On Thursday, Ross Romano, Ontario’s Minister of Colleges and Universities, said that academic institutions are preparing for what he calls a hybrid model.
Schools must maximize the course content that is available virtually and that “courses that can be online, must be.”
“They must hope for the best and prepare for the worst. But we are preparing for a worst case scenario, which looks at a hybrid model,” Romano said.
He added that economic activity in the province at this point still has “a lot of question marks.”
But for classes that must have in-person attendance, like trade schools and graduate programs where labs are necessary, the government is working on a proposal to implement safe measures for students.
Romano said the proposal will then be reviewed by the Command Table and the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Premier Doug Ford also congratulated universities and colleges for putting over 100,000 courses online in a short amount of time.
Some Ontario institutions have already released their tentative plans for returning to the academic school year in the fall.
TORONTO SCHOOL ROSS ROMANO COLLEGE UNIVERSITY