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