Niagara College shifting some courses back to online only for the month of January

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Published December 16, 2021 at 11:13 am

Come the new year, Niagara College will be pressing pause for some on-campus classes, shifting back to the online mode that was all-too-familiar for students in 2020.

While at this point, the college is deciding who stays on campus and who stays at home, it would appear that theory-based programs might be the ones shifting to online training while hands-on programs will be allowed to return to the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses.

At the moment, the college says it’s simply a three-week shift to online classes ending January 28 but that’s, of course, not carved in stone. As they close in on the end of January, they plan to reassess the “delivery mode of these (short-term online) courses for the remainder of the term.”

“Given current COVID-19 trends and the uncertainty around the rise of the Omicron variant,” the college said in a release, the online shift is being made “as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our learning environment and workplace.”

Hands-on practical labs and essential elements “will continue to be delivered on-campus as planned with personal protective equipment (PPE) and other health and safety measures in place, including the requirement for enhanced PPE in situations where physical distancing can’t be maintained.”

Co-ops that are presently set up are completely “dependent on guidance from employers”, meaning if businesses begin to shut down again, the students have little choice but to stay home.

However, to emphasize that the situation is not as dire as it was in 2020, the college said, “Our expectation is that our campuses, including eateries, study spaces, and common areas, will remain open for the start of the Winter Term.”

The college added that students in course would know soon who stays come and who comes on campus and to monitor online missives from the school.

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