A back-to-school popular

Un retour en classe populaire

Social distancing will be a tower of strength in the primary schools during the resumption of classes Monday: the registration rate ranged from 60 to 82% in several school boards.

By choice or by necessity, the parents will be many to send their children in class, when the bell will ring Monday. Except in Montreal, the prime minister François Legault has even announced yesterday the postponement of a week of the resumption of activities, now set at 25th may next.

In general, the Fédération des commissions scolaires du Québec estimates that 60% of the students will return to school. But in some institutions in the Capitale-Nationale and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, rather they are 7 to 8 out of 10 pupils who will take the path of classes.

During the announcement of the déconfinement, the government Legault called for the return of only one student on two.

Small school great

In the face of such enthusiasm, the schools have had to juggle with the facilities and staff to meet the deadline of the public health to a maximum of 15 students per group.

At the commission scolaire des navigateurs, where 71% of the children will be back Monday, classes have been installed in gymnasiums separated into two. The local music and computer science have also been emptied of their equipment in order to accommodate groups. “We maximized the inside because it is said that the parents prefer that their child goes to school where they already were,” notes the executive director, Esther Lemieux.

“It is a great puzzle. I need to open 80 classes, more than usual “, illustrates, for its part, the director-general of the commission scolaire de Portneuf, Marie-Claude Tardif. One of its institutions will receive 74% of its usual clientele, and Ms. Tardif expects the figure to rise as the epidemic stabilises.

In Levis as in Portneuf, secondary schools have also had to open their premises. Thus, the 6th grade students of the School of Saumonière, in Donnacona, will be able to test the facilities of the secondary School Donnacona, before you even get admitted the next year.

École Saint-Jean-Baptiste, in the heart of Quebec, will send three to four groups at Joseph-François-Perrault, while the Reception will move to the six groups at school Roger-Comtois.

Same scenario in Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, where all the pupils of fifth and sixth year will be grouped in the Polyvalente Benoît-Vachon. In total, 18 classes, and 3 local childcare services have been arranged to receive these students, for a total of about 250.

Side of pedagogy, the program will vary greatly from one region to another. Commission scolaire des Premieres-Seigneuries has chosen to offer courses in physical education, English and music, even if Québec recommends to focus on the core subjects. An option unthinkable in Portneuf : “It is not far to be stuck, in terms of human resources,” breath Ms. Late.

Buses to half-empty

In addition to classes, bus routes are turned upside down by the new rules of hygiene. In Lévis, the number of trips will double, even quadruple on some lines. Now, students will need to be sitting alone on their bench, in addition to respect a distance of two meters. “Normally you have 72 students in a bus, and there it must return a maximum of 12,” explains Esther Lemieux.

With the collaboration of Daphnée Dion-Viens and Maude Ouellet and VAT New

Enrollment rates by school board


  • Browsers : 71%
  • First-Seigneuries : 66%
  • The Discoverers : 62%
  • Portneuf : 65%
  • Of the Capital : 60%

Elsewhere in Quebec

  • The Country-of-Blueberries (Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean) : 82%
  • Beauce-Etchemin : 74%
  • The Chemin-du-Roy (Trois-Rivières): 48,5%
  • Laurentian : 50% to 55%
  • Saint-Hyacinthe : 52%
  • Oaks (Drummondville) : 55%
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