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Update Regarding COVID-19

As you know, governments and institutions around the world have been responding in various ways to the threats posed by the coronavirus.

The situation is now accelerating very rapidly. Yesterday, among many other developments in Canada, the Ontario government announced that all public schools will remain closed until April 3rd.

After careful consideration of developments over the past 24 hours, we have made the decision to move all in-person classes to a virtual environment. This decision is effective this coming Tuesday, March 17 and continuing until Friday, April 3.

Timeline of Events

Monday, March 16 – New students will take our placement test and attend an in-person orientation.

Existing students will be trained in-person by TLG instructors on how to use our online teaching solution.

The orientation and training will happen at 22 College Street – 3rd floor in Toronto and at 909 Burrard Street – Suite 300 in Vancouver.

Tuesday, March 17 to Friday, March 20 – Online courses for all students.

Monday, March 23 –  New students will take our placement test and attend an in-person orientation.
The orientation will happen at 22 College Street – 3rd floor in Toronto and at 909 Burrard Street – Suite 300 in Vancouver.
Existing students DO NOT need to come to the school in-person, regular classes will be delivered online.

Tuesday, March 24 to Friday, March 27 – Online courses for all students.

Monday, March 30 –  New students will take our placement test and attend an in-person orientation.
The orientation will happen at 22 College Street – 3rd floor in Toronto and at 909 Burrard Street – Suite 300 in Vancouver.
Existing students DO NOT need to come to the school in-person, regular classes will be delivered online.

Tuesday, March 31 to Friday, April 3 – Online courses for all students.

Monday, April 5 – All in-person classes and activities will resume.

Our goal in implementing these measures is to reduce the risk of infection by COVID-19. We will be adopting measures that support social distancing to create a safer work and learning environment.

Our administrative office will remain open. We are also making available two emergency contacts should a student, parent or agent have any concerns.

TLG Toronto
Jorge Oliveira
jorge.oliveira@thelanguagegallery.com
+1 647-448-4380

TLG Vancouver
Monica Benhumea
monica.benhumea@thelanguagegallery.com
+1 604-368-4171

We understand that this is an anxious and upsetting time for everyone. Please be assured that the TLG team will be there to support every member of the community as we face this challenge together.

Please stay tuned for additional information over the coming days.

On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a public health emergency of international concern. Canada’s public health officials (in collaboration with provincial and national health agencies) continue to advise that the risk of contracting the novel COVID-19 in Ontario and British Columbia remains low.

The school will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of public health agencies. We will provide information to TLGC members, should additional precautions become necessary.

TLGC is committed providing a healthy environment to our students and faculty. Updates and more information will be provided as we continue to monitor the situation closely. If you have any questions, please contact:

Prevention measures to reduce your exposure and transmission of illnesses

As a reminder, the most effective way to prevent your exposure to and transmission of illnesses (including influenza and the common cold) is to take preventative measures, including:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water;
  • Maintain at least 1-metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when sneezing or coughing
  • Avoiding contact with people who are sick;
  • Seek early medical help if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

If you are sick, we encourage you to stay home

If you are sick, you should avoid close contact with others and stay home. In addition, we encourage you to contact your healthcare practitioner or primary physician as soon as possible and report your symptoms to them for evaluation. You can also contact Telehealth Ontario.

In an emergency, call 911. 

If you are planning to travel internationally:

Consult with the Government of Canada Travel Health Notices for the most up-to-date information on travel advisories or restrictions.

Consult with your travel agency or service provider in order to determine if there are any restrictions or limitations. You may also wish to inquire into travel cancellation or re-booking.

Some countries have entry and exit restrictions. Incoming travelers to Toronto and Vancouver continue to receive information about COVID-19 at airports, including to:

  • Monitor themselves for respiratory symptoms, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing;
  • Seek medical care immediately if these respiratory symptoms develop within 14 days after returning to Canada; and
  • Inform their healthcare provider or local public health department about symptoms and travel history before they seek medical care.

Contact the Student Services to advise the college of your proposed travel dates. Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Dates of travel
  • Flight information
  • Names of locations and regions to be visited
  • Contact information for the duration of the period of travel

If you have recently travelled:

While the risk of the novel COVID-19 to Toronto and Vancouver residents remains low, the Government of Canada has issued a travel recommendation to avoid non-essential travel to China and has updated travel advisories for other affected regions.

Travelers who have returned from Hubei province, including Wuhan City, in China should:

  • Contact their local public health unit within 24 hours of arriving in Canada;
  • Stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including those in their home, for a total of 14 days from the date they left Hubei province;
  • Contact Student Services to provide:
    • Date of return to Canada
    • Whether or not a quarantine or medical care was elective or required (medical documentation may be requested)
    • Contact information for the duration of the absence from the school

Fostering a respectful environment

With increased media coverage and widespread sharing of misinformation about the new COVID-19, many communities are experiencing a heightened sense of fear, and in some cases, discrimination and harassment towards people of Chinese descent.

Our school community is built on diversity and inclusion and we are committed to fostering a respectful environment, free of discrimination and harassment.

We encourage everyone to treat each other with respect and kindness during this period.

Contacts:

+1 416 800 2204
canada@thelanguagegallery.com

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