Coronavirus: University of Winnipeg suspends winter term; Red River College implements ‘study week’

The University of Winnipeg has suspended its winter term in the wake of presumed novel coronavirus cases in Manitoba.

The time to act is now so that we may help preserve the health and safety of the UWinnipeg community,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, president of the U of W.

“All in-person classes and labs will be suspended for the remainder of the winter term.We are fortunate to be near the end of term, April 3. Our goal is to support students in successfully completing their courses. By March 20, we will communicate our completion plans to students through webmail.”

Red River College is also taking measures with a declared “study week” next week.

Dr. Christine Watson, the college’s interim president, sent a memo to staff Friday.

“I want you to know that the safety of our College community is our highest priority. For that reason, Red River College will implement a Study Week for Students, effective at the end of today, and continuing through next week.

“This will help us follow public health advice to reduce numbers on campus and give faculty and staff time to develop alternative delivery models for College programs and services.”

The University of Manitoba has not cancelled classes outright, but the majority of them have been moved online.

One school in Manitoba in Sandy Bay First Nation has already closed its school.

The province of Manitoba is having an update Friday afternoon with Premier Brian Pallister, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen, Health Minister Cameron Friesen and Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief provincial public health officer.

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