|Numbers for COVID-19: General Number: 1-877-644-4545 -- Montreal: 514-644-4545
Laval: 450-644-4545 -- Montérégie: 450-644-4545
All LBPSB elementary and secondary schools are now closed to students until August. Planning efforts are underway for the 2020-21 school year. You will receive more information about the return to school plan during the summer period.
For students attending one of our adult education or vocational training centres, a mix of distance and in person learning will continue to be offered during the summer period. All public health guidelines are being followed for everyone`s safety. Please contact your centre directly if you have any specific questions.
Please continue to consult this page for updated information. We thank our community for their continued patience and understanding as we navigate this health situation together. Be well, be safe.
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Information - COVID -19 - June
Please use the links below to view the latest inofrmation received from the Government of Quebec.
Update - Thursday, June 4th
Week at a Glance
Update for the week of June 1st, 2020
First and foremost, we wish to reassure everyone that all protocols that were previously in place for a proposed return to classes in May remain in effect. Social distancing, frequent hand washing, structured and highly managed student movement (for both youth and adult sectors), modified timetables, and restructured building access will all be enforced in any school or centre opening its doors to students. Schools and centres have maintained their inventories of soap and hand sanitizer, and dispensers remain installed at all entrances/exits to buildings. All schools/centres have an inventory of personal protective equipment as well as a supply of masks and gloves on hand. Our caretakers have been well versed in hygiene and sanitation protocols required by Public Health.
Elementary and Secondary Schools:
- Distance/Online learning continues to evolve so that students remain engaged in their learning. Whatever the platforms used, we continue to build upon our initial deployment and provide our staff with the tools needed to complete the school year. We thank our students and families for their commitment to continue to learn remotely.
- Secondary students in our work-oriented training and CFER programs are being invited back for modified school days, beginning next week.
- Upon invitation, a small number of elementary and secondary students may take part in a Learning Camp, beginning next week.
- Many schools are planning celebrations to recognize our students, especially those graduating at grade 6 and grade 11. More details to come from your school.
- Virtual Summer School will be available for Secondary IV and V students who require credits or prerequisites. Visit https://boardsite.lbpsb.qc.ca/summer-school for more information.
- Some of our schools (e.g., John Rennie HS and Allion) will be used as COVID-19 testing centres. We will continue to support Public Health in their efforts to deal with this health crisis.
- We will soon begin various construction projects and summer cleaning efforts in our schools, in preparation for the next school year.
Adult & Vocational Centres:
- Distance learning continues, with a limited return to class for students to write exams and participate in hands-on activities required by their program.
- Additionally, for adults in special needs programs, some on-site activities will be offered to students to allow for some socialization opportunities.
- Courses for the new AEP program to train attendants to work in the CHSLD network will begin mid-June. The ministry has created this program to respond to the need for 10,000 new préposés to be trained. We are proud that Lester B. Pearson will be offering this training at two of our vocational centres.
We are focused on and diligently planning for the start-up of the 2020-2021 school year. We are anticipating directives from the MEES as what the restart plan will look like as we move forward. We would like to thank our parents, staff, and students (youth & adult) for their continued efforts to support student learning. As always, we appreciate your cooperation, understanding, and patience as we continue to navigate this situation.
The Administration of the Lester B. Pearson School Board
Update from May 22nd - Message sent to all parents of the LBPSB
In response to recent developments, the Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, has provided further information concerning the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Extension of school closures for elementary schools
In light of the current public health emergency and following the recommendation of Public Health officials, the Government has confirmed that the closure of all elementary schools located in the territory of the Montréal metropolitan community will be extended until the end of the school year to ensure the health and safety of students and school staff.
Emergency daycare services will remain available until June 30th.
Continuation of distance/online learning
As the school year is not yet over, the Minister has reinforced the message to continue distance/online learning for all preschool, elementary and secondary students in our school board. The goal is for students to maintain acquired learning and to continue to progress in their essential learning. School personnel will continue to follow up with students to provide learning resources and support. More details about the weekly learning plan for your child will be provided to you by your school.
Vocational Training and Adult Education
For vocational training, educational and teaching services from a distance have resumed. As of May 25th, some in presence learning and evaluation may take place in classrooms, in groups no larger than 15 students. Students will be contacted by their centre with additional information.
For adult education, educational and teaching services from a distance have resumed. As of May 25th, some in presence learning and evaluation may take place in classrooms, in groups no larger than 15 students. Students will be contacted by their centre with additional information.
