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Planning for the Fall Term at Toronto Film School 

For all COVID-19 concerns and inquiries: covidsafety@torontofilmschool.ca

A Message from the President

As we look forward to the fall term, Toronto Film School remains committed to ensuring each and every one of our students is equipped to pursue their creative education with us– be that on campus as we prepare to welcome more students back into our studios or via remote learning for those not yet comfortable or able to attend the campus in person. With the number of fully vaccinated people in our community, in Toronto and across Canada rising, Toronto Film School  can now set its sights on a broader return-to-campus plan.

The last 18 months have been challenging for so many, and we are continuing to work hard to navigate this unprecedented challenge and settle into a new normal way of life.
To help all of you and all of us with the transition, we have created this webpage where you will find the latest information around our broader return to campus, protocols, safety precautions and more. Check back often, as this page will be updated as plans evolve. Under public health guidance, our return to physical instruction will be safe, thoughtful, and full of hope for our shared future. I look forward to seeing many of you back on campus soon!

Sincerely,  
Andrew Barnsley
President, Toronto Film School

Upcoming Events and the Latest News

Health & Safety Measures

Here at Toronto Film School, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Our COVID-19 Safety Committee, comprised of representatives from across the organization, has been working hard to determine the necessary steps for a safe and successful on-campus experience at Toronto Film School.

We remain committed to working closely with provincial health authorities, responding to their evolving directives to ensure we are providing the safest and healthiest ways to deliver an exceptional learning environment at all our campuses.

This includes everything from mandatory vaccination policies, to measures to manage potential COVID-19 cases on campus, to enhanced cleaning protocols, to upgraded ventilation systems:

Resources for Students

Student Services

At Toronto Film School, we pride ourselves on our rich, comprehensive suite of student support services. These services will be instrumental in ensuring students feel both safe and excited to return to campus. We will equip our support services team and program advisors with the information necessary to provide timely support to our students.

Mental Health Support

The mental health and well-being of our students is a priority. 

Weekly webinars and peer support groups are available and highly recommended to all students. Sessions cover a variety of topics, including stress, anxiety, burnout, anti-racism, and adjustment related to COVID-19.
  
For students, staff and faculty who may be experiencing challenges during this time, there are support services available to assist you. Please feel free to contact the necessary resources below:

Vaccination Clinics

Students who are eligible can book an appointment at immunization clinics in Toronto using the Ontario vaccination registration system here or by calling the provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).

Faculty & Staff

Social Distancing

Questions or Concerns?

Faculty and staff can phone 877-847-4525 or 416-956-2979 or email: support@resourcesforyourlife.com

Questions or Concerns?

Faculty and staff can phone 877-847-4525 or 416-956-2979 or email:
support@resourcesforyourlife.com

Information Sources

How To Protect Yourself

 COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to a common cold. 

Symptoms of human coronaviruses can:

Coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

The best way to prevent the spread of infections is to:

For more information on coronavirus: 
• Call: 1-833-784-4397 
• Email: 
phac.info.aspc@canada.ca
• Visit: 
canada.ca/coronavirus

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve and not your hands.
  • Practice physical distancing at all times. 
  • Wear a non-medical mask or face covering, made with at least two layers of tightly woven fabric, constructed to completely cover the nose and mouth and secured to the head by ties or ear loops, to protect the people and surfaces around you.

Frequently Asked Questions

International Students

Toronto Film School is proud to offer a safe entry plan to Canada that has been approved by both the provincial government and the federal Government of Canada.
  
The Quarantine Plan provides students with safe isolation at a dedicated quarantine site that meets both provincial and federal guidelines. It includes transportation from the airport to the hotel, accommodations, and that you receive three meals daily. During the quarantine period, students will have the opportunity to participate in daily virtual activities and meetings with their peers and Toronto Film School support staff. 

Although there have been changes and some travelers may be exempt due to vaccination, all international students traveling to Canada must be prepared to quarantine in the event they are symptomatic or do not meet the requirements for exemption. A federal government representative will make a final determination on the exemption eligibility at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry to Canada. 
 
To learn more about the Toronto Film School Quarantine plan, please email 
QuarantineSupportON@yorkvilleu.ca.

On-Campus Protocols

Program-Specific Information

Acting for Film, TV & the Theatre

Here at Toronto Film School, we have identified three programs as a priority for on-campus instruction this fall – Acting for Film, TV & the Theatre, Film Production, and Writing for Film & Television. For students enrolled in these priority programs, our target is to provide you with the opportunity to receive in-studio instruction every term moving forward.

