What to expect on campus during COVID-19

We’re gradually increasing on-campus services throughout the semester. We look forward to welcoming students requiring in-person learning or access to select services this fall.

If you’re planning to visit campus this term, please familiarize yourself with the information on this page.

We’re following public health guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our protocols are currently aligned with Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.

Who’s allowed on campus during fall semester?

Only a limited group of people are allowed on campus this fall, including:

  • students with scheduled in-person lab work/practical learning requirements (view program delivery information for fall 2021)
  • faculty and program technologists with scheduled in-person courses, and other designated staff
  • students requiring an available in-person service (e.g. library computer reservation) 

If you meet any of the following conditions, you must not come to campus:

  • You’re unvaccinated against COVID-19 without an approved accommodation.
  • If you feel ill or show symptoms of illness.
  • You travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days, and you are not exempted from federal quarantine under the Quarantine Act for fully-vaccinated travellers.
  • If you believe you may have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19, without taking the recommended precautions, you must not attend the college without first seeking the direction of your local health unit.
  • You are currently required to self-isolate or are awaiting COVID-19 test results due to confirmed or probable exposure.

What to do if you don’t pass the screening assessment requirements

  • Students are expected to contact their professor(s)/instructor(s).
  • Employees are expected to contact their manager.
Outside picture of the South Georgian Bay Campus on a sunny day

What to do before arriving on campus

A close up of someone receiving an intramuscular vaccination in their upper arm by a medical professional

Get vaccinated and upload proof

Anyone accessing a Georgian College campus or location must be vaccinated against COVID-19, effective Sept. 7, 2021. You’re also required to provide proof of vaccination using the Safe@Georgian app.

Watch this video

In this video, Chris Varney, Georgian’s Manager of Safety and Emergency Planning, walks you through what is expected of students and staff on campus during fall semester.

A student sitting in a chair, working on his laptop

Complete an online training module

Before you arrive on campus the first time, complete your online COVID-19 safety training.

Students

Please log in to Blackboard, where your training module will appear under My Courses. It’s called Fall 2021 On-campus Experience. If you don’t see it yet, keep checking over the next few days. Students are added to the module as they register for in-person courses. It only takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Employees

Please log in to Halogen via the employee portal and complete the Return to Campus Training (COVID-19) module.

Safe@Georgian

Download the Safe@Georgian app

Every time you come on campus, you’ll be required to complete our COVID-19 screening assessment and show proof of vaccination using the Safe@Georgian app on your phone.

You only need to upload proof of vaccination for each dose once using these instructions.

If you don’t have a mobile device, the screening station attendant will ask you the questions verbally. However, you’ll be placed in a slower entry lane so give yourself extra time.

Download the Safe@Georgian app on your device using the links below.

Safety protocols

All campus visitors are expected to read these two protocols that apply to all persons – at all times – while on Georgian property:

  1. Georgian’s Protocol for the Prevention of COVID-19 transmission
  2. COVID-19 Reporting Protocol

In addition, this infographic shows the safety measures you’ll be expected to follow to help ensure the risk of transmitting COVID-19 is minimized to the greatest extent possible.

Failure to follow these protocols may result in discipline in accordance with the student code of conduct and employee code of conduct.

For more information on Georgian’s enhanced cleaning practices and procedures, read our Protocol for Cleaning and Disinfecting during COVID-19.

Questions?

All questions regarding these protocols shall be directed to Campus Safety Services at ohs@georgiancollege.ca or 705.728.1968, ext. 6111.


Please note, safety protocols are subject to change based on public health and government guidelines.

Vaccination

As of Sept. 7, 2021, any student or employee who will access a Georgian College campus or location must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Read Georgian’s mandatory vaccination procedure.  

In order to work or study on any Georgian campus or affiliated facility, students and employees will be required to have at minimum, their first dose of a two-dose Health Canada or World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine before coming on campus as of Sept. 7, and a second dose or be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18.   

Uploading proof

Upload an image of your vaccination record to the Safe@Georgian app, available in your phone’s app store. We recommend you upload your proof of vaccination as soon as possible to allow Campus Safety Services time to review it. You only need to upload proof of vaccination of each dose once using these instructions.

Requesting accommodation

Rapid Antigen tests required for partially vaccinated

If you’re partially vaccinated, meaning you’ve only had your first dose or your second dose was within the previous 14 days, you’re required to take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test at minimum once every seven days to be able to attend any campus or facility owned, operated or controlled by the college. Read the announcement for rapid testing details, hours and locations.

