COVID-19: Request to delay the start date of some classes, moving some to remote learning – Saskatoon | The Canadian News

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is making a number of changes to class delivery and operations beginning in the new year due to the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

A press release from the university said there will be a delay in the start of many classes and programs until January 10.

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Details on program start times will be sent directly from universities and schools.

By the start of the quarter on January 10, many classes and programs will be temporarily taught remotely whenever possible and based on learning outcomes and the need for progress towards completion of the degree.

USask expects remote class delivery to be in place for two weeks, until January 24.

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“The preparation of a change back to face-to-face classes will be evaluated during that time, but the expectation is a return to face-to-face classes as soon as it is safe and reasonable to do so,” the statement said.

The university added full details of which elements of the programs will go into remote delivery and which will remain in person and provided directly to students and faculty as soon as possible.

All USask employees who can work remotely will do so until January 24. The statement says that the possibility of returning to work on campus will be evaluated before January 24.

More details will be provided before December 31, including changes determined by public health and the provincial government.

The USask Pandemic Response and Recovery Team will continue to monitor the situation during the holidays.

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USask is encouraging students and other campus members to receive their COVID-19 booster shots over the holidays. All campus members do not need to update their immunization status in PAWS at this time once they receive their booster.

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Information on USask’s expectations for booster shots will be shared in January.

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