George Brown College Covid-19 Updates

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, George Brown College has followed the guidance of government and public health authorities in establishing measures to keep our community safe. As provincial masking requirements have now been lifted in most environments, and case counts have decreased significantly both across the region and within our college, we've made changes to our COVID-19 prevention measures. 

Lifting of mandatory mask policy 

George Brown College no longer requires masks on campus, aside from in specific Health Sciences programs and spaces where the relevant sector requires them. Although we have transitioned to an optional masking policy, we continue to encourage masking as a health promotion measure. Masks are available at main campus entrances, and we remain a mask-friendly environment. 

We recognize that members of our community have varying levels of risk tolerance and comfort related to masking, distancing and physical contact. At George Brown, we support our community unconditionally and we respect each other’s decisions with civility and compassion. We encourage you to be patient with yourself and with others, and we strive to ensure that both our language and behaviours demonstrate the pillars of our C3 campaign: community, civility and compassion. 

Public health measures 

For more information about what to do if you have symptoms, household contacts, etc., please visit Toronto Public Health's website.

Centres for Community Services & Early Childhood and Health Sciences

Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required for students and employees at the centres for Community Services & Early Childhood and Health Sciences who are in placements in the following environments: 

  • Clinical settings 
  • WAVE clinics 
  • Onsite labs 
  • Early Childhood Education centres 

PPE (personal protective equipment) requirements remain in place in accordance with public health, regulatory standards, and best practices. More information is available directly from your academic program teams.

Illness reporting

Employees must continue to let the college know if they test positive for COVID-19 (PCR or rapid test) if they were on campus in the 48 hours prior. Employees must notify their supervisor and contact Health, Safety and Wellness through the Employee COVID questionnaire.  

Requirements in placement settings outside George Brown

Students and employees will abide by policies at their placement settings.

Ventilation and air quality

George Brown College continues to monitor and upgrade ventilation systems in our buildings to help maintain healthy and safe indoor environments. 

Our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are checked regularly and are operated in accordance with American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards.

FAQs

International applicants and students: Visit AskGeorge International for international-specific FAQs.

Please note that these plans are subject to change if public health guidelines are modified. 

Is there a tuition payment plan for the Fall 2022 semester?

Yes. We recognize that COVID-19 has presented challenges for students, including unanticipated financial pressures, and so we have established a tuition payment plan for the Fall 2022 semester.

The payment plan is available to new and returning domestic students and returning international students.

Students can pay their Fall 2022 semester tuition in full on Monday, September 19, 2022, or in three instalments due on the following dates:

  • First Instalment – Monday, September 19, 2022
  • Second Instalment – Monday, October 17, 2022
  • Third Instalment – Monday, November 21, 2022

How to sign up for the tuition payment plan

Students can sign up for the Fall 2022 semester tuition payment plan on STUVIEW. Students must be registered for full-time fall semester programs to qualify (online registration begins July 18, 2022). There is a $45 charge for the installment plan option.

Is there a tuition payment plan for the Winter 2023 semester?

Yes. We recognize that COVID-19 has presented challenges for students, including unanticipated financial pressures, and so we have established a tuition payment plan for the Winter 2023 semester.

The payment plan is available to new and returning domestic students and returning international students.

Students can pay their Winter 2023 semester tuition in full on January 20, 2023, or in three instalments due on the following dates:

  • First Instalment – Friday, January 20, 2023
  • Second Instalment – Friday, February 17, 2023
  • Third Instalment – Friday, March 17, 2023

How to sign up for the tuition payment plan

Students can sign up for the Winter 2023 semester tuition payment plan on STUVIEW. Students must be registered for full-time fall semester programs to qualify (online registration begins November 13, 2022). There is a $45 charge for the installment plan option.

Is there a tuition payment plan for the Spring 2023 semester?

Yes. We recognize that COVID-19 has presented challenges for students, including unanticipated financial pressures, and so we have established a tuition payment plan for the Spring 2023 semester.

The payment plan is available to new and returning domestic students and returning international students.

