Extended holiday break for students: an idea that is not unanimous in Bas-Saint-Laurent

The possible extension of the holiday break for Quebec students is not unanimous in Bas-Saint-Laurent where the school network is currently spared by the virus.

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Although the situation can change quickly, there is currently only one class, throughout the Bas-Saint-Laurent territory, which is in isolation.

Thus, on Friday, the day after the announcement by the Premier of Quebec, François Legault, several parents from Rimouski were questioning the measure, raising various concerns.

“I think they should close every [région], we are not currently affected so I do not understand why we would close schools here, ”said a mother to TVA Nouvelles.

“Of course, at home my children have less motivation and they have no difficulties, so I imagine what it must be for parents who have children who have difficulties at school” , said another mother from Rimouski.

The president of the Education Union of the region of Mitis, Jean-François Gaumond, specifies that the teachers would have liked to be consulted upstream.

“[Le gouvernement] always throws balloons in the media to see the reactions and, then, they gauge according to the reaction to see if they will go ahead or not ”, he launched, adding that it is the professors who undergo then the consequences of these changes.

“If we take two weeks away from them to finalize their stage, it is sure that it will have consequences on their work and on their students too,” concluded Mr. Gaumond.

The member for Rimouski, Harold LeBel, for his part deplores the lack of information when such scenarios are presented to the population.

“I would like to understand. I would like to have the opinion of public health, more precisely here in the orange zone. This is what is complicated at the moment there are political decisions based on opinions that we have not seen. If we want people to buy in, we have to understand better, ”said Harold LeBel.

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