On Sunday, March 22nd, the Quebec government announced that the closure of schools, centres and daycares will continue until May 1st, 2020 to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. All students, parents, and employees should by now understand the need for social/physical distancing and to minimize physical contact with each other to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. We will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.
On behalf of the entire LBPSB community we ask that you take a moment to reach out to your family, friends, co-workers, and the elderly in your lives to connect with them in any way that you can to provide comfort and reassurance. Ask how they are doing, tell them you're there for them if they need assistance, medication, or food.
Even the briefiest of contact can provide relief and joy during this situation
The government has provided additional numbers for COVID-19:
General Number:1-877-644-4545 -- Montreal:514-644-4545 -- Laval:450-644-4545 -- Montérégie:450-644-4545
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Update -- COVID-19 -- March 31st
Website launched by the Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education has launched their educational website. This website is intended for parents who would like to help support the learning of their children during the shutdown. To access the “Open School” website, simply visit: https://ecoleouverte.ca/en/. The site is available in both English and French. There is a menu option at the top of the page to access the resources in English (EN) or French (FR). We will also have it posted above on this webpage.
Students and parents will find thousands of resources available to learn, create, have fun, and get moving. The activities suggested are varied and easy to carry out for students of all school levels. They will allow them to maintain their skills and stimulate learning as everyone can follow their own course in all subjects.
The Ministry will add new resources/activities regularly to this We invite you to visit it often to keep your child engaged and interested in their learning.
Please note that the use of this website and the resources available is voluntary. The Minister has reiterated on a number of occasions there will be no formal instruction or evaluation at this time. These resources and activities, which are not compulsory, are provided with the hope that they will help parents support their children in the pursuit of their educational and personal development.
Clarification on access to schools and centres for personal items
All schools and centres of the Lester B. Pearson School Board remain closed. Given that Montreal declared a local state of emergency on March 27 and that public health officials now consider Montreal and the Eastern Townships as high-risk areas due to elevated numbers of COVID-19, public health officials are advising against all unnecessary travel or building access. Thus, it will not be possible to visit any of our schools or centres at this time as they remain closed. Our school principals and centre directors have been made aware of this latest directive and have put any plans to retrieve personal effects on hold. We will keep you informed of any changes in this regard.
Thanks to our school & centre staff
To the LBPSB personnel who are helping us maintain essential and emergency services, we offer words of sincere appreciation and admiration. We want to commend our schools and centres for their ongoing support to our communities. Our staff continue to go above and beyond, reaching out to students, parents, fellow staff, and the public in general with daily challenges, messages of hope and reassurance, and even smiles.
We encourage you to visit social media (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and websites of your school, and others, regularly for updates and important messages. Having our students see a familiar face or video of their fellow students, teachers, and administration is uplifting to say the least.
This situation remains ever-changing, with upheaval and changes to all of our normal routines. We are confident that our government has the best interests of all Quebecers at heart, and we support them in their efforts to flatten and curtail the curve.
Please continue to follow the Public Health directives so that we can eradicate COVID-19. Wash your hands, stay inside, practice social/physical distancing (2 meters/6 feet), do not gather in groups, volunteer where possible, and help those in need. By respecting these directives, you are doing an important job that will help protect the elderly and those at higher risk.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and collaboration during these challenging times. We will continue to update you as necessary.
Stay healthy and safe,
The Administration of the Lester B. Pearson School Board
Letter to parents from Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education and Higher Education
Below you will find links to a French and English letter that Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education and Higher Education published today, Monday, March 30th, regarding the COVID-19 situation and the Ministry of Education's recently launched educational website, the link to which can be found above.
A Message to all LBPSB Daycare & Lunch Program Users
Please be advised that Daycare and Lunch Program invoicing has been suspended for the month of March and April.
Invoices have been adjusted to reflect only services used between March 9th – March 12th.
Also, rest assured that if you have any overpaid amounts at the end of the school year you will be refunded at that time.
Thank you for your understanding.
Update COVID-19 - March 22nd
Earlier today, Sunday, March 22nd, Premier Legault announced during his daily news conference the following:
-All educational institutions will now remain closed up until Friday, May 1st. This means that all Lester B. Pearson elementary schools, high schools, adult education centres and vocational training centres remain closed to students and staff.
