Students at Georgian College received an email statement informing them that all classes will be moved online as of Monday.
All Georgian College campuses will be switching over to online learning until March 20th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes the week of March 16th to the 20th, which will serve as a buffer for teachers and faculty to prepare. For the sake of student safety all course material and examination will be done over Blackboard, the college’s online learning tool.
It reads: “Beginning Monday, March 23, all programs will be delivered through remote means. Students are required to check Blackboard next week regarding their specific program delivery, as well as how we’ll address hands-on learning.”
However, while class work will not be done in person, all students are required to attend their placements and co-ops. Faculty is also required to report to work and the campus will remain open, but the college is making arrangements for flexible scheduling.
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“The decision to suspend classes was not taken lightly,” it said. “The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented and evolving situation, and we are making decisions as quickly as possible with the guidance of public health officials.”
The notice also urges students and faculty to remain vigilant with illness-prevention practices. This includes hand-washing and staying away from the college if the are feeling unwell.
This announcement comes one-day after confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in Barrie, as well as the closures of publicly funded schools on Thursday. It also follows similar statements from post-secondary institutions across the province.