In an email to parents today, the Lester B. Pearson School Board shared a letter received from Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education. This letter is addressed to all Québec education stakeholders regarding the conditions for reopening schools.
Here’s a summary of the main points covered in this letter:
- Protective equipment: masks will be provided to school personnel working in specialized classes and to preschool staff. As for all other school staff, the Minister of Education stated “I have decided to allow face masks to be purchased for school staff. A budget rule has been made available for school service centres to enable them to purchase reusable face masks for staff members who request them.”
- Using professionals as homeroom teachers: It is asked that school professionals working with students with special needs be assigned “to teaching tasks only as a last resort…and allowed to dedicate their efforts to their primary task, namely that of supporting at-risk students.”
- Teacher training on distance learning: Training modules on distance learning are available for teachers through TELUQ (in French only)
- Gradual reopening: The return to school can be spread over three days and based on cycles. For example, Cycle one on one day, Cycle two the next, Cycle three on the third day. All registered students must be back in school by the third day
- CNESST guide on the return to work (in French only): “This guide is a result of a collaboration between union associations and employer associations to determine the measures to be implemented in schools to ensure the safety of students and staff members and to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
To read the complete letter, which also includes information about vocational training and adult education and links to resources mentioned, click here.