Social distancing: fines for students?

Social distancing: fines for students?

The Legault government called to order on Thursday a school service center that threatened to issue tickets of $ 560 to students who did not respect social distancing outside schools.

The Portneuf School Services Center sent a letter to parents the day before to warn them that the police could soon distribute fines to students, due to the difficulty in enforcing the two-meter rule outside its walls.

“Consequently, we have just been informed by the Sûreté du Québec that the police have received a mandate to issue statements of offense to young people who contravene these rules. The amount of fines is $ 560 for a first offense, ”says a letter signed by its general manager, Marie-Claude Tardif.

The missive was picked up by the “Covid Écoles Québec” Twitter account, then its authenticity was confirmed by the office of the Minister of Education.

However, Minister Jean-François Roberge's press secretary assures us that this is a misunderstanding on the part of the school service center.

“The letter sent by the school service center aimed to remind parents of the importance of educating their children about respecting distancing, an important measure to prevent the spread of the virus in our schools and in society in general,” wrote Francis Bouchard. . However, there appears to have been a misunderstanding at the time of writing this letter. We contacted the Director General of the school service center for this purpose, and she agrees. ”

A letter containing similar information was sent to the parents of students at Les Sources high school, located in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, last Monday.

The cabinet confirms that the SQ will carry out “awareness activities among young people in the coming weeks”.

“The intervention philosophy of the Sureté du Québec is above all one of awareness and prevention. These are not to give tickets to students, adds the press officer. A corrigendum to this effect should be sent today by the school service center. ”

The cabinet recalls that schools have not been identified as outbreaks so far.

The Journal has not yet been able to interview the two schools mentioned above.

Awareness in Saguenay

In Saguenay, the local police force has also carried out interventions in three secondary schools on Wednesday for crowds of smokers outside. The Kénogami high school, that of Jonquière and Grandes-Marées in La Baie, received a visit from the police.

The operation was only intended to educate students, and no findings have been made.

The cabinet recalls that schools have not been identified as outbreaks so far.

– With the collaboration of Catherine Bouchard and TVA Nouvelles

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