All students enrolled in the Acting program, regardless of which term they are in, will be offered the opportunity to attend one course on-campus this fall. Those who are either too uncomfortable or are unable to attend campus will be offered that same course via Remote Synchronous Delivery.

Our goal moving forward is to make the maximum number of courses available on campus possible, while ensuring that we create a safe space for students and instructors to learn and teach. All Toronto Film School programs currently being offered remotely will continue to be offered remotely for the time being.

Film Production

Here at Toronto Film School, we have identified three programs as a priority for on-campus instruction this fall – Film Production, Acting for Film, TV & the Theatre, and Writing for Film & Television. For students enrolled in these priority programs, our target is to provide you with the opportunity to receive in-studio instruction every term moving forward.

Term 1 Film Production students will be offered the opportunity to attend one on-campus course this fall. Those who are either too uncomfortable or are unable to attend campus will be offered that same course via Remote Synchronous Delivery. 

Term 2 and 3 Film Production students will be required to attend their Cinematography classes on-campus this fall. No remote alternative to this class will be offered. Those students requiring a revised academic plan are asked to contact your program advisor.

Term 5 Film Production students will have access to Toronto Film School studios to shoot their thesis films this fall.

 Term 6 Film Production students will be offered the opportunity to attend one on-campus course this fall. Those who are either too uncomfortable or are unable to attend campus will be offered that same course via Remote Synchronous Delivery.

Our goal moving forward is to make the maximum number of courses available on campus possible, while ensuring that we create a safe space for students and instructors to learn and teach. All Toronto Film School programs currently being offered remotely will continue to be offered remotely for the time being.

Writing for Film & Television

Students enrolled in either Term 1 or 2 of our Writing for Film & Television program will be offered one studio-based course on campus in October. These courses will also have a remote learning option. All other terms will continue to be offered remotely for the Fall Term.

However, looking forward to January 2022, our goal is to provide all Writing students with the opportunity to receive in-class instruction for each term moving forward.

Graphic Design & Interactive Media

For the Fall Term, all Graphic Design classes will continue to be offered remotely. However, Toronto Film School is excited to announce we will be welcoming students back to campus in January – just in time for the 2022 Winter Term. Our goal is to make the maximum number of courses available on campus while creating a safe space for students and instructors to learn and teach. All Toronto Film School programs currently being offered remotely will continue to be offered remotely for the time being.

Video Game Design

For the Fall Term, all Video Game Design classes will continue to be offered remotely. However, Toronto Film School is excited to announce we will be welcoming students back to campus in January – just in time for the 2022 Winter Term. Our goal is to make the maximum number of courses available on campus while creating a safe space for students and instructors to learn and teach. All Toronto Film School programs currently being offered remotely will continue to be offered remotely for the time being.

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On-Campus Cleaning Protocols
  • Cleaning protocols include increased daily cleaning and sanitization throughout the campus.
  • Enhanced sanitization of classrooms between class sessions is continuous throughout the academic term.
  • Implemented cleaning protocols for all common areas and surfaces including washrooms, tables, desks, chairs, door handles, light switches and all high-touch surfaces.
  • Hallways, washrooms and high traffic touchpoints cleaning will be conducted throughout the day.
  • The campus has sufficient hand-washing facilities on site for all students and staff.
  • Hand-washing locations are visible and easily accessible.
  • Custodial services have adequate training and necessary materials.
  • Custodial services have received adequate training on new requirements and use cleaning materials recommended by Public Health for enhanced cleaning and sanitization.
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Campus Ventilation

In order to ensure the highest standards of air quality, we at Toronto Film School are doing the following:

  • We are upgrading the ventilation filters in buildings we control to MERV 13 and continuing to work with the landlords in buildings we don’t control to do the same.
  • Increasing fresh air into the buildings and running units 24/7 to purge air systems when campuses are not in use.
  • Conducting third-party HVAC audits to improve ventilation and review ability to add disinfections systems and improve airflow.
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Managing COVID-19 Cases on Campus
  • Toronto Film School will work with Public Health authorities to identify steps to ensure the community is safe and secure and that any potential cases are contained.
  • Depending on the severity or number of cases, it is possible a whole facility or part of it may be required to close. However, in the case of a closure, Toronto Film School has contingency plans in place to ensure all classes can continue remotely.

Before Coming to Campus

Anyone who chooses to attend campus will be asked to fill out a health declaration form regardless of vaccination status. If you are experiencing cold, flu, or other symptoms, we ask that you do not come to campus.
 
