November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

Weekly updates for Student Family Housing residents:

Residence Office and Admissions.

This a friendly reminder that the office is closed during the pandemic to reduce health risks to residents and staff. We are still here to help, but for the health and safety of all, please do not come to our offices unless instructed to do so by a staff member. For assistance please call the Residence Office on 416-978-8304 or charles.street@utoronto.ca.

For eligibility concerns or lease information please contact the Admissions at 416-978-8049 or apply.familyhousing@utoronto.ca.

If you need to deliver cheques, forms and notices please use the secure drop box outside of the Residence Office – suite 102. If you are not sure please call or email ahead of time. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this health emergency and stay safe.

Security. Our Security staff continue to be available 24/7 via phone at 416-729-1592. If your security concern requires any type of follow up, please leave the guard a phone number to contact you, to avoid face-to-face interactions where possible.

Residence Reminders and Updates

Lockdown in Toronto. As of Monday, November 23rd, the City of Toronto will be entering the grey zone or lockdown within Ontario’s COVID-19 framework. Please review the restrictions via https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/.

Wearing Masks and Social Distancing. In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer recently recommended that Canadians wear masks with three layers including a filter layer as opposed to the two-layer masks many people having been using to date. That said, Dr. Tam has not recommended discarding any of the two-layer masks that you have. Please continue to use the masks that you have, but if you’re in a close contact environment you might want to consider a new three-layer mask. You can also considering doubling up masks in order to get the three layer level of protection without throwing your masks  away. As we approach the winter months, many people will be spending more time indoors and it important that we all continue to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes regular hand washing or use of hand sanitizer, limiting being indoors with people you don’t live with and staying six feet apart when you are in enclosed spaces. The recommendation from Dr. Tam is another level of precaution that we can take especially when you may find yourself in crowded places such as supermarkets and public transit.

All residents are reminded that masks are required in all public areas of our buildings – this includes hallways, elevators, lobbies, offices and laundry rooms. Residents are also asked to social distance whenever possible. For more information on the use of masks, we encourage you to visit https://www.utoronto.ca/utogether2020/where-to-pick-up-face-mask.

Illegal Appliances. All residents are reminded that portable washing machines and dishwashers are prohibited in the building.  They cause serious problems with the hot and cold water in the building as well as problems of dirty water and detergent backing up into neighbouring kitchen sinks.  This directly affects the water quality of your neighbours.  If you currently have one of these units, please arrange for it to leave the building immediately.  Building laundry rooms are open 24/7 during the pandemic and occupancy is decreased to allow for physical distancing.  

If you suspect a unit on your plumbing line is using an illegal appliance, please contact sfh.reslife@utoronto.ca.

Smoking in Residence. In recent months there has been a great increase in smoke complaints in our buildings. This is not acceptable, and we are working to identify units involved, as this is in violation of the lease agreement. If you are smelling smoke, please notify security, as well as emailing your RA or sfh.reslife@utoronto.ca. The residence life team will ask further questions to try to identify the offending apartment, with the help of any evidence provided by security. Following both these steps is essential to identifying the issue as soon as possible.

Rent schedule. In order to make this easier to follow and avoid having to pay an extra month’s rent, please use this chart as a guide:
Submit by November 30th to move out on January 31st
Submit by December 31st to move out on February 28th
Submit by January 31st to move out on March 31st

Residence Life Updates and Resources

Trans Day of Remembrance. Today, November 20th, is Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which is an annual international day to honour the memory of the trans people who have lost their lives as a result of transphobic violence that year. To learn more about ways to make our campus more trans-inclusive and events going on at UofT in the coming week, visit https://sgdo.utoronto.ca/programs/trans-day-of-remembrance/.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month. November is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please reach out to your RA for resources or contact any of these resources located on our campus and in our community (list adapted from UofT’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre) .

Virtual Bulletin Board. To find out what’s going on in our building, campus and community, watch our virtual bulletin board for up-to-date information.

RA Contact Info and Office Hours. If you’d like to meet with your RA, please visit them during their daily Zoom office hours, or contact them to arrange an online meeting.

Recreation and Community Online. Our Recreation team has some great online programs this fall; visit http://uoft.me/sfhevents to register.
For all recreation newsletters, videos and YouTube offerings visit Songsdailydropin.wixsite.com/home
If you have questions about registration please email songsdailydropin@gmail.com.

Campus and Community Events and Programs

Updates from the Family Care Office

Navigating the Early Learning and Care Environment and Transitioning to School: Parent as Partners

Date: Friday, November 27, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
The webinar link to be shared via email.

Participants will gain an understanding of the external resources available for children requiring “Special Education Needs” (SEN) as well as typical developing children, and of the “Every Child Belongs” model (Service Delivery Model: Toronto Children Services).

We will talk about the process of transitioning children from childcare to full day learning and to elementary school, supporting them in childcare and school, and the importance of the collaborative relationship between parents, Resource Consultant, childcare and schools.

Facilitator: Loris Bennett, M.A. – Loris is a Doctoral Candidate in Leadership in Higher Education with a focus on Special Education and an Adjunct Professor in Disability Studies and Early Childhood Education. Loris has over 25 years of extensive experience in the human services field supervising residential programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities as well as offering comprehensive consultation to families and Early Learning Education and Care organizations that support children with special needs. Her scholarship is centered on teaching and professional activity, focusing on promoting access and equity for people with disabilities within a local, national and international context. Loris’ research interests include the areas of diversity, inclusion, acess and equity for people with disabilities and expanding professional development of human services personnel.

Registration required here. Current University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners are welcome.

Updates from the Centre for Internation Experience

  • November 23: Grad Step Up for incoming international grads: Toronto Tips
  • November 25: Grub Club invites you to gather over lunch with other students to listen, learn and bond over mutual interests
  • November 27: End the month with some fun Virtual Trivia