For the latest COVID-19 information and news from Centennial College, please visit Together Again Fall 2021. (Please note, that at-home rapid antigen testing began Monday, October 4 and you must show results on the Campus Safety Watch App).

March 9-14

March 9-14

 

March 14, 2020, 5:25 PM

Centennial College Student Association (CCSAI) facilities closed, March 16-23

Our CCSAI spaces are popular gathering places for students on campus. To help minimize the risk of spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus we are closing all of our facilities from Monday, March 16 until Monday, March 23. The Union Grill and International News will be closed as a part of the Student Centre closure at Progress Campus. Our Alumni Association and ACCEL offices will be working from alternate locations. 

During this time we will offer as many of our services online as possible, and will be working with our partners to increase our capacity upon return to operation for appointment-based services, such as legal advice and grad photos. We also will be taking this time to thoroughly clean all of our areas.

We understand that this closure may cause some inconvenience, but we want to do all we can to ensure the health of our students, staff and community. If you have any questions during this time you can reach out to us at info@ccsai.ca. Thank you!


 

March 14, 2020, 10:30 AM

Self-Isolation Extends to Everyone Who Travels Outside Canada

On Friday, March 13, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health announced that anyone in the city who has recently arrived from outside of Canada, including the United States, is asked to please self-isolate for 14 days starting from the date they returned to Canada. On Saturday, March 14, the Government of Canada issued a Level 3 Travel Health Advisory that directs Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside the country.

What does self-isolation mean? Stay at home. Do not attend the campus, avoid contact with others, and contact Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 for further direction. Please avoid hospital settings, unless you need immediate health care, and limit social interactions with large groups of people, older residents and people with chronic illnesses.


 

March 13, 2020

Centennial Service and Campus Information During Suspension of Classes

As has been noted, Centennial College is preparing plans to work through the COVID-19 situation while ensuring the health and safety of our community. Further to the previous announcement, please note the following:

  • All employees are expected to work normal hours next week. Further information will be provided next week, including addressing flexibility for family needs as a result of the suspension of K to 12 classes.
  • All weekend classes are suspended this weekend. 
  • Teaching at a Distance is also suspended next week and will resume on Monday, March 23.
  • All athletic facilities, including the Athletic and Wellness Centre, will close as of 2 pm today. Staff at these facilities are expected to continue working for the rest of the day. These facilities will be closed until further notice. We will be proactively cleaning and sanitizing all facilities and will re-open at such time that our students, staff and community members can safely gather. 
  • Campus libraries are closed until Thursday, March 19.
  • We will be suspending food service in The Local and Event Centre at Progress Campus until further notice. We will, however, continue with beverage service in both venues. Aramark will continue limited food service at each campus:
    • Progress Campus: Tim Horton’s – Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 3 pm.
      Closed: All other Aramark outlets, including: Main Cafeteria, Market Express, Tim Hortons Express
      (E-Block), Subway, Smoke’s Poutinerie, Epic Burger, Market Express and Second Cup
    • Ashtonbee Campus: Tim Horton’s – Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.
      Closed: All other Aramark outlets, including: Main Cafeteria and Tim Hortons Express
    • Morningside Campus: Tim Horton’s – Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.
      Closed: All other Aramark outlets, including: Main Cafeteria, Tim Hortons Express
    • Story Arts Centre: Closed: Cafeteria
      *Snacks and Beverages will be available at CafeGo and Coke kiosks
    • Downsview Campus: Closed: Cafeteria
      *Snacks and Beverages will be available at CafeGo and Coke kiosks
  • Our Centennial Place Residence at Progress Campus remains open, but all large residence gatherings and events are postponed for the time being.
  • All campus events between now and the end of April will be either cancelled, postponed or provided through online modes. We will provide event-specific details as they become available.

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty during a situation like this, and people have a lot of questions. We will continue to provide detailed updates as often as possible.


 

March 13, 2020

Message from The President: Suspension of Classes

As you are all aware, the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is moving quickly – and I want to assure you that our team has been planning for the health and safety of our community while ensuring continuity of study wherever possible.