All centres must comply with the rules established by Public Health with regard to group size (maximum of 15 individuals), proper hygiene in facilities (cleaning, washing of hands) and physical distancing (2m).
Loan of technological equipment
Since the start of the shutdown, we have distributed a considerable number of laptops, chromebooks and other devices to students. As distance/online learning will be maintained until the end of the school year, we will continue to loan devices to students. Please contact your school/centre to inform them of your needs.
We thank you for your continued understanding and collaboration during this health emergency.
The Administration of the Lester B. Pearson School Board
Update from May 20th - A letter from the Minister of Education to all Education Stakeholders
The Lester B. Pearson School Board received an additional letter from Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education, addressed to all education stakeholders. Below you will find the links to the English and French versions.
Update - May 14th
Earlier today, during a press conference, Premier Francois Legault announced that elementary schools in the greater Montreal area would not reopen for the remainder of the school year as the health emergency in our region has not yet stabilized
Thus, all Lester B. Pearson elementary schools are closed to students until the start of the 2020-21 school year. In the meantime there will be the continuation of providing elementary and secondary students with learning activities, resources, and support services from a distance. Your child’s school will also continue to be in touch with you directly.
For students attending one of our adult education or vocational training centres, your centre will be in contact with you to share their plan for virtual learning opportunities.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the challenges raised by this public health crisis.
The Administration of the Lester B. Pearson School Board
Update May 13th – Information for parents of secondary students
The Ministry has provided additional information about supporting secondary students; please click the link below. Your child’s school will be communicating with you directly regarding the details of their plan for the continuation of learning.
Update May 7th - Reopening of Elementary Schools & Daycares Delayed
THE REOPENING OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS & DAYCARES HAS BEEN DELAYED UNTIL MONDAY, MAY 25TH
This afternoon the government of Quebec announced at their press conference that it will be delaying the reopening of elementary schools and daycares until May 25th.
Due to this delay we will not be sending out our survey of attendance this Friday. We will however, be sending it out to you on Friday, May 15th with a deadline for Monday, May 18th to inform us whether your child(ren) will be attending school on Monday, May 25th.
At this juncture, all other directives issued by the Ministry of Education remain in place for high schools, adult education, and vocational training with respect to online learning, etc.
The essential daycares operated by the LBPSB will continue.
While our high schools will not reopen for the rest of the school year, virtual teaching and learning will take place. Teachers will continue to engage their students from a distance, using video conference platforms or other digital means. In addition, more direct instruction will be provided so that students can consolidate their learning. This means more opportunities for students to submit work for assessment and evaluation.
This is going to happen in three steps:
- The first step is happening this week. Each high school has already been in touch with parents and students to allow for personal items and learning materials to be picked up. Thank you to our students and families for helping us with this retrieval operation.
- Next week, teachers will continue to engage their students as they have been doing. They will also begin to introduce expectations for submitting work or completing projects for possible evaluation.
- The week of May 18th, students will begin following a more formal schedule covering specific core courses with the opportunity to submit work for evaluation. These schedules and approaches will vary locally and will be communicated to families by each high school.
For our adult education centres, classes will not be held on site. However, teachers will continue to make resources available to our adult learners. As of May 19, small groups may be permitted to come into their centre so that students can write exams. Your centre will contact you with more information.
In our vocational training centres, we will prioritize online and distance learning. After May 19th, some training activities may resume on site. Again, groups will have to remain small, and all public health recommendations are to be strictly followed.
We will update you as this situation unfolds and we have more information to share.
Update - Wednesday, May 6th
Below you will find a link to a YouTube video message from Cindy Finn, Director General of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
This video is for all parents, staff, and students concerning the plans to reopen our elementary schools and daycares on Tuesday, May 19th, and what will be in place for our high schools, adult education & vocational training centres.
To better understand what the LBPSB’s plan is as we move forward during the COVID-19 health crisis, we ask that you watch the video.
Thank you for your patience and continued support during these difficult times.
The Administration of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
Update - Tuesday, May 5th - A letter from the Minister of Education to all Stakeholders
The Lester B. Pearson School Board received a letter from Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education, addressed to all stakeholders. Below you will find the links to the English and French versions.
Update April 30th - Reopening of Elementary Schools & Daycares, etc.
