George Brown College COVID-19 updates

LEARNING ACTIVITIES CONTINUE DURING LOCKDOWN 

Toronto and Peel Region moved into lockdown effective Monday, November 23, 2020 for at least 28 days.   

Learning activities will continue during lockdown at George Brown College, as scheduled. Both online and on-campus classes are expected to continue for the remainder of the Fall 2020 Semester.  

We recommend that you stay up to date by:  

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Download the COVID Alert app

Help limit the spread. Download the COVID Alert app

We encourage everyone in the George Brown College community to download the Government of Canada’s COVID Alert app to help curb the spread of COVID-19. 

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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. 

Have confirmed cases of COVID-19 been reported on campus?

As of November 23, 2020, there have been 14 reported cases of COVID-19 on our campuses and at other college locations.

Confirmed Cases on Campus

COVID-19 response plan

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? 

On November 23, 2020 Toronto moved into the lockdown category of Ontario's COVID-19 response framework. Find out what that means at covid-19.ontario.ca

Toronto Public Health says trips outside the home should be for essential reasons only, such as picking up groceries or medicines, going to school, exercise or health care appointments. People in Toronto are advised to wear a mask in indoor public spaces, practice physical/social distancing, and limit contacts to people they live with.  

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 must self-isolate for 14 days.  

Self-Isolation Information 

  1. Self-isolate immediately. 
  2. Contact Toronto Public Health at (416) 338-7600.   
  3. If you’re a student, alert Student Counselling and Well-being at letstalkcovid19@georgebrown.ca. If you’re an employee, alert Health, Safety and Wellness at HSW@georgebrown.ca.   
  4. Notify your instructor(s) or supervisor(s). 
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 must self-isolate for 10 days after your symptoms started. The individual must self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19. If they do not get tested, they must self-isolate for 10 days from the date their symptoms first appeared. If tested, and the test is negative, and if symptoms are improving, the student/staff can return to work/school after 24 hours. 

Self-Isolation Information 

  1. Self-isolate immediately. 
  2. Contact Toronto Public Health at (416) 338-7600.   
  3. If you’re a student, alert Student Counselling and Well-being at letstalkcovid19@georgebrown.ca. If you’re an employee, alert Health, Safety and Wellness at HSW@georgebrown.ca.   
  4. Notify your instructor(s) or supervisor(s).  
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.