As the city's institutions brace themselves for an extended second wave of COVID-19, Montreal universities have started announcing that they'll be continuing distance learning for the 2021 winter semester — at least for the most part.

In addition to announcements from three French universities, McGill University and Concordia University have confirmed that classes will be primarily online next semester. 

The senior communications officer for McGill University, Katherine Gombay, told MTL Blog that faculty and staff are keeping a close eye on the development of the virus. 

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We continue to monitor the situation closely and will make adjustments as needed.

Katherine Gombay, McGill University

"Given Montreal’s current Level four [red] status, and possible further development of COVID-19, Winter 2021 courses will be delivered primarily through remote platforms," she said.

However, some McGill services will continue to be offered through in-person learning and activities.

"Access to study hubs, student services, and other student-facing offices will be enhanced as public health guidelines permit," said Gombay.

Concordia University announced on its website that it will be holding Winter 2021 courses online, with some exceptions:

"For the winter 2021 term, we will continue to operate as we have in the fall, holding classes remotely. Some in-person activities such as labs and studios will continue to take place, as evolving health and safety guidelines permit."

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