January 17, 2022

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கோவிட் -19 | Montreal Teacher Alliance calls for postponement of return to class

Like high schools, Aliance des Professeures et Professeurs de Montréal is asking elementary school students to postpone their return to class until January 10, this time spreading across the province of Govt-19.


Coralie Laplande

Coralie Laplande
Press

Return to class is scheduled for January 3 at the Center de Services Scholar de Montreal (CSSTM). At the Marguerite-Borgeoys School Services Center (CSMB), young people will return to school benches on January 6.

On Thursday evening, Prime Minister Franசois Legald announced at a press conference that secondary schools would not reopen before January 10, but indicated that elementary schools would welcome students on the scheduled date.

“Schools are currently responsible for most of the explosions listed at the provincial level. It is completely irresponsible to force students and school staff to mix with each other the day after the New Year holidays, ”Coalition leader Catherine Beauveis-Saint-Pierre wrote in a letter to Franுவாois Legalt. Education, to Jean-François Roberge, National Director of Public Health, Horacio Arruda and Regional Director of Public Health in Montreal, Mylene Drouin.

The coalition welcomes Quebec’s decision on secondary schools, but condemns the lack of new measures for elementary schools.

We believe that the current epidemiological situation requires additional precautions. You missed the opportunity to send a clear and concise message to all the teachers who have shouldered the burden of public school for 21 months.

Extract from the letter

Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the school network as well. Eleven schools in Montreal’s public health were closed Friday due to an explosion. This is almost double compared to the previous day. The “repressive” approach adopted by Montreal authorities, in particular, involves closing the class “formally” once a case of the Omigron variant is detected.

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“We suspect this rate will improve over the holidays. If this decision leads to the closure of classes and schools in the coming weeks, it is unfortunate to return to class so quickly, ”said Catherine Beauvois-Saint-Pierre.

To date, at least 48% of Quebec schools have an active case. In Quebec, 37 schools and 910 classes were closed.

With Henri Ouellette-Vézina, Press