New Brunswick expects university and college students back in classrooms this fall

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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health says university and college students in the province can expect to return to campus for in-person learning this fall.

Dr. Jennifer Russell says all adults in the province should have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by early summer and says she is optimistic students can return safely to classes for the 2021-22 academic year.

Russell said in a statement today it's in everyone's interests to have university and college students safely back in classrooms.

Each institution will be required to have a COVID-19 operational plan that is approved by provincial health officials.

Post-Secondary Education Minister Trevor Holder says colleges and universities are independent of government and will make their own decisions on when to resume in-person learning.

Schools were limited to online learning during the 2020-21 academic year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 7, 2021.

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