The only way to confirm whether or not you have COVID-19 is through a laboratory test. To find out if you should be tested, you can take the Ontario self-assessment tool 
here. If you are waiting for a test result, isolate yourself at home, whether you have symptoms or not. Students in Ontario can book a COVID-19 test here.

Everyone is encouraged to practice the usual health precautions when visiting our campuses, including:

Protecting Yourself

Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Therefore, Toronto Film School strongly encourages all members of our community to support and promote the provincial vaccine program and register for a vaccine. 

Students in Ontario who are eligible can book a vaccine appointment at immunization clinics in Toronto using the provincial vaccination registration system or by calling the provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).

Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 – Proof of vaccination in Ontario is currently defined as a COVID-19 vaccination receipt for the second dose of a Canadian approved vaccine.

Written proof of a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – This document must be provided by a physician or registered nurse in the extended class that sets out: (i) a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and (ii) the effective time-period for the medical reason.

The Province of Ontario recently announced its COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires any employees, staff, contractors, volunteers, and students who attend campus to provide: 

Individuals who decline vaccination for non-medical reasons have the option of completing an educational session about how COVID-19 vaccines work; vaccine safety related to the development of the COVID-19 vaccine; the benefits of vaccination against COVID-19; the risks of not being vaccinated against COVID-19; and the possible side effects of COVID-19 vaccination. 

Additionally, anyone who cannot provide proof of vaccination will be required to do a rapid COVID-19 test once a week if they would like to attend campus.

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Will Toronto Film School be hosting in-person events and large gatherings on campus again?

Toronto Film School has identified priority learning opportunities for students to come back to campus. These will include some combination of courses, course components and co-curricular experiences, and social events, so each student who wants to will have a safe and engaging opportunity for an on-campus experience, alongside faculty and staff this fall. Parallel online options will also be provided.

In support of social distancing, these opportunities will be provided in our larger classrooms and common areas.  This will allow us to maintain our already small class sizes, while also providing increased space.

Toronto Film School will continue to follow the guidelines provided by government and public health officials in terms of restrictions and direction for indoor and outdoor gatherings. Social activities coordinated by the Student Life Coordinator will continue, as well as club meetings, class visits, and small events which can be safely hosted under current public health guidelines. As those guidelines evolve, our social activities, gatherings, and events will safely adapt accordingly.

How many people will return to campus in the Fall term?

The current expectations and guidance from public health and government officials is an anticipation of a busy and exciting Fall 2021 term. Some course offerings will be available in-person, along with a limited number of services and activities on campus. Campus capacity will be reduced, along with continued social distancing to avoid overcrowding. Online and hybrid options will continue to be available, varying by course and service type. Fall term is considered transitional; we must remain flexible and adaptable should conditions change. 

What will the frequency of the classroom and common area cleaning be?

Additional cleaning measures have been implemented for common areas and high-touch surfaces, as well as commonly used facilities several times a day; including cleaning and sanitization of washrooms and lounges.
 
Toronto Film School is ensuring that an adequate number of hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the campus, as well as ensuring they are filled regularly. To report empty hand sanitizer stations, please contact Reception at the main entrance.

What will happen if an individual tests positive for COVID-19 on campus?

If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, Toronto Film School will follow the COVID-19 Safety Plan and the Public Health guidelines provided by public health officials for reporting and notification, disinfection, and communication.

Will students have access to common areas such as the cafeteria and lounges?

The student lounges and other common areas will be accessible and available during the transition back to campus. Everyone is urged to continue to avoid overcrowding in common areas and to do their part in ensuring continued cleanliness in shared spaces.

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What is Toronto Film School doing to ensure safe building ventilation for a return to campus?

Toronto Film School established a COVID-19 Return to Campus working group, which includes the HVAC Working Group who review all potential issues related to returning to campus, including implementation of technical recommendations to enhance building ventilation systems and reduce the risk of airborne infectious aerosol exposure in Toronto Film School owned and operated buildings. As the school prepares to resume on-campus instruction and ensure a safe indoor environment, the working group has prioritized our campus teaching spaces.

The HVAC Working Group team includes professional engineers and subject matter experts in the design, maintenance and operation of building mechanical systems. 

Toronto Film School has implemented the following approach: 

Does Toronto Film School have contingency plans if there is a sudden spike in cases?

Yes, return to campus planning does take into consideration the potential need to revert to remote learning and work from home.

