School full time this fall

L’école à temps plein cet automne

Students from all schools in Quebec will be back in the classroom this fall. The back will be full time for all students in the primary and for the vast majority of high school students, learned about The Newspaper.

The details will be presented at the announcement made by the minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, at 10 a.m. today in the presence of partners of the education network.

Public health has already announced yesterday that the rules on distance physical between the children will be relaxed. From the 22 June, the young people of 16 years and under will be able to keep a metre away from each other, but they will have to respect a distance of two meters between the adults.

For the season, the creation of “sub-groups” or “bubbles” within classrooms – in kindergarten, in primary and secondary education – allows the return to regular classes, said.

In each class, a maximum of six children can be clustered in islands formed by the desks of the students. There is no distancing physical will be required between these students. A class of 24 students, for example, might consist of four islets different.

A distance of one meter should be maintained between children from other sub-groups of the class and the other students in the school.

The challenges of secondary school

Students must remain in the same subgroup and in the same class, and this will have logistical challenges at the secondary level, where groups of students usually vary according to the material being taught.

The challenges will be especially important in fourth and fifth secondary, where the options are many.

In small secondary schools, it may be difficult to guarantee a return to full-time, while now the different choice of course.

Students could be back in the classroom three or four days per week and complete the rest of their training at a distance.

“In the vast majority of cases “, the students of fourth and fifth secondary, however, will be back in the classroom full-time, precise-t-on.

Rather than focusing on the core subjects as is currently the case, all the materials will again be taught this fall, including courses in arts and physical education.

The centres of school services will also have an “emergency protocol” in the event of a second wave in order to ensure that schools are able to turn quickly to the distance education of quality, if a second containment was enacted.

Few cases of an outbreak in the schools

The relaxation of the sanitary rules for the children, claimed by several pediatricians, will allow for a back-to-school “almost normal” at the beginning of classes this fall, said yesterday the Dr. Horacio Arruda.

In a press briefing, the national director of public health says it is satisfied with the few cases of an outbreak in the schools that have opened their doors since mid-may outside of the greater Montreal area.

The latest scientific data show that young people seem to be vectors of transmission to be less important than adults, ” added his colleague, Dr. Richard Massé.

Concerning children of preschool age, one can even expect that the distance imposed is reduced to less than one meter in the next few days, work was still in progress on this subject.

— With the collaboration of Dominique Scali

How will it work

Kindergarten, Primary and secondary

  • All schools will open their doors, including in the greater Montreal area
  • School attendance is mandatory (except for children with a particular medical condition)
  • Back to regular bands
  • Inside a same class, there is no distancing of the physical sub-groups of a maximum of six students
  • Distance of one meter between students of different subgroups and between students of different classes
  • Distance of two meters between the students and the teachers or other staff members
  • Back in the classroom full-time for all (except for students in fourth and fifth secondary in small schools because of the difficulty of providing all the choice of courses in closed groups)
  • Schedules changed (recess, movement in the school, lunch time) to avoid contacts between children of different groups
  • All subjects will be taught
  • An emergency protocol should be established so that schools are ready to teach at a distance, in the event of a second wave of COVID-19

Colleges and universities

  • A Maximum of 50 students per class at 1.5 m distance
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