OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

The 2021-2022 academic year will look different than it has in the past. While the challenges of COVID-19 will have a tremendous impact on your semester, you can expect the same level of commitment to community-building, high-quality learning, transformative research and health and wellbeing.

We don’t have all the answers, but we are committed to ensuring that students, faculty and staff are supported during these uncertain times. Working together, we'll ensure an exciting and successful year for all.

 

PREPARING FOR A SAFE RETURN

Although all classes will be online this academic year and staff and faculty are working remotely where possible, we understand that there will be times where you will need to access the building and its facilities. We are ready to welcome you back to a safe and healthy environment, so please review the following before your visit.
 

OISE operations and safety guidelines

Need to visit OISE? Familiarize yourself with safety procedures, on-site work guidelines, building access, and more. Plus, access poster and signage templates, and other OISE safety resources.
 

What to expect at U of T this fall

The health and safety of our community is paramount. Learn how U of T is preparing for a safe return to campus — from enhanced cleaning to improved ventilation.
 

VISITING OISE

OISE is open at a limited capacity, however, we are encouraging students, staff and faculty to refrain from visiting unless necessary. If you need to visit OISE for work or an appointment, help keep our U of T community healthy and safe by following this simple 3-step process for planning your visit.

OISE is available for scheduled visits between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Please review OISE's operations and safety procedures before your visit.

STEP 1:
Book your visit

Use our online booking tool to reserve a day and time for your visit to OISE. Bookings can be made in advance or on the day of, depending on availability. 

STEP 2:
Complete self-assessment

On the day of your visit, complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment via UCheck. This must be performed each time you come to OISE.

STEP 3:
Sign in (and out)

Upon arrival, sign-in using the online tool posted at the entrance. For faster entry, scan the QR code using your smartphone or other device, and sign out the same way when you’re leaving.

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WELLNESS AT OISE

The well-being of our community is one of OISE's top priorities. We are working hard to enhance our wellness programming in response to our community's diverse needs during these challenging times.

This academic year, be sure to devote time for self-care by attending some our wellness events — designed to promote learning and practice opportunities that contribute to both individual and collective healing and change.


The Mindful Teacher / Educator Lunch and Learn Series

Strengthen your personal practice and explore various ways of integrating mindfulness-based strategies in education settings. Explore the latest research and the benefits of mindfulness in education. Learn more

OISE Wellness Living and Working Lunch and Learn Series

Explore topics related to wellness, such as mindfulness, self-compassion, Indigenous understandings of wellness, and more. Engage in activities and practices to help improve your health and wellbeing. Learn more

Weekly Opportunities for Practice

Join these drop-in sessions to reconnect with your body, mind and emotions. Learn techniques, including mindfulness and yoga, to increase your capacity to be reflective, strengthen resilience, and improve your relationships with others. Learn more

Mindfulness Community of Practice Meetings

A space for educators and teacher candidates to become part of a community of support. Cultivate and deepen your mindfulness practice, engage in critical inquiry and reflection, explore applications of mindfulness in education and more. 
Learn more.

 

VISIT THE OISE WELLNESS WEBSITE

COMMUNITY BUILDING ONLINE

Community is the cornerstone of OISE. While we can't be together physically this school year, plenty of online spaces have opened up to keep our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends closer than ever. Here are some of the digital community-building initiatives taking place at OISE.
 

View events calendar

Indigenous Education Network

Indigenous Education Network Virtual Events

From children's book read-alongs to tea times, a drop-in circle with Gokoomis (Grandmother) Jacque(line) Lavalley and a two-spirit knowledge sharing series, OISE's Indigenous Education Network hosts vibrant virtual events to keep students, staff and faculty connected. Attend an upcoming event.
 

Office of the Registrar and Student Services Entrance

Office of the Registrar and Student Services Virtual Chat

Have questions about course enrolment, student supports, tuition or anything else related to student life at OISE? Our staff are available to take your questions three times a week over Zoom. Drop in for a chat! Learn more and drop in!
 

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International Students Association Hangout and Chat

This WhatsApp group and weekly virtual hangout aims to help international students feel supported, heard and cared for. Meet fellow OISE students, ask questions, chat and share resources. E-mail the ISA for the chat link.
 

Students talking

OISE Caremongering

Founded on the idea that small acts of kindness can improve the lives of those around us, followers of this student-led Facebook page aims to provide social and academic support to all members of the OISE community. Join the group.
 

OISE Students Collective

OISE Student Collective

This grassroots initiative is a space for students to engage, organize and care for each other. Since April, it has been gauging student concerns through surveys and events, and voicing student demands to the leadership at OISE and the School of Graduate Studies. Connect with them on Facebook and subscribe to their newsletter
 

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OISE Academic Social Club 

AcSoc is a student-led group that organizes academic, professional development and social events to bring OISE students together. Come out to an upcoming meet up, chat with fellow students and forge new friendships. Find out about upcoming events.
 

OISE Stay at Home Club

OISE Stay At Home Club

In the time of social distancing, it can be challenging to come up with fresh ideas for teaching and entertaining children. This Twitter Live series features alumni and friends leading interactive, educational lessons for kids, adults and educators. Watch upcoming episodes.

 

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InsideOISE Newsletter

InsideOISE is an internal and informal newsletter for faculty, staff and students. Learn about all the initiatives and stories coming out of OISE – and share yours! Subscribe today.