Three of the largest Universities in the province are extending their online learning until the end of February.
The universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge announced on Friday morning they are delaying the return for in-person learning until after their Reading Week on February 28th.
University residences will remain open to residents and select in-person course components, such as labs or midterms, may still take place in person. Other previously announced health measures will remain in place, the universities said in a joint news release.
UofA president Bill Flanagan said “We know that a return to campus as soon as possible is in the best interests of all members of the university community." While the president of the UocC Ed McCauley said the shift from in person learning to online has been difficult for everyone involved.
The decision comes as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise in Alberta. As of Thursday afternoon there were 786 in hospital in the province, a number that's doubled over the past two weeks.