The strategic crisis management team at UiA has decided to extend the special coronavirus guidelines one more week, through Friday 22 January.
The reason is that our students need predictability. By extending the period of remote learning, UiA gives students and teachers more time to make arrangements.
Teaching at UiA will remain online at least through 22 January even if the government relaxes the current measures when they make their announcement on Monday.
Once the government has presented its new assessment, recommendations and measures, the strategic crisis management team will decide how the teaching will continue after 25 January.
There is no indication as to whether the recommendation to teach online will change. However, ministers have already asked students to mentally prepare for continued restrictions.
UiA seeks to find solutions to provide teaching that requires laboratories, other special facilities, or physical presence on campus. I some cases, some such groups may return to in-person teaching on campus. All students affected will be given information about this on Canvas.
An absolute prerequisite is that proper prevention measures are kept.
UiA has experience with the implementation of measures to reduce transmission risk from last spring. Should the government allow teaching on campus for these student groups, we will use this experience when planning such teaching sessions.