The Beauce is ready to share its expertise of online courses

The commission scolaire Beauce-Etchemin allows for 20 years, hundreds of high school students from the four corners of Quebec to follow a complete course online, and she is ready to share its know-how with all the school system in this period of a pandemic.

The young racing driver Raphael Lessard, 18, has managed to complete her secondary education by completing several courses online, through video vignettes and accompanying virtual facts by teachers.

In fourth and fifth secondary, he has missed more than half of the school year while he was on the of series NASCAR in the United States.

“It has helped me tremendously. Even if I wasn’t good at school, I managed to finish my high school at the same time as everyone else, ” says he proudly.

The driver Raphael Lessard has spent more than half of the school year in the United States to participate in races of the series
NASCAR. He finished his high school through online courses offered by the commission scolaire Beauce-Etchemin.

For more than 20 years, the commission scolaire Beauce-Etchemin has developed an expertise in distance education.

Its catch-up classes and full courses at the secondary level are now followed by 1800 students across the province each year, mostly during the summer.

The majority of the high school course are offered online, says its director general, Normand Lessard, who says he is ready to implement this model on a large scale, the need.

Content to share

“All our equipment, we are ready to share it with the whole of the province. From day 1 (of closing schools), it was offered to the ministry, ” he says. No discussion more formal, however, has been started up to now.

Even if it is necessary to provide time to train teachers, this operation could be put in motion ” rather quickly “, says Mr. Lessard.

A team is hard at work in his school board to develop various scenarios, including the primary school, where there are ” some possibilities “.

“In elementary school, it is sure that online teaching can not completely replace classroom teaching. But this is an alternative that is not to put it in the trash, ” says the director general.

Scenarios to the study

Scenarios are to study for the new school year, he said. “Is it really going to be able to have all our students at the same time in our schools as the new year ? There is more there in terms of reflection on the end of the school year. “

The cabinet of the minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, indicates that the exchanges with this school board will be expected to intensify ” as the government now assesses different scenarios for the period beyond the 1st of may.

“We do not exclude to put their expertise to the suite of things,” says his press secretary, Francis Bouchard.

How to open schools elsewhere in the world


  • Gradual return since April 15,
  • Classes divided into several groups
  • Distance of two meters between the chairs in the classroom
  • Students and staff should wash hands every two hours
  • The students must not play in groups of more than three to five students


  • Gradual return to the classroom from 4 to 25 may
  • Reduced groups of students
  • School attendance alternating with a week on two
  • Compulsory wearing of masks by the students during travel (not during class)
  • Recess alternately

Italy, Spain and Portugal

  • The closing of schools until the end of the school year


  • Progressive reopening by region
  • Queue to enter the class
  • Wearing of masks mandatory
  • Take the temperature three times per day
  • Course spread through the day
  • Distance in classes, small groups


Alberta and New Brunswick

  • The closing of schools until the end of the school year


  • The closure for an indefinite period of time
  • Program learning at home
  • Partnership with Apple and Rogers to allow 21 000 families have access to tablets, distributed by school boards, and an internet connection free or a low price.

Source : The Cross, Luxemburger Wort, The Local, AFP, the ministry of Education of Ontario

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