Some Edmonton post secondaries cancel in-person classes amid COVID-19 surge and new restrictions

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A number of Edmonton post-secondary institutions have cancelled in-person classes on Thursday in response to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Alberta and the announcement of a provincewide public health emergency.

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In a Tweet, on Wednesday night, the University of Alberta said that in-person classes at all campuses for Thursday would be cancelled. They will make a decision on Thursday about the status of classes for Friday. They have extended the add/drop deadline for classes.

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MacEwan University has also decided to cancel in-person classes for Thursday and Friday. The temporary measures are in place to reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on the health care system.

“MacEwan University will be further evaluating the restrictions for our campus, and will provide you with an update before Monday, September 20,” said a MacEwan statement.

Students currently enrolled in practicums, co-op positions or field placements should follow the guidelines of their host organizations. Online classes will continue as planned.

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NAIT announced, in a Thursday Tweet, they will be cancelling on-campus learning from Sept. 16 to 19. They are currently assessing how the new restrictions impact NAIT and their campuses and will have an update on their plans by Monday.

“Students who were scheduled to be on campus should stay home. You will hear from your instructors in the coming days as we make decisions about how to address the impacts to on-campus learning.”

“We appreciate the uncertainty today’s news has created and ask for your patience and understanding as we work through the implications for the NAIT community.”

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