-“Uniform” Ministry of Education exams will not take place this June.
-With the exception of Emergency Daycares that are to remain open, all other Daycares are closed until May 1, 2020.
-The ministry of Education is taking steps to ensure that students are provided with materials, activities, and resources during the continued shutdown. After March 30, information will be coming from the Ministry of Education, possibly online, via email, or by regular mail. In the interim, we invite you to consult the resources that Lester B. Pearson has already made available to you on our COVID-19 page (link). We will continue to add resources to our website so be sure to visit often.
-Engaging your child in instructional activities is optional. Minister Roberge was very clear that he did not want parents to become teachers nor was it expected that homes be transformed into schools. These are difficult times and we understand that learning may be difficult for your child at this time. Activities are intended to help engage and stimulate your child, not replace school.
-Students who are registered in vocational training and general adult education programs will be able to use existing resources for distance education, either online or by telephone to continue their learning.
-Access to schools and centres is still not permitted, although the government will review the situation. Future access may be possible but will be coordinated according to the recommendations of public health officials. We will keep our community updated on this possibility.
-The Minister of Education and Higher Education, Mr. Jean-François Roberge, has asked his department and the entire school network to collaborate to quickly offer accessible educational activities. We wish to reassure you that are working with all of our partners, and we are prepared to take a leadership role in ensuring that the best resources are made available to all of our students.
The Lester B. Pearson School Board is committed to providing you with updated information as soon as it is available. The announcements made today will be followed by more specific directives that we expect shortly from the Ministry of Education. At that time we will send out an update to you with detailed information on how we are moving forward with the new directives announced today.
We realize these are difficult times for you and your family. The priority is to keep our entire community safe so please be sure to follow all public health recommendations. Stay safe and healthy.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Please continue to vist our COVID-19 web page for updates and available resouces
The Administration of the Lester B. Pearson School Board
Mental Health and Well-Being Website
LBPSB's Student Services has launched new website on Mental Health and Well-Being
Website is also available by clicking on the banner graphic abopve and from our home page.
This can be a stressful and challenging time, particularly for those at home with children. When children and adolescents have questions during these uncertain times, it is important to answer questions in an honest, factual and developmentally appropriate manner.
Validate their feelings and help to create a sense of safety and security for them based on current information in Montreal. Avoid giving them access to social media newsfeeds and television news (even in the background), in addition to keeping conversations to a minimum when children are in earshot. Even when they aren’t directly in front of us, children/teens are still listening.
We know that social distancing is one of the preventative measures to be taken during this time. However, it can create periods of isolation and loneliness, especially amongst those most vulnerable. It will be particularly important during this to reach out and connect with family, friends and colleagues using technology (FaceTime, zoom, google chat) and old school phone. Additionally, taking advantage of being outside in nature and going for walks can help to reduce feelings of boredom and isolation.
You will find in this website, various resources to help you and your family going through this situation.
COVID-19 – Mot de reconnaissance et de remerciement
Comme vous le savez, la situation liée au COVID-19 évolue rapidement et a créé beaucoup de stress parmi nous. Nos habitudes quotidiennes et notre mode de vie ont considérablement changé, même si ce n’est que temporairement. Nous vous écrivons pour vous assurer de notre engagement à surmonter cette période difficile ensemble avec force et détermination.
Tout d’abord, il est important de souligner que l’équipe des directeurs de la Commission scolaire Lester- B.-Pearson s’est réunie tous les jours pour suivre l’évolution du coronavirus et élaborer des stratégies afin de gérer la situation au fur et à mesure qu’elle évolue. Nous avons rigoureusement suivi les conseils et les recommandations des organismes gouvernementaux et des autorités de la santé publique en plaçant la santé et la sécurité de notre communauté au premier plan de nos actions. Soyez assuré que nous continuerons de vous donner des nouvelles ponctuelles, au besoin, dans notre système ERMS.
Nous sommes conscients que cette période génère de l’anxiété et de l’instabilité, particulièrement pour les membres de notre communauté dont la famille et les amis sont plus affectés par la situation. Sachez que pour nous tous, il s’agit vraiment d’un effort collectif à déployer pour assurer la santé et la sécurité de nos élèves, de notre personnel et de la grande communauté. Nous désirons vous remercier pour votre compréhension et votre coopération alors que nous travaillons à traverser ces circonstances difficiles.
