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Back-to-school plan for education and higher education – Fall 2020 (COVID-19)

Higher education

CEGEPs, private colleges and universities are working hard to continue providing a high-quality student experience comparable to what was offered before the health crisis. Educational institutions are adapting and will offer services that support students along their academic path, both remotely and on campus.

The Québec government and institutions of higher education are taking steps to provide the best possible learning conditions for all young people and anyone who wants to pursue post-secondary studies. Enabling students to reach their full potential remains a priority, especially in the current context. Every effort is being made to provide students with the best possible back-to-school experience.

The world of higher education is changing and evolving, but student success remains a priority. We must persevere!

An enriching student experience

Institutions of higher education in Québec offer:

  • different learning methods
  • an adapted student experience
  • a stimulating, healthy and safe environment
  • vibrant and diverse student life
  • the possibility of doing internships
  • a variety of programs of study
  • pedagogical and psychological support
  • an accessible loans and bursaries program

Back to School 2020

The Québec government proposes that institutions of higher education prioritize a hybrid approach for the back-to-school process to provide students with regular feedback and follow-up (in person and remotely). The goal is to ensure an optimal student presence on campus for in-person access to instructional activities and support services.

Classroom space and scheduling will be organized to allow for student presence on campus, while still ensuring that the guidelines issued by the Direction générale de la santé publique are respected. A physical distance of 1.5 metres is permitted in classrooms.

All institutions will be afforded flexibility in implementing the means necessary to achieve the maximum student presence on campus in order to take into account their unique situation. Institutions will be asked to prioritize certain students, particularly first-year students, students with disabilities and students with special needs.

This scenario was selected so that students can benefit from learning activities and on-campus services, while receiving ongoing follow-up and feedback from teachers and professors.

Educational institutions will be provided with guidelines aimed at providing each student with the necessary support to foster their sense of belonging, commitment, perseverance and motivation while complying with the heath standards.

To ensure that all staff members on the various campuses can carry out their tasks effectively, they will have access to the buildings and facilities of their educational institutions. However, they must comply with the current health guidelines at all times.

In addition, all institutions must adopt an emergency protocol that will enable them to transition quickly to distance education in the event of a second wave of the virus, which could again result in the total or partial restriction of access to campuses. This plan must allow staff members to be able to continue their work and provide support to students to ensure that educational activities continue.

Last update: September 4, 2020

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