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Schools

The measures put in place in the French sector will also apply in the English sector.

School organization will be based on public health recommendations, which are constantly evolving and can vary from region to region.

Each school will take measures to respect the physical distancing recommendation of maintaining at least 1 metre between students in different subgroups.

Visitors will not be allowed to enter the school.

The premises will be subject to regular, appropriate maintenance to ensure their cleanliness. Efforts will be made to raise awareness about proper handwashing and respiratory hygiene.

Hygiene and sanitation measures are being implemented in schools, as per public health recommendations.

No, wearing a mask is not compulsory if the 2-metre distance between teachers and students is respected. However, if a task requires that a staff member be less than 2 metres away from a student, the staff member must wear the appropriate protective equipment, a procedure mask and eye protection (e.g. safety glasses or visor).

The organization of schools will be based on the guidelines issued by the local health authorities.

Students or staff members with symptoms of COVID-19 must not enter the school. Any person who receives a diagnosis of COVID-19 must comply with a 14-day isolation period.

No. Like the rest of the population, students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must stay at home and contact a health care professional. A Self-Care Guide with information on the necessary steps to take has been made available to Quebecers. More information on the health guidelines to follow, especially who to contact in order to get tested, is available on Québec.ca.

Further information will be provided based on how the situation evolves. At the end of the 2019-2020 school year, being physically present at the school was not recommended for staff members who are vulnerable for health reasons (chronic disease, severe immunodeficiency, pregnancy or aged 70 or older).

Anyone who presents symptoms associated with COVID-19 must immediately leave the school premises, call 1-877-644-4545 and follow the instructions they are given. Pedagogical support will be provided to students during their absence from school.

Student advancement to the next grade level will be determined by the students’ evaluations carried out before schools closed on March 13. In addition, teachers are asked to determine the students’ results for the last report card based on their knowledge of the students’ acquired learning. 

No matter the level, schools must plan for a review period at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

No. The ministerial examinations that were scheduled for May, June and July will not be administered. Students were unable to acquire all the learning targeted by the programs of study because of the health crisis that caused educational services to be suspended for a considerable amount of time.

Only Secondary IV and V students who were eligible for a ministerial examination before the 2019-2020 school year will be permitted to retake ministerial examinations in July 2020.

The government can, if the circumstances warrant it, cancel an examination and use the marks awarded by the school as a final grade. Due to the current exceptional circumstances, the ministerial examinations will be cancelled, and the school results will be taken into account in the awarding of diplomas. Students will move up to the next grade level based on the teachers’ professional judgment and the students’ previous results on the first two report cards.

Since July 2, schools have been able to organize summer courses for Secondary IV and V students who are failing one or more subjects.

Institutions are also able to administer local examinations or use other evaluation methods to certify students’ successful completion of a Secondary IV or V program and to enable 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 using these methods.

Non-essential activities like infrastructure sharing are temporarily interrupted in order to slow the spread of the virus, as a public health measure. Related activities such as room rentals as well as sports and cultural activities are also targeted by the closure, with the exception of services offered by partners as part of specific pedagogical programs.

Aide financière aux études (Student financial assistance)

The income taken into account when calculating the 2019-2020 financial assistance is that of the 2019 calendar year. For that reason, any fluctuations in the students’ income in 2020 are not considered for 2019-2020. In some cases, they may, however, affect the calculations for 2020-2021. The government has announced that it will be postponing repayment of any loans incurred under the Loans and Bursaries Program and the Loans Program for Part-Time Studies for a period of six months.

The Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur is investing an additional $375 million to support students and institutions of higher learning. Improvements will enter into force in the coming weeks. Adjustments will be made to applications that have already been submitted.

Sports, recreation and outdoor activities

Practising recreational and sports activities is good for our health and well-being. The public health authority guidelines that must be respected are not intended to suspend activities. Rather, they aim to keep physical contact to a minimum during organized activities in order to limit the spread of the virus and protect everyone’s health. Over the coming weeks, Quebecers are encouraged to stay in shape by carrying out physical, sports, recreational and outdoor activities. Consult the resources for staying active outdoors or at home.

Travel between regions is not recommended. Travelling to yellow zones is not permitted.

For more information about the rules to follow, consult the  Alert levels map.

Individuals who are at a higher risk of suffering from complications related to COVID-19 (e.g. individuals over 65 years of age, those with a chronic illness, those with a suppressed or weakened immune system) are encouraged to avoid travel and contact with others. If an individual at higher risk still decides to participate in an activity, they must strictly follow the health recommendations for everyone.