Nous désirons reconnaître tout spécialement les sacrifices de nos directeurs, de nos enseignants, de nos professionnels et du personnel de soutien qui ont écouté et apaisé les inquiétudes importantes des parents et des élèves de nos écoles au cours des dernières semaines, tout en faisant face courageusement à leurs propres préoccupations. Cette semaine, bon nombre d’entre nous continuent à travailler au-delà de ce qu'exige leur devoir pour offrir les services essentiels nécessaires afin de contenir et de limiter la propagation du virus. Vous êtes vraiment des héros méconnus, dont les efforts contribueront certainement à gérer cette crise de santé publique et à minimiser les pertes de vies humaines. Nous vous en sommes reconnaissants et nous sommes fiers de vous tous.
C'est une période très éprouvante. Cette situation exigera de chacun qu'il s'efforce de jouer son rôle en suivant les directives sanitaires pour vaincre ce virus. C'est aussi une période qui promet de faire ressortir le meilleur de nous en tant que citoyens mutuellement dépendants d'une grande société. Grâce à la compassion, à l'engagement et à la capacité qui caractérisent la communauté de Lester-B.-Pearson, nous avons pleinement confiance dans notre capacité collective de traverser cette tempête ensemble.
Cindy Finn, directrice générale Noel Burke, président
COVID-19 Note of acknowledgement and appreciation to all staff - March 17th - 11:15AM
As you know, the situation related to COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and has created significant stress for all of us. Our daily routine and way of life has significantly, though temporarily, been altered. We write to assure you of our commitment to see our way through this period together with strength and resolve.
To begin, it is important to acknowledge that the Lester B. Pearson School Board administrative team has been meeting daily to monitor coronavirus developments and to develop strategies that address the situation as it evolves. We have followed closely the guidance and recommendations of government agencies and public health authorities, putting the health and safety of our community first in all of our actions. Rest assured that we will continue to provide punctual updates, as needed, through our ERMS system.
We realize that this is a period of anxiety and instability, especially for those members of our community whose family and friends are most affected by this situation. Please know that for everyone of us, it is truly a collective endeavour to keep our students, staff, and the broader community healthy and safe. We would like to thank you all for your understanding and cooperation as we work our way through these difficult circumstances.
We especially wish to acknowledge the sacrifices of our administrators, teachers, professionals, and support staff who have attended to and soothed the significant anxieties of parents and students in our schools over the past few weeks, while bravely coping with their own concerns. This week, many of you continue to work above and beyond the call of duty to support the essential services required to contain and limit virus spread. You are truly our unsung heroes, whose efforts will surely contribute to managing this public health crisis and minimize the loss of life. We are grateful to and proud of you all.
This is a very trying period. This situation will require the effort of every individual to play their part in following health guidelines to defeat this virus. It is also a period that promises to bring out the best in us as mutually-dependant citizens of a great society. Given the compassion, commitment, and capacity that characterize the Lester B. Pearson community, we trust fully in our collective ability to weather this storm together.
Cindy Finn, Director General Noel Burke, Chair
Update COVID-19 - LBPSB Community - March 16th - 9:30PM
The following message is an update for you regarding the COVID-19 situation and how it relates to us, the LBPSB. While several actions have taken place at the federal and provincial levels and in fact throughout the world, we would like to concentrate specifically on what impacts us as students, parents, and staff of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
- LBPSB schools and centres remain closed across the territory as directed by the Premier and Minister of Education. Many parents have been asking about access to schools to pick up personal items. Please understand that we have been told very clearly by the Ministry that there is to be no parent or student access to schools during the shutdown.
There have been many questions asking how long the schools/centres will remain closed. The information we have now is that the schools are closed until at least Friday March 27th. If the government feels it is necessary to extend the closure, the community will be informed immediately.
- We have set up this webpage which we will use for posting notices, sharing resources, updates etc. Included on this page is a list of Frequently Asked Questions which we have compiled for you.
