“We will keep moving forward, focused on your future.”

Chris Whitaker, President and CEO, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Well, it’s that time of year again.

No, not Leo season. Back-to-school.

Nemo from Pixar's "Finding Nemo" says "First day of school!"

And, this year’s back-to-school season is especially unique: for the first time in over a year, many Humber and UofGH students will be resuming at least a portion of their classes on campus.

That’s exciting – but it also means there are some new circumstances we need to be mindful of. So, whether you’ll be on campus weekly or daily this fall, here’s what you need to know, do and bring when you return to campus:

For Humber College students

What you need to know

  1. Humber College will deliver courses partially online and partially on campus. You can find out how your classes will be delivered, based on your program, on Humber’s website.
  2. If you’re returning to campus from abroad this fall, you’ll be required to self-quarantine for the standard 14-day period. However, you may be exempt from this requirement if you’re fully vaccinated and arrived on or after Monday, July 5.
  3. You don’t need to prove you’ve been vaccinated to be allowed on campus. However, you may need proof of vaccination if you’re in a program with specific work-integrated learning experiences that require it. Visit Humber’s vaccination FAQ page for details about the school’s vaccination policies.
  4. Not all campus entrances and parking lots are open. To see which ones are, look over Humber’s campus entry points and parking lot information page.
  5. Similarly, many student spaces are closed – but their services are still available online. These spaces will have QR codes posted outside them; scan the code with your phone’s camera and it will direct you to a website where you can access the service(s) you’re looking for. If the space you’re trying to access does not have a QR code, you can find a full list of Humber’s student services and where they’re available online.
  6. Most orientation activities will be virtual. For everything you need to know about Fall 2021 orientation, check out Humber’s Fall 2021 orientation announcement.
  7. Per Toronto Public Health‘s guidelines, as of Friday, June 18, temperature checks are no longer mandatory to enter campus. However, students in the Commercial Truck Driver Training program and those working in the Child Development Centre may still be subject to temperature checks.
A lineup of people get their temperature checked.

What you need to do

  1. Complete Humber’s Return to Campus Agreement Form. Humber will send this form directly to your email – so, make sure your email address is up-to-date on your MyHumber account – and you must sign it before your first time back on campus.
  2. If you’re returning to campus from abroad this fall, complete a COVID-19 Return to Canada Agreement.
  3. If you’re returning to campus from abroad this fall, create a quarantine plan.
  4. Plan where you’ll park and how you’ll enter campus – not all parking lots and entrances are open.
  5. Download the Humber Guardian app and complete Humber’s daily COVID-19 self-assessment before accessing campus. If you don’t have a phone, or another device on which to download the app, visit Humber’s website for alternative procedures.
  6. Maintain a distance of at least six feet (or two metres) from other people – both in hallways and in class. Signage has been around campus to help.
  7. Confidentially report any potential COVID-19 cases to Humber. This applies if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, if you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you’ve been in close contact with someone who does or may have COVID-19 (even if you were wearing a mask and maintaining distance). For situation-specific instructions on how to report potential COVID-19 cases, review Humber’s COVID-19 reporting guide.
  8. Continue practicing regular hygiene. To help, handwashing stations are available in washrooms across campus, hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed throughout buildings and classrooms have been equipped with disinfecting wipes.
A soap dispenser.

What you need to bring

  1. A mask. They’re mandatory on campus (yes, even if you’re vaccinated).
  2. Snacks and drinks. Not all food services are open at full capacity. To see which eateries are open and their hours, download Humber’s Campus Compass app.
  3. Anything else you may need for your classes, for example textbooks, notes, stationery or a laptop. (This one actually isn’t COVID-19 related – but, we get it, sometimes we forget how to School™ after the summer.)
Mr. Krabs from Spongebob Squarepants is confused.

For more on how to safely return to campus this fall, read Humber’s Return to Campus Handbook, review the school’s COVID-19 Safety Plan Snapshot and check out the instructional videos and trusted third-party information sources available through Humber’s website.

For University of Guelph-Humber students

Because Humber and UofGH share many student services and facilities, what UofGH students need to know is pretty similar to what Humber students need to know. So, before reading on, review the information above.

Then, see below for some UofGH-specific information about returning to campus:

What you need to know

  1. UofGH will offer most classes in person this fall. However, these plans are subject to change based on public health regulations.
  2. Alternate delivery methods will be available in certain courses for students who want or need them. You can find details about these methods on UofGH’s website.
  3. You’ll be able to participate in co-curricular learning activities on campus. But, your school has modified these activities to keep you safe. You can email life@guelphhumber.ca to learn more about how to stay involved on campus this fall.
  4. Most orientation activities will be virtual. However, depending on public health regulations, certain activities may be offered in person. For everything you need to know about Fall 2021 orientation, head to UofGH’s orientation page.
  5. You can get in touch with your academic advisor virtually – just send them an email.
We all need support.

What you need to do

  1. Check your Gryph Mail often. You’ll receive important updates about returning to campus there.
  2. Contact your academic advisor if you have program-specific concerns about staying safe on campus.

You can find more details about heading back to campus this fall in UofGH’s Return to Campus FAQs, Humber’s Return to Campus Handbook and COVID-19 Safety Plan Snapshot and the instructional videos and trusted third-party information sources available through UofGH’s website.

Stay safe, Humber and UofGH. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Now that have everything you need to know about staying safe on campus, take a look at how you can stay safe while enjoying your summer.

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