School boards are preparing for the worst

Des commissions scolaires se préparent au pire

Even if Quebec is expected that all students will be back in the classroom this fall, school boards are preparing still other scenarios, including that of a teaching 100% at a distance because of a possible second wave of cases of COVID-19.

The minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, has presented on Thursday its scenarios for the fall of, which include the return of all the students of the primary and secondary in-class, full-time or part-time. A final decision should be announced in the coming weeks while many parents consider to do homeschooling for the rest of the year.

At the commission scolaire Marie-Victorin, the deputy director-general, Marc-André Petit, welcomes the early return of students in the class, but remains realistic.

“We will not have the choice of keeping the flexibility to meet the demands of public health and the ministry at the last minute,” he says. It may be that in the month of August, the guidelines change. ”

This is why the commission scolaire Marie-Victorin is also prepare for the worst case scenario, that is to say, the second complete closure of the schools in the event of a resurgence of the pandemic in the fall.

“We will have no choice but to prepare for it “, even if it is far from the game plan original, ” says Mr. Small.

At the commission scolaire Beauce-Etchemin, the director-general Normand Lessard is also working on several scenarios, including that of teaching 100% distance this fall. “This is not what you want, but it should be that our teams are ready “, he says.

Online courses offered at all schools

This school board has a length of advance in this chapter, as it provides distance learning courses to high school students over the past twenty years.

An agreement was also reached with Quebec to this chapter : from the 1st of June, the whole school system, public and private will have access to the content of distance learning courses developed by the commission scolaire Beauce-Etchemin.

“We are very proud of this partnership, if it can be of benefit to others, so much the better,” says Mr. Lessard.

The puzzle school part-time

Among the two scenarios presented in Quebec, the return to the classroom full-time with regular bands would be the easiest to organize, said, despite the increased measures of cleaning and adding protective equipment to the staff.

Only one downside : the school transport could be complicated to arrange if the maintenance of the social distancing is required to board the buses yellow. “This is a major issue,” says Mr. Lessard.

The scenario of a return to the classroom part-time, at both the elementary and secondary education, however, is ” much more complex “, says Marc-André Petit, both logistics and teaching.

However, it is still too early to know what kind of part time would be preferred in this scenario, he says.

It will also ensure that all high school students can continue their work at home. In this school board, 1400 computers and tablets have been ordered in anticipation of the new school year.

Issues of logistics also are much larger at the secondary level, where schools often welcome hundreds of students who have the habit of moving from one local to another.

How do I alternate the schedules and travel of the students to avoid large gatherings? Should there be only one local per day for the same group of students? “It’s going to be a beautiful puzzle,” says Mr. Lessard.

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