On May 11, 2020, preschool establishments and elementary schools are gradually reopened to students in all regions of Québec, except for those in the territory of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal This hyperlink will open in a new window. (available in French only) and in the territory of the Regional County Municipality (RCM) de Joliette and the town of l’Épiphanie, which will remain closed to students over the summer, except where certain services are offered (e.g. learning camps, respite services for students with disabilities or at-risk students).

Secondary schools will also remain closed until the end of August, with the exception of schools that offer learning camps, respite services for students with disabilities or at-risk students, or summer courses and the evaluation of learning for Secondary IV and V students.

Measures to support the educational success of students who are vulnerable or in particular situations

Summer courses and evaluations

Since July 2, 2020, institutions have been able to organize in-person summer courses for Secondary IV and V students, which these students may attend voluntarily or on the basis of a teacher’s recommendation. The administration of local examinations or other evaluation methods will also be possible to enable Secondary IV and V students to obtain the credits required to continue their educational path. Children who are being homeschooled at the Secondary IV or V level may also be evaluated by these methods. 

Students who completed a Secondary IV or V program prior to the 2019-2020 school year but failed may retake the ministerial examination.

These measures will enable students to pursue their educational path to vocational training or college, and to obtain their Secondary School Diploma, if applicable. Students who are at the end of their path will then be able to enter the job market.

Learning camps

During the summer, school boards, school service centres and private schools may offer pedagogical support services for elementary and secondary students with learning difficulties.

These services are similar to learning camps and are offered on a voluntary basis to students who are selected by their educational institution. No evaluation of learning will take place. The focus will be placed on essential knowledge. Groups will consist of no more than 10 students.

It is up to each institution to determine its offer of learning camps, based on its specific situation and students’ needs.

Respite services for students with disabilities or at-risk students in preschool or elementary or secondary school

Respite services taking place at school will be organized and offered by school boards and school service centres during the summer, in collaboration with the health and social services network and volunteer community organizations. This measure aims to ease the load of families with a child at the preschool, elementary or secondary level who has a disability or is deemed to be at-risk.

Groups will consist of no more than 15 students. It is up to each institution to determine which respite services will be offered, based on its specific situation and families’ needs.

School daycare services will resume regular operations in schools at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, in every school for the students enrolled there. Any family with children enrolled at a school can register for that school’s daycare services, as needed, by following the standard local procedures.

School daycare services

School daycare services will resume regular operations when schools reopen, in every school for the students enrolled there. Any family with children enrolled at a school can register for that school’s daycare services, as needed, by following the standard local procedures.

In the Montréal metropolitan community and the regional county municipality of Joliette, emergency daycare services will remain open until June 30.

Preschool and elementary school

A return to school is not compulsory. Parents who believe the best option is to have their children continue their learning from home will be provided with pedagogical support from a distance. The parents’ decision on whether or not to send their children to school must be communicated to the schools and must not change for the remainder of the school year, whenever possible, barring exceptional circumstances that may arise before the end of June, in order to enable schools to organize pedagogical support and school transportation services.  

Students, teachers and school staff will be able to collect their personal effects and school materials starting April 27, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the public health authority. Parents will be contacted by their children’s school for this purpose.

Educational resources

A variety of optional resources to help students learn, create and have fun will remain available to children and their parents on the Open School website, at ecoleouverte.ca This hyperlink will open in a new window. (In French only). Students can choose their own path, based on their grade and skill level, with the help of a friend or family member, if necessary. New activities are added to this website regularly. Educational kits with suggested activities for each subject are also made available to students and parents.

Health measures

All necessary measures must be implemented to ensure the health and safety of children and personnel. Schools must implement the strict health measures issued by the Direction générale de la santé publique. In accordance with physical distancing rules, groups must be restricted to a maximum of 15 students and a distance of 2 metres is to be maintained between individuals, wherever possible. Face coverings will be provided to teachers who request them. 

For health and safety reasons, it is recommended that students and staff members who are vulnerable in terms of heath (e.g. chronic disease, severe immunodeficiency, pregnancy) not return to school until further notice. If necessary, teachers could resume their duties by means of telework.

If a student or a staff member develops symptoms associated with COVID-19, the public health authority will issue specific recommendations for the region concerned, which must be strictly enforced.

Vocational training

Vocational training students have been able to resume their studies in person in all regions of Québec. A physical distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained between students, and no more than 50 individuals may be present in a classroom at the same time.

Adult general education

Since June 20, 2020, adult learners have been able to resume their studies in person, and adult education centres are now able to offer all of their services to adult learners. A physical distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained between adult learners, and no more than 50 individuals may be present in a classroom at the same time

Teacher training

Accelerated training is being offered through Université TÉLUQ This hyperlink will open in a new window. (available in English soon) for teachers who wish to improve their knowledge of technological tools. The first courses are available as of May 4. Additional training is available on the Open School platform This hyperlink will open in a new window. to help teachers quickly become comfortable with technological tools.