In order to limit the spread of the virus, the number of days on which students are physically present at school or in centres will be reduced.

Preschool and elementary school

  • There will be no in-person attendance from December 17, 2020, to January 3, 2021, inclusive.
  • The pedagogical days in the school calendar are maintained.
  • The return to class is set for January 4, 2021, unless the school calendar already provides for a return at a later date.
  • For the class days between December 17 and December 23, inclusive, students will learn at home (reading, assignments, etc.) and their teachers will maintain a connection with them through direct, daily contact.
  • Based on this school schedule, on December 17, 18, 21 and 22, emergency childcare services will be offered by the public network to parents who are employed in the priority sectors, including school staff.

Secondary school

  • There will be no in-person attendance from December 17, 2020 to January 10, 2021, inclusive.
  • The pedagogical days in the school calendar are maintained.
  • The return to class is set for January 11, 2021.
  • Distance education services must be provided to all students from Secondary I to V on class days set out in the school calendar, based on the students’ regular schedule.

Adult general education and vocational training

In adult general education and vocational training, distance education should be prioritized on working days that fall within the closure period, the nature of the program permitting, and provided the emergency protocol is respected. This means that centres cannot have students in their facilities, including laboratories, between December 17 and January 10, inclusive. Local evaluation may take place at a distance. Internships may continue with no change.

For students who are not able to pursue their training through distance education, the centres must provide work for them during these working days. Students can also be provided with follow-up by telephone.

Specialized schools for vulnerable students are not affected by these measures and will therefore remain open.