Dear Faculty of Education Students, Staff and Professors,
The Faculty is working hard to respond in a multitude of ways to the Coronavirus situation and we will continue to provide updates as they become available. The health and wellbeing of all remain our utmost priority. With social distancing as our most effective tool in stemming the spread of COVID-19, we nevertheless encourage everyone to reach out (virtually!) to family, friends, roommates, classmates, students and colleagues—take the time to share your best ideas for easing the strain of our shared circumstances.
Our leadership team has been in constant contact as we plan for and put into place the best possible strategies to ensure the continued work of the Faculty. Leadership team meetings are scheduled daily to review and update. Administrative and faculty committee meetings will be moved online and the majority of staff are already or will shortly be transitioned to distance work. As I have mentioned before, the Faculty is well-prepared to meet the challenges of transitioning to fully online and distance teaching and professors are diligently working in concert with the Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS) to ready their courses for Wednesday, March 18.
I would like to recognize the outstanding and tireless efforts of our entire administrative and teaching team who are all adjusting to new ways of working. Likewise, I extend gratitude to our students as many of you are adapting to distance learning. I thank you for your patience as the Faculty fine-tunes its processes.
I recognize that for some of you, these are anxious times. Where there are particular difficulties – be they physical, psychological or otherwise – the Faculty is here to support you. We will be flexible in order to facilitate continued academic progress and to maintain our operations. Please do not hesitate to contact your professor, program director, manager or myself if you have any questions or concerns.
Dean, Faculty of Education