Closure of elementary and secondary schools in Montreal until the fall: reactions

Here are the various reactions we received in a press release following the announcement of the closure of elementary and secondary schools in the Montreal region until the fall.

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COVID-19: closure of schools in the Montreal metropolitan community - The government will have to rely on the expertise of teachers who will continue to support their students

MONTREAL, May 14, 2020 / CNW Telbec / - Following the announcement made by Premier François Legault to close, until August 2020, primary and secondary schools in the Montreal metropolitan community ( CMM), the Autonomous Federation of Education (FAE) asks the government to put in place support resources for vulnerable student populations who are experiencing the health crisis even harder. The FAE also believes that the government must work with the representatives of teachers as part of the operations that must be carried out not only by the end of this school year, but also for the start of the fall 2020 school year. According to the FAE, the next school year should, among other things, allow students to perform a major upgrade in order to make up for the delays caused by the situation.

In addition, the error made by the Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge, when he unveiled the plan for the gradual reopening of schools, must not be repeated, since he deprived himself of the expertise of thousands of teachers. The AWF has also conducted an online consultation with its members over the past few weeks. Nearly 5,000 of them responded to a questionnaire which covered, among other things, the conditions to be put in place during the next school year.

"The teachers targeted by this announcement are sad not to be able to find their students, but the COVID-19 pandemic which is raging in the greater Montreal area required that this decision be made," said the president of the the FAE, Sylvain Mallette. However, this situation raises many concerns that the Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, will have to manage with great attention and in collaboration with the representatives of the teachers. The Montreal Metropolitan Community has nearly half of the population of Quebec and is its economic heart. The impacts are therefore major for parents, who will not only have to continue to support their children, along with teachers, in their schooling, but also who will have to continue working. We are very united with the challenges posed by this work-family balance. "

Priority to the safety of teachers and their students outside the Montreal region

The FAE also wishes to recall that it will be necessary to remain very vigilant as to the respect of the sanitary rules in the elementary schools which reopened this week outside the greater Montreal area. “We are in close contact with the local representatives of the teachers in order to rigorously ensure that the instructions are followed and that the teachers feel safe. We are also continuing to inform our members of their rights, ”said Mr. Mallette. It is for this reason that the FAE obtained masks made in Quebec that it will provide to its members. This initiative allows it not only to contribute to their feeling of security, but also to support a Quebec company.

Finally, the AWF recalls that the platform Is that wrong? Tell us! continues to document and list the observations of teachers regarding non-compliance with directives issued by the government within the framework of the reopening of schools in the Outaouais, Quebec City and Granby regions. To date, 294 reports have been made and have enabled local unions to make the necessary representations to school boards.

The FAE is made up of nine unions representing more than 45,000 preschool, elementary, secondary, prison education, vocational training, adult education and school staff at Peter Hall schools. and the Fournier Academic Center, as well as nearly 1,700 members of the FAE Retired Persons Association (APRFAE). It is present in seven regions: Montreal, Laval, Quebec and the Outaouais, in which the four largest urban centers of Quebec are located, as well as in the Laurentians, Estrie and Montérégie.

SOURCE Autonomous Federation of Education (FAE)

Closure of schools in Montreal until September - No question of abandoning students to their fate, insists Quebec solidaire

MONTREAL, May 14, 2020 / CNW Telbec / - Québec solidaire spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and responsible education officer Christine Labrie welcome the government's decision to extend the closure of Montreal schools until September, and ask the Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, to immediately put in place support measures for students to allow them to continue their studies at a distance.

“It was the only responsible decision, since the situation in Montreal is not under control. But from now on, the government must change its approach and stop announcing blind deconfinement dates. It must be transparent and announce in advance which objective criteria will be used to plan deconfinement in the metropolis, ”says Nadeau-Dubois.

The responsible for education, Christine Labrie, is now calling on her government counterpart, Jean-François Roberge, to very quickly put in place measures to support students in distance education.

