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