George Brown College COVID-19 updates

George Brown’s Fall 2020 semester is being delivered predominantly online. We anticipate that most programs will continue to be delivered online for the Winter 2021 semester (starting January 11), with small groups of returning students coming to campus for limited instruction that requires access to our labs and facilities. Program specific information will be available closer to the start of the semester. 

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COVID-19 FAQs

We know you have many questions and we’re doing our best to provide answers as quickly as possible. Check the FAQs below, and if you don’t find the answer you need, please email ask.george@georgebrown.ca.

What is George Brown College doing?

George Brown College is continuing to monitor the situation and make decisions informed by public health officials to ensure the health and safety of our community. The college has a pandemic plan and protocols in place, and has taken a number of steps to safeguard the community, including:  

  • Closed the college, effective Monday, March 16 
  • Delivering classes online and in alternative formats
  • Cancelling all in-person events until further notice 
  • Proactively reaching out to employees and students who may have been exposed, and supporting their self-isolation
  • Working to make decisions using the best information available to us from all three levels of government and our public health organizations 

COVID-19 health and safety policy and guidelines are in place for all employees, as well as COVID-19 case reporting procedures. Any employee or student approved to work and study on campus will be pre-screened and must complete COVID-19 Awareness Training.

Is George Brown College open?

Our campuses and other facilities are closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health and safety of the college community and the general public. Classes and services continue to be delivered online. 

Small groups of students and employees have access to campus for limited instruction that requires in-person labs and facilities. Clients of our WAVE clinic (Wellness, Applied Research and Visionary Education) for dental services are also permitted at the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences on a limited basis, by appointment only. 

George Brown’s Casa Loma Child Care Centre is also open and running in accordance with Ontario’s Ministry of Education, and provincial and municipal public health measures. 

Are George Brown's childcare centres open?

George Brown’s Casa Loma Child Care Centre, along with the other lab school child care centres operated by George Brown reopened in accordance with Ontario’s Ministry of Education, and provincial and municipal public health measures on July 15, 2020.

For more information on George Brown’s other child care centres, please visit georgebrown.ca/community-services-early-childhood/early-childhood/learning-environment/child-care-centres.

Are there in-person classes this fall?

Small groups of students and employees have access to campus for limited instruction that requires in-person labs and facilities. 

Affected students will receive emails with more details. 

Learn more at georgebrown.ca/covid-19/returning-to-campus.


General information about COVID-19 

What is the risk to Toronto residents? 

Toronto moved to Stage 3 of the provincial reopening plan on July 31, 2020. Learn more about what that means at covid-19.ontario.ca

The provincial government says individuals can “establish a family or social circle of no more than 10 people who can interact with one another without physical distancing.”  

Physical/social distancing is required with anyone outside of your social circle. 

Find the current number of cases in Toronto and find out how the city is responding at toronto.ca/home/covid-19

How can I stay healthy?

Toronto Public Health advises the following to avoid infection and to reduce the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Limit non-essential trips out of your home 

  • Maintain two metres (six feet) distance from others  

  • If you can’t keep distance, wear a face mask 

In addition, to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses: 

  • Regularly wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer 

  • Refrain from touching your face with your hands and avoid contact with people who are sick 

  • Use proper cough and sneezing etiquette (use a tissue, or cough or sneeze into the crease of your arm) 

  • Stay home if you’re sick, particularly if you have symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing.  

What you need to know to help you and your family stay healthy (Ontario Ministry of Health)

All students are advised to update their emergency contact information on STU-VIEW​​​

What if I've come into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?

All individuals who have contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 are ordered to stay home by Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health for 14 days.   

You can email the college at letstalkcovid19@georgebrown.ca for advice and next steps.

What if I start to feel symptoms of COVID-19?

According to Toronto Public Health, symptoms of COVID-19 include: 

  • Fever 
  • Cough 
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Sore throat 
  • Runny nose 
  • Loss of taste or smell 
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea 
  • Difficulty swallowing 

Anyone who experiences one or more of these symptoms should self-isolate immediately and seek clinical assessment over the phone, either through TeleHealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) or by calling their primary care provider's office. 

Students 

Students must notify student counselling at letstalkcovid19@georgebrown.ca and their instructor(s) immediately. Counselling and/or academic offices will then notify Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW). If you start to experience these symptoms while on campus, call (416) 415-4000. 

Employees 

Employees must notify their supervisor and Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) at HSW@georgebrown.ca immediately. If you start to experience these symptoms while on campus, call (416) 415-4000.  

Where can I find more information?

We encourage you to follow reputable, evidence-based sources, including the links below:   

If you have an urgent question not covered in these FAQs, email ask.george@georgebrown.ca.