Students can pay their Spring 2023 semester tuition in full on Friday, May 19, 2023, or in three instalments due on the following dates:

  • First Instalment – Friday, May 19, 2023
  • Second Instalment – Friday, June 19, 2023
  • Third Instalment – Friday, July 21, 2023

How to sign up for the tuition payment plan

Students can sign up for the Spring 2023 semester tuition payment plan on STUVIEW. Students must be registered for full-time fall semester programs to qualify (online registration begins March 20, 2023). There is a $45 charge for the installment plan option.

Where do I find information on program delivery for the Fall 2022 semester?
What if I'm not comfortable returning to in-person activities on campus?

We understand there is a range of comfort levels when it comes to in-person activities on campus.  

As the Ontario government continues to ease public health measures individuals will need to consider their own health and general comfort levels when it comes to in-person activities. 

We encourage everyone coming to campus to get three doses of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine. Find information on how to get vaccinated at covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine

While mask-wearing is no longer be required on campus, we remain a mask-friendly environment. Free masks are available at main college entrances.  

We also encourage all community members to continue good hand hygiene as a means to reduce the spread of COVID-19 or any other illness.  Anyone who is feeling ill, or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, should stay home until their symptoms have resolved. 

I am immunocompromised. Do I have to return to campus?

We understand returning to in-person activities may pose unique challenges for people who are immunocompromised.  

Accommodation processes are in place for students and employees who do not believe they can safely return to campus due to medical restrictions and limitations. Find information below. 

Student Accommodations Employee Workplace Accommodation Policy 

Do I need to show proof of full vaccination for a clinical or field placement?

While George Brown College no longer requires proof of vaccination, there are industries that require employees and work placement students to provide proof of vaccination, including childcare centres, some health care settings, and possibly other organizations. 

Students in the Centres for Community Services & Early Childhood and Health Sciences are still required to provide proof of full vaccination if they are in placements in clinical settings, the WAVE clinic, onsite labs, and in early childhood centres. Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements remain in place in accordance with public health, regulatory standards, and best practices. More information is available directly from your academic program teams. 

Students participating in clinical and work placements should review their program page on our website for more information.  

Is proof of full vaccination still required for Early Childhood Education students and employees?

Students in the Centre for Community Services & Early Childhood are still required to provide proof of full vaccination if they are in placements in early childhood centres. Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements remain in place in accordance with public health, regulatory standards, and best practices. More information is available directly from your academic program teams. 

Are masks still required on campus?

No. George Brown College no longer requires masks on campus, aside from in specific Health Sciences programs and spaces where the relevant sector requires them. Although we have transitioned to an optional masking policy, we continue to encourage masking as a health promotion measure. Masks are still available at main campus entrances, and we remain a mask-friendly environment. 

Should I be prepared for screening at building entrances on campus?

All campus entrances are open without in-person screening or verifications. 

Do I have to complete daily COVID-19 health screening and awareness training?

We’ve removed COVID screening and training requirements to access campus.

Will there be designated eating areas on campus?

No. Seating has returned in our cafeteria and lounge areas. 

Is physical distancing required on campus?

We have lifted physical distancing protocols on campus. 

Students who have questions about physical distancing in classrooms or around campus are encouraged to visit the Student Counselling and Well-being page for support resources.

Employees who have concerns about physical distancing in work settings on campus are encouraged to address the issue with their manager, or they can contact Health, Safety and Wellness (contacts at bottom of the page). 

What is changing at The George student residence?

The same changes we’ve made to COVID-19 protocols on campus are also in place at The George. Proof of vaccination, and physical distancing requirements have been lifted. 

Where can employees learn more about the return to campus?

The Return to Campus Guide outlines what employees can expect when they return to college buildings to work. 

I have more questions. Who can I ask?

Students with questions about health and safety protocols can submit questions at georgebrown.ca/letstalkcovid19

Employees with questions can contact Health Safety and Wellness team (contacts are listed at the bottom of the page).