- Both Premier Legault and Minister Roberge have stated that there are to be no instructional demands placed on students during this period. We understand, however, that students will likely wish to remain engaged with the curriculum during the closure. To that end, the Educational Services Department of the Lester B. Pearson School Board has built a website which includes links to learning resources organized by grade level and subject area. That website is also accessible from the LBPSB homepage.
- Parents should take note that as of March 17th, we will have five daycares operating in schools on our territory. These locations were identified by the provincial government because of their proximity to hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities. Services at these locations are restricted to frontline essential service workers in the health and public security sectors.
- Our head office remains open, but as per Premier Legault’s directives, we are facilitating employees working from home where possible while ensuring essential services are maintained.
We are all in this together. We all have family, friends, and co-workers that are being impacted by this situation in a multitude of ways. We ask that you, as we are, take it upon yourself to offer support to those in need, whether that be emotional, physical, or with needed supplies. Please pay attention to those that are suffering from fear and/or anxiety. Offer support and guide them to available resources that can help them cope. Help everyone, including yourself, gain strength from their community. A community that supports each other stands strong!
Many resources are available to you. The media is providing constant updates, and websites from all levels of government are actively updating their information. We will continue to update you as needed from the perspective of our system and how the LBPSB is impacted as this situation continues to unfold
The administration of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions concerning the COVID-19 situation
The LBPSB has created an online FAQ to share with its community. The document was developed on the board's Google platform using Google Docs, and as such can be updated quickly as the document is in realtime and any changes to it are reflected immediately.
Update COVID-19 - March 15th - 4:45PM
To the Lester B. Pearson Community,
The situation with respect to COVID-19 is evolving by the hour. Today, Premier Legault announced new measures designed to slow the spread of the virus including the closure of cinemas, gyms, bars and other locations where large numbers of people may normally congregate.. At 1:15 Sunday afternoon, we received a revised directive from the Ministry of Education stating that there is to be no parent or student access to school buildings whatsoever during the period of shutdown. To date, that shutdown is scheduled to run until Friday March 27th. Any previously shared local plans to allow brief and limited access for picking up essential personal items are now void.
We recognize that these are extraordinary times and that this situation may be creating enormous stress and/or anxiety in the community. Be assured that the measures being put in place are designed to help us manage this crisis and your understanding, cooperation and support are critical. We would like to assure you that while the number of reported cases in Quebec has increased, to date we have not had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in any of our schools. For those wanting to speak with their children about this situation, both the American Association of School Psychologists and the U.S. Center for Disease Control have posted excellent resources in this regard.
We will continue to keep you informed as the situation develops.
Documentation from the Ministry of Education (MEES)
Objet :Précisions concernant la fermeture des établissements d'enseignement
Cancellation of Services due to COVID-19
Due to the directives of the Government of Quebec, the LBPSB has cancelled/closed the following services:
While the head office reamains open, public access is restricted to essential services. Please contact our head office prior to any visits you intend to make. Call 514-422-3000
Admissions Services @ Head Office (1925 Brookdale Ave., Dorval)
The walk in services of our Admissions Office, for student registration, is now closed to the public. For registraion of students and/or information, you can contact us at 514-422-3022 and email us at email@example.com
Rental of Facilities
All rentals have been cancelled up to March 30th.
Urgent Update: March 13th -5:15PM
Earlier today, during a press conference, Quebec Premier Francois Legault announced the closure of schools, centres and daycares, effective March 16 to March 27 (inclusively), as a means to slow down the spread of Covid-19.
During this press conference, he clearly stated that there are no instructional demands on students during this period.
This announcement is sudden for everyone within the community and we will be assessing the situation closely in the days to come. We understand the impact of closing schools and centres on students, families and the community. This is a necessary measure imposed as a pro-active measure to help slow down the spread of Covid-19.
Your school will be following up with a communication on Monday with regards to accessing the school for any necessary personal belongings.
We will be providing you with additional information as it unfolds.
Thank you for your understanding and your patience with us at this time.
Urgent Update: March 13th -2:50PM
The Quebec government has announced the closure of schools, centres and daycares until March 27th 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The LBPSB will be sending an update to all students, parents and staff later this afternoon.
Thank you for your patience
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