Yes. It is recommended that the accompanying party be an individual residing under the same roof. If not, it is recommended that an accompanied person with a disability have their Companion Leisure Card (CLC) with them as a supporting document justifying their need for assistance. If physical distancing rules cannot be observed, the accompanying party must wear protective equipment.

Some individuals may be allowed to remove a face covering when carrying out high-intensity activities as part of a pair (e.g. tandem cycling team, visually impaired runner and their guide), provided the following conditions apply:

  • Neither of the two individuals exhibits symptoms nor has been instructed to self-isolate.
  • Neither of the two individuals has a chronic health condition or immunodeficiency that might put them at risk of complications if they were to contract COVID-19.
  • Neither of the two individuals is older than 70 years of age.
  • The respiratory hygiene (e.g. coughing or sneezing into elbow, wearing a mask during low-intensity activities), and hand hygiene (e.g. frequent handwashing before and after an activity) measures must be strictly respected.
  • Both individuals must avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Both individuals must be aware that the risks of transmitting or contracting COVID-19 are higher when they carry out such activities, due to the close proximity between them, the fact that they are not able to wear a mask or face covering, and the fact that the dispersal of droplets is more frequent during physical activity. During tandem cycling activities, the risk of contracting COVID-19 is greater for the person with a visual impairment seated in the back than for the guide in the front.
  • The pair should remain the same at all times, meaning that the individual who requires assistance should carry out their activities with the same guide or accompanying party.

Yes, it is permitted to participate in outdoor physical activities provided that a minimum distance of at least 2 metres is maintained between individuals from different households at all times. The number of people permitted and the conditions under which activities are carried out may vary depending on the alert level.

Competitions are still not permitted. No spectators are allowed.

For more information about the rules to follow, consult the Alert levels map.

It is permitted to practise indoor activities provided that a minimum distance of at least 2 metres is maintained between individuals, except for individuals from the same household. The types of facilities that are open, the number of people permitted and the conditions under which activities are carried out may vary depending on the alert level.

For more information about the rules to follow, consult the Alert levels map.

The Québec government is not responsible for conducting COVID‑19 tests in preparation for travel or sports competitions abroad, in other Canadian provinces (with the exception of New Brunswick) or for travel between regions.

Although some countries or organizations require a medical certificate or COVID‑19 test upon an athlete’s arrival, these conditions are not one of the circumstances that provide access to the test in Québec. Therefore, these certificates are not covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.

Tests for these purposes must be conducted in private clinics and analyzed in private laboratories. Please refer to the list of private laboratories recognized by the public health authorities for the purposes of providing these certificates:

Sports and recreational facilities

Physical fitness centres (gyms) may open in accordance with the regional alert level. The activities permitted and the conditions for carrying them out may vary. Physical distancing guidelines must be followed at all times. Assistance that requires close contact is not permitted except between people from the same household. A compulsory, daily sign-in record must be kept. In orange zone, it is mandatory to wear a mask or face covering at all times.

For more information about the rules to follow, consult the Alert levels map.

Yes. Indoor and outdoor hotel swimming pools may open in red, orange and yellow zones. It is up to hotel owners to allow guests access to these facilities in compliance with the local health guidelines in effect. 

At this time, indoor sites used for bowling or to play darts, billiards or other similar games may open in yellow zones only. It is up to the owners of these establishments to allow patrons access to these facilities in compliance with the local health guidelines in effect. 

In red and orange zones, amusement centres and indoor parks, recreation centres (arcades, escape rooms, paintball, laser tag, Ninja Warrior courses, mini‑golf, trampoline centres and other similar establishments) must remain closed for the time being.

In yellow zones, certain establishments may reopen and certain activities may resume, on the condition that each space is able to allow for physical distancing guidelines to be followed: indoor activities at thematic sites, amusement centres and parks, recreation centres and water parks. These sites may admit only users from regions with an alert level that is the same as or lower than their own. A record must be kept of the names, telephone numbers and, if available, email addresses of every user admitted to the site. Users must be willing and able to release this information and to provide proof that it is accurate.

Owners and managers of facilities and organizations responsible for activities must implement hygiene and protective measures in order to comply with the conditions set by the public health authorities.

In addition, the CNESST has produced the Occupational Health and Safety Standards Guide for the Leisure, Sports and Outdoor Recreation Sector – COVID-19 This hyperlink will open in a new window.to ensure the safety of employees and users of facilities that are permitted to open.

Site managers may also limit the number of clients admitted to a site, or even close a site, to ensure compliance with the guidelines issued by public health authorities.

The maximum number of individuals who may gather simultaneously in one sporting venue or place varies in accordance with the progressive regional alert and intervention system.