We have made some initial decisions, which are as follows:

  • All classes will be suspended from Saturday, March 14 to Sunday, March 22. This is being done so that College faculty and staff can appropriately plan for course delivery, labs, and services. This shutdown will also allow deep cleaning of technical equipment and classrooms to take place next week.
  • From Monday, March 23 to Friday, April 3 all courses will be delivered online and students will not have to attend campus. However, campuses will remain open during this time to allow students who require a computer to engage in online learning to utilize our open computer labs on campus.
  • To be clear, Centennial’s buildings remain open, but student attendance will be minimized, our gyms will be closed and campus services will be reduced.
  • All College-related international and domestic travel by staff is suspended.
  • For the foreseeable future, Child Care Centres will remain open, as will Aramark food services, but with reduced services.
  • Planning will also include how we enable work arrangements for College staff in consideration of any child care needs given the closure in the K to 12 system.
  • Please also note, we are stressing the need for increased social distancing to create a safer work and learning environment. And in addition to the basics of hygiene, we stress that if you are feeling sick do not come to campus.

We know that you have many questions and needs, as there are so many considerations for studying, family and overall College operations. Please know that we’re working hard to provide this clarity, will be engaging with broader College leadership, and will send more comprehensive information in the coming days.

Please keep each other safe and healthy.


 

March 12, 2020

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

With news that the World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic, and with some US colleges closing due to the outbreak, we wish to assure our students and staff that Centennial College is open and fully operational. We are monitoring the situation closely, as our top priority is keeping our College community safe and healthy. There are no presumed or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Centennial College at this time.

All our classes are continuing as scheduled.

At present, the risk of infection in Ontario remains low as all cases to date are directly related to international travel. Because there are no signs as yet that community transmission is taking place, we will continue to run classes normally until Toronto Public Health says otherwise. Please attend your classes and keep up with the assignments.

However, if you feel ill please stay home.

Stay at home if you feel unwell and call your doctor or health clinic to describe your symptoms and learn the next steps. Information also can be provided by Toronto Public Health (416-338-7600) or Telehealth Ontario (1-800-797-0000) if you think you have flu-like symptoms, such as high fever and chills. Please follow their advice and go where they are prepared to receive you and get diagnosed. Self-isolation for 14 days may be part of the treatment. Once you have your diagnosis, please contact your professor or program department. You will have some academic flexibility during your self-isolation period.

Centennial is cancelling all College-related travel.

With the rapid progression of the COVID-19 outbreak around the globe, the College has decided that the risk posed to our own travellers is too high at this time, and we are cancelling all of our international travel at least until June. This would include our GCELE and FLIP trips involving students and faculty. While we are disappointed, the safety and well being of our community is our top priority. Centennial is also cancelling travel for staff and faculty who may be attending academic conferences in Canada or internationally.

This is a rapidly evolving situation.

Centennial College is taking the necessary steps to prepare should the COVID-19 situation change dramatically or quickly. We have a comprehensive plan to ensure that you can complete the academic term in the event that we are required to reduce face-to-face classroom instruction. We are continually monitoring the situation as local and global health authorities inform our ongoing planning.

Have questions? Check out our FAQs


 

March 11, 2020

Travellers from Hubei Province and Iran asked to self-Isolate

Toronto Public Health continues to monitor COVID-19 cases in the city, and is actively working with its health partners to plan for the potential of local spread. Rest assured, the novel coronavirus is not circulating locally and the risk here remains low per Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

New this week, Toronto Public Health asks those who have travelled from Hubei Province (China) or Iran within the past 14 days – or have had close contact with a person ill with COVID-19 – to please self-isolate and contact Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 within 24 hours of having arrived in Toronto. Before visiting a health clinic, call ahead to report health and travel history.

Those who have recently travelled from areas under a travel health advisory for COVID-19 (other than Hubei Province or Iran) are asked to watch for signs and symptoms which may develop up to 14 days after an exposure (i.e., last date of travel). If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you are asked to please self-isolate, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, your local public health unit or your primary care provider's office. Tell your health care provider about your symptoms and travel history before your visit to allow them to prepare for your visit and protect other patients.

Also new this week, you will notice new posters around the campuses and on screen savers on our monitors focused on COVID-19 and best practices for avoiding the virus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus, and the simplest way to do that is by washing your hands often for 20 seconds, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not readily available. To maintain healthy campuses, the College continues to closely monitor the levels in our soap and hand sanitizer dispensers and has undertaken a rigorous cleaning protocol, washing or misting disinfectant on touch points such as door handles, taps and surfaces in our labs and libraries.

Please refer to the updated Frequently Asked Questions for Staff for answers to any concerns about COVID-19, including areas with health travel advisories, what to do if someone is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, and where to get the most reliable, up-to-date information. Watch for more information and tips on staying healthy.