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Being a school administrator in the time of COVID-19

[Open letter] Organizing a safe, reassuring and stimulating return to school for all students: the challenge is considerable this year. School officials have been doing this since the first days of the pandemic. And this marathon is far from over.

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Open letter written in the context of the start of the school year in September 2020

Organize a safe, reassuring and stimulating return to school for all students: the challenge is great this year. School officials have been doing this since the first days of the pandemic. And this marathon is far from over.

The implementation of health measures in primary and secondary schools, vocational training centers and general adult education have required a certain agility of school executives, since last March.

There for the network

This summer, these managers worked together to adapt the establishments and rethink the start of the school year, for educational success above all. The material resources and supply managers have implemented increased health measures in schools. In the school organization, we carefully planned the constitution of groups of students, a more difficult task in 4e and 5e secondary. As for school transportation, we have reviewed the bus routes by reducing the number of young people on board, while seeking to preserve the collaboration and the precious links with parents. During this time, executives from educational services, primary and secondary establishments, vocational training, general adult education and information technology have joined forces to make the virtual school and hybrid formulas a reality, according to the clienteles. Human resources managers have stepped up recruitment, but with the underlying labor shortage. The general secretaries saw to the implementation of the new governance of the school service centers, so that the first boards of directors were created. And finally, the finance executives, alongside the administrative managers of the establishment, kept a watchful eye on the expenses and the actions taken in this pandemic.

How will this virus evolve? Nobody knows. But our Association brings together 2,400 managers fully invested in ensuring that young people succeed in this 2020-2021 school year - this is their firm commitment. The school executives are there for the students, for their parents, and for the partners of the network, because it is in collaborative mode that this re-entry and the coming months will have to be lived. This is a certainty.

Jean-François Parent, President and CEO, AQCS

SOURCE Quebec Association of School Executives (AQCS)

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