On December 30, 2021, François Legault announced a handful of restrictions across Quebec, which included closing indoor restaurants and places of worship, and postponing the return to in-person learning in schools until the new year. In a January 13 Facebook post, Legault confirmed that elementary and high school students would return to class starting Monday, January 17. But what about university students?
CEGEPs and universities in Montreal have also returned to remote learning, however, things look a little different for students returning to in-person classes at post-secondary institutions. Premier Legault said in a Jan. 12 post that while universities can reopen from the 17th, they have extra leeway to determine the exact date when in-person classes can resume.
Concordia University students are expected to resume in-person learning on February 3, according to a recent news advisory. Vannina Maestracci, the university’s spokeswoman, revealed that the original date has been extended beyond January 20, and any possibility of a further extension will be relayed to the community as soon as possible.
Concordia Library and the Birks Student Services Center remain open, along with a number of designated break areas for students to eat. As for mask requirements, students will be required to wear procedural masks “when entering academic buildings and using shared indoor spaces,” including classrooms, the university says.
In-person learning will return even sooner to McGill university students. With “Level 1” activities (labs, etc.) being in-person since January 10, most courses will move from online training to in-person training starting January 24. McGill media relations representative Katherine Gombay released a statement that despite plans for the return, the university remains flexible with contingency plans in place in case the COVID-19 situation changes.
Montreal university is expected to resume in-person sessions from January 31*, although their libraries have remained open. The university also clarified that the use of masks is “mandatory” across campus for all activities at all times.
the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) also clarified that remote learning will take place until January 31.* However, many activities in which face-to-face instruction is essential will return as early as January 24.
*This article has been updated.