Georgian College is extending its current delivery plan for the winter semester until the end of Study Week.
The college says with most courses operating remote or online, they will continue to do so for the week of Feb. 28 to March 4.
If a student is in a course which is fully online, they will remain as such. Those in courses which require an in-person lab, like health or wellness and sciences, will continue as scheduled.
In mid-December with the growing presence of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, the college has made the necessary program delivery changes to reduce on-campus activity to start the winter semester.
College President and CEO Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes says after careful thought and in the best interest of their students, they decided to stay the course with the current delivery plans until after Study Week.
“We had hoped the start of 2022 would be the beginning of the end of the Covid pandemic and we could see a significant increase in on-campus activity but with the highly transmissible Omicron variant still a factor we had to make necessary program delivery changes to reduce on-campus activity. The health and safety of our students and employees remain our top priority,” says West-Moynes.
Students will be receiving details in the coming week about their course delivery mode from March 7 onwards. The college will, however, continue to take a remote-first approach and only set in-person activity where it is needed to meet student learning requirements.
West-Moynes says when it is safe to do so, they will increase on-campus services.
“We understand this is an important part of the learning experience and many are eager to connect with faculty and peers,” says West-Moynes.