George Brown College is following a growing list of universities and colleges that are shutting down classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to George Brown, there are no reported cases on campus but the health and safety of students and staff is their “top priority.”
“As a precaution we have decided to suspend in-person classes from Saturday, March 14 to Sunday, March 22. This includes all in-person daytime and Continuing Education classes at all campuses,” the school statement said.
George Brown noted that faculty and employees should be using this time to prepare for the delivery of classes in alternative methods.
Also, all in-person events are canceled until further notice, with the college looking into ways to turn those events int digital experiences.
While classes may be cancelled in-person, residence will remain open. Students are also expected to attend any placements or co-ops until stated otherwise by their employer.
As for Convocation Ceremonies, no decision has yet been made, as those events will take place in June.
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“The decision to suspect classes was not taken lightly, but the health and well-being of our community both at George Brown College and across the city of Toronto is our priority. We have never before been facd with a situation as dynamic and evolving as this and we are making decision as swiftly as possible with the guidance of public health officials,” the school said.