Impact of COVID-19 on educational success - Recovery plan for educational success: 110 M$

Today, at a press conference, the Minister of Education of Quebec, Mr. Jean-François Roberge, unveiled the Recovery Plan for Success: Education Beyond the Pandemic, representing investments totaling 110 M$. Here is the official press release from the MEQ, as well as some reactions from various organizations received at the École branchée by way of a press release.

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QUÉBEC, May 6, 2021 / CNW Telbec / - In the wake of Rendezvous for educational success: education beyond the pandemic, the Minister of Education, Mr. Jean-François Roberge, and the Minister responsible for Education and Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Isabelle Charest, today launched the Recovery plan for success: education beyond the pandemic, representing investments totaling 110 M$. Focused on students, their commitment and their success, this plan, carried out following a consultation bringing together nearly 60 actors from the school network, 35 secondary school students as well as a dozen parliamentarians of different political stripes, will be implemented from summer 2021 to ensure school perseverance and promote the educational success of Quebec students.

Concrete measures

More specifically, the plan aims to reduce learning gaps, and promote the well-being of students and staff, in addition to increasing opportunities to get out, be active and enjoy the outdoors, especially through children. following measures:

  • 60 M$ for the continuation of the national tutoring program to ensure that the most vulnerable students benefit from additional educational support and that they can create new links that will allow them to strengthen their motivation and promote their well-being . Part of the amount allocated for this measure (7.2 M$) is reserved for students enrolled in adult education and vocational training centers, in order to support their educational success;
  • 4.7 M$ for the hiring of support agents dedicated to strengthening the link between school and family in order to weave a safety net around young people with vulnerability factors, from disadvantaged backgrounds or living in situations precariousness resulting from the pandemic;
  • 19 M$ to implement various initiatives to provide additional training and support for school personnel, in particular for more specific problems, such as student mental health and well-being. These sums will allow in particular the hiring of specialized resources, the release of personnel for training purposes and the purchase of equipment. Schools will have the autonomy necessary to implement the most promising initiatives according to the needs identified in their communities;
  • 6 M$ to offer an educational outing to each elementary school student, in nature class (red class in autumn, white class in winter and green class in spring) or in discovery class, that is to say an outing taking place in a environment other than nature, often in an urban environment, with a cultural, sporting, artistic, scientific or historical aspect as a concern;
  • bonus of 2 M$ for a total of 11.7 M$ for the program At school, we move!, which aims to support preschool and primary education institutions so that all of their students are physically active every day of class for at least 60 minutes, including physical and health education classes scheduled on their schedule.

Two-year partnership for educational camps during the summer

In addition to these measures, the ministers announced the conclusion of a partnership of 8.8 M$ over two years with the Quebec Network for Educational Success for the implementation of educational activities during the summer period. Starting this summer, these activities for young people will provide additional support to support vulnerable students and will help mitigate the negative impacts of the summer slip phenomenon.

The choice of activities are made according to the environment and the needs of the young people (ex .: animation of reading workshops, bookmobile, reading clubs, day camp with educational component, camp for teenagers to help with academic motivation, animation workshops to prepare for the transition between primary and secondary). These activities will be offered to them in a complementary aim to learning, but also in a pleasant and fun approach.

Essential knowledge, bulletins and ministerial tests

To ensure a gradual return to normal with regard to pedagogical frameworks, modifications will have to be made to the Basic school regulation. With the planned changes, the 2021-2022 school year would be divided into two stages of similar duration, with the following weighting: 40 % for the first (August 2021 to January 2022) and 60 % for the second (February 2022 to June 2022 ). Communications to parents should be made at mid-stage to keep them informed of their child's progress. In addition, mandatory ministerial examinations would be reintroduced with an adjusted weighting of 10 % instead of 20 %. All the unique events would also be reintroduced for the 4e and 5e years of secondary school and their weighting would also be adjusted to 20 % instead of 50 %. We thus aim for a gradual return to normal in the school network. It should be noted that the essential knowledge to be prioritized in line with the tests that will be reintroduced and readjusted by the Ministry will be available to teachers from June in order to properly prepare for the next school year.

Read the rest of the press release.

Recovery plan for educational success: "A plan that we were impatiently awaiting which takes into account the transitional period that we are living" - AMDES

MONTREAL, May 6, 2021 / CNW Telbec / - As AMDES President Kathleen Legault said: “Educational improvisation has been hard-hit in the community over the past year. When we know that the start of the school year is planned for January, it was time for the plan to be made public. We share it in general terms, because it reflects what we asked for during the consultations, in particular the essential learning, the two stages, respect for the autonomy of schools to determine the means and measures to be put in place to meet the needs of students. "

AMDES reiterated that the very serious problem of staff shortages remains a major challenge and there are no concrete actions with immediate effects to remedy it. Recent advances to promote the teaching profession are a first step, but do not solve anything for other staff. 

