What to expect on campus during fall semester
September 14, 2020

This fall, we’ll welcome about 30 per cent of Georgian students on campus for hands-on learning, while the remainder of our programming will be delivered remotely.

We’re following public health guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you’re scheduled to be on campus this semester, please familiarize yourself with the information on the page.

Who’s allowed on campus during fall semester?

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

  • students with scheduled in-person lab work/practical learning requirements
  • faculty and program technologists with scheduled in-person courses
  • students with a pre-booked reservation to use a library computer at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses 

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

  • You travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days. You must self-isolate for 14 days from your date of entry into Canada, prior to coming on campus.
  • If you feel ill or show symptoms of illness.
  • If you believe you may have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19, you must not attend the college without first seeking the direction of your local health unit.

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 student sitting in a chair, working on his laptop

Complete the online training module

Before you arrive on campus for the first time, you’ll be required to complete online training*.

Students: Please log in to Blackboard. Within 48 hours of registering for your fall courses, your module will appear in your list of courses. It’s called Fall 2020 on-campus experience. The module only takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Employees: You’ll receive an email invitation to complete the training in Halogen.

* only mandatory for those individuals who will be on campus.


Download the Safe@Georgian app

Every time you come on campus, you’ll be required to complete our COVID-19 screening assessment. You can easily access the screening tool on the Safe@Georgian app on your mobile device.

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 enough time.

Go to App Store Go to Google Play

Watch this video

Chris Varney, Georgian’s Manager of Safety and Emergency Planning, will walk you through what to expect on campus during fall semester start up.

Watch the video

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 Symptoms and Direct Contact 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.

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

COVID-19 safety measures at Georgian College. Ten circle icons with graphics showing 10 safety measures.

Face coverings

Every person visiting a Georgian campus is required to to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when inside any college building.

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

You can wear your own face covering as long as it meets the Government of Ontario’s specifications for face coverings and face masks. Please note that masks with valves are not acceptable.

If you don’t have one, you will be provided one at the screening station. Face shields are also available from the college however, these must be worn in addition to face coverings and not as an alternative to face coverings.

If you’re in a program or job that requires additional medical grade or other personal protective equipment (e.g. health and wellness or welding programs), your faculty or manager will review the requirements with you.

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

Check out this video from Health Canada about how to wear a non-medical face mask or covering properly.

Where to get breaking COVID-19-related news

If there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus, public health will notify members of the college community who may have come in close contact with the individual, and the college will share information as needed about the continuation of in-person learning. 

For the latest news, it is your responsibility to check the following:

  1. Your Georgian College email. This is the first channel of communication.
  2. Blackboard. Your faculty will post relevant announcements here.
  3. Check the news section of the student and employee portals.
  4. Finally, follow Georgian College on Facebook and Twitter for any breaking news.

What’s open and closed during fall semester?


  • Your lab or office
  • Limited food services at Barrie, Owen Sound and Midland campuses (see below)
  • Microwaves will be accessible and cleaning supplies will be available (see break room section for locations)
  • Break rooms (see below)
  • Libraries for computer use only, at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses. Time slots are a maximum of two hours, and printers are not available. You can make an online reservation on the library website.
  • If your specific program is permitted to use lockers and change rooms, your instructors will provide direction via Blackboard. Otherwise, please come to campus dressed for class.
  • On-campus residence in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound 


All other facilities not mentioned in the open column. This includes:

  • All food services (to purchase food and beverage) not specifically mentioned below 
  • Libraries (except for computer use)
  • Study rooms
  • Lounge areas
  • Lockers
  • Change rooms
  • Printers
  • Athletic facilities


All student services continue to be offered remotely.

Find out how to contact each service area.

Food services


  • Bun on the Run (hours to be announced)
  • Georgian Dining Room (hours to be announced)
  • The Last Class/The First Class – for takeout and delivery only, starting Sept. 14. Use the app to place your order.


Chartwells cafeteria (hours to be announced)

Owen Sound

Takeout prepared by the Culinary program (hours to be announced)

All other locations

No on-campus food or beverage services, other than vending machines.

Break rooms

If you’re scheduled to be on campus for multiple or full-day labs, 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.

List updated on Sept. 11


Downtown Barrie (5 Ross St.)

To be announced




Room 110*




  • A103 (cafeteria)*
  • Tent in parking lot 2

Owen Sound

  • D104 (cafeteria)*
  • Tent in parking lot 2

South Georgian Bay


* indicates there is a microwave available in this location


On-campus parking is free at all Georgian locations until the end of the fall 2020 semester.

At the Barrie Campus only, you must register for a free parking permit. This applies to all Barrie students, employees and visitors. 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.

Registration is open now. Please review the instructions on our parking web page.

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


*Updated on Sept. 8

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!

Email us to sign up

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.

Email us to sign up

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 article was originally published on Sept. 4, 2020. It was updated on Sept. 14, 2020.