During these unprecedented times, we must work together to ensure the safety of each other, while also working towards our personal and career goals. At GLOW College, your education and career goals matter to us. Since March 16th, our Campuses have been closed during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and our Students have been comfortably and safely learning online.
It’s time to start our phased re-opening of the College so that Students are able to effectively learn hands on skills and become job and business ready. On June 26th, we announced our plans to re-open our Campuses, starting with Kitchener by the end of July, followed by Toronto and Brampton from mid August into September. For those that prefer continuing to learn online, we have some wonderful online learning opportunities that will remain as an option. A Re-Opening Survey was sent to all current students to gather their preferences of learning fully or partially online, or coming back in with smaller class sizes and a commitment to following our COVID-19 safety policies and procedures. Many of our Students are ready to get back with small class sizes, while some are respectively choosing to continue learning online. If you have already enrolled and not seen the survey please let us know. Thank you for your patience as we work towards confirming and announcing schedules over the summer. New Students are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible to ensure that you are accounted for in our scheduling efforts. We are eager and excited to see you in person or virtually, which ever method suits you best.
Return back to this page for ongoing updates of our COVID-19 Learning plans and safe strategies.
Also stay up to date on how ONTARIO is responding to COVID-19
Campus Upgrades for Sleeker and Safer Learning
You may have read into our excitement from earlier this year regarding the coming of a new Campus. Our previous Mississauga location was being upgraded and relocated to a prime location at 410 and Steeles with some wonderful features to enhance the learning experience of our Students. Plus our other Campuses have some exciting changes in store. Here’s an update just for you!
We were weeks away from launching our New Campus when the COVID-19 closure was announced on March 16, 2020. Safety was our biggest priority so we locked the doors and froze all efforts.
On May 4, 2020, Colleges and Universities were permitted to resume all necessary construction and set up. That was all the news we needed to get back to work in completing the Campus. Our goal is to fully complete the New Campus over this Summer and have it ready for in-person classes when we’re permitted to re-open.
Kitchener Students can expect upgraded features to the facility for a more comfortable learning environment. Over this summer, we are reorganizing our Kitchener campus to accommodate additional Students, and with new flexible class schedules.
In Toronto we are re-purposing spaces and re-organizing our classrooms for our downtown and east end Students.
All Campuses will be waiting with surprises as our Students return to class in the near future. We can’t wait to share more details as the work progresses forward at each Campus.
Until then, our online learning system is a great way to continue learning until we can see you in class. We encourage Students to use this time to review theory lessons and follow demonstration videos where possible.
This is how GLOW College plans to keep Students and Staff safe on campus this fall.
GLOW College is implementing a number of changes on campus to ensure the safety in advance of the upcoming fall semester. Although Provincial guidelines have not entirely confirmed when Colleges of Art and Beauty programs can resume in-person classes, we are taking the necessary steps to prepare for the much anticipated news.
New and returning students can expect many changes at each campus and in class when we return.
Other than promoting the use of masks and maintaining good hand hygiene, we will be enforcing other safe practices across all three campuses.
GLOW College is adhering to evidence-based guidelines released by the province of Ontario and the federal government. We will be keeping a close eye on public health guidelines to ensure our policies and practices are up-to-date.
Let’s take a look behind the scenes as we prepare for Safe learning, potentially by this Fall. Here are some ways we plan to keep our College safe this fall:
We are taking steps to ensure Signage is placed at each Campus, including the following specific posters:
COVID-19 Prevention and Precaution Poster
COVID-19 Restriction Access Self-Screening Poster
COVID -19 Hand Washing and Sanitizing Poster
COVID-19 Restricted Seat for Physical Distancing Poster
COVID-19 Maximum Occupancy Posters (General and per Classroom)
COVID-19 Floor Decals
According to Health Experts, until a vaccine is developed, physical distancing is one of the most effective weapons in the fight against COVID-19. As a result, a number of initiatives will be implemented, including reduced class sizes, setting up classrooms so that students can maintain a minimum of at least a two metre distance from one another, use of masks and face shields where distancing is not possible, use of sneeze guards where possible, and restrictions on the maximum number of people allowed in any particular space.
INCREASED FREQUENCY OF CLEANING AND DISINFECTING
Double Cleaning Measures will be enforced in all spaces. In keeping with Public Health Ontario guidelines, doorknobs and other common surfaces will be disinfected a minimum of twice daily.
Students and Staff are required to clean their individual stations upon arriving to the space and also upon completing the use of the space using effecting solutions provided.
HAND WASHING AND SANITIZING
Upon arriving to the Campus, Students, Staff and all Visitors will be required to proceed immediately to a sink and thoroughly wash their hands before touching any surface. After doing so, all Individuals are required to sign into the Visitor Log at front desk using only their own personal pen. While hand sanitizers will be provided as usual, all Individuals will be responsible in bringing a personal size hand sanitizer as backup.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Experts at the World Health Organization, Health Canada and Public Health Ontario advise that in common areas and places where a 2 metre distance cannot be maintained, all Individuals will be required to wear a personal mask or face shield. The College will assess and install where appropriate protective measures such as Plexiglass barriers and sneeze guards, such as at shared office and classroom tables, including nail stations. ***UPDATE*** The new Wear a mask bi-law has passes and all individuals are required to wear masks in indoor places.
While class sizes will be reduced, class schedules may also be shortened as needed. Live virtual sessions may be available for Students that choose to remain at home during lessons that do not require hands on practice.
Beauty Industry demands educated Professionals.
Beauty Industry leaders are anticipating a spike in Educated Beauty Professionals, particularly from approved Colleges. This is great news for you as you made the appropriate decision to obtain formal and Government approved education. Those that are untrained in the Industry or completed private unapproved training are at risk of being unable to provide personal services to the Public in the near future. This wave of the Industry and Consumers looking for trained Professionals is a key reason we believe your careers will flourish as this COVID-19 Pandemic fades away in the coming year. This is the best time to complete your education and take advantage of the wave of qualified Professionals.
There are petitions circulating and we will work together to ensure that Ontario’s beauty education standards are raised for your advantage.
WAITING LISTS – Based on social distancing measures and reduced class sizes, we have created waiting lists for most courses. Enrolling in June and July will ensure that you are prioritized within our scheduling efforts when we re-open. Our Admissions Coordinators are eager to help you enroll with small deposits.