“There is no question of abandoning Montreal students to their fate. Minister Roberge must offer distance educational support worthy of the name as soon as possible so that no student is penalized. The tablets promised more than two weeks ago have not yet arrived everywhere, and it is a delay that penalizes the most vulnerable students. If no student returns to class in Montreal, it will take more electronic equipment than expected, and the Minister must ensure that all students have the necessary equipment very quickly, especially the most vulnerable, ”argues Ms. Labrie.

In order to allow students to continue their school curriculum at a distance, the Solidarity MP calls on the Legault government to give primary and secondary school teachers access to emergency childcare services so that they can provide distance education to their students.

SOURCE Parliamentary wing of Québec solidaire

Postponement of the opening of schools in September: a relief for families and school staff

MONTREAL, May 14, 2020 / CNW Telbec / - In response to the Quebec government's announcement on the postponement of the reopening of elementary schools in September, the Centrale des unions du Québec (CSQ) is issuing a public statement of its president, Sonia Ethier:

“The postponement of the opening of elementary schools in Greater Montreal to September is a relief for thousands of families and school staff. From the start, the Prime Minister has mentioned that the reopening of schools would only take place "if and only if the security conditions allow it." For our part, while offering our collaboration in the fight against the spread of the virus, our central called on the importance of having flexibility to avoid a wall to wall that would serve the objectives of public health as well as protection of personnel. Obviously, the opening of elementary schools in Greater Montreal was incompatible with the desire to ensure the health and protection of school personnel and families. We therefore welcome the government's decision. »- Sonia Ethier, President of the CSQ

Furthermore, concerning the carry forward to 1er June of the opening of school and educational daycare services in Greater Montreal, the president of the CSQ reiterates the importance of ensuring occupational health and safety for school support staff and for childcare workers. childhood: “The postponement of the opening of primary schools to September reminds us that it is essential for staff to work in conditions that meet the highest standards in terms of health and safety at work. If these basic criteria cannot be met, we invite the government to show the same flexibility as with schools by postponing the opening of school and educational daycare services, quite simply, ”concludes Sonia Ethier.

CSQ Profile

The CSQ represents more than 200,000 members, of which approximately 125,000 are education personnel. The CSQ has 11 federations which bring together some 240 affiliated unions; There is also the AREQ (CSQ), the Association of retirees and retirees from education and other public services of Quebec. The CSQ is also present in the health and social services, early childhood educational services, municipal, recreation, culture, community and communications sectors.


Greater Montreal schools closed until September - Distance support for all must be a priority

QUEBEC, May 14, 2020 / CNW Telbec / - The Federation of Quebec Parents' Committees (FCPQ) welcomes the postponement of the opening of schools in the Montreal Metropolitan Community, since the health situation is not under control in the region. The FCPQ of course respects public health decisions and wants this postponement to become an opportunity to improve distance support for students and their parents and to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.

“There are a lot of young people who will not be going back to school this year. If we include high school, Greater Montreal and children who stay at home by choice of their parents, the percentage of students sitting on school benches is minimal. Now is the time to seriously put in place the educational and professional support that students at home are entitled to receive. Their academic success and well-being are major concerns at the moment, ”says Kévin Roy, president of the FCPQ.

The FCPQ is also concerned about the heavy burden that parents whose children continue to learn at home have to bear. Vulnerable students and students with special needs must be able to benefit from more help from teachers and professionals, and all students must have access to the tools necessary to carry out their assignments. Without it, demotivation and dropping out threaten them. In addition, it is imperative to clarify the message regarding evaluations and bulletins.

“Don't leave parents in the dark, help us help our young people,” asks Kévin Roy.

Profile of the Federation of Quebec Parents' Committees (FCPQ)

For 45 years, the FCPQ has brought together the parents' committees of Quebec school boards and supports volunteer parents concerned about parental participation in public elementary and secondary schools in order to ensure the quality of the education offered to children. .

SOURCE Federation of Parents' Committees of Quebec

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