March 13, 2020
We are in an unprecedented time: COVID-19 reports change daily. We are anxious about ourselves, our loved ones and friends near and far who may be exposed to the virus. We are concerned about highly vulnerable populations, the homeless, persons in institutions, person with compromised immune systems. We worry about people stranded in different parts of the world. The list of concerns grows daily. For this moment of time, let us meditate, pray, and take strength from the Christian Lenten journey and the spiritual resources of other religions about which we teach and speak in our classrooms.
At TST and it’s seven member schools we are practicing “social distancing” so that we will reduce the chance that we will become part of the chain of transmission of COVID-2019. Meeting that goal is difficult, with many complexities for many people related to TST. No one size fits all. But decisions have been made concerning classes.
This morning, University of Toronto's President Gertler announced that classes will be delivered in a remote or online format until April 3. Read his announcement here. TST is an affiliate of the University of Toronto so we will be following the University's lead and their decisions around teaching protocols during this time. Therefore, TST's classes will also move to an online/remote format beginning March 16. Because the TST semester ends April 3, with exam week following, TST faculty will teach by remote access for the conclusion of the semester and through to the end of the exam period, April 10. TST students, please be in touch with your home college and professors for further information pertaining to your specific courses.
Meanwhile, may you find some blessings on this anxiety-ridden journey.