If the situation remains stable, the Government of Quebec will reopen primary schools and daycares on May 11 in Quebec and on May 19 in Montreal, as well as in the north and south shores. High schools, CEGEPS and universities will remain closed until September 1st.
“If and only if the situation remains as it is, we will allow schools to reopen” in Quebec, confirmed Premier François Legault on Tuesday.
No family will be forced to send their children back to the classroom to finish the current school year. Parents of chronically ill children should keep their children at home.
There will be a limit of 15 children per class. Children will have to stay two metres apart. In case of overcrowding, primary students could be sent to secondary schools, which will not reopen until September.
Quebec had previously announced the cancellation of the Ministry’s exams. Students will therefore move on to the next level according to their teacher’s judgement based on the results of the first two report cards.
To justify this decision, the Prime Minister targeted five reasons: the well-being of the children, the limited risk that COVID-19 represents for them, control of the situation in hospitals, the green light from public health and the need to resume a minimum of activities in society.
Despite the opening of schools, the prohibitions on gatherings will remain in place.
The IATSE 514 team