Returning to Campus

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Small groups of students and select employees will have access to George Brown College campuses during the Spring/Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters to complete hands-on clinical or lab work.

Students granted access to campus are notified by their program coordinator or instructor(s). Students can also check the spring program delivery and fall program delivery pages to confirm if their program is online or hybrid delivery. Employees are notified by their supervisor(s). 

We’re optimistic for the future as the vaccination effort continues across Ontario, and we're eager to invite more students to campus when public health guidelines allow.

Learning or Working on Campus?

Check this page regularly for updates about on-campus activities.

Students and employees must stay home if they have symptoms, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

If you are approved to be on campus, these are your next steps:

  1. Mandatory COVID-19 awareness training must be completed once before entering any George Brown buildings (see below). 
  2. Mandatory online health screening must be completed daily before entering any George Brown buildings (see below). Anyone who does not pass the screening will be denied access. 
  3. Bring PPE (personal protective equipment). Masks are mandatory on campus. Eye protection (e.g.: face shields or safety goggles) is also required in closed spaces such as labs, clinics, shops, classrooms and offices, or when working in close contact with another person in an open space. A reusable face shield will be provided at campus entrances to all students and employees approved to be on campus. Visit the PPE Required on Campus page for more information.

Mandatory COVID-19 Awareness Training

Students

Students granted access to complete hands-on learning experiences on campus must complete COVID-19 Awareness Training before entering any college building. 

STUDENT TRAINING

See FAQs below for more information.

MANDATORY COVID-19 HEALTH SCREENING

Employees

Employees granted access to return to work on campus must complete COVID-19 health screening before entering a college building.

  • Employees must complete online screening each day they come to campus.
  • When you arrive on campus security will confirm your screening results and grant you access.  
  • If you receive a fail result, or if you are experiencing symptoms, and/or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must stay home and you should notify your supervisor and Health, Safety and Wellness at HSW@georgebrown.ca.    
  • If you know of a student that receives a fail result, or who is experiencing symptoms, and/or diagnosed with COVID-19, you must notify Health, Safety and Wellness at HSW@georgebrown.ca and advise the student to stay home. Instruct them to notify Student Counselling and Well-being at georgebrown.ca/letstalkcovid19

Once you pass, you can go to the campus at your scheduled time.

ONLINE SCREENING FORM FOR EMPLOYEES

Students

Students granted access to complete labs and hands-on learning experiences on campus must complete COVID-19 health screening before entering a college building.

  • Students must complete online screening each day they come to campus.
  • When you arrive on campus security will confirm your screening results and grant you access. 
  • If you receive a fail result, or if you are experiencing symptoms, and/or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must stay home and you should notify your instructor and Student Counselling and Well-being at georgebrown.ca/letstalkcovid19.

ONLINE SCREENING FORM FOR STUDENTS

Gaining access to campus

  • Complete the health screening each day, before arriving on campus. 
  • Students and employees can swipe their George Brown ID at the entrance.
  • Students and employees can also use their digital ID. Your ID with a barcode is available in the George Brown College app. Scan it at the entrance.

Please note that Security is no longer accepting requests for campus access approval via email, including requests for supplier or visitor access. All requests should be submitted through the electronic system by your departments’ designated representatives. If your department is not yet set up, please contact Nerys Rau nrau@georgebrown.ca.

COVID-19 rapid testing at all campuses

We offer COVID-19 nasal swab rapid tests at all three campuses. The testing is voluntary and available to students and employees scheduled to be at Casa Loma, St. James or Waterfront campuses this summer.

Testing is available Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Those who are eligible can get a test up to three times weekly.

Make an appointment

Testing locations

  • Casa Loma Campus: 146 Kendal Ave. (building E), behind the health screening area at the entrance.
  • St. James Campus: 290 Adelaide St. E. on the main floor, behind the security check-in area.
  • Waterfront Campus: 51 Dockside Dr., second floor

Global Health Solutions is providing the point-of-care testing, which generates results in 15 minutes and is 98.1 per cent accurate. The nasal swab collection will be completed by experienced and fully trained nurses using full PPE including face shields, body gowns, masks, gloves and disinfecting wipes. Your private health information will be handled per Ontario data privacy laws.

If you receive a positive result, you will be offered a PCR test to confirm the diagnosis and the results will be available in 24 hours. If you receive a positive result from the second, non-rapid test, please isolate and inform the college. Students can notify georgebrown.ca/letstalkcovid19. Employees should email HSW@georgebrown.ca.

Safety Measures On Campus

You will notice several safety measures in place on campus to ensure a healthy learning and working environment for everyone:

  • Extra cleaning
  • Signage
  • Barriers
  • Classroom capacity limits
  • Elevator capacity limits

Visit our PPE Required on Campus page for information about personal protective equipment.

Frequently asked questions

What to expect on campus

Is it safe to return to campus?

We have taken steps to ensure the safety of the entire George Brown community while on campus. We are putting all recommended safety measures in place and working to make decisions using the best information available to us from all three levels of government and our public health organizations. All supervisors will also conduct George Brown’s “Take 5 for Safety” procedure with each team member and student on campus.

Will the college provide PPE (personal protective equipment)?

Disposable three-layer masks are available at campus entrances if you do not have one. 

