George Brown College Covid-19 Updates

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We’re excited to welcome you to campus for the Spring 2022 semester. 

While some public health measures were lifted on May 1, including health screening and proof of vaccination, George Brown College is extending its mask mandate until further notice. To minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we’ll continue to require mask-wearing on campus in areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Learn more about public health measures that will continue for the spring semester below. 

A focus on community, civility and caring on campus 

After a challenging two years, we’ve shown our strength as a community, and we must continue to work together to ensure a safe, caring and respectful learning and work environment for everyone. 

We understand members of the George Brown community have varying levels of comfort in returning to in-person activities on campus.That's why we're rolling out the C3 campaign highlighting community, civility, and caring — things we can do as a college to promote healthy behaviours and respectful interactions. Look out for this campaign on our social channels and on campus. 

Public health measures for the spring semester

Masking required on campus

Everyone on campus will be required to wear a mask in areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained, including all classrooms, labs, elevators, meeting rooms or offices used by more than one person. If you forget your mask, free masks are available in dispensers at main college entrances. 

Illness reporting

Employees must continue to let the college know if they have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive (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 at COVIDreporting@georgebrown.ca. Students are no longer required to report positive cases and we will no longer be posting cases on our 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.

Requirements in placement settings outside George Brown

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

Ventilation & Air Quality in College Buildings

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

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 Spring 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 Spring/Summer 2022 semester.

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

Students were able to pay their Spring/Summer 2022 semester tuition in full on Friday, April 8, 2022, or in three instalments due on the following dates:

  • First Instalment – Friday, April 8, 2022
  • Second Instalment – Friday, May 20, 2022
  • Third Instalment – Friday, June 17, 2022

How to sign up for the tuition payment plan

Students can sign up for the Spring/Summer 2022 semester tuition payment plan on STUVIEW. Students must be registered for full-time spring semester programs to qualify.

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 Withdrawal/Refund Policy For New International Students Starting In The Spring 2022 Semester?

For most international students enrolled in the Spring 2022 semester, the standard George Brown College withdrawal/refund policy will apply. The final date to withdraw with a partial refund is May 20, 2022.*

However, George Brown College will have an exceptional withdrawal/refund policy in place for registered Spring 2022 International students who are studying online from outside Canada AND have applied for their study permit before the start of their program.

Students eligible under the exceptional withdrawal/refund policy can apply for a full refund of pre-paid tuition** (less $100 withdrawal fee) if:

  • Your study permit application is refused; AND
  • You have submitted the refusal document from IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, & Citizenship Canada) to George Brown College (intlwithdrawal@georgebrown.ca) within 2 weeks of receiving your study permit refusal from IRCC together with your Withdrawal/Refund Form.

The Spring 2022 Exceptional Withdrawal/Refund Policy is in place until June 29, 2022*** with no extension.

*For students pursuing studies from within Canada (online or in person) a study permit or implied status for study permit is required. Therefore, the Day 10 withdrawal/refund policy applies, which has a deadline of May 20, 2022.

**The tuition refund will not include some material fees or the health insurance premium. Students are not eligible for a refund for any semesters prior to Spring 2022.

***Students must contact the college via email (intlwithdrawal@georgebrown.ca) within 2 weeks of receiving their study permit refusal from IRCC with the IRCC refusal documentation and the Withdrawal/Refund form in order to be eligible for the exceptional policy. This policy is in place until June 29, 2022.

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

Mask-wearing is required in areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Free masks will be available at main college entrances if you forget yours. 

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?

Yes. George Brown College has extended its mask mandate until further notice. We continue to require mask wearing on campus in areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained, including classrooms, labs, elevators, meeting rooms or offices used by more than one person. Free masks are available in dispensers at main college entrances. 

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.

Do I need to notify the college if I test positive for COVID-19?

Students 

Students do not need to report symptoms to the college. If you have COVID-19, symptoms, or are a close contact, please follow all Toronto Public Health isolation requirements

Employees 

Employees, you must continue to notify your supervisor(s) and email Health, Safety and Wellness at COVIDreporting@georgebrown.ca if you test positive for COVID-19 (PCR or rapid test) and were on campus within 48 hours of when symptoms started, or from the day of a positive test, if they did not develop symptoms. 

Whether you have been on campus or not, if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, test positive, or are a close contact, please follow all Toronto Public Health isolation requirements. If you feel sick, please stay home and look after yourself. 

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).