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Faculty of Dentistry Reopening: Plans and Requirements

The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto is working on a gradual and phased re-entry to its academic, research and clinical missions. Please see the sections below for information impacting each of these areas. 

This information will be updated as information becomes available. Please check back often. 

 

Returning to the Faculty of Dentistry building

The following are some commonly asked questions regarding the Faculty’s re-entry plans.

What plans has the Faculty developed to protect the health and safety of its community as the University moves towards reopening? 

Throughout the spring and summer, the Faculty of Dentistry has been working alongside the University of Toronto, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario to develop robust reopening plans with the foremost priority being the health and safety of our entire community.

Phased Re-entry

Currently, the Greater Toronto area is in STAGE 3 of re-opening. During this phase, most staff and students will continue to work from home.

Non-clinical staff members typically will require a manager’s authorization to resume on-site work.

As of July 2020, the Faculty of Dentistry’s research activities have resumed.

Read the re-entry requirements for the Faculty’s researchers, on the Research Re-entry web page.

Read the University of Toronto’s roadmap for a safe resumption of on-site activities, UTogether2020.

Those who plan to return to the Faculty for work or study are required to complete the Quercus COVID-19 Curriculumbefore re-entry. A link to the curriculum will be sent to individual’s @utoronto.ca email.

Details on the Faculty’s plans are available in the document: COVID-19: Return to the Workplace

Beginning July 9, 2020, the Faculty’s clinics have begun to reopen, with lowered capacity and enhanced health and safety protocols. For details on these plans, please access the links below.

What to expect: Arriving at 124 Edward Street

Access to the building will be limited, and all persons entering the building are expected to follow new health and safety protocols.  

Exterior Entrances

Edward Street Entrance 

To ensure compliance with building access protocols, staff will be stationed at the Edward Entrance during opening hours for screening.

West Entrance

Accessed by FOB only.

Elm Street Entrance (Patient Entrance)

Staff will be stationed at the Patient Entrance to screen patients prior to entry into clinics.

The following access points should be used to reduce the density of traffic through the building:

 

Instructors and staff assigned to Clinics.

Students (Undergraduate & Graduate) assigned to Clinics

124 Edward Entrance

All Clinic Patients

 

101 Elm Entrance

 

Non-Clinical staff, faculty, and students including Research

 

West Entrance

 

 

Access Control and Screening

For detailed entrance and screening requirements please refer to COVID-19: Faculty of Dentistry Clinic Operational Procedure and COVID-19: Faculty of Dentistry Research Recovery and Adaptation Guidelines, available through the Quercus module, a link of which was sent via email to all faculty, students, staff and instructors.  

For more information on safety protocols, please refer to the COVID-19: Return to the Workplace plan, available in the Quercus module, or at this link.

What safety protocols are in place throughout the building?

Screening

Those entering the building must self-assess  for symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone who screens probable or positive will not be permitted into the building.

Hand hygiene

Dispensers for hand sanitizer are located throughout the building and are available at each entrance.

Physical distancing / masks

All persons entering the building will be asked to adhere to physical distancing guidelines and to wear a mask.

Protective barriers

Some areas will be fitted with protective barriers, such as those in clinical settings and those with high traffic. It is recommended that transactions are handled via phone/email or web whenever possible.

Building directions

Within the building, physical distancing and lowered capacity will be respected. Some stairs will have directional signage (i.e. up or down), except in cases of emergency. Elevators will also have signage posted.

Bottle filling stations

Non-touch bottle filling stations will available, with signage posted to direct users. All other touch button drinking fountains and bottle filling stations will not be available.

Are common areas open?

Certain areas of the building will remain closed, to adhere to physical distancing and safety protocols. Please note the following changes below:

Student Commons

Open with distancing measures

Undergraduate student lounge

Temporarily closed

2nd Floor clinic staff lounge

Open with distancing measures

3rd Floor staff lounge

Temporarily closed

4th and 5th Floor  kitchen facilities

Temporarily closed

4th and 5th Floor collaboration areas

Open with distancing measures

Meeting Rooms

Temporarily closed

Graduate lounges

Open with distancing measures

Instructor Lounge

Temporarily closed

Bathrooms

Some multi-stall bathrooms will now be single-occupancy bathrooms. Please adhere to signage.

 

I’m a vendor/courier. How do I access the building? 

Vendors and other visitors are required to complete a COVID-19 screening form at the 124 Edward Street entrance prior to entry into the building.  

Deliveries are directed to the door of the shipping bay located to the west side of the building. This entrance is equipped with signage and a doorbell to facilitate the delivery. 

If you are experiencing difficulties making your delivery, please get in touch with your delivery contact.

What to do in the event of an employee or student report of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19

Any faculty member, librarian, staff or student who tests positive for COVID-19 should immediately take the following actions: 

1. Report this result directly to U of T’s Occupational Health Nurse by email at: ehs.occhealth@utoronto.ca

2. Report their sickness in accordance with departmental processes to:

 

Report to:

Student

Student Services Office

Staff

Manager

Faculty

Dean’s Office

Instructors in Dentistry

Academic Administrative Support

Please note that the University must respect the privacy of individuals who are being tested or who have tested positive for COVID-19 and ensure that this information is kept confidential.

3. Complete the self-declaration form:

     a. Appointed staff and faculty: complete the "Appointed Staff & Faculty and Librarians Employee Absence form" available on the U of T Environmental Health & Safety site

     b. Instructors in Dentistry: complete the "Non-Appointed Employee Absence Declaration form" available on the U of T Environmental Health & Safety site

     b. Students, via ACORN

What to do in the event of a patient report of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19

Before the appointment, during the pre-appointment screening:

Contact the Clinic Office immediately. Only COVID-19 positive patients with dental emergencies resulting in pain that cannot be managed by teledentistry in accordance with RCDSO guidelines will be seen in-person in a designated ‚ÄėHigh-Risk‚Äô operatory (207 B or C).

All other patients will be referred to their physician and have their appointment rescheduled 14 days later.

The day of the appointment:

Contact Clinic Office immediately. Only COVID-19 positive patients with dental emergencies resulting in pain that cannot be managed by teledentistry in accordance with RCDSO guidelines will be seen in-person in a designated ‚ÄėHigh-Risk‚Äô operatory (207 B or C).

All other patients will be isolated outside of the building, referred to their physician and have their appointment rescheduled 14 days later.

After the appointment:

Contact the Clinic Office immediately. The Director of Clinics will make a report to the medical officer of health and U of T Employee Heath Service (EHS) on behalf of the Faculty.

The Faculty will inform those affected in accordance with directives received. 

Please note that the University must respect the privacy of individuals who are being tested or who have tested positive for COVID-19 and ensure that this information is kept confidential.

 

Clinical Re-entry Requirements

Before re-entry, those accessing the Faculty of Dentistry clinics will need to complete the below requirements.

Before re-entry, those accessing the Faculty of Dentistry clinics will need to review the following:

  • COVID-19: FOD Clinic Operational Procedure
  • COVID-19: Faculty of Dentistry Return to the Workplace¬†
  • PPE Training Session (recording)

*These can be found on the Quercus COVID-19 Course shell

 

Research Re-entry Requirements

Research reentry protocols and access authorization forms

 

Read the Faculty of Dentistry's COVID-19: Faculty of Dentistry Return to the Workplace plan.

Read more on the University of Toronto's reopening at UTogether2020: A Roadmap for the University of Toronto