Returning to Campus

Limited and specific groups of students, as well as select employees will have access to George Brown College campuses during the Fall 2020 semester to complete hands-on clinical or lab work. This access will only be granted to select returning students. No first-year students will be on campus this fall.  

Students who will be granted access to campus this fall will be notified by their program coordinator or instructor(s). Employees will be notified by their supervisor(s).The reopening of select facilities will also allow us time to fully prepare for a gradual and phased approach for the entire college community, aligned with the advice of public health authorities and government. 

Full-time programs for the Fall 2020 semester will be delivered predominantly online. 

Returning to campus for learning or work this fall?

If you have been notified that you will be on campus, here’s what you need to know: 

  • Students and employees must stay home if they are sick, or if they have symptoms, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and report their symptoms to their supervisor or instructor. If you have symptoms, you can use the Government of Ontario’s online self-assessment tool.
  • Mandatory COVID-19 awareness training must be completed before entering any George Brown buildings (see below).
  • Mandatory online health screening must also be completed before entering any George Brown buildings (see below). Anyone who does not pass the screening will be denied access.
  • Masks are mandatory.

Mandatory COVID-19 awareness training

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

Student training

Employees granted access to campus for work must complete COVID-19 awareness training before entering a college building.

Employee training

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.

  • Do this at least 24-48 hours in advance of visiting the campus.
  • When you complete the health screening questions through the form you will receive a pass/fail result, which will be considered valid for two weeks.
  • 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.

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

  • When you arrive on campus, security will confirm your screening results and grant you access.  
  • You must wear a non-medical face covering while inside all campus buildings. 

Online screening form for students

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.

  • Do this at least 24-48 hours in advance of visiting the campus.  
  • When you complete the health screening questions through the form, you will receive a pass/fail result, which will be considered valid for two weeks.   
  • 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.

  • When you arrive on campus, security will confirm your screening results and grant you access.  
  • You must wear a non-medical face covering while inside all campus buildings. 

Online screening form for employees

New safety measures on campus

You will notice several new 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

Read more on ways to stay safe:

Grab-and-go lunches for students

The Student Association (SA) will provide complimentary lunches to students who have labs on campus September 17, 21 and 22.  

Designated areas with health and safety measures in place will be located at each campus on the following dates and in the following locations: 

  • St. James Campus, building B, 300 Adelaide St. E. (Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts) 
    Atrium 
    Thursday, September 17, 11 a.m - 2 p.m. 
     
  • Waterfront Campus, 55 Dockside Dr., 
    Main lobby, near the elevators 
    Monday, September 21, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
  • Casa Loma Campus, building C, 160 Kendal Ave., 
    Cafeteria, next to Tim Hortons 
    Tuesday, September 22, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

The SA will also be handing out orientation kits at these stations. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to return to campus?

We have taken steps to ensure the safety of the entire George Brown community while on campus this summer. 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 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.

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 Banner to complete the training. 

Student COVID-19 Awareness training

Do only registered students have access to COVID-19 awareness training?

Yes, students registered for the Fall 2020 semester all have access to the training. Every Monday the list of registered students is refreshed to include new registrants. 

Students who are not registered for the fall semester and are completing the winter/summer semester do not have automatic access to training. Each academic centre must provide the names of these students so individual access may be granted. 

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 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.

  • Do this at least 24-48 hours in advance of visiting the campus.
  • When you complete the health screening questions through the form you will receive a pass/fail result, which will be considered valid for two weeks.
  • 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.

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

  • When you arrive on campus, security will confirm your screening results and grant you access.  
  • You must wear a non-medical face covering while inside all campus buildings. 

Online screening form for students

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.

  • Do this at least 24-48 hours in advance of visiting the campus.  
  • When you complete the health screening questions through the form, you will receive a pass/fail result, which will be considered valid for two weeks.   
  • 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.

  • When you arrive on campus, security will confirm your screening results and grant you access.  
  • You must wear a non-medical face covering while inside all campus buildings. 

Online screening form for employees

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.

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 this summer 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
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 provide PPE (personal protective equipment)?

All students and employees entering George Brown buildings will be given two reusable masks.

We recommend that you also review the following advice:

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 also email Letstalkcovid19@georgebrown.ca.  

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

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:


Information about Face Coverings

What are non-medical face coverings?

Non-medical face coverings are also known as community protective equipment (CPE), because when worn, they protect others from exposure to the wearer. Since those who may be infected with COVID-19 may not show signs of illness, face coverings help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

A good cloth mask or face covering should:

  • Be made of at least two layers of tightly woven cotton or linen;

  • Cover the nose, mouth and chin and be easy to breathe through;

  • Fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops without gaping or impairing vision;

  • Feel comfortable to avoid the need for adjustments when wearing;

  • Maintain its shape after washing and drying; and

  • Not contain plastic (or other non-breathable materials.)

We recommend that you also review the following advice:

Visit the City of Toronto COVID-19 page for more information about face coverings.

Can face shields be used as an alternative to cloth face coverings?

Toronto Public Health advises that a face shield is not an alternative to a face covering. And, the US Centers for Disease Control states that they, “do not recommend use of face shields as a substitute for cloth face coverings. It is not known if face shields protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. The CDC does not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings.”

When are non-medical face coverings required at George Brown College?

Non-medical face coverings are required in all situations where physical distancing cannot be achieved. This includes common spaces like hallways, elevators, stairwells and change rooms. Temporary removal of the mask is permitted where necessary for the purposes of eating or drinking, receiving services or while actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity.

Signs throughout the college will indicate the correct face coverings and personal protective equipment to wear in classrooms and labs. Academic divisions will also advise employees and students what protocols must be followed.

How can employees and students get non-medical face coverings?

Students will receive two reusable cloth masks each at the start of labs, but it’s also recommended that students bring along their own reusable masks as a back-up.

Disposable masks will be available at campus entrances, for anyone who does not have a mask when they arrive to the college.

What do you do if you see someone not wearing a face covering?

Please advise the individual that additional masks can be obtained from their supervisor or at the college entrances. Report any safety concerns to your supervisor or instructor.

Please also keep in mind that some individuals may not be able to wear a face mask due to medical issues.

What happens if someone is not wearing a face covering?

The health and safety of the college community is our top priority. The College will ensure sufficient supply of face coverings and personal protective equipment for employees and students and provide instruction on how to safely use them. Anyone who has concerns about wearing a face covering should speak to their supervisor or instructor.

What if I cannot wear a face covering?

Please notify your supervisor or instructor if you are unable to wear a face covering so that accommodations can be made. You may be referred to Disability and Accommodations and asked for documentation to support your exemption.