The orientations for the 2021-2022 school year are established based on the current health situation and the ongoing vaccination rollout among the population. They take into account the fact that more than 75% of the population aged 12 and up has been vaccinated, with the majority of 12-to-17 year olds having received two doses. For more information, please consult the COVID-19 vaccination for adolescents from 12 to 17 years of age page.

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

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

Rapid screening tests for COVID-19 in schools

Rapid screening tests have been deployed in regions where the epidemiological situation is deteriorating. From now on, all students in a class will be tested when any student from that class has tested positive for COVID-19 at a screening centre, even if they do not have symptoms.

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

Wearing of procedural masks

Regions in which the epidemiological situation is deteriorating

The guidelines on the wearing of masks apply in the regions of Québec where the number of cases per day is higher than the limit required to remain a green zone: 

  • Centre-du-Québec
  • Estrie 
  • Lanaudière
  • Laurentides
  • Laval
  • Mauricie
  • Montérégie
  • Montréal
  • Outaouais
  • Ville de Baie-Comeau
  • Chaudière-Appalaches (except for the Montmagny, L’Islet, Lotbinière and Lévis regional county municipalities)
  • Matapédia regional county municipality

Preschool

Wearing a procedural 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 procedural mask is also required during Physical Education and Health classes, if maintaining 2 metres of physical distancing is not possible and the class is held indoors. 

Secondary school

Wearing a mask is mandatory in common areas and while students are circulating, as well as while using school transportation. Masks are not required in class.

Adult general education and vocational training

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

Other regions where the epidemiological situation is stable

For other regions in Québec, where the number of cases is stable, see the guidelines that apply to the wearing of procedural masks.

Preschool

Wearing a procedural 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 and secondary school

Wearing a mask is mandatory in common areas and while students are circulating, as well as while using school transportation. Masks are not required in class.

Adult general education and vocational training

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

Procedural masks are required for all staff members in all regions, in accordance with the CNESST guidelines.

Extracurricular activities

Elementary schools

Extracurricular activities and sports will continue. However, it is possible that students may be required to temporarily stop participating in their extracurricular activities, for example, if they have been in contact with a person at school who has tested positive for COVID‑19.

Secondary schools

The vaccination passport will be required to participate in some extracurricular physical activities or sports. The vaccination passport will also be required to participate in interscholastic matches or competitions as part of specific sports programs and Sports-Études programs. The outdoor activities for which the vaccination passport will be required are those involving frequent or prolonged contact. The vaccination passport will also be required for all indoor physical activities and sports. For more information, see the full list of places and activities requiring the COVID-19 Vaccination Passport.

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

100% of students are attending classes in person on a full-time basis.

Organisation of groups

There are no restrictions.

Professional 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

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

Procedural masks are required for all staff members, in accordance with the CNESST guidelines.

School transportation

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

Procedural 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.

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

Procedural masks are required for all staff members, in accordance with the CNESST guidelines.