A Montreal elementary school has been closed since yesterday because “several students” have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past two weeks.
The Sainte-Odile school, in Cartierville, will be closed until Friday, confirms the Center for School Services of Montreal (CSSDM).
The Magazine obtained the letter sent to parents on Monday evening by the Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal (DRSP).
“During the past 14 days, several students at your school have been diagnosed with COVID-19,” the letter reads. Therefore, a “temporary closure” was recommended “given the impact of administrative segregation on the management of the establishment.”
Neither the CSSDM nor the DRSP wanted to specify the exact number of positive cases or the circumstances that led to these outbreaks and the decision to close the 530-student facility.
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Sainte-Odile was not one of the schools selected to access the rapid screening tests, says Alain Perron from the CSSDM communications office.
Also, distance education will not start until Thursday for Sainte-Odile students whose class was not yet closed, we can read in an email sent by the school on Monday.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Minister Jean-François Roberge promised that in the event of a class or school closure, the network could “switch” to distance education within 24 hours.
However, the maximum time to change is rather 48 hours, specifies the Ministry of Education in the document detailing the instructions and dated September 17.
Hundreds of devices
“Less than 48 hours, that is the obligation. But in fact, sometimes teachers start faster, ”says Kathleen Legault, president of the Montreal Association of School Directors.
This deadline is more realistic, he explains, in particular to give students time to pick up the equipment they left at school or to distribute the technological devices to young people who do not have them.
“For example, in the school I ran, you had to implement 500 devices,” he illustrates.
At the time of publication, the Ministry of Education had not responded to our questions.
According to the latest report from the ministry, as of Monday there were two schools closed or partially closed throughout the province.
The other closed school accounted for in this report is undoubtedly Cœur-Immaculé, in Sherbrooke, which was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
-With the QMI Agency