Since last September, students from English-language school boards in Quebec who are unable to attend school for medical reasons can receive distance education and tutoring services.
During the 2020-2021 school year, each school board set up distance education services individually and at varying levels from one place to another. For the year 2021-2022 and the following ones, seven English-language school boards have decided to unite their efforts to offer a unified service for all school disciplines.
Indeed, they have formed a group called Quebec Online Alliance (QOA) in order to pool their resources to better support students with medical exemption from school attendance.
The group mandated the non-profit organization LEARN to create and manage a new online platform. LEARN has been present in the English-speaking community for several years. His virtual campus offers many online services to teachers, students and parents, in the form of training, tutoring or refresher courses, for example.
Young people and their parents can take advantage of QOA's educational and professional services. The platform offers asynchronous tools in a virtual “Teams for the class” environment which allows learning activities to be shared and to ensure appropriate follow-up for each student. Qualified staff, themselves exempt for health reasons, accompany the students.
The services offered by the QOA team will allow elementary and secondary students to continue their academic development in all disciplines. There are currently more than 300 students enrolled for the current school year and the number of enrollments is constantly increasing.
The 7 participating school boards are as follows:
- Central Quebec School Board
- English Montreal School Board
- Eastern Townships School Board
- New Frontiers School Board
- Riverside School Board
- Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board
- Western Quebec School Board