A reusable face shield will be distributed to all students and employees approved to be on campus. The face shields will be handed out at all campus entrances. 

In some program areas, goggles or safety glasses may be used instead. Employees and students already using eye protection as part of their programs should continue to use those items, but they should now be worn for the duration of the lab.
  
While the security team will have some extra eye protection on hand as a backup, the face shields being distributed are reusable, and students and employees are expected to clean them and bring them each time they are on campus. Students and employees who are approved to go on-site should review instructions on how to use and clean eye protection. 

If additional PPE is needed for specific programs, divisions will advise employees and students. 

Visit the PPE Required on Campus page for more information.

Will there be barriers in place for safety?

Yes. We have installed Plexiglass barriers in various areas on campus to help facilitate safe interactions and protect all members of our community.

Will the college be cleaned frequently?

Yes. We are increasing cleaning frequency and using hospital-grade disinfectant in common areas and on work surfaces before and after students and employees are on-site to reduce the spread of illness.

How will shared equipment be kept clean and safe to use?

All shared equipment, devices, tools, materials or supplies will be disinfected between use. Disinfecting spray and cloths will be provided to wipe down all shared equipment.

How can I follow physical distancing rules on campus?

We ask that all George Brown community members follow physical distancing rules by staying a minimum of 2 metres (6 feet) away from others at all times. We have installed floor decals throughout the buildings to help you maintain a safe distance.

Students and employees must also avoid congregating in groups outside of class.

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What if I’m an employee and don’t feel safe while I am working on campus?

If you’re a George Brown employee and you refuse to work while on-campus, please contact your supervisor who will immediately contact Health, Safety and Wellness. HSW will provide guidance on the work refusal process and will come on-site to conduct an investigation with a member of the joint health and safety committee (JHSC).

Health, Safety & Wellness Contacts:

How do I keep my distance from colleagues and students if we have to work together?

We are limiting the number of people on campus so that everyone has enough room to safely work and learn while adhering to physical distancing guidelines. Here’s how:

  • Restricting the number of people on campus
  • Limiting the number of people in one space at the same time
  • Adding traffic signage and one-way arrows on the floor, so that students and employees move in one direction down hallways and common areas
  • Minimizing the number of people using each piece of equipment or technology in instances where sharing cannot be avoided
  • Holding meetings virtually or in a large space, if a meeting cannot be accommodated virtually
What do I do if I think that I’m sick?

Ontario’s Ministry of Health says anyone who begins to feel symptoms, including fever, cough or difficulty breathing, needs to self-isolate immediately. Then, seek clinical assessment over the phone - either through Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) or by calling their primary care provider's office.

The Province of Ontario offers an online self-assessment. Visit ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus.

Students: To report symptoms or an exposure to COVID-19, students must notify their instructor and Student Counselling and Well-being at georgebrown.ca/letstalkcovid19.  

Employees: To report symptoms or an exposure to COVID-19, employees must notify their supervisor and also email: HSW@georgebrown.ca

REQUIRED Self-Isolation Periods


COVID-19 awareness training and screening

Where can I find the COVID-19 awareness training?

Employees can complete the COVID-19 awareness training on Cornerstone.

Employee COVID-19 awareness training

Students can log into the link below to complete the training. 

Student COVID-19 Awareness training

This student training is available on any device you use to access STU-VIEW. If you have technical problems with the training, please call the Contact Centre at (416) 415-2000. 

Students can also find and complete the training on STU-VIEW by following these steps: 

  1. Log in at stuview.georgebrown.ca 
  2. Go to the Registration Services tab 
  3. Select the Registration tab, then the My Actions sub menu 
  4. Click on and complete COVID-19 Awareness Training 
Do only registered students have access to COVID-19 awareness training?

Yes, students registered for the Spring/Summer 2021 semester all have access to the training. Every Monday the list of registered students is refreshed to include new registrants. 

How can employees confirm students have completed the COVID-19 awareness training?

Administrators should contact Diana Golestaneh Araghi dgolesta@georgebrown.ca to confirm that students have completed the training. 

Where do I find the online screening form?

Mandatory COVID-19 health screening for employees

Employees granted access to return to work on campus must complete COVID-19 health screening before entering a college building.

  • Employees must complete online screening each day they come to campus.
  • When you arrive on campus security will confirm your screening results and grant you access.  
  • If you receive a fail result, or if you are experiencing symptoms, and/or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must stay home and you should notify your supervisor and Health, Safety and Wellness at HSW@georgebrown.ca.    
  • If you know of a student that receives a fail result, or who is experiencing symptoms, and/or diagnosed with COVID-19, you must notify Health, Safety and Wellness at HSW@georgebrown.ca and advise the student to stay home and instruct them to notify Student Wellbeing and Counselling at letstalkcovid19@georgebrown.ca

Once you pass, you can go to the campus at your scheduled time.

Online screening form for employees

Mandatory COVID-19 health screening for students 

Students granted access to complete labs and hands-on learning experiences on campus must complete COVID-19 health screening before entering a college building.

  • Students must complete online screening each day they come to campus.
  • When you arrive on campus security will confirm your screening results and grant you access. 
  • If you receive a fail result, or if you are experiencing symptoms, and/or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must stay home and you should notify your instructor and also email Student Wellbeing and Counselling at letstalkcovid19@georgebrown.ca.

Online screening form for students