COVID-19 response plan

George Brown College is committed to the health and safety of our employees and students and our procedures and policies are based on guidance from the government and public health officials. Mandatory health and safety measures are in place for students, employees and visitors granted access to college buildings. 

Returning to Campus

We’re delivering most programs for our Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters online and most college employees continue to work remotely. Select operations have resumed at the college including: 

  • Limited in-class instruction that requires access to labs and facilities  
  • Reduced occupancy at The George, our student residence 
  • Limited access for clients of the WAVE Dental Clinic, by appointment only 
  • George Brown’s child care centres, including our Casa Loma Campus location 
  • Grab-and-go food market at The Chefs’ House, now called TCH Marketplace 

Find all COVID-19 information at georgebrown.ca/covid-19.

COVID-19 health and safety protocols

  • Work areas and commonly touched surfaces are cleaned often, using a hospital‐grade disinfectant. 
  • Cleaning takes place prior to work on site, between classes and labs, and at the end of day.  
  • When equipment, devices, tools, materials or supplies are shared, they are disinfected between use.
  • Employees, students, contractors and clients, and other members of the college community must stay home if they are sick. 
  • All individuals entering college facilities are screened for symptoms, possible exposure and recent travel. Anyone who does not pass screening is denied access. 

 

  • The use of a mask or face covering is required upon entering George Brown College campuses and satellite sites. Masks must cover the nose, mouth and chin.  
  • Temporary removal of the mask is allowed for eating and drinking, while keeping physical distance. The mask may also be removed, when necessary, for the purpose of receiving services (i.e. WAVE Clinic).  
  • The college recognizes that there may be members of the college community who may have difficulty wearing a mask for medical, accessibility, or other reasons.  Employees and students who cannot wear a mask or face covering must notify the college prior to coming on site. George Brown College will review each situation on a case-by-case basis and work with the individual to identify appropriate accommodations.  

As per Toronto Public Health guidelines, there are two self-isolation periods. Some situations require a 10-day self-isolation period, while others require a 14-day self-isolation period

HOW to self-isolate

10-day self-isolation

Individuals must self-isolate for 10 days in the following situations:

  • Students, employees and contractors who have tested positive for COVID-19. The individual must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of their COVID-19 test. They cannot return to campus until they have been cleared by Toronto Public Health and given permission to return by HSW or Accessible Learning Services
  • Students, employees and contractors with one or more symptoms of COVID-19, who have not had contact with a positive case. 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/employee can return to work/school after 24 hours. 

14-day self-isolation

Individuals must self-isolate for 14 days in the following situations: 

  • Students, employees and contractors who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.  The individual must self-isolate for 14 days from the last day they were in contact with a positive case. 

Someone in my household had close contact with a positive case, but I didn’t. What now? 

If someone in your household had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, but you did not, you can come to campus but you must monitor for symptoms. 

COVID-19 symptoms

  • A minimum distance of two meters (six feet) must be maintained between individuals on campus. If this cannot be achieved, the use of barriers, such as Plexiglass, or other personal protective equipment is worn. Masks are also mandatory on campus.
  • To accommodate physical distancing requirements, individuals are not to assemble in groups. This may result in changes to how workspaces are set up, or how college community members interact and go about their activities. 
  • Where possible, a designated staff member will monitor adherence to physical distancing requirements on premises. 

Response to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus

Any member of the George Brown College community who has been on campus and develops COVID-19 symptoms or has received a positive COVID-19 test result must notify the following departments:

  • Employees must immediately notify their supervisor(s)and Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) (HSW@georgebrown.ca).
  • Students must immediately notify Student Counselling and Well-being (letstalkcovid19@georgebrown.ca) and their instructor(s), who will notify HSW. 
  • Contractors must immediately notify their college project manager, who will notify HSW. 
  • WAVE Clinic clients must immediately notify clinic reception, chsclientservices@georgebrown.ca or (416) 415-4547, who will notify HSW. 
Steps taken if an individual begins to feel COVID-19 symptoms while on campus
  1. Individual is instructed to go home immediately, avoiding public transit where possible. 
  2. Individual is directed to remain home, call Toronto Public Health and follow directions.  
  3. Heath, Safety and Wellness (HSW) contacts the individual to determine when symptoms began and identify any close contacts they may have had at the college.  
  4. HSW works with the individual’s supervisor (employee), academic division (student), project manager (contractor) or clinic (client) to identify any close contacts at the college. 
  5. HSW consults with Toronto Public Health. 
  6. The college connects with those who were in direct contact with the COVID-19 positive individual while on campus, and are considered high risk.  Others who are concerned about potential exposure should contact Toronto Public Health to discuss their specific situation. 
  7. HSW, Public Safety and Security and Facilities determine cleaning protocols. 
  8. Closure of classrooms or buildings to be decided based on guidance from Toronto Public Health. 

The individual cannot return to campus until they have been cleared by Toronto Public Health and given permission to return by HSW or Accessible Learning Services

Steps taken in an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms after being on campus or receives a positive test result
  1. Individual is instructed not to return to campus. 
  2. If the individual was on campus while potentially contagious, HSW contacts them to determine when symptoms began and identify any close contacts they may have had at the college.  
  3. HSW works with the individual’s supervisor (employee), academic division (student), project manager (contractor) or clinic (client) to determine where the person was in the college and who they were in contact with. 
  4. HSW consults with Toronto Public Health. 
  5. HSW, Public Safety and Security and Facilities determine cleaning protocols. 
  6. Based on who the person had contact with or where they were while on campus, the following steps may be taken:  
  • office/workspace locked with no access for 14 days, 
  • extensive cleaning, and 
  • Toronto Public Health contact tracing, including communication with affected persons. 

The individual cannot return to campus until they have been cleared by Toronto Public Health and given permission to return by HSW or Accessible Learning Services

If a person develops COVID-19 symptoms after being on campus HSW and Accessible Learning Services require confirmation of clearance by Toronto Public Health or their health care provider for the person to be allowed to return to campus.  

How George Brown will communicate if a positive COVID-19 case is reported on campus

If a positive case of COVID-19 is reported on campus, employees and students will receive an email outlining the campus location, date and, when possible, the times that individual was at George Brown. We will ensure the privacy of the individual who tested positive is maintained. 

We will also update the college’s COVID-19 webpage at georgebrown.ca/covid-19

How to report possible exposure to COVID-19 

We require students and employees who experience COVID-19 symptoms, who have tested positive or who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive to do the following: 

Students 

  1. Self-isolate immediately for the required period after symptoms start or after contact with a person who has tested positive.   
  2. Contact Toronto Public Health at (416) 338-7600 or PublicHealth@toronto.ca 
  3. Alert Student Counselling and Wellbeing at letstalkcovid19@georgebrown.ca.  We're here to support you and assist in facilitating accommodations for students who are unable to attend class or complete academic requirements due to COVID-19-related concerns. 
  4. Notify your instructor(s). 

Employees 

  1. Self-isolate immediately for the required period after symptoms start or after contact with a person who has tested positive.  
  2. Contact Toronto Public Health at (416) 338-7600 or PublicHealth@toronto.ca 
  3. Alert Health, Safety and Wellness at HSW@georgebrown.ca.  
  4. Notify your supervisor(s). 

Immediate action 

A member of our Student Counselling and Wellbeing or our Health, Safety and Wellness teams will contact individuals who have had a possible exposure to find out how the college can support them and ensure they’ve notified Toronto Public Health.