Dawson College has announced it will continue to offer most courses online for the summer and fall semester in order to protect its students and staff throughout the greater Montreal community.
The CEGEP says “Montreal remains a hot zone for COVID-19” and will undergo some “strict protocols” for courses that cannot be delivered online.
The school says the Ministry of Education has directed “all CEGEPs and universities in Montreal to continue offering courses online.”
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Dawson says its primary reasons for remaining “mostly virtual” is because of the necessity of maintaining a minimum two-metre distance between people, to ease the congestion of Montreal’s public transit network, and because of the absence of a vaccine.
The college says it has established a “task force” to prepare for the partial re-opening for activities that must take place on campus for a “small and limited number of students and teachers.” Some learning activities as part of the re-opening could begin as early as of May 25, says the school, and there will be “appropriate health and safety measures” throughout campus.
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“The crisis that we all had hoped would be short-lived is turning into something far more prolonged. While the number of new cases in Montreal appear to be abating, the pandemic’s lingering impact and potential for a sudden, new outbreak are very real,” continues the school’s news release. “To meet this ongoing challenge will require renewed individual and collective effort, flexibility and creativity.”
The school encouraged new-coming and current students to check out Dawson’s Virtual Campus and says it is committed to providing updates to staff and students as it becomes available.
Dawson is Quebec’s largest college with more than 10,500 enrolled students.