Extended holiday school break: private schools want to be able to teach online

Worried about the success of students, private schools want to be able to give virtual lessons if the authorities force schools to close their doors longer for the holiday break.

“There are already three days that have been taken away (to give more training to teachers). Every day counts for student success, ”said Federation of Private Educational Institutions (FEEP) President David Bowles.

It is for this reason that he is demanding the right, for schools that are ready to do so, to teach the additional two weeks of leave at a distance, if Public Health decrees a compulsory closure of one month.

David Bowles also fears that an extended school break allowing families to meet in small numbers at Christmas and New Year’s Day will not have the desired effect.

Spread the virus further

“I am also afraid that it will only be fourteen more days of regroupings. We know that not all of the population is listening at the moment, so if that’s the case, it’s really unfortunate to close schools for two more weeks and that in the end, we’re just spreading the virus more. », He pleads.

According to him, the possibility of taking back the lost courses at the end of June-beginning of July is far from simple. “Maybe it will be difficult to organize, difficult to negotiate that with the central unions.”

Public schools too

School administrators in the public network are also calling for online education for their students if schools were to extend their closure for the holiday season.

“If we got there, it takes distance education,” says Carl Ouellet, president of the Association québécoise du personnel de direction des écoles, in light of a survey carried out on Friday among its members on this subject. .

Mr. Ouellet says that in the majority of cases, schools “would be able to turn around quickly enough” to find computer equipment for all students, even if the situation may be more problematic in some places.

Even though it might be an imperfect solution, distance education would be much more beneficial for students than a complete shutdown for a month, argues Ouellet.

The school principals surveyed also oppose the extension of the school year until July, mentioned by Prime Minister François Legault on Thursday.


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