Toronto Film School recognizes ever-evolving conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic to require adaptability to maintain campus and community safety, while ensuring operational needs through our Continuity of Education Plans (CEP). We encourage staff and students to remain flexible and be prepared for change or formats if required to maintain safety.

I am feeling anxious about the return to campus, how can Toronto Film School support me?

Returning to campus is both exciting and daunting, as we have been away for so long. You are not alone in feeling cautious about this return. Rest assured, Toronto Film School is following all COVID-19 safety guidelines, and ensuring campus and community safety is the number one priority.
 
The Student Success Team compiled resources accessible to students 24/7 through the 
Student Success Centre. Staff have 24/7 access to the  Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provides practical information and counselling on various topics. For more information on the EAP program, contact Human Resources.

How does Toronto Film School support students during these challenging times?

Covid-19 is having an impact on all of us. There are supports available to students which includes, but are not limited to:

  • Increasing air ventilation rates (both recirculated and fresh) while still maintaining comfortable indoor air temperature and humidity.
  • Increased maintenance and inspections of building HVAC systems and changing of air filters.
  • Opening windows or doors where possible or feasible, and in addition, Toronto Film School has hired a mechanical engineer to conduct an audit of our building/campus and will provide additional equipment specific recommendations shortly which will be taken under advisement since our equipment is floor specific to us.

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We Are Here To Help

For Faculty and Staff:

For staff and faculty who may be experiencing mental health and wellness challenges during this time, there are support services available to assist. Please feel free to contact our employee assistance program at 877-847-4525 or 416-956-2979 or email support@resourcesforyourlife.com

For staff and faculty who may be experiencing mental health and wellness challenges during this time, there are support services available to assist. Please feel free to contact our employee assistance program at 877-847-4525 or 416-956-2979 or email
support@resourcesforyourlife.com

For all COVID related inquiries, email:

For Student Counselling:

For students who may be experiencing mental health and wellness challenges during this time, there are support services available to assist. Toronto Film School students can visit https://tfs.janeapp.com/ to make an appointment. 

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory for students and staff?

The Province of Ontario recently announced its COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires any employees, staff, contractors, volunteers, and students who attend campus to provide either: 

Acting for Film, TV & the Theatre
All students enrolled in the Acting program, regardless of which term they are in, will be offered the opportunity to attend one course on-campus this fall. Those who are either too uncomfortable or are unable to attend campus will be offered that same course via Remote Synchronous Delivery.

Writing for Film & Television

Students enrolled in either Term 1 or 2 of our Writing for Film & Television program will be offered one studio-based course on campus in October. These courses will also have a remote learning option. All other terms will continue to be offered remotely for the Fall Term.

However, looking forward to January 2022, our goal is to provide all Writing students with the opportunity to receive in-class instruction for each term moving forward.

Graphic Design & Interactive Media and Video Game Design

For the Fall Term, all Graphic Design and Video Game Design classes will continue to be offered remotely. However, Toronto Film School is excited to announce we will be welcoming students back to campus in January – just in time for the 2022 Winter Term.  Our goal is to make the maximum number of courses available on campus while creating a safe space for students and instructors to learn and teach.  All Toronto Film School programs currently being offered remotely will continue to be offered remotely for the time being.

Program-Specific Information

Programs

460 Yonge Campus Information

How large will the on-campus class size be for my program?

Class size will be dependent on guidelines from Public Health. Depending on the guidelines at the time of term start, class sizes could be approximately 20 students. 

Is there anything program-specific to your program that students will need to know about their learning environment?

Masks will be required. There will be sanitization stations and classrooms will be cleaned between classes. If a student chooses not to come to campus, most courses offer a Zoom alternative.

How can students in your program access equipment?

We're working on a procedure and more details will be posted here as they are confirmed.

PROVIDING FLEXIBILITY

Can students join in-class instruction mid-way through Fall term (for students either uncomfortable or unable to come at the start of the term)?

Once a term of study has commenced in a particular delivery mode, students will need to complete the term in that delivery mode.

Although there have been changes and some travelers may be exempt due to vaccination, all international students traveling to Canada must be prepared to quarantine in the event they are symptomatic or do not meet the requirements for exemption. A federal government representative will make a final determination on the exemption eligibility at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry to Canada. 
 