For more information about the rules to follow, consult the Alert levels map.

In addition, sports federations and provincial recreational and outdoor activity organizations have worked in collaboration with the Ministère de l’Éducation in order to develop guidelines tailored to their respective fields and disciplines.

These organizations are responsible for informing their members of these guidelines and for making it clear that health and safety guidelines, especially hygiene rules, must be followed in order to ensure that activities are practised safely.

Competitions are not permitted. For more information about the rules to follow, consult the Alert levels map.

Yes. The owners and administrators of recreational and sports facilities (municipalities, educational institutions, private companies) have this authority. They can decide when to reopen their facilities and how to manage access and visitor capacity in accordance with their resources and in compliance with current health measures.

At outdoor sites with controlled access, the number of visitors permitted must be managed. At sites with open access, the visitor capacity must be indicated along with a reminder concerning applicable public health guidelines.

No. The government issues public health guidelines and recommendations regarding hygiene and safety that must be respected. In addition, it is progressively permitting public places to reopen for sports, recreational and outdoor activities (workplace). 

The organization, business or owner of a site is responsible for establishing a reopening plan that complies with current government guidelines. A reference guide produced by the CNESST This hyperlink will open in a new window. provides help in identifying the measures to be implemented.

The organization, business or owner of the site is responsible for establishing a reopening plan that complies with current government guidelines. A reference guide produced by the CNESST This hyperlink will open in a new window. provides help in identifying the measures to be implemented.

Organizations and owners who make their facilities available to the public must make sure that any training sessions, games or activities being held respect the current physical distancing rules and that health measures are implemented.

Organizations offering a shuttle service must respect all applicable rules governing public health and the use of public transportation.

Users are encouraged to follow the usual health guidelines and maintain a 2-metre physical distance between themselves and others wherever possible. Face coverings are also recommended.

In addition, users are encouraged to modify their regular schedules, if possible, in order to avoid crowds on public transportation during rush hour.

The Ministère de l’Éducation has worked closely with the Association des camps du Québec (ACQ), the Association québécoise du loisir municipal (AQLM), the Association québécoise pour le loisir des personnes handicapées (AQLPH) and the public health authorities to create guides for resuming activities during the summer, while respecting the guidelines provided by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.

Businesses and organizations that work with day camps must refer to the tools that have been developed in order to ensure that the activities can restart in safe conditions:

Sports equipment

Sharing and renting equipment is not recommended at this time.

However, if equipment rentals are being offered, the equipment managers establish procedures for cleaning, decontaminating and disinfecting the equipment.

It is recommended that any shared objects and equipment, for example those used during group activities, be disinfected regularly, given that it is difficult to keep from touching one’s face, particularly during physical, sports, recreational or outdoor activities. Each participant should use their own equipment as much as possible.

The maximum capacity of enclosed spaces is determined based on the available space (area) and the ability to maintain 2 metres of physical distancing between individuals who do not live in the same household. Physical distancing is one of the health guidelines that is important to respect in order to help prevent the spread of the virus, but other measures, such as adequate ventilation of a space, can also help ensure that the potential transmission of COVID-19 is reduced. As a lower ceiling can affect the ventilation of an indoor space, it may actually increase the chance of transmission. However, given that there has yet to be any evidence suggesting that individuals can contract COVID-19 from airborne transmission outside of the close vicinity of an infected person, ceiling height is not currently taken into account when calculating the maximum capacity of an enclosed space. For more information about the risks of contracting COVID-19 and ventilation systems, see the COVID 19: Indoor Environment This hyperlink will open in a new window. published by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) (available in French only).

Just like a face shield, the mouth shield does not offer adequate protection from droplet projection. There is no seal, so the droplets are spread into the air by the small spaces surrounding the shield.

In order to communicate more easily with people with a hearing impairment, it is better to use a face covering with a window. Several models of face masks with windows are available for purchase, and it is even possible to make one yourself (the steps are provided in the How to make a mask or a face covering section).

International students

The modifications to the different administrative procedures announced for educational institutions apply to both Québec and international students. It is recommended that any information that may be of interest on this page be consulted as it pertains to all students.

International students will be entitled to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit This hyperlink will open in a new window. (CERB) if they meet the program eligibility criteria, particularly:

  • Have declared an income of at least $5000, earned in Canada or outside the country, during the last fiscal year or during the 12 months prior to their application. Applicants must be Canadian residents.
  • Have stopped working in relation to the COVID-19 crisis, without having left their employment voluntarily. Thus, they are not eligible if they stopped working before the crisis began.

No measure is currently planned for this specific purpose.

