COVID-19: An increase in face-to-face classes at university?

The decrease in new cases of COVID in recent days has given arguments to the rector of the University of Sherbrooke, who is demanding the right to give more face-to-face classes as soon as possible, a wish also expressed by the Quebec premier.

“We would like all students to be able to come to campus at least once a week. It’s good academically and for the mental health of young people. And I am convinced that it can be done safely, we proved it last fall, “said the rector of the University of Sherbrooke, Pierre Cossette.

His will is also shared by Prime Minister Legault.

“I am in favor of young people going to CEGEP or university at least once a week to see people. Public health tells me we would have to wait a few more weeks, at least February 8, before we look at this. But I can’t wait! ”He said on Tuesday.

The president of the Student Federation of the Université de Sherbrooke, Alexandre Guimond, understands the government’s position.

“We are going to make our effort, but it is certain that from February 8 we hope that as many lessons as possible are given face to face. And we are asking that those who are not comfortable should be able to have the choice of taking their courses remotely, in short that each student has the choice of how he will attend his lessons. “

In Bishop’s, the university has even hired a private firm to screen students who live in residence.

“These are saliva tests that give us a result in 24 hours. Studies have been done recently and show that it is as effective as the nasopharyngeal test, which is used by public health, “said nurse Kendra Brock.

If these tests fail to target individuals who may be positive for COVID, they could be effective if the virus breaks out in an area.

“It will allow us to detect if there is a danger and to react quickly if necessary. If we see that the virus is present in a residential area, it will be easier to isolate a group and send the individuals for a conventional screening test. We are not a substitute for public health, ”said Bishop’s University communications director Olivier Bouffard.

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