Although the Eastern Townships has been designated a red zone, university, college and high school residential buildings are remaining open during the holiday break and there are no signs of a mass exodus of students.
Bishop’s University Dean of Student Affairs Stine Linden-Andersen told The Record they are not planning to shut down. And while a majority of classes are moving to an online format, many students living in residence have made no mention of leaving their dorm rooms.
“This could change tomorrow, you know, we’re seeing what the students are deciding and trying to support them in making the choice that’s best for them,” said Linden-Andersen, acknowledging the unpredictability of the pandemic.
The university is also receiving an influx of international students for the winter semester, after the student visa process was delayed by several months due to the COVID-19 outbreak and Canada imposed strict border restrictions.