The repatriation of foreign nationals is usually the responsibility of their country of origin.

No measure is currently planned for this specific purpose.No measure is currently planned for this specific purpose.

No measure is currently planned for this specific purpose.

However, the Ministère has encouraged educational institutions to offer special support and possibly implement measures to help international students who may find themselves in a precarious situation.

International students will be able to leave Canada based on available flights or may choose to stay in Canada if they have yet to complete their studies, provided that their immigration documents are in order.

Institutions are encouraged to continue processing all applications so as to not delay the subsequent steps required for international students to begin their studies at the chosen institution.

International students must have a valid Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) and study permit when they begin their classes. To obtain these documents, students must have a proof of admission.

Note that international students are not required to obtain a CAQ and a study permit prior to starting a program of study through distance education while they are not residing in Canada. However, they will need to obtain these documents before being authorized to enter the country to complete their program in person, as needed.

International students can attend distance courses, just like Québec students.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has not announced the automatic renewal of temporary residency permits. Students are asked to submit a request for renewal before the date on which their permit expires. If students meet this condition, they are granted “implied status,” meaning that their current temporary residency is maintained until a decision is made regarding their application. International students are requested not to go to border crossings in an attempt to renew their immigration documents. The most up-to-date information is usually published by the federal government This hyperlink will open in a new window..

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) is extending, until December 31, 2020, the minister’s consent for the duration of the stay in Québec of international students whose Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies expires as of April 30, 2020 and before December 31, 2020. This regulation applies to students whose CAQ had not already expired on April 30, 2020.

Temporary residents must maintain valid temporary resident status at all times. The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’intégration (MIFI) continues to process applications for temporary selection.

Students who were already studying in Canada and whose courses were moved online due to the travel restrictions and public health measures introduced because of COVID-19 will not be penalized and will retain their eligibility for the PGWPP, including the length of the work permit to which they would be entitled. However, these students must continue at least 50 % of their program of study in Canada to be eligible for the PGWPP.

The IRCC has introduced a new temporary policy for students who currently hold a study permit or who were approved for a study permit for a program set to begin in May or June 2020, but who are unable to enter Canada due to the current travel restrictions. If courses of study are delivered online exceptionally because of COVID-19, the eligibility of these students for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) will not be affected. International students in this situation can begin their courses from outside Canada and complete up to 50% of their program from outside the country if they cannot travel to Canada earlier.

international students are not required to obtain a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) and a study permit to study through distance education. However, they will need to obtain these documents before being authorized to enter the country to complete their program in person, as needed.

It is important to note that students whose study permits were issued no later than March 18, 2020, are exempt from the travel restrictions in place in Canada This hyperlink will open in a new window. and are therefore allowed to enter the country. However, they must not be experiencing any symptoms prior to boarding their flight and must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon their arrival.

For information on health protection, foreign nationals can refer to the Questions and answers about our services during the pandemic page on the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec website This hyperlink will open in a new window., specifically the following sections:

  • COVID-19: Information and screening – What coverage does Québec provide for COVID-19 screening and care? 
  • Foreign workers and students in Québec: health insurance coverage

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) is extending, until December 31, 2020, the minister’s consent for the duration of the stay in Québec of international students whose Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies expires as of April 30, 2020 and before December 31, 2020. This regulation applies to students whose CAQ had not already expired on April 30, 2020.

This decision is intended to facilitate the steps that must be taken by inernational students who were in the process of completing their study program but who must extend their stay in Québec due to the current health state of emergency and the temporary interruption of their courses.

These students can therefore submit an application to the federal government as soon as possible to have their study permit extended without having to include a new CAQ, which will allow them to maintain valid temporary residence status and to complete their study program when their courses resume.

No, international students will not have to pay any fees for extending their CAQ, since the required fees were already paid when they submitted their application for the CAQ that they obtained.

International students who would like to extend their stay in Québec for studies beyond December 31, 2020, in order to complete a study program or to begin a new program in the fall 2020 semester, must submit a new application for a CAQ for studies to the MIFI and a new application for a study permit to the federal government. In all cases, students should start the required immigration procedures at least three months before their current authorization for studies expires.

International students who have earned their degree can submit an application for permanent selection under the PEQ if they have been awarded, by an educational institution in Québec, within three years of the date of submission of their application, one of the following:

  • a university diploma attesting to a bachelor’s, a master’s or a doctoral degree
  • a college diploma for technical studies or a vocational diploma at the secondary level, with or without attestation of vocational specialization, obtained consecutively, attesting to 1800 hours or more of consecutive study and leading to a trade

The Ministère accepts attestations of successful completion of a study program as well as a final transcripts issued by the registrar of the educational institution. Since the programs admissible under the PEQ must have a minimum duration of 1800 hours, these graduates can obtain a three-year post-graduation work permit. The duration of this permit gives them all the time they need to submit an application for permanent selection under the PEQ as graduates or even as temporary foreign workers.

