and operations plans prioritize the health and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and the University of Toronto communities we serve. Operations and activities at our Faculty are informed by public health guidelines and the guidelines and recommendations of the University of Toronto. Please check this web page to stay informed about policies and procedures. You can also visit our web page for Coronavirus past updates and resources.
The Faculty is currently in Step 3 of Ontario's three-step Roadmap to Reopen process.
To ensure all reopening decisions are informed by the most up-to-date and relevant public health and U of T information, the Faculty has convened a COVID-19 OPERATIONS RECOVERY AND RESUMPTION COMMITTEE (CORReCt). If you have questions for this committee, please contact Aldo DiMarcantonio, Chief Administrative Officer.
2021 Fall Term for Students
Our goal for the fall 2021 term is to resume in-person teaching as much as possible. However, based on recent provincial announcements and the current public health situation in Ontario, we have had to make the difficult decision to hold lectures in the PharmD program online until Friday, October 8, 2021. In the weeks ahead, faculty and staff will re-evaluate if we will be able to transition to in-person lectures after the Thanksgiving weekend.
Our commitment is to bring students to campus for in-person learning to the fullest possible extent, based on public health and provincial guidelines. While larger lectures will be moved online for the first four weeks of the fall term, smaller enrollment classes and skill based labs will continue in-person. Please refer to communication from your program directors for additional detail.
Please continue to refer to The University of Toronto's UTogether guide to summer and fall 2021 for the latest updates from the University.
- As announced August 26, all members of the University of Toronto community who come onto our campuses in the fall must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and will be required to upload proof of vaccination via UCheck.
- The University expects all members of the community to have their first dose by September 13, and to be fully vaccinated by October 15.
- Prior to this announcement, the University had communicated that all students, faculty, and staff engaged in certain high-risk activities, including experiential education, will be required to provide proof of full vaccination. This requirement remains in place.
- The University had previously also announced that all students living in residence during the 2021-2022 academic year must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Working Together to Stay Safe
We all have a role to play in ensuring our safety and the safety of others. Each individual who is authorized to enter the building must follow the directions outlined below and in signage posted throughout the building.
The University of Toronto requires anyone coming to campus to complete a COVID-19 health screening by conducting a UCheck self-assessment each day before they visit. More information, UCheck login, and offline forms can be found on the UCheck website.
The University also requires individuals who are in one of our buildings, in a space that is normally publicly accessible, to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. Such spaces may include hallways, lobbies, elevators, meeting rooms, and other common use facilities to which the public normally has access.
FAQs for Fall 2021 at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
The University continues to plan for a return to in-person learning as much as possible for fall 2021. Across the University, planning is ongoing following the University’s 12 ways we are preparing for a safe return. These measures include mandatory health screening and vaccination requirements, contact tracing using QR codes, and ongoing assessment of building ventilation and air filtration systems.
Monitoring and Enforcement
It is expected that everyone will be familiar with the LDFP Guidelines for Research Restart and Recovery, University of Toronto COVID-19 Guideline for Reopening Research Spaces prepared by the Environmental Health and Safety division, the University of Toronto Approach for Research Recovery and Adaptation, the U of T Policy On Non-medical Masks Or Face Coverings, and the overarching University of Toronto Principles for Research Recovery & Adaptation.
Monitoring will be carried out by:
A) Each Principal Investigator for their own laboratory staff and spaces
Principal investigators who will be approved to carry out on-campus research will have provided their plan as a component of their Application for on-campus Research Restart and Recovery (RRR) at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. These plans will have ensured that no more than the acceptable maximum number of people will be on site at any one time. These plans will also have confirmed that each PI will take responsibility for ensuring that they and their staff and trainees have reviewed all university policies and procedures related to COVID-19 onsite work.
B) Central Office(s), including EHS, and
C) Processes to be developed by the CORReCt committee
- Divisional and institutional oversight of adherence to the guidelines will be in place and deficiencies may lead to suspension of permits to perform in person activities.
- Overcrowded labs and other safety issues can be reported to the Research Office or the Manager of Administrative Operations