COVID-19: the plan to reopen schools unveiled Monday

COVID-19: le plan de réouverture des écoles dévoilé lundi

The prime minister François Legault has to submit on Monday its plan to reopen schools closed because of the COVID-19, learned VAT News.

No detail has filtered out about this plan, whether it is on the process of re-opening of schools, or on the date of its implementation. The minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, will present these terms to the sides of his head Monday.

Like many jurisdictions around the world, the Quebec government juggles the need to boost economic activity and limit the spread of the COVID-19, which has wreaked havoc in the province, more than anywhere else in the country.

Mr. Legault was mentioned for the first time, in the beginning of April, re-open ahead of the schools before the 4 may. This position has provoked an outcry, especially as it had been announced at the same time as the ban for major events to avoid large gatherings during part of the summer. The government had finally revised its position, while the figures showed that the pandemic was gaining ground day after day in Quebec.

The prime minister, however, is returned to the load at the end of last week. He then spoke of a gradual recovery both for the economy of the school network. The regions least affected by the coronavirus could receive the green light from authorities to start to return to normal before more infected, including the Greater Montreal area.

“There is a possibility that companies, day care centres and schools in some areas were reopened before the other,” he said.

The parents would not be forced to send their children to school, had also referred François Legault.

Concerns of trade unions

The autonomous Federation of education expressed concern about the reopening of schools in the absence of a scientific consensus on the subject.

“Conflicting advice from several specialists feed on the confusion in the education network, which adds a climate that is already anxiety-provoking. In addition, by refusing to consult the trade unions who represent school staff, the prime minister François Legault has made the choice to deprive yourself of the expertise held by particular teachers since they are the ones who know the reality on the ground”, was held, said the president of the FAE, Sylvain Mallette, by issuing a press release.

“The FAE is not opposed to re-graded schools, but requires that the government of Quebec to act with transparency,” added Mr. Mallette.

For his part, the president of the Federation of trade unions of education, Josée Scalabrini, hope to get answers on motivations to reopen the schools, the learning to continue at home, the materials to be put as a priority, and consolidation of the acquis.

“We expect to finally have answers, it will be very important. Every time that there has been a press where they talked about education up to this day, we raised a lot of questions, but the answers were not at the rendez-vous”, she lamented, in an interview with TVA News.

Josée Scalabrini is also concerned that the measures taken have not always been able to be followed, in the midst of health, and asks if they can be in schools.

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