A person getting vaccinated
To work or study on campus, you’ll need your first dose of an approved vaccine by Sept. 7. You must have your second dose, or be fully vaccinated, by Oct. 18.

Face masks

Level 1 medical procedure masks must be worn at all Georgian College campuses. These are distributed at entrances. 

The only exceptions to wearing face masks will be for medical accommodations. Applications for accommodation must be made through existing accommodation processes and must be made prior to attending campus.

When you arrive on campus, please enter the screening station wearing your own face covering. Once you show the station attendant your green check mark indicating you’ve passed the screening assessment, as well as your proof of vaccination, you’ll receive your Level 1 mask.

If you’re staying in residence, please follow the residence operator’s instructions. 

Two medical (surgical and procedural) face masks
Level 1 medical procedure masks must be worn while on campus at Georgian College.

Where to learn about COVID-19 cases on campus

Georgian updates a dashboard on the website every Monday with the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported to the college.

The numbers represent Georgian students, employees and others who were present on our campuses, either inside or outside, including on-campus residences.

The government’s COVID alert app is another way you can track potential exposure. Students should also continue to check their Blackboard accounts regularly for any updates specific to their classes.

Georgian will continue to work with local public health units and assist them with contact tracing for any positive cases, as requested.

What’s open and closed on campus this fall

Open

Closed

All facilities not mentioned in the open column. These include:

  • all food services (to purchase food and beverages) not specifically mentioned in the open column 
  • lounge areas
  • athletic facilities (plan for reopening later this fall)

Student services

We’re gradually increasing on-campus services throughout the fall semester. Most services continue to be available remotely.

Review the list of student services and how to access each service by campus.

We will continue to update this resource as more in-person services become available.


Break rooms

If you’re scheduled to be on campus, you may take your break in a designated break room. Eating and drinking is permitted in these areas only. Locations with a microwave are marked with an asterisk *. When using a break room, please follow these rules:

1. Do not move furniture.
2. Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres (6 ft.).

3. Wear a face covering unless seated.
4. When finished, clean the table and dispose of all garbage.

Barrie

  • A and M parking lots (outdoor tents)
  • C226 (cafeteria)*
  • D123
  • D158
  • F120A
  • M126
  • M132

Downtown Barrie (5 Ross St.)

  • R120

Midland

  • M110 (cafeteria)*

Muskoka

  • M110
  • M122A
  • M125
  • Lounge

Orangeville

  • A108*

Orillia

  • A103 (cafeteria)*
  • B111

Owen Sound

  • Parking lot (outdoor tent)
  • D104 (cafeteria)*

Parking

On-campus parking is FREE at all Georgian locations until the end of the fall 2021 term.

You must register for a free parking permit at the following campuses: Barrie, Midland, Orillia, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay. This applies to all students, employees and visitors. Please review the instructions on our parking web page.

This is to ensure only Georgian community members are using the lots and it provides an easy way to contact individuals should the need arise.

For employees who signed up for parking payroll deduction prior to March 2020, your free permit will be automatically activated.

A row of cars in a Georgian College parking lot, Barrie Campus

Entrances

Please see the maps for designated entrances in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound.

For all other Georgian locations, please use the main entrance.

Mental health and well-being

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have experienced increased levels of stress, worry, fear and changes in mood. As some of us begin to transition back to on-campus activities, we know people will continue to experience a range of emotions.

We’re here to help you maintain positive mental health and well-being. You can always access our mental health resources on the student portal and employee portal, and you’re invited to register for one of these workshops.

Self-care workshop

It’s extremely important to practise self-care as it can help you manage stress, prevent burnout and maintain positive mental health. Remember, self-care is not selfish!

Mental health 101 workshop

Build mental health awareness that will help you recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and how to access resources and support for yourself and others.

Our protocols are based on public health recommendations

We’re making the best decisions we can with the information and guidance available from our public health authorities and the Ontario government.

This information and our fall semester plans are subject to change. Any changes will be announced on this web page.

Contact us

If you have any questions about these safety protocols, please contact Campus Safety Services at ohs@georgiancollege.ca or 705.728.1968, ext. 6111.

This content was originally published on Sept. 4, 2020. It was updated on Aug. 25, 2021.