Quebec students won't return to school until at least May

Mar 20 2020, 12:09 pm

This story has been updated from its original March 20th post.

Quebec Premier François Legault says students in the province won’t return to school until at least May 1.

During Friday’s daily COVID-19 briefing, when asked if students returning to school on March 30 was still “on the table,” Legault broke down his answer by separating Quebec schools into the elementary and high school sector and that of colleges and universities.

He says that colleges and universities can finish their respective years “at a distance” through online courses.

In regards to elementary and high schoolers across the province, Legault said a March return seems “unlikely” and that targeting the beginning of May seems more realistic.

“When it comes to teaching the young kids, there are different scenarios to examine,” he said, in French. “In the coming days, we might have a clearer idea.”

You can watch Legault’s daily brief through Facebook below, his remarks about Quebec’s school system starts at the 18:30 mark.

Conférence de presse sur la COVID-19

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Posted by François Legault on Friday, March 20, 2020

According to the The Federation of Quebec Parents’ Committees, the province’s end-of-year ministerial exams are canceled and the missed school period will not be taken over.

Legault also reminded Quebecers to stay home if they are feeling ill and to wash their hands frequently while avoiding gatherings. “Every action we take to limit physical contact will save lives,” Legault said.