The University of Manitoba is pivoting to remote learning once again.
Despite initial plans for in-person classes during the 2022 winter term, concern with the Omicron COVID-19 variant has the U of M shifting to remote operations up until the end of the term break (Feb. 26).
“We do hope that we will be in a position to resume face-to-face operations for the remainder of the Winter Term, but this will be guided by what the public health experts deem to be both prudent and safe,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Michael Benarroch in a statement.
The U of M plans on assessing their approach up until the term break with the aim to adapt to public health orders.
“We will continue to be guided by science and not our best-laid plans.”
Brandon University is also going remote to start the winter term. And the school is asking the BU senate to approve a week’s delay to start the term.
If approved, it would mean the university would re-open on January 4, but classes wouldn’t resume until January 11.
BU says online learning will go until at least the end of January.
The University of Winnipeg announced a transition to remote learning for the winter term late last week.
The U of W said classes would be held online until reading week (Feb. 20-26). Whether or not students will return to campus after the break will be decided in late January.
As of now, Red River College Polytechnic have limited their on-campus activity to necessary training only, with everything else online.
— with files from Kevin Hirschfield
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