Why should we avoid gatherings at Christmas?

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The issue of illegal gatherings during the holiday season is of great concern to healthcare workers. Why should Christmas gatherings be avoided at all costs? Thoughts and answers in this guide.

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From four, to two, to no gathering authorized for the holiday period, the Quebec government had to adjust to the health crisis which is constantly growing. It is therefore forbidden to leave your family bubble at Christmas to meet uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents and friends.

In addition to canceling festive gatherings, stores deemed non-essential will be closed for two weeks from December 25 and students will not return to school in attendance until January 11. You will find here all the details on this holiday break.

Despite the encouraging news of the vaccination operation which has started (for this purpose, you will find here ten questions and answers to understand vaccination against COVID-19), the crisis is far from over. On average, 102 Canadians have died from COVID-19 every day since December 1. More and more patients are being hospitalized. If the trend continues, more than 3,400 Canadians will spend Christmas in hospital because of the virus, a record. Some of them will not come out alive and the arrival of a vaccine cannot change anything unfortunately.

This is why it is essential to follow the instructions of the government. We must avoid gathering together so as not to infect those most vulnerable or at risk of complications. According to some studies, for a person with symptoms, ten could be asymptomatic. No one wants to be the one who transmits the virus without knowing it to Grandma or Grandpa at Christmas ...

You will find here an interactive infographic which demonstrates why Christmas had to be canceled this year. Students can write down the name of their region and compare it to others across Canada.

A challenge

What digital tools could students use to communicate and keep in touch with loved ones who are not part of the same family bubble during the holidays? Zoom to be “live” with everyone during Christmas dinner? Clips to quickly and easily create a small video of wishes for 2021? Vocaroo to record a heartwarming voice message for your family? Can go to create a cute Christmas card to email or text to all the students' friends?

Their choices will be the right ones. Because kindness has never been more important than right now...



Disciplines and levels targeted

- Ethics and Religious Culture

  • Many themes can be exploited:
    • autonomy
    • the social order
    • human ambivalence

Targeted dimensions of digital competence

  • Harnessing the potential of digital technology for learning
  • Developing and mobilizing information literacy
  • Producing content with digital
  • Communicate with digital

Suggested digital tools

  • Edpuzzle
  • LearningApps
  • Flipgrid

Educational intention of the guide

The following activities will allow students to reflect on the conditions of autonomy: critical judgement, common sense, moral responsibility, the ability to choose, authenticity, etc. in connection with the "holiday break" announced by the government.

Objectives of the activities

  • Become aware of the risks associated with gatherings during the holiday season.
  • Test your knowledge of COVID-19 and health measures.
  • Using a video, share his state of mind in these difficult times.

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