George Brown College COVID-19 updates

Online & Hybrid program delivery continues this fall

Fall semester programs will be delivered in both online and hybrid formats. The fall term starts on September 7.

Protecting yourself and others from COVID-19

We urge everyone to take all precautions, whether you’re on campus or not, to keep yourselves and your families safe. Find information on vaccines on the COVID-19 vaccination information page. 

On campus, we have enhanced our safety protocols. Visit the Returning to Campus page to learn more. 

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 taken a number of steps to safeguard the community, including:  

  • Closed the college, effective March 16, 2020 
  • Delivering classes in online and hybrid 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 May 19, 2021, there have been 57 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?

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? 

Learn more about the Ontario COVID-19 Response Framework

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

How can I stay healthy?

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

  • Get vaccinated as soon as you're eligible.
  • Wear a face mask in indoor public or common areas and in outdoor areas where it isn't possible to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others.
  • Continue to practice physical distancing. Maintain at least two metres (six feet) from others.
  • Avoid non-essential trips.
  • Work from home if you can. 

Find more information at toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-reduce-virus-spread.

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.  

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

Vaccination 

Visit our COVID-19 vaccine information page

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 georgebrown.ca/letstalkcovid19. 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 georgebrown.ca/letstalkcovid19. 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.