Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier universities delays in-person classes next year – Kitchener

The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University say courses that should face-to-face study next year will be delayed due to the rapid rise in the Omicron-COVID-19 variant.

Waterloo says the face-to-face tuition won’t take place until Jan. 24, while Laurier has announced it will be suspended at least a week later.

Both schools announced that the fall exams will continue as planned.

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“We have worked to ensure that you can complete your courses for the current semester,” read a letter signed by Waterloo President Vivek Goel and Vice President James Rush.

“The final face-to-face exams are scheduled for Friday, December 17th, with the rest of the scheduled exams being held online next week. ”

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The letter goes on to say that the Omicron variant is spreading faster than other versions of COVID-19.

UPDATE WINTER SUMMER:
▹ Autumn exams will continue as planned
▹ Classes start January 5th, but classes scheduled for personal delivery start online
▹ We are returning for personal delivery on January 24th or when public health conditions permit

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– University of Waterloo (@UWaterloo) December 16, 2021

“We all need to do our part to reduce the number of community contacts in order to flatten the curve and give people time to get the third dose of a vaccine,” the letter said.

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“This means we will need to make some last-minute changes to our plans based on guidance we received from public health officials. ”

The school says that there will be some hands-on learning sessions like labs and clinical programs with staff expected to reach out to students to let them know.

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The dormitories at both schools will also remain open, while the sports facilities and catering services will follow provincial guidelines.

Laurier also said that in January employees will be working remotely if possible.

The region’s other major post-secondary institution, Conestoga College, said Thursday that “there are still plans to return to more face-to-face learning and work on the Conestoga campus in January 2022”.

However, it noted that the situation was moving quickly and plans could change.

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