Update: October 29, 2020
COVID-19 Case Update and Online Dashboard
We are committed to keeping our College community informed when we learn of any member of the College community who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been on campus. To that end, our simplified COVID-19 Case Update is distributed by Marketing and Communications every week. Incidence details are limited due to privacy requirements.
This past week one new COVID-19 case was reported to our Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). Campuses with no new cases are not listed in this update, nor are cases where the individual has not been on campus.
The EOC was informed by the Chair of Automotive and Motorcycle that a student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last on campus on Oct. 16. The student and potentially impacted cohort are following all public health guidelines for exposure and confirmed COVID-19 directives. The tentative return date for the cohort is Nov 2; (Information received on Oct. 22.)
In each instance, communications to the impacted faculty and students was sent with support information, and classes pivot to online learning for at least two weeks. The instruction labs, studios attended areas and classrooms receive a deep cleaning, along with common surfaces and all washrooms. Incidence reports are sent to the Toronto Public Health (TPH) reporting hotline.
Centennial is continually monitoring conditions related to COVID-19 and will ensure that the College community is up-to-date through our new COVID-19 Dashboard on the main College website. This dashboard tool tracks all of our on-campus cases since the beginning of the pandemic and is updated regularly, serving as our primary method for communicating positive cases among students and employees on campus. This reporting is pivotal in helping to inform continued decision-making processes as they relate to campus operations, and was developed using sector-based best practices. You can view it here:
COVID-19 Phases Chart
The COVID-19 Phases Chart is a high-level overview of the various service levels provided during each phase of the College’s re-opening during the pandemic. The Phases Chart provides both guidance and regulatory controls on moving backward and forward through all the phases, and will ultimately aid departments in planning for future stages of re-opening. You can view the simplified Phases Chart PDF, attached, or follow the link on the Dashboard. It’s a new colour-coded version of our more detailed Phases Chart, which is also available on our website here.
Quick Tips: Maintaining Campus Safety During the Pandemic
We have put together a reference guide for maintaining health and safety on campus. Our Quick Tips guide, attached, has been designed as a supplemental tool for the College community, and includes important reminders when on campus, College resources and student supports, and key emergency contacts. Next steps for those who are exposed to COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19 and/or have COVID-19 are also outlined. This guide will continue to be updated with the latest public health information.
For further support, please contact your Dean/Chair or Manager, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: October 28, 2020
Your Good News Bulletin
Centennial earns government DLI approval
Thanks to the incredible diligence and thoroughness of our Global Experience (SaGE) and Student Service teams, Centennial has been named a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) – one of only four Ontario colleges originally to be designated as such. Being a DLI clears the way for international students enrolled in a Centennial program to enter Canada as of October 20. In August, the federal and provincial governments outlined the requirements that post-secondary institutions would need to follow to safely welcome and isolate international students. Under the direction of SaGE Director Laura Wood, the team worked tirelessly to finalize the College’s detailed safety protocols by the October 9 deadline.
The protocols included securing airport transfers to students’ place of quarantine, identifying hotels that provide room service for students isolating for 14 days, and arranging health-care professionals to conduct mandatory COVID-19 testing of students at the end of their quarantine. The entry protocol also specified quarantine plans by Centennial Place for students moving directly into residence, and included detailed communications to all new international arrivals. Centennial’s DLI designation is great news for those students eager to be physically present in Canada, and a welcome opportunity for us to strengthen our winter intake numbers while meeting the health and safety measures required by the Health Ministry and Toronto Public Health.
CALCS steps up student wellness programs
Our Centre for Accessible Learning and Counselling Services (CALCS) recognizes the toll the pandemic has had on students’ wellbeing. To improve student self-care, CALCS has collaborated with college partners to offer weekly Wellness Wednesdays sessions and comprehensive educational workshops to support students in their mental, physical, intellectual, social and occupational wellbeing. CALCS has also adapted its Thriving in Action program to make it more accessible to students. They can build resilience and review learning strategies by attending a weekly group or learn thriving content on their own time through a self-paced course. And this October, CALCS launched its Peer Listener Program. Students in the Addiction and Mental Health Worker program have been trained as Peer Listeners and connect students to college resources. Students can book one-to-one sessions every Monday and Tuesday.
UN Global Goals event pump ups the Jam
Last weekend, Centennial’s Centre of Entrepreneurship (CoE) welcomed nearly 50 students, staff and faculty, along with community partners and leaders, to participate in a two-day, online “Global Goals Jam” focused on actioning the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Unfolding simultaneously in more than 80 cities around the world, our local Jam was organized by the CoE under the leadership of Lalit Guglani from ARIES. The student response was overwhelming, with teams working virtually throughout the weekend to develop solutions that supported three key goals: reducing our carbon footprint, promoting well-being for all, and leaving no one behind.
In addition to a large number of students, the Jam featured faculty leadership from Centennial’s various schools; from neighbouring Toronto colleges and universities; and from a host of multinational corporations and community groups. These leaders provided the teams with guidance and mentorship on their business ideas, pitches and virtual prototypes, and provided students with insights and key skills supporting career development. Following an afternoon of high-quality pitches and tough deliberations, three winning teams, each of which included at least two Centennial students, were awarded cash prizes totalling $4,500. Congratulations to the winning teams!
Former English professor reminisces about ‘The Littlest Hobo’
Former Centennial College English professor Rob Garrison was the source for a fun story in the Beach Metro News about the television series The Littlest Hobo. Garrison was a writer and story editor on the CTV series in the 1980s. However, it didn’t start out as a Canadian icon. First there was the 1958 Hollywood movie about a wandering German Shepherd that would stop to help people in need. It would inspire a television show that was filmed in Toronto and Vancouver from 1963 to 1965, which was later revived by CTV using locations around the Toronto area, including the Beach neighbourhood in the east end, from 1979 to 1985. The Littlest Hobo provided roles for many Toronto actors, including a 16-year-old Mike Myers who played Frisbee in Kew Gardens in a 1979 episode. Read the full story here.
WIRED editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson speaks, November 18
How has COVID-19 accelerated innovation and changed the way we work? Join WIRED editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson on Wednesday, November 18, for a fascinating look at how technology continues to revolutionize our world during the global pandemic. His talk will explore the impact of artificial intelligence, the growing threats to individual privacy and how remote learning may reshape the future of education. With a massive following on social media, one of LinkedIn's top influencers will help us navigate our way through this brave new world we have inherited. This free 60-minute Zoom webinar is organized by Colleges Ontario and sponsored by OACETT. Capacity is limited, so register early right here.