Since May 11, 2020, preschool establishments and elementary schools are gradually reopening 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. and in the territory of the Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC) de Joliette and the town of l’Épiphanie, which will remain closed until late August

Secondary schools will also remain closed until the end of August. However, some specialized schools offering regional or supraregional educational services and private schools dedicated to providing special education remain open, as do those that welcome students registered in one of the Work-Oriented Training Path courses. Distance learning will nevertheless continue as a result of improved pedagogical support.

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

Summer courses and evaluations

As of July 1, 2020, Secondary IV and V students may attend summer classes in person, voluntarily or on the basis of a teacher’s recommendation. Students who find themselves in a particular situation may also be evaluated by educational institutions.

Students who completed a 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

Learning camps can also be offered to students who have difficulties or need remedial instruction. These students will be selected by their school.

Attendance at these camps will be voluntary, and no formal evaluations will be conducted. Groups will consist of a maximum of 10 students.

The camps will be held from June 8 to 26, inclusive (with a possible extension) and will be offered to:

  • elementary school students in the schools located in the Montréal metropolitan community, the regional county municipality of Joliette and the town of l’Épiphanie
  • secondary school students throughout the Québec school system

The educational institutions will tailor services to the needs of their students and their respective situations.  

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

In addition to the pedagogical support offered by teachers to all their students, 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.

Secondary school

Secondary school students will continue distance learning activities and will be provided with schoolwork. Pedagogical support from their teacher will be available to them. Student advancement to the next grade level is determined by teachers’ professional judgment. Teachers will be able to use online schoolwork or evaluations to validate their judgments of certain learning content.

Vocational training

Since May 11, vocational training students and adult general education learners have been able to resume their studies, except for those whose centres are located in the Montréal metropolitan community and the regional county municipality of Joliette. These centres will open on May 25. If students must be present in person for practical training or evaluations, there must never be more than 15 individuals in the same space and physical distancing rules must be respected.

Adult general education

Adult general education learners may resume their studies at a distance. As of May 11 (May 25 for the Montréal metropolitan community and the regional county municipality of Joliette), access to adult education centres is permitted for learner evaluation activities. However, there must never be more than 15 individuals present in the same space and physical distancing rules must be respected.

Pedagogical support

To ensure that the most vulnerable students continue their learning until the end of the school year, a large-scale operation will take place to supply technological tools to students who do not have access to them. A partnership with Telus and Apple will allow us to provide these students with tablets, which will automatically have access to the Internet.

Resources such as the Open School website (ecoleouverte.ca, In French only) are also available to students, who will be able to access them on the provided tablets.

Teacher training

Accelerated training is being offered through Université TÉLUQ This hyperlink will open in a new window. (In French only) 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. (In French only) to help teachers quickly become comfortable with technological tools.