What you need to know about August lab recovery
August 18, 2020

Please note, this is an archived post specific to the August 2020 lab recovery period.

For the latest information, review our what to expect on campus page and read our COVID-19 updates.

We’re excited to welcome a small group of students back to campus for the August recovery period! It will allow students the opportunity to complete their in-person lab work/practical learning requirements so they can continue with their program or graduate and enter the workforce.

Instructions for on-campus activity for fall semester, which begins Sept. 14, will be shared at a later date.

Who’s allowed on campus during the August recovery period?

At Georgian, the health and safety of our community is our priority. That’s why we have strict protocols for the return to campus.

Only those students enrolled in winter 2020 and summer 2020 semesters with in-person lab work/practical learning requirements, and their faculty and program technologists, will be allowed on campus. If you’re expected to be on campus, your faculty will have provided you with a schedule via your Blackboard account.

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. In your list of courses, you’ll find one called Return to Campus – August Academic Recovery. The module only takes about 15 minutes to complete.

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


Download the [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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.

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Watch this video

Chris Varney, Georgian’s Manager of Safety and Emergency Planning, will walk you through what to expect on campus during the August recovery period.

Watch the video

Safety protocols

(Updated Aug. 11)

All campus visitors are expected to read Georgian’s Protocol for the Prevention of COVID-19 transmission and the COVID-19 Reporting Symptoms and Direct Contact Protocol. These protocols apply to all persons — at all times — while on Georgian property.

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 [email protected] or 705.728.1968, ext. 6111.

COVID-19 safety measures at Georgian College

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. This is in line with recommendations by our local health units.

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. 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. 

Update as of Aug. 18
Masks with valves are not acceptable face coverings. They may filter dust particles in the air as the person inhales but they may not filter virus particles or respiratory droplets. If you arrive at a screening station with a mask with a valve, you’ll be offered a disposable face covering as an alternative.

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

Parking and entrances

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

Please see the maps for designated entrances in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound. For all other Georgian locations, please use the main entrance.

What’s open and closed during August recovery?


  • Your lab or office.
  • Break rooms (see below).
  • At the Barrie Campus only, the library will be open for computer use from Aug. 17 to 28. Time slots will be a maximum of two hours, and printers will not be available. You can make an online reservation on the library website.
  • If your program is permitted to use a change room to get into your uniform (e.g. culinary or dental), your instructors will provide direction on Blackboard. Otherwise, please come to campus dressed for class.
  • Student services continue to be offered remotely. Find out how to contact each service.
  • On-campus residence in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound. If you need to book accommodations during the August recovery period, read this article on the student portal to learn how.


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

  • food services to purchase food and beverages
  • cafeterias (including microwaves)
  • lounge areas
  • lockers

Food and drinks may only be consumed in designated break rooms (see below), with the exception of hospitality labs.

Break rooms (updated as of Aug. 11)

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. The maximum capacity of each room will be posted on the door. 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.


  • Tents in parking lots A and M
  • A115
  • A117
  • A119
  • C226 (cafeteria)
  • E220
  • E221
  • F115
  • F120A/B
  • M122
  • M126
  • M132
  • M134





Owen Sound

  • D104 (cafeteria)
  • Tent in parking lot 2


  • A103 (cafeteria)
  • Tent in parking lot 2

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 August recovery 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 [email protected] or 705.728.1968, ext. 6111.

This article was originally published on July 23, 2020.