To learn more about the Toronto Film School Quarantine plan, please email

QuarantineSupportON@yorkvilleu.ca

  • Face masks are mandatory and should always be worn during your visits to campus
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Covering nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow 
  • Stay home when sick to prevent the spread of illness
  • Flexible work-from-home arrangements to reduce the number of required staff on-site at all our campuses
  • Plexiglass barriers at reception to maintain social distancing and reduce risks to staff.
  • Physical barrier cleaning added to cleaning protocol
  • Take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus
  • Be very mild or more serious
  • Vary from person to person
  • Respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze.
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands. 
  • Touching something with the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.

These viruses are not known to spread through ventilation systems or through water.

While on Campus

Limit your time on campus 
Students and faculty are asked to limit their time on campus. We ask that you come to campus no more than 15 minutes before scheduled classes, activities, or appointments.

We at Toronto Film School have redesigned our approach to providing student support, reducing the need to wait in line and to come to campus. Details include:

  • Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 – Proof of vaccination in Ontario is currently defined as a COVID-19 vaccination receipt for the second dose of the vaccine.
  •  Written proof of a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – This document must be provided by a physician or registered nurse in the extended class that sets out: (i) a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and (ii) the effective time-period for the medical reason.

Individuals who decline vaccination for non-medical reasons have the option of completing an educational session about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination. Such university-approved sessions must address: How COVID-19 vaccines work; vaccine safety related to the development of the COVID-19 vaccine; the benefits of vaccination against COVID-19; the risks of not being vaccinated against COVID-19; and the possible side effects of COVID-19 vaccination. Additionally, anyone who cannot provide proof of vaccination will be required to do a rapid COVID-19 test once a week if they would like to attend campus.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

In support of social distancing, we have taken measures to create learning environments that both students and faculty feel safe and comfortable being in. In some cases we have reduced class sizes, split cohorts of students, creatively scheduled classes across the campuses and repurposed common areas as classrooms.

Vaccination Policy

The Province of Ontario recently announced its COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires any employees, staff, contractors, volunteers, and students who attend campus to provide proof of vaccination. As of Sept. 7 and through to Oct. 1 students and staff will be asked to make an attestation of having received a Canadian approved vaccination. Those who cannot or choose not to will also have the option of a rapid test. After Oct. 1 students and staff will be asked to provide the following, as outlined by the government:

  • Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 – Proof of vaccination in Ontario is currently defined as a receipt showing you are fully vaccinated. The Definition of Fully Vaccinated: Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed from the 2nd dose of a two dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g. Pfizer) or 1st dose of a one dose vaccine (e.g. Johnson and Johnson). A detailed list of approved vaccinations can be found here.

  • Written proof of a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – This document must be provided by a physician or registered nurse in the extended class that sets out: (i) a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and (ii) the effective time-period for the medical reason.

Individuals who decline vaccination for non-medical reasons have the option of completing an educational session about how COVID-19 vaccines work; vaccine safety related to the development of the COVID-19 vaccine; the benefits of vaccination against COVID-19; the risks of not being vaccinated against COVID-19; and the possible side effects of COVID-19 vaccination.

Additionally, anyone who cannot provide proof of vaccination will be required to do a rapid COVID-19 test once a week if they would like to attend campus.

Definition of Fully Vaccinated: Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed from the 2nd dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g. Pfizer) or 1st dose of a one dose vaccine (e.g. Johnson and Johnson).

*** Any components of our vaccination policy that contradicts newly introduced government/Public Health Ontario policy will be canceled and revisited to ensure compliance.

Film Production

Term 1 Film Production students will be offered the opportunity to attend one on-campus course this fall. Those who are either too uncomfortable or are unable to attend campus will be offered that same course via Remote Synchronous Delivery.

Term 2 and 3
Film Production students will be required to attend their Cinematography classes on-campus this fall. No remote alternative to this class will be offered. Those students requiring a revised academic plan are asked to contact your program advisor.

Term 5
Film Production students will have access to Toronto Film School studios to shoot their thesis films this fall.

Term 6
Film Production students will be offered the opportunity to attend one on-campus course this fall. Those who are either too uncomfortable or are unable to attend campus will be offered that same course via Remote Synchronous Delivery.

Here at Toronto Film School, we have identified three programs as a priority for on-campus instruction this fall – Acting for Film, TV & the Theatre, Film Production, and Writing for Film & Television.

For students enrolled in these priority programs, our target is to provide you with the opportunity to receive in-studio instruction every term moving forward.

Our goal moving forward is to make the maximum number of courses available on campus possible, while ensuring that we create a safe space for students and instructors to learn and teach. All Toronto Film School programs currently being offered remotely will continue to be offered remotely for the time being.