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Montreal CEGEP, universities detail possible plans for return to individualized schooling

Most CEGEPs and universities in the city will delay returning to individual classes after the province’s January 17 deadline.

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Students and teachers of higher education have once again found themselves in limbo as they wait for COVID-19 to decide how their semester will go.

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Several Montreal CEGEPs and universities have announced plans to delay the return to individual schooling beyond the province’s scheduled date of January 17, opting to take advantage of a transition period Quebec announced until January 31. The delay comes as Quebec deals with the rapid transmission of the highly infectious Omicron variant, an increasingly fragile health care network and a booster campaign that has not yet opened to young adults.

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Concordia University , for its part, had announced a return to individual classes for January 20, but spokeswoman Vanina Mestrasi said on Monday that it was “very likely” that the date would be pushed forward.

“Given how uncertain the situation is, it is very difficult to set another date at this stage for in-person returns, and we are focused on ensuring that there are suitable circumstances for this to happen,” said Maestrasi. he said. “We will give one week’s notice before that resumption.”

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University of Montreal In-person teaching will resume as of January 31 “if everything goes according to plan,” said spokeswoman Julie Gazaile. “Decisions are made in the light of the latest data on the evolution of the pandemic and after consultation with our experts.”

Last week, University of Quebec in Montreal announced that its winter semester would be delivered remotely until at least January 24, but on Monday it extended that date to January 30.

At the end of 2021, McGill University Announced return for January 24th. On Monday, spokeswoman Katherine Gombe said that at this time there are only activities taking place on site that cannot be accomplished remotely, “and we will gradually open up to more individual activities as the epidemiological situation is safe.” allows from.

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“Uncertainty remains high regarding the impact of the new Omicron version. However, we intend to safely return to individualized education as soon as and when government directives permit,” Gombe said.

The Montreal Gazette asked the Ministry of Higher Education which health indicators are included in decisions to return to in-person schooling, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Quebecers 18 and older are eligible to book their booster shots on January 17th, which are January 25th and January 14th. According to the latest figures from the province, 17.7 percent of the COVID-19 cases among the fifth wave. The epidemic has been between the age group of 20-29.

For CEGEP, Marianopolis College According to its website, “in view of the evolving situation in relation to the pandemic and the latest public-health announcements,” announced a complete delay of the start of the winter semester until January 31.

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“Marianopolis continues to monitor the situation and consult with ministerial officials regarding plans for the winter semester,” said Elizabeth Livingston from the Office of the Director-General.

Dawson College , for its part, plans to return on the same date as Marianopolis, but will deliver classes remotely starting on January 20.

“We will monitor the situation and continue to consult with the ministries of public health and education, but at this time, classes will resume in person on January 31, if all conditions are favorable,” spokeswoman Donna Varica said. The students and teachers received a detailed notice in this regard on Monday.

As of January 31, “our biggest priority … is to keep the number of people on campus to an absolute minimum,” Varika said.

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In a memorandum to the students, Vanier College Said that its winter semester would also be delivered remotely for the first two weeks.

“Thereafter, we will return to individual classes on January 31,” the memo said. “We will continue to adapt as the situation develops.”

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