The federal government is responsible for issuing study permits. If you have any questions about study permits, please visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website This hyperlink will open in a new window..

The organization Accueil Plus offers a wealth of information to guide you in pursuing your studies in Québec, notably with regard to entering the country in the current context. Refer to the following section on the organization’s website This hyperlink will open in a new window. to access the available information. Note that Accueil Plus is a trusted partner of the Québec government.

Organization of educational activities for 2020-2021

In-person school attendance is compulsory for all students unless, of course, the health situation requires a class or school to be closed.

Students who have a health condition that makes them vulnerable to serious complications associated with COVID-19 may be exempt from compulsory in-person attendance by providing a doctor’s note. Doctors have the expertise to determine if the health condition of their patient, the student, requires that they not be physically present in school. Students living in the same household as a close family member who has a serious health condition that makes that person vulnerable to COVID‑19 may also be exempt. Parents of children who have been diagnosed with cancer are asked to read the recommendations of the Comité national de cancérologie pédiatrique for the COVID‑19 pandemic  This hyperlink will open in a new window.(available in French only).

Students who are exempted from attending school in person will be provided with distance learning services. A doctor’s note is required.

All students residing in Québec and subject to compulsory school attendance, that is, students aged 6 to 16, must attend school, as prescribed in the Education Act This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Parents must take the necessary steps to ensure that their child meets the compulsory school education requirement.

Students who return to Canada after a trip abroad will not be offered the required minimum amount of distance education service. This is because these students are not entitled to the prescribed minimum number of hours of educational services.

In addition, all travellers entering Canada from outside the country must self-isolate for 14 days. Families must comply with this isolation requirement even if they already completed a period of isolation in another country following a positive COVID-19 test result. As a result, children must complete their mandatory self-isolation period before they can return to school. For more information, please consult the instructions for travellers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Regular handwashing: at the beginning and end of the day, before and after meals, and before and after breaks and recess periods
  • Face coverings or procedural masks: see the information sheet (PDF 663 Kb) about wearing face coverings in different contexts, which complies with the guidelines that are in force
  • Janitorial services: cleaning and disinfection that complies with the Guide d’intervention prévention et contrôle des infections dans les services de garde et écoles du Québec (MSSS, 2015)
  • Emergency kits containing a procedural mask, a visor, a smock (gown), gloves and alcohol-based hand sanitizer available for use in response to a suspected case of COVID‑19 in a school
  • Specific arrangements to manage circulation and the use of specialized rooms (e.g. minimizing the use of these rooms by different groups on the same day, perhaps by scheduling the extended use of a given room) and cleaning of these rooms between groups, if applicable
  • Use of signage, particularly to facilitate circulation in hallways (e.g. one-way traffic)
  • Testing air quality in schools on a regular basis

The symptoms to look for are: difficulty breathing, fever, cough (new or worse), shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, sudden loss of sense of smell without nasal congestion (with or without a loss of taste), major fatigue, significant loss of appetite, general muscle pain (not related to physical exertion), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach aches and headaches (for children 6 and older).

If a child shows these symptoms, they must remain at home and avoid contact with others.

For children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years, the 24-hour waiting period to assess the evolution of symptoms is maintained.

Parents must use the self-assessment tool or contact 1-877-644-4545 and follow the instructions given to determine whether their child must be tested for COVID‑19 or can return to school.

If a child is required to be tested, all other people living in the household must also self-isolate, even if they do not have symptoms, until the child’s test results are received, at which point the instructions provided must be followed.  

In elementary schools, parents are responsible for providing face coverings for their children. If, for an exceptional reason, a child has forgotten their face covering, the school may provide one from their supply. This is a backup measure.

Students are encouraged to make sure they have their own face covering when they are required to wear it at school.

Two procedural masks will be provided each day to students and staff in secondary school, vocational training and adult general education.

Starting March 8, two pediatric masks will be distributed every day on a gradual basis, first to Elementary 1 to 6 students in red zones, then to Elementary 5 and 6 students in orange zones.

Teachers should refer to the ABCs of wearing a face covering at school (PDF 275 Kb), which complies with the guidelines that are in force until March 7, 2021. Also consult the best practices for handling face coverings and procedural masks This hyperlink will open in a new window..

