Teachers should consider that a return to full-time students at the school this fall is too risky in terms of public health, then it is a scenario that is considered realistic by the health authorities.
In recent days, the Federation of trade unions de l’enseignement (FSE-CSQ) has consulted with its members regarding the scenarios presented by the minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, for the start of fall.
The minister hoped that all the students can attend school full-time, in regular bands. This scenario, however, must be approved by the public health.
However, the teachers of the ESF felt that it would be far too risky to opt for a full-time attendance, in the current context.
“For us, it is unrealistic to think that it takes everyone back to the school if the virus is what it is, and if, socially, we still need two meters (…). That can’t be at the level of the public health, the guidelines are changing in so little time, and that it remains safe,” said Josée Scalabrini, this of the ESF.
The latter would see an eye very skeptical of any change of guidelines in this regard. “We don’t want there to be adjustments to the public health to respond to the needs to put all children in a class. It should be ensured that there are scientists who come to really explain to us the business, because for us, it is unattainable”, she adds.
However, the national director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, has not closed the door on this possibility, on the contrary.
In an interview on 98.5 FM, on Friday afternoon, he said that it is “possible” that the rule of detachment of the two meters may be abolished during the school year. “It may very well be that we can change things,” he said, according to the evolution of scientific knowledge and the experiences at the international, recalling that the children are very little risk of developing complications.
The autonomous Federation of education, its president Sylvain Mallette argues, however, that never, in the course of discussions the last few days it has been mentioned that the scenario of a return to full-time could be considered if the pandemic persists, as this was rather an ideal scenario.
Moreover, if Quebec were to instead move forward with an attendance of part-time students this fall, maintaining the small groups, the primary school teachers represented by the ESF refuse to combine distance education and classroom teaching.
They urge instead of Quebec to put in place days child care services outside of the school when the child will not be in the classroom, in community centres, halls, cultural or even churches, evokes Josée Scalabrini.
Of specialist teachers in arts or physical education, might teach to enhance the guidance provided by the educators in childcare services. A service to help with homework may also be set up.
The ESF urges Quebec to provide training for teachers, students and parents on the distance education upon reentry, in order to be ready in the event of a second complete closure of the schools in the event of a second wave.