Quebec to set limit on number of students permitted in classrooms

Apr 28 2020, 7:27 am

On Monday, Premier François Legault announced that primary schools throughout Quebec, excluding in the Greater Montreal area and Laval, are scheduled to reopen on May 11.

Montreal and Laval primary school students are scheduled to return on May 19.

Follow his announcement, Legault said a maximum of 15 students per classroom will be permitted, all of whom will be two metres apart.

According to Quebec’s coronavirus website, “very strict health and safety measurements” will be implemented in all schools and “all students and school staff with specific medical conditions must stay at home until further notice.”

On Monday, Legault stressed the importance that schools throughout the province “will not be mandatory.” Parents that wish to keep their students at home will not penalized “in any way” should they choose to do so.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is prohibited from entering school grounds for the designated 14-day isolation period.

Non-essential common areas will be closed and access to schools will be limited to for school personnel and students only.

“It’s important to say that nothing is mandatory here, go at your own rhythm,” stated Legault. “When you’re ready, and you think your children are ready, go ahead. We don’t want to rush anyone.”