In theory, a return to campus attendance should be completed by Monday, January 31st. However, this week some schools announced that they intend to keep their distance learning courses through February.
This is the case of Concordia University in Montreal. On Thursday, the institution announced on its website that the school year would not begin until Thursday, February 3, three days after the deadline set by Quebec.
Similarly, students and faculty at the University of Quebec at Abitibi-Themiscaming (UQAT) are not required to return to classes until mid-February. On your websiteUKATeven writes that distance learning will be preferred until 75% of students receive a booster dose against COVID-19.
In addition, at least one college, the Cégep Regional de Lanaudière, has confirmed in the last few days that it intends to delay its return. Thus, classes will resume on February 7 in the presence of visitors. Until then, there will be no distance learning courses; the calendar is just shifted.
Quebec asks for establishments
However, Higher Education Minister Danielle McCann’s office has scheduled a two-week “transition period” to allow CEGEP and universities to resume classroom activities after Monday, Jan. 17, the date originally set by Prime Minister Lego for Dec. 30.
This postponement was announced on January 7 after some institutions such as the University of Montreal and UQAM announced they would resume attendance on Monday January 24 or even the next Monday January 31.
The Lego government wanted to remember the rules of the game on Friday night. In a message sent to Radio-Canada, Minister McCann’s office urged resisting institutions
comply with the directives communicated to them on 30 December..
The return to availability on campuses should take place from January 17th.he reminded, emphasizing that he had already shown
flexibility providing CEGEP and universities
the possibility of completing this declaration before 31 January.
Show Interview noon info, at the ICI Première, Minister McCann herself recalled earlier that day when 31 January represented
term reconnect with the return to the classroom of university students.
Students want to go back to class
The transfer from week to week of returning to school when visiting CEGEP and the university is not to everyone’s liking.
In Abitibi, for example, an open letter began to circulate on Friday askingUKAT
full-time return from 17 to 31 Januarybecause
many students would prefer to return to class if government measures allow.
Specifically, the measure requiredUKAT achieving 75% vaccination coverage with the third dose […] prevent face-to-face training of entire cohorts for a few more weeksits authors write, adding that Quebec
never mentioned such an extreme.
Not to mention that
It is obviousaccording to them
that the quality of education received online is not equal to the quality of face-to-face classes.
” For some students, university careers are coming to an end. Unfortunately, in the last three years of this course, they have had only two full face-to-face sessions, which greatly affects the quality of the training they receive. It is quite heartbreaking to come out with a diploma and a title, but without all the skills that should have been developed during this training. »
According to its authors, the letter was signed on Friday evening by more than 70 students. They form a common front against the official positionAGEVAT
L’UKATand Concordia are explained
many of his scientific studies […] continued face to face without interruption as well as
the return of in-person learning will begin on January 24, starting with courses that include a practical or experiential component..
access to campuses and centers is possible subject to health protection measures as well as
student services, including psychosocial support, success assistance, and techno-pedagogical support, available in person or remotelysaid University Communications Director Stephanie Duchen.
She also recalled that representativesAGEVAT
aware of the guidelines adoptedUKATassures Ms. Duchen.
Concordia University, for its part, clarified by email Friday night that its winter semester
[avait] started on January 6, that is, on Thursdayas well as,
for planning reasons, [était] more consistently resume classes in person on Thursday to
facilitate the course structure.
Therefore, a personal return is scheduled for the week of January 31st.said his spokesman Vannina Maestracci.