Health and Safety on Campus

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We’re eager to welcome students and employees to campus and we’ve put enhanced health and safety measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Programs continue to be delivered in both online and hybrid formats and all on-campus activities are run according to Toronto Public Health guidelines. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make decisions based on the latest direction from Toronto Public Health and the provincial government. The health and safety of the George Brown community is our top priority, and our protocols are subject to change as guidance from public health evolves. 

We’re doing everything we can to protect your health while you’re on campus, including: 

1. Awareness training

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We’re ensuring all visitors know about COVID-19 prevention before they come to campus. 

COVID-19 awareness training is mandatory for anyone visiting campus.

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2. Capacity limits

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To reduce the number of people on campus, programs continue to be delivered in both online and hybrid formats.  

We are also offering select student services online and in person, to provide more flexibility. 

Capacity limits are in place for smaller spaces on campus. 

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Student support and service delivery

3. Enhanced cleaning

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We’ve increased cleaning frequency and we're using hospital-grade disinfectant in common areas and on work surfaces. All shared equipment, devices, tools, materials and supplies are disinfected between use. Disinfecting spray and cloths are provided to wipe down all shared equipment. 

4. HVAC and air quality

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HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems across the college have been reviewed to ensure they meet the required standards. Air quality testing has also been conducted on all campuses.  

5. Physical distancing

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Along with capacity limits on campus, we require physical distancing of at least six metres in college buildings. When six metres of physical distance can’t be achieved (in labs, clinics and other smaller spaces) enhanced PPE (including eye protection) is mandatory.  

Plexiglass barriers are also in place in various areas around campus. 

What to Expect on Campus 

6. PPE

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Masks must be worn in all indoor spaces, and in smaller spaces we also require eye protection. Masks and face shields are provided at campus entrances if you forget your gear. 

Additional PPE may be required, and provided, for specific programs or courses. 

PPE Required on Campus

7. Rapid testing

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COVID-19 rapid testing is available at Casa Loma, St. James and Waterfront campuses. We encourage students and employees who are on campus to take advantage of this service and get tested regularly. 

What to Expect on Campus

9. Signage and wayfinding

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Signage outlining our COVID-19 protocols and room capacity limits are posted throughout our buildings, along with wayfinding and directional decals.  

COVID-19 Response Plan

10. Screening

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We’re ensuring all campus visitors are free of symptoms each time they come to campus. 

  • Mandatory COVID-19 health screening (done every time you come to campus) 
  • Enhanced building access controls and screening process at campus entrances 

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11. Wellness Ambassadors

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Wellness Ambassadors (they wear black vests) move around campus, ready to answer questions about COVID-19 protocols. 

What to Expect on Campus

12. Vaccination

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Members of the George Brown community coming on campus will be required to do one of the following:

  1. Provide verification of full vaccination; or  
  2. Provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 rapid test administered within 72 hours of entry, or have such a test performed on site, and receive a negative result.

Visitors (including contractors and volunteers who are working or meeting on campus) may only enter college premises if they present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result based on an approved test administered by the college or another test provider in the 72 hours prior to entry. Rapid antigen tests qualify.

Everyone coming to campus must show proof of full vaccination by November 1, 2021.The college will accommodate individuals based on medical or religious/creed grounds in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Visit the Vaccine Information page for details.