COVID-19 Updates and Resources

During this evolving time in the midst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Toronto School of Theology will post updates and reources below as they become available. Check back often for additional information.

  • As of March 16, TST's classes moved online until the end of the Winter term. See directly below for information about the Summer term.
  • As of March 18, the TST building is closed and we hope to reopen Monday, April 13, 2020 at 9:00 am. (Further updates about building hours will be posted here if there is a change.)

Convocations at the Toronto School of Theology

Today, March 25 2020, the University of Toronto announced that its June convocation ceremonies will be postponed. Read the message from President Merc Gertler here. Likewise, all May convocation ceremonies at the Toronto School of Theology (TST) will be postponed. 

At TST, we share the disappointment expressed in President Gertler’s letter, and want to assure our students that those who complete their degree requirements on time will still graduate and receive their degrees and parchments, when they become available. 

Each TST member college is making plans for the rescheduling of its convocation. Given the changing situation, all of those details are not yet in place. Each member college will be in contact with its own students to confirm alternate plans.

This decision was not taken lightly. We look forward to celebrating our students’ achievements when the convocation ceremonies are able to take place.

Spring and Summer Classes at TST

TST's classroom-based spring and summer classes will be held via remote delivery to September 2020.

Plans are still underway for the delivery or postponement of courses that involve placements and practicums. Each member college will announce plans for practicum classes in the near future when we learn about the ongoing restrictions necessary to preserve public health.

Libraries

As a result of the closure of all but non-essential services in Ontario, all University of Toronto libraries are now closed. TST students who have been depending upon libraries for Internet or computer access should notify their instructors, who should, in turn, notify their college to determine what kind of support is available.

Click on a topic below for further infomation.

 

  • The wisdom of staying at home: The Washngton Post article, One doctor’s straight talk about the coronavirus
  • This is a challenging time for many, not just due to the risk of getting ill, but the toll it takes on our mental health. Here are resources offered by the Canadian Mental Health Association.
  • Steps to Justice, our trusted online resource for legal issues, is maintaining their website with information that relates directly to questions that may arise regarding employment and work, Employment Insurance, family law, and tenant law.
  • For more information on how to apply for Employment Insurance, and specifically Sickness Benefits due to COVID-19, please take a look at the Government of Canada site here.
  • The Ministry of Education has announced new online resources that will allow children (elementary and secondary students) to continue their learning while at home. Perhaps a much-needed option for parents trying to work from home with children? Check out "Learn at Home"