COVID-19 March 26th Message for Parents

Message for Parents – March 26, 2020

Dear Parents,

As it stands now all schools and centres will remain closed until May 1st 2020. 

In our efforts to stay in touch and keep you informed, we wanted to clarify some information concerning the closure of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

School phone lines:

With the closure of schools, our personnel are not at the school, therefore no one is available  to answer the phone. If you need to get a message to your child’s school, please use the contact form on the school board website and we will redirect your message. 

School access:

At this time school and centre buildings are not accessible to students and parents. How and when access to schools/centres may be granted is yet to be worked out so that personal  belongings can be picked up.

Outstanding Fees:

For the time being, for all outstanding school related fees any post dated cheques sent to your school will not be cashed. We realize that for many their economic situation has changed. The school will be in touch with you at a later date to settle the accounts.  Some examples of the fees are: noon hour supervision, daycare, consumables, concentrations, cafeteria, extra-curricular activities).

Registrations:

We are currently looking at putting in place a process to centralize new student registrations while our schools are closed. Therefore, if you or someone you know wishes to register their child in an ETSB school for the 2020-2021 school year, please send an email to

School Work:

When the closure of schools was announced, the Premier was very clear with both students and teachers that school work was suspended. We can assure you that this was not taken lightly by our teachers and pedagogical personnel. This was not a choice but a necessary measure taken by the government to help slow the spread of COVID- 19 and to try and keep our students and staff safe. In the meantime we realize that many teachers have taken it upon themselves, on a voluntary basis, to keep in touch with students either to just keep in contact or to provide some extra work that students could do if they want to maintain what has already been taught. On March 23, the Education Minister announced that school closures would be extended until May 1st, and that the ministry in collaboration with schools would look at options on how students and parents could access work if they so choose to. This work would be designed keeping in mind that parents should not replace teachers and are not expected to. We are working in collaboration with the ministry on this dossier, and as we have more information, we will share it with you. 

Mental Health Messages:

We realize that everyone is dealing with an increased amount of stress during this crisis. The Centre for Excellence for Mental Health, has created  postcards with some helpful information on how to deal with it. You can access the postcard here, download it and print it.

 

http://www.etsb.qc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/POSTCARD_March2020.pdf

As always we want to thank you for your cooperation, patience and understanding during this very difficult time.  We will do our best to keep you informed with timely and accurate information. We will continue to send emails to all parents, as well as post on our website under the COVID-19 page and breaking news on our Facebook page, to try and reach all parents as effectively as possible. We also invite you to visit the Quebec Government’s site on COVID-19, where you can access various topics including a Q & A section.

 

Please follow the recommendations from public health, and stay healthy and safe. Together we can make a difference and stay strong.

 

Michel Soucy,

ETSB Interim Director General