The orientations for the 2021-2022 school year are established based on the current health situation and the ongoing vaccination rollout among the population.

The presence of virus variants in Québec calls for a cautious approach. It is necessary to implement contingency health measures in order to reduce the risk of transmission and outbreaks.

This page will be updated based on changes in the epidemiological situation. Please check back regularly.

Rapid screening tests for COVID-19 in schools

In order to quickly test students who develop symptoms associated with COVID-19 over the course of the day and thereby enable as many students as possible to continue attending class in person, rapid screening tests have been made available in all preschools and elementary schools in Québec.

For more information, visit the Rapid screening tests for COVID-19 in schools page.

Isolation period for staff and students

Students and school staff members who are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID 19 should self-isolate immediately. Visit the When to self-isolate page for guidelines.

Wearing of masks

Preschool

Wearing a mask is mandatory only while using school transportation with multiple grade levels, that is, aboard buses or in sedans transporting students from different grades.

Elementary school

Wearing a mask is mandatory at all times inside the school: in classrooms, at the daycare, in common areas and while students are circulating, as well as while using school transportation.

Wearing a mask is also required during Physical Education and Health classes when the class is held indoors.

The mask can be removed when playing wind instruments.

Secondary school

Wearing a mask is mandatory at all times inside the school: in classrooms, in common areas and while students are circulating, as well as while using school transportation.

Wearing a mask is also required during Physical Education and Health classes when the class is held indoors.

The mask can be removed when playing wind instruments.

Adult general education and vocational training

Wearing a mask is mandatory at all times, even in class.

Extracurricular activities and special pedagogical projects

In-person extracurricular activities as well as field trips, interscholastic activities, tournaments and competitions remain suspended until further notice. However, these activities may continue virtually, when applicable. 

Activities that are part of special pedagogical projects may resume. Sports training and artistic activities that fall under these projects may also take place, provided that the rules related to masks are respected. Tournaments and competitions remain suspended.

Hygiene and disinfection measures

Hand-hygiene, cleaning and surface-disinfection measures must be followed. 

The following health measures will be maintained:

  • Cleaning and disinfection measures, particularly with regard to frequently touched surfaces 
  • Hand hygiene routines for students and staff, as per CNESST recommendations 
  • Evaluation of children with symptoms to see if they should be isolated

Air quality

For more information about the measures in effect, please consult the Air quality in schools page.

In-person attendance

There are no restrictions.

Organisation of groups

There are no restrictions.

Complementary educational services

There are no restrictions.

Pedagogical support

Additional support measures are provided for vulnerable students or those experiencing academic delays.

A strategy involving an investment of $13 million will be implemented to support students who wish to return to school after having dropped out.

Cafeterias

Students and staff members are required to wear a mask when circulating in the cafeteria. They may remove it during meals.  

Circulation in educational institutions

Masks are required for students in elementary and secondary school, as well as for students in vocational training and adult general education. 

Masks are required for all staff members.

School transportation

Students have assigned seats to facilitate contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.

Masks are required for preschool students only while using school transportation with multiple grade levels, that is, aboard buses or in sedans transporting students from different grades.

Masks are required for students in elementary and secondary school, as well as for students in vocational training and adult general education. 

Masks are required for all staff members.