  • The student is automatically isolated.
  • A single staff member cares for the student while waiting for the parents to arrive.
  • The student must not use public transit or school transportation to return home. If the student must take a taxi, follow the recommendations in the Interim Recommendations for Drivers in the Taxi and Ride-sharing Industry, such as UBER or The Volunteer Bureau/Transportation (CAB) and Paratransit This hyperlink will open in a new window., published by the INSPQ.
  • An emergency kit containing the necessary materials (procedural masks, glasses, gloves, smock (gown), alcohol-based hand sanitizer, etc.) is used to protect the health of the staff member taking care of the student.
  • The room in which the student was isolated must be ventilated, cleaned and disinfected after the student has left.
     

No. Like teachers and any other individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19, students must stay home and determine whether they need to take a test by using the self-assessment tool to evaluate their symptoms or by calling 1-877-644-4545. These resources will indicate where it is possible to get tested for COVID-19. The location of the testing sites depends on the organization of services in each region.

However, the public health authorities may decide to carry out screening (testing of individuals without symptoms) in certain schools in order to determine the situation regarding the transmission of COVID-19 in response to an outbreak. In that case, it is possible that a specialized team will be sent to the school to carry out this screening.
 

If a child is showing one or more symptoms that justify being kept at home, it is strongly suggested that the child be tested. Please note that a child showing symptoms at school can be sent home. The criteria for returning to school (leaving isolation) vary based on the diagnosis. In the case of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, isolation can only end when the following three conditions are met:

  • at least 10 days have elapsed since the onset of symptoms
  • improvement of symptoms for at least 24 hours (excluding cough and loss of sense of smell or taste, which may last longer)
  • absence of fever for 48 hours (without having taken fever-reducing medication)

All parents and school staff are automatically informed by the educational institution when a confirmed case of COVID‑19 is diagnosed at a school.

  • The public health authorities will proceed with an investigation once the positive diagnosis of COVID-19 is confirmed and will then provide instructions.
  • Parents of students who had contact considered to be low risk will only be asked to monitor symptoms for a period of 14 days after the contact.
  • Individuals who had contact considered moderate to high risk will be asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days following the exposure and undergo a screening test.

Yes, staff members who show symptoms of COVID-19 are asked not to report to school. They must stay at home and avoid contact with others.

Staff members can assess their COVID‑19 symptoms by using the self-assessment tool or by calling 1-877-644-4545 and following the instructions given to determine if they must be tested or if they can return to school.

If the staff member receives a diagnosis of COVID‑19, the public health authorities will identify any close contacts that took place at the school, with the help of the person involved, the administration and the staff of the school. Based on the level of risk, the contacts will be informed and instructions will be provided to them.

All parents and school staff are automatically informed by the educational institution when a case of COVID‑19 is diagnosed at a school.

Supply teachers must respect the same health guidelines as the rest of the staff in order to reduce the potential spread of the virus.

Educational institutions must evaluate each situation based on its specific circumstances. They are welcome to assess the possibility of teachers continuing to work remotely.

If the situation is outside of the employee’s control and it is impossible for them to return to school, their salary is minimally maintained in accordance with the known and agreed-upon schedule in the work contract

  • All parents and school staff are automatically contacted by the educational institution when a case of COVID‑19 is confirmed at the school.
  • With help from the student’s parents or the staff member concerned, and the school administration, the public health authorities will follow up with contact tracing at the school.
  • Anyone considered to be at moderate to high risk will be informed by the public health authorities, removed from the school and tested.
  • Anyone considered to be at low risk may continue to attend school and must monitor their symptoms for the next 14 days.
  • Support in the form of distance education is provided to students who are removed from school.
  • It is possible that intervention measures may be intensified (closing a classroom, closing a school, etc.) based on the public health authorities’ analysis of virus transmission in the school and on the epidemiological factors specific to the school or region.
  • With help from the administration, teachers, school staff and the student concerned or their parents, the public health authorities will follow up with contact tracing at the school.
  • Anyone considered to be at low risk will be informed by the school.
  • Anyone considered to be at moderate to high risk will be informed by the regional public health authorities, removed from the school and tested.
  • In collaboration with the school administration, the regional public health authorities will make the necessary recommendations and decide whether a classroom or school should be closed based on the situation.
  • Students who are removed from school will be provided with remote pedagogical support.

It is possible that intervention measures may be intensified (closing a classroom, closing a school, etc.) based on the public health authorities’ analysis of virus transmission in the school and on the epidemiological factors specific to the school or region.

If a class or a school must be closed, staff will continue to work full-time and a minimum number of distance teaching hours per week will be guaranteed.