“In Montreal, we can only applaud the strengthened partnership with community organizations and the commitment of the Réussite Montréal network with which we have already been working for years. The community is essential especially in the most disadvantaged districts and we are delighted that it is better equipped to contribute to the support of the pupils, ”indicated the president of AMDES.

Source: AMDES

The Federation of Private Educational Institutions is concerned about the delays in receiving health tags for the start of the 2021 school year

Montreal, May 6, 2021 - The Federation welcomes the Educational Recovery Plan presented by the Minister of Education this morning. The Federation is in agreement with the orientations and principles of this plan and ensures its full collaboration with the Minister and the Ministry to bring success to all the students entrusted to it.

However, the Federation would like to point out that tutoring is an approach that has a limited scope. This may help students in the short term, but more emphasis should be placed on school staff to properly support struggling students, ensuring that more resources are available on the job.
ground. The private schools, which welcome nearly 20 % of students with particular challenges in secondary school, consider that the best way to support these students is to count on teaching staff available a few hours a week to offer small recovery periods. groups and offer support through specialized resources. To respect the principle of flexibility, schools should be able to determine the use of the amounts allocated to tutoring and the addition of resources in the field, according to the needs of their students.

"The accompaniment of students by school staff promotes continuity and collaboration for the success of the student," explains David Bowles, president of the Federation. In our opinion, the best use of any additional budget is to add resources to better support staff
teacher (remedial teachers, TES, psychoeducators, teachers released to support pupils in difficulty). "

The Federation also wishes to express its concern about the deadlines for the distribution of health tags for the start of the 2021 school year. The preparation of groups and schedules is generally done in the spring in anticipation of the following school year.

"In a context of scarcity of the workforce in education, it is essential for schools to be able to plan the start of the school year a few months in advance, in order to be fully prepared when students return to school," says Mr Bowles.

Source: FEEP

Recovery plan for educational success - The FCSSQ is delighted to see its proposals implemented

QUÉBEC, May 6, 2021 / CNW Telbec / - The Fédération des centers de services scolaire du Québec welcomes the Recovery Plan for Educational Success presented today by the Minister of Education, Mr. Jean-François Roberge and the Minister for Education, Isabelle Charest.

“The school year that will soon end has been a very special year. It is the same for the one to come. It was essential for school service centers to be able to adequately plan the next school year. The predictability provided for in the Recovery Plan is very welcome. Also, it was very important to leave flexibility to the education network. Each school service center knows its students, their needs and each school's priorities. The Federation notes with great satisfaction that several measures in our joint brief with the Association des directions générale scolaire du Québec have been taken into account by the Minister and will be implemented by our network, respecting the expertise of the people involved. in the field, ”said the President and CEO of the FCSSQ, Caroline Dupré.

“We are also satisfied with maintaining the two stages and increasing the number of communications to parents, in order to ensure the best possible support for students, in collaboration with families. The tutoring program already in place will continue and be enhanced; we will add students in vocational training and general adult education who will be identified by the school teams. I also want to ensure the full commitment of the school service centers to the students, in order to support their perseverance and their success, ”she concluded.

Source: FCSSQ

Recovery plan for educational success - Student success at the heart of the recovery plan

QUÉBEC, May 6, 2021 / CNW Telbec / - The Association des directions générale scolaire du Québec (ADGSQ) is reassured by the investments of 110 M$ unveiled today by Minister Jean-François Roberge and Minister Isabelle Charest as part of of the Recovery Plan for Educational Success following recent consultations with the network. All the measures announced will constitute important levers so that the students can continue their commitment towards their success from the next summer period.

Having participated with great interest in the consultations during the Rendezvous for educational success, the ADGSQ once again welcomes the Minister's attention to general management in order to orient priorities and target concrete, relevant and adapted measures to the current school reality.

A recovery plan which is based on the recommendations of the partners of the network must be welcomed by the first leaders of the network represented by the general management and this clear plan `` beyond the pandemic '' will undoubtedly be a source of mobilization. significant of all the actors involved in the educational mission; whether it takes place at school or outside establishments.

"The Minister's recovery plan is solid and resolutely focused on various measures aimed in particular at consolidating the tutoring program, hiring and training staff, as well as less academic activities so that students continue to develop in better conditions. that promote their success and well-being. >>, declared Mr. Lucien Maltais, president of the ADGSQ.

"With this mobilizing vision, the directorates-general reaffirm their commitment to continue to do everything possible to update the will of the government, and particularly those of the Minister of Education and the Minister Delegate, in order to be a part solution and continue to put their leadership to the benefit of the mobilization of all the actors who must ensure, together, the success of the students, ”concluded Mr. Maltais.

Source: ADGSQ

Stimulus plan for success - Parents are always there

QUEBEC, May 6, 2021 / CNW Telbec / - The Federation of Quebec Parents 'Committees (FCPQ) and the Association of Anglophone Parents' Committees (EPCA) welcome the measures announced today by the Minister of Education, Jean -François Roberge, and the Minister for Education, Isabelle Charest.

