Back-to-school plan for education and higher education


 18 June 2020

Preschool, elementary school and Secondary I, II and III
All students in preschool, elementary school and Secondary I, II and III will attend class full-time, in compliance with the standard ratios. Classes will be organized into subgroups of no more than six students. This will allow students to spend time together and work within these subgroups without distancing constraints. The physical distancing rule of one metre between the various subgroups of students is maintained. The physical distancing rule of two metres between students and staff must also be respected.

Teachers will move between classrooms based on the subject being taught, and students will remain in the same classroom. For students in Secondary I, II and III, the schedules for courses and special projects will be reorganized based on the principle of closed groups.

Secondary IV and V

For students in Secondary IV and V, school service centres are provided with two options based on their realities and the needs identified in their respective school communities.

The first option is based on the model used for students in Secondary I, II and III, who are attending school full-time. It consists in reorganizing the schedule for optional courses and special projects based on the principle of closed groups.

The second option is an alternating schedule. Under this option, the current rules of physical distancing are maintained and students attend school at least every second day. Online learning and work to be done at home will round out the educational services offered.

Adult general education and vocational training
For adult general education and vocational training, the plan is for students and adult learners to return to class in person, especially for practical activities and examinations. Physical distancing between students and teachers must be maintained at all times, except in programs where it is impossible to do so. In that case, students and teachers must use personal protective equipment.

Emergency protocol
In order to be ready for any eventuality, school service centres must be equipped with an emergency protocol before the return to school in the fall. This protocol must allow them to switch rapidly to distance learning should the situation call for it.

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