A student who is removed from class after showing symptoms (e.g. a student placed in 14-day isolation) will continue to be followed by their regular teachers, provided they are not too ill to do schoolwork. The teacher may provide them with work, but they are not subject to the minimum number of hours of educational services. The teacher will contact the parents to follow up on the student during this short period. Other practices may complement these services: for example, the teacher could plan a phone meeting or videoconference, provide a schedule with their availability, or record a video in which they explain a new concept and its possible applications.

In the event of an outbreak in a school, the public health authorities may choose to fully confine certain groups or the entire school. Contrary to last spring, when only pedagogical support services were offered, educational services to students will continue this fall, meaning that school attendance will continue to be compulsory, but in a different format, namely through distance learning.

In such an event, teachers will continue to work with the students in the groups they have been assigned to, but this work will take place partially through distance learning. The number of hours dedicated to distance learning will vary based on the students’ grade level, and students will also be required to do some independent work each day. Thus, students will do several hours of distance learning as well as individual work on a daily basis.

In addition, the teacher’s workload will allow for time to carry out personalized follow-up with students. This will enable teachers not only to work with the larger group, but also to provide students with more personalized support. To ensure that all students have access to distance learning with their teachers, schools will be able to lend students the digital equipment they need.

These measures will ensure that educational services can continue and that students can continue to learn new content.

Additionally, a student whose health is such that a physician has determined it would be too great a risk for them to attend school is entitled to the same minimum number of hours of educational services, the support of a designated teacher for distance learning and school assignments, in accordance with the student’s health and capabilities. The designated teacher will not be this student’s regular teacher, but will be another teacher whose role will be to support students in this exceptional health situation. Students entitled to this measure will be required to submit a doctor’s note to their school.

Each school service centre, school board and private educational institution has prepared an emergency protocol, which is a tool for planning the rapid organization and implementation of educational services in the event of a closure.

This protocol must cover the following six aspects: management; communication; material and information resources; educational services; support for students with disabilities, social maladjustments or learning difficulties and for students with specific needs; and support with regard to mental health and well-being.

Teaching would be required to continue if schools were to close. The distance education services required based on students’ needs are managed locally, in compliance with the applicable collective agreements.

Staff will continue to work full-time and a minimum weekly number of hours of distance learning will be set.

Contrary to last spring, students will continue to learn new content, rather than simply consolidating prior learning.

Are educational services planned for students who are exempted from attending school in person by a doctor’s note as a result of their health situation or that of a member of their household?

Distance educational services, including complementary services, must be provided to students who are exempted from attending school in person as a result of a health condition confirmed by a doctor’s note. These services will be overseen by the school service centre, school board or private educational institution attended by these students.  Updated individual education plans (IEP) are required for students with disabilities, social maladjustments or learning difficulties to enable them to adjust to the new distance learning situation.

The school teams of school service centres, school boards and private educational institutions must prepare a game plan for offering educational services, including complementary services, where required, to students who have fallen significantly behind in their learning. This could include providing students with remedial instruction before introducing new content or setting up an individual education plan together with parents to identify a student’s needs and to determine whether any specialized services are required.

In order to assist students who may be struggling and lend a helping hand to school staff, the Québec government will gradually begin introducing a series of initiatives starting in January 2021 to provide support to students who are experiencing difficulties due to the pandemic. These difficulties may relate to students’ learning or their psychological well-being.

School service centres (SCCs) and school boards (SBs) are responsible for loaning the necessary equipment to students who do not have it at home in order to ensure that these students can continue to learn remotely. To support educational institutions in acquiring equipment and loaning it to students, the Ministère de l’Éducation has made additional funding available to the education network.

The Ministère has also created a reserve supply of computer equipment consisting of 15 000 tablets and 15 000 laptops. An additional 21 512 laptops will be added to this reserve and will gradually become available. To date, the education network has acquired just over 200 000 devices.

These devices help to support the education network in taking steps to provide distance education. This equipment is also intended for students who cannot attend school in person and who do not have their own equipment at home. SCCs and SBs may use this equipment if they are unable to meet students’ needs immediately through their own inventory or orders.

Priority access to this equipment is given to students who:  

  • do not have access to computer equipment
  • do not have exclusive access to computer equipment
  • are in Secondary III, IV or V and attending school according to an alternating schedule
  • are at risk (at-risk students are those at the preschool, elementary and secondary levels who are vulnerable in ways that may affect their learning, success, behaviour or socialization)
  • have disabilities, social maladjustments or learning difficulties 

SCCs and SBs are also providing IT support to students and parents who require assistance in using computer equipment and digital tools. The Ministère is also taking steps to establish a call centre.

