Universities move online amid Omicron concerns – CBC

Queen’s, Carleton, U of O all move online to start winter 2022 term

Dec 16, 2021

Citing concerns over rising COVID-19 cases and the Omicron variant, universities in Ottawa and Kingston, Ont., say they’re largely moving online for the beginning of the winter semester.

Queen’s University said in a statement Thursday it’ll transition most of its academic courses online “with some very limited exceptions” until the end of the winter reading week on Feb. 28. It did not specify which of its courses will remain in person.

The university, situated in a city with the province’s highest COVID-19 per capita rates of infection on record, says it will decide in early February about how to move forward after the reading week. Students should expect more information in the coming days from the school regarding their particular programs and courses, it said.

The news comes as Ontario’s science table called for immediate and stringent public health measures to combat a growing surge of the Omicron variant that could see ICU admissions reach “unsustainable levels” early next year.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/queen-s-carleton-ottawa-universities-online-winter-term-omicron-covid19-1.6288362

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