On Monday April 27th, the government of Quebec announced its plan for the months of May and June with respect to elementary and secondary schools as well as adult education and vocational training centres. Below you will find links to additional information in English and French outlining some of the details.
We thank our community for their patience and understanding as we continue the planning efforts needed for a safe and successful return to classes and the continuation of home learning options for students.
Update April 28th - Reopening of elementary schools & daycares
On Monday April 27th, the Ministry of Education made a number of announcements concerning the reopening of schools. We are providing you with the details available to us at this time:
Gradual reopening schedule for elementary schools
Starting May 11th, all of Quebec’s elementary schools will be able to reopen, with the exception of those in the Montreal Metropolitan Community (MMC). Schools in the MMC, which includes all of the Lester B. Pearson School Board territory should be able to reopen as of May 19th, if the situation allows. Thus, the projected reopening date for all Lester B. Pearson elementary schools is Tuesday May 19th.
The government’s plan also includes:
- Providing parents the choice as to whether their child returns to school or not
- Following strict hygiene and physical distancing measures established by public health authorities
- Class groupings being restricted to no more than 15 students
- School daycare services resuming when elementary schools open
- Encouraging parents to provide their own transportation as bussing services are likely limited
- Encouraging students with learning difficulties to return to school so they can benefit from the maximum pedagogical support provided by their school
The Ministry of Education has made it clear that a return to elementary school is voluntary. If your child or someone with whom your child lives is medically vulnerable (e.g., chronic illness or severe immune deficiency), it is recommended that your child remain at home and continue distance learning.
Continued closure of secondary schools:
Secondary schools will remain closed until August. Secondary students can continue their education online. Activities will continue to be sent out each week in addition to teachers working with their students until the end of the school year. More information will be forthcoming about these activities.
We are actively working with our schools to further the reopening of elementary schools and other activities. We ask that you do not contact your child’s school at this time as we continue our planning.
The LBPSB will continue to provide you with important updates on the opening of elementary schools and daycares as soon as they become available.
Looking for support in this time of COVID-19?
In response to COVID-19, the Quebec Government, the Food Banks of Quebec and the Breakfast Club of Canada are working together to support individuals and families facing food insecurity. If you need food assistance, please visit our website: https://sites.google.com/lbpearson.ca/ssdresources/essential-resources. Resources are listed by borough so you can contact the food bank closest to you. You can also contact the principal at your child’s school, and they will direct you to nearby resources.
Being adequately fed contributes to good health. The difficult situation we are currently experiencing because of COVID-19 may increase your need to seek help. Do not be shy to reach out, should you need it.
Help lines and services
Our Student Services Department has created a list of resources to help you cope with COVID-19. Please visit our website https://sites.google.com/lbpearson.ca/ssdresources/youth-help-lines for more information.
Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Do not be shy to reach out for help, should you need it.
Your health is important to us!
The Administration of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
April 8th Letter to Parents from Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education and Higher Education
Please use the links below to read either the English or French version of the letter issued to parents by the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Jean-François Roberge.
Update - April 7th
Retrieval of personal effects or learning tools
Our schools and centres remain closed, in accordance with Public Health directives. At this time, it is not possible to visit any of our schools or centres to retrieve personal belongings or devices. We will advise you when it is safe to do so.
Parents and students, you are valued members of our community! Our school teams are arranging to stay in regular contact with you and your child(ren). You can expect to be contacted on a weekly basis by someone from your school to see how you and your child are doing during the shutdown.
Activities for your child
Beginning April 6th, each week you will receive a packet of suggested activities that you may want to do with your child. Please remember these are not required activities; they are offered to you to help your child stay interested and engaged in learning. We recognize that every family’s reality is different and that learning at home is not the same as learning at school. While there is no expectation of direct instruction or evaluation by teachers, your child’s school will keep in contact with you during the shutdown.
The Lester B. Pearson School Board has created some resources and materials for you. Make it a habit to visit these websites often as they are regularly updated by our professionals.
The Ministry of Education is also updating its webpage regularly so check that out as well: https://ecoleouverte.ca/en/
The health of our community is our number one priority. Please remember to stay safe and stay positive.
The Administration of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
More information is available on the Government of Canada's website:
Link to website on providing emergency daycare services
|Vulnerable Populations and COVID-19|
|Handwashing: Health Canada|
|How to Talk to Kids (National Association of School Psychologists)|
|How to Talk to Kids (U.S. Center for Disease Control)|