Families remain primarily responsible for establishing and paying for an Internet connection at home. Students may download educational materials using a public Internet hotspot or their school’s Wi-Fi connection. SCCs and SBs can also provide students with LTE mobile Internet keys, if needed. Families are invited to contact their SCC or SB about their needs.

Additionally, in areas where Internet service is not available or is insufficient for distance education, students can enter the school buildings on an exceptional basis in order to access the Internet to participate in distance education. In this case, students are supervised by school staff who are not acting as teachers. Distancing measures and health rules must be followed. The use of LTE connections must be preferred, where possible, and the school must provide each student with an adequate connection by lending out LTE devices.

Memory aids for each program of study have been made available to all educational service departments of school service centres and school boards. These tools aim to support education consultants and teachers in targeting essential learning, at both the elementary and secondary levels.

Training aimed at supporting the education network throughout the next school year is also available. This training offers a new look at the principles, concepts, processes, approaches and strategies used in the teaching profession. It will also provide food for thought on how to prepare for and proceed with the new school year. The training videos are available on the Ministère’s YouTube channel This hyperlink will open in a new window. (video available in French only) and can be viewed at any time. The training will consist of three parts:

  • Learning and Enabling Learning: Embracing and Implementing Curricula
  • Identifying Students' Needs to Adjust Educational Planning
  • Differentiated Instruction Through Pedagogical Flexibility: A Response to Mixed-Ability Classrooms

New revision tools based on the Québec Education Program have been developed by Alloprof. These tools are designed specifically for students and are the result of collaboration between teachers, the Association des Orthopédagogues du Québec and the Chaire UNESCO de développement curriculaire at the Université du Québec à Montréal. The tools were put online recently and provide students with review activities in various subjects. The links for these tools, which are available in French only, are given below.

Employees with a health condition or in an age bracket that makes them vulnerable to COVID‑19 (chronic disease, severe immunodeficiency or aged 70 or older) are exempted.

As employers, school service centres and school boards are responsible for managing their human resources based on their own needs and in compliance with the legal frameworks and collective agreements. They can also turn to their pool of supply teachers, which may be extensive.

In an effort to prevent and counter the impacts of a teacher shortage, the Ministère has taken various steps over the last few years to promote the teaching profession and foster the recruitment of competent and qualified individuals, including adding a web page with information about teaching jobs.

Organization of activities in higher education in 2020-2021

The curfew measures include exemptions that allow individuals to frequent higher education institutions. The following activities are permitted even during curfew hours:

  • Receiving educational services at a college or university
  • Working or providing professional services that are necessary for activities or services to continue (e.g. teachers, researchers)

Individuals who are travelling during curfew hours must be able to produce justificatory documents (e.g. a copy of their course schedule and a valid student ID card for students; a letter provided by their employer for staff members) in case they are stopped by the police.

Yes. However, universities and colleges located in yellow or orange zones must be ready to transition some or all of their activities to take place remotely should their local public health authorities advise this.

Student services are provided in person only in situations where this is necessary and required (e.g. for psychosocial services or to allow access to the Internet), provided that the health guidelines in force are respected and that the number of people who can access these services simultaneously is limited.

As well, students living in student residences are permitted to collect takeout meals from the cafeteria, or to work or study at the library, provided that they work individually.

Each institution has the necessary authority to determine the conditions for in-person educational activities, provided that these activities respect the current health guidelines.

In red zones, gatherings on campuses of educational institutions are strictly forbidden, except for education and evaluation activities that must take place in person.

Each educational institution is responsible for applying the guidelines pertaining to the alerte level in which it is located to all the various facilities on campus.

Therefore, in red zones, colleges and universities must close dining areas (including cafeterias), but can continue to provide takeout, as is the case for restaurants. Students are permitted to eat in available rooms (classrooms, individual workrooms, etc.), on benches or outside, weather permitting.

These rooms can still be used for educational activities, such as classes or evaluations.

Although travel between regions is not recommended, a student who lives in a red zone can continue to participate in in-person educational activities and evaluations on a campus located in an orange zone. 

Colleges and universities are asked to ensure that internships, including practicums in educational settings, can continue, provided that the health measures applicable to the workplace are respected.

However, it is strongly recommended that interregional travel be limited to necessary or essential activities, as determined by the institution’s administration and the public health authorities. Close attention must be paid to travel between regions at the highest alert level and regions at a lower level.

Educational institutions are responsible for implementing the public health guidelines on their campuses and for controlling circulation to avoid the creation of bottlenecks.