Parents have been there for over a year to support their children towards success in this particular context. They like to talk about success and want to be involved and informed about decisions. Surveys conducted with parents during the school year revealed an increase in satisfaction with communications sent to families related to health measures and cases of covid-19 in their school. We must also achieve this level of satisfaction for communications related to the success and progress of our children.

The measures announced are a step in the right direction, in particular the creation of the role of liaison officer in schools in disadvantaged areas, a long-standing request from parents that we hope to see extended to all schools.

The two communications sent to parents during the year, announced today, should however be individual meetings where an exchange can take place. These exchanges on student progress promote harmonious school transitions, co-education and parental involvement. This minimum of two meetings should even be increased for parents of students with special needs.

Individualized success plan

That being said, the FCPQ and EPCA are disappointed that their proposal for an individualized success plan (PRI) was not accepted this year. We are convinced that this tool would help students, but also parents and school staff, not only by improving collaboration and communications, but also and above all to promote the success of all students. We will continue to promote the PRI and its benefits.

Tutoring and student support

The continuation of the tutoring program is welcomed. Parents reiterate, however, the importance of not setting restrictive criteria for eligibility for tutoring. The program should be available to all students who need it. In addition, requests from parents who feel that their child needs this support should be taken into serious consideration.

In addition, the educational activities during the summer meet a real need, particularly for vulnerable students and for English and allophone communities. We salute the granting of this partnership to the Network for Educational Success, a solid and trusted organization. These summer activities should remain a choice for families and should be targeted in collaboration with local organizations to meet the needs.

Motivation of young people

Parents have repeatedly emphasized the importance of extracurricular activities and socialization in motivating young people. We therefore welcome the enhancement of programs that allow young people to move and go on educational outings, such as At school, we move!

Start of the 2021-2022 school year

With the announcement of a vaccination campaign for teens before the next school year, we hope that all students will be able to physically return to school. This is good news for our young people, who have access to supervision and services adapted to their needs at school, in addition to benefiting from social interactions.

We are satisfied with the proposed timetable to inform us of decisions concerning sanitary measures and adjustments to the back-to-school plan if necessary and we will of course be listening.

To view this press release in English, Click here.

Source: FCPQ and EPCA

Stimulus plan for academic success - Modest means in the face of immense needs

MONTREAL, May 6, 2021 / CNW Telbec / - Reacting to the Quebec government's announcement of the stimulus plan for academic success, the Centrale des unions du Québec (CSQ) describes the amounts announced as modest, given the explosion of needs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and even before.

Thus, the president of the Centrale, Sonia Ethier, welcomes the injection of $ 110 million already budgeted for, but judges from the outset that the amount will be insufficient to meet the significant increase in demand to meet the needs of students. and staff. “Investments of less than $ 40,000 per school will help, but will not be enough to address the structural problems that plague our networks.

“Today's announcement clarifies the game plan until the summer of 2022, which is a good thing. However, the needs generated by the crisis will go well beyond this moment. In this spirit, we are still waiting for a game plan that goes beyond the medium term and which casts a wider net, by ensuring a coherent alignment of the various government measures aimed at reducing the repercussions of the pandemic.

“The plan provides for some monitoring of the evolution of the situation and speaks of encouraging research, but we should not focus only on good practices and educational innovations. We also need research to better understand how the pandemic affects students and adults in training according to their socioeconomic, ethnocultural and gender differentiations in order to put in place appropriate and structuring measures in the longer term, ”explains Sonia Ethier. .

In the measures deployed, the CSQ underlines the $ 60 million dedicated to tutoring, but expresses fears, given that remedial work and supervision rest almost exclusively on the shoulders of school personnel, who are already overworked. “While the continuation of the national tutoring program is undoubtedly welcome, several questions remain about the 'how',” says Sonia Ethier.

Among the various measures announced, the implementation of summer activities, for a period of two years, is viewed positively by the CSQ since it will help reduce the loss of student achievement during the summer period. However, the amount of $ 5 million earmarked for the educational success of Aboriginal students appears to be derisory and negligible in meeting the glaring needs of these communities.

The great forgotten: vocational training and adult education

Once again, the CSQ deplores the fact that vocational training (FP) and general adult education (FGA) are largely forgotten in today's announcement, despite the release of $ 7.2 million reserved for the tutoring. For the president of the Centrale, the sums are absolutely insufficient. “In the last year alone, many students in FP or FGA left the network or dropped out due to the pandemic. Faced with these numerous dropouts, vocational training and adult education centers are facing a funding crisis and need more financial support than ever. The addition of significant sums, as we demanded during the Rendez-vous pour la success educatif, would have made it possible to compensate for the lack of funding that was caused by the abandonment of many students. Vocational training and general training for adults are, unfortunately still, the big ones forgotten in today's announcement, ”argues the president of the CSQ.

Source: CSQ

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