University of Saskatchewan plans to reopen for fall semester

The University of Saskatchewan is planning to open for in-person classes starting this fall. 

Officials say the spring and summer terms — May through August — will remain primarily remote, but they expect to see an increase in opt-ins for on-campus instruction come September, when they will begin gradually introducing more students back into in-person classes. 

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In a news release, the institution clarified that it was not certain of the proportion of in-person classes to remote classes due to current uncertainties around vaccine rollout, but says current health and safety measures will continue to be followed, including physical distancing, mask-wearing and gathering restrictions.

Second year mechanical engineering student Morgan Mutschler said he’s happy to hear the news after months of challenges with remote learning.

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“I’m definitely feeling optimistic about going back to the university and doing classes there,” Mutschler said Thursday. “Classes online are definitely different and I can’t speak for all programs, but for my specific program I can definitely say it’s definitely been a challenge compared to what it was last year.”

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The release clarified that the university intends to fully return to regular in-class program delivery by the start of 2022, with opportunities for some students and staff to continue with remote and virtual arrangements.

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