COVID-19: some universities in Quebec are planning to start out the varsity 12 months at a distance, others are contemplating it

The University of Montreal (UdeM) has decided to maintain distance learning at least until January 17, without waiting for new guidelines from Quebec, which currently allow students to attend classrooms from January 10. Other universities are preparing for their return to a remote start.

“We will continue our remote activities until at least January 17,” UdeM Rector Daniel Jutras said on Thursday. The decision was taken “by analyzing all the information available so far and taking into account the interests of our community: health and safety in the first place, but also the need for predictability”.

It will therefore largely be taught at a distance as soon as teaching resumes on 6 January. Another update will be sent no later than January 4 to provide an update after January 17, depending on developments. Internships, clinical activities, practical activities and laboratories will continue to be full-time and most services will remain open.

In an update posted on Thursday afternoon, Laval University is asking the university community to “prepare for the activation plan.” The first three weeks of the winter session could therefore be at a distance, from 10 to 30 January. “The goal of this temporary emergency plan is to ensure the safety and health of members of our community and to protect the continuity of teaching and research,” we write. Students will be informed about the procedure no later than January 5.

The University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) is also preparing to postpone a personal return to classes. The return to the face-to-face meeting is still maintained on January 10, but the university says it is aware that the situation is changing “from hour to hour”. “After yesterday’s extraordinary meeting of the study commission and the board of directors [mercredi]to plan and plan the preparation of classes, measures will be taken in the coming days to clarify the nature of this quarter and inform members of our community “, states in an e-mail I have to Spokeswoman Jenny Desrochers.

In a message sent to students that Duty consulted, Vice-Rector for Academic Life at UQAM, Jean-Christian Pleau, mentions that “all teaching activities” could be online by 23 January. “If such a change occurred, it would be announced no later than January 3,” he said.

At Concordia University, classes are scheduled at a distance until January 13. “We will closely monitor the situation and consult with public health authorities,” the spokesman wrote. We’ll do a new assessment in the week of January 3rd. “

In an email sent to I have to, the Ministry of Higher Education states that it will send instructions to the facilities “around January 3”. The ministry “intends to respond quickly in the event of a change of direction” by the public health. “If the facility gives a different orientation to its student population than currently recommended by the public health system, it may need to reassess that orientation in early 2022, depending on the update that will be made,” we wrote.

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