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A Petition To Delay Reopening Quebec Schools Has Gone Viral

Daycares and elementary schools are set to open in May.
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A Petition To Delay Reopening Quebec Schools Until September Has Gone Viral

The government has announced a plan to gradually reopen daycares and elementary schools but some residents are pushing back. A petition on asks officials to delay all Quebec school openings to September. It has already garnered over 250,000 signatures.

A September opening for primary schools would put them on the same schedule as high schools, cégeps, and universities, which will not welcome students back until the beginning of the fall semester.

"It would be unacceptable to endanger the lives of children and young people by opening daycare centres and schools in May," the petition states.

"Let us make the Government of Quebec realize that opening schools and daycare centres in May is unrealistic and dangerous for children, families, and their caregivers."

At the announcement of the gradual reopening, however, Legault stated that his government is moving forward with the knowledge that "serious consequences for children, even for those under 60, are limited."

Attendance will also not be mandatory.

The Premier previously stated that "it would not be a good idea to wait until September 1 to return 1 million children to schools at the same time" and risk a second outbreak wave.

But petitioners argue that "we must contain the curve and wait until the situation has improved."

"Since children are vectors of the disease (very often asymptomatic), they will bring the virus home and infect the parents, who will, in turn, infect other adults!" 

They also say the "rules of distancing in schools are almost impossible to respect."

"Economic pressure should in no way take precedence over health," they conclude.

Teachers' unions in Quebec have also expressed reservations about the government's plan to reopen in May.

The Fédération Autonome de l'Enseignment (FAE) has outright denounced the decision, citing a lack of consultation with educators.

Others, like the Fédération des Syndicats de l'Enseignment-CSQ (FSE-CSQ) and Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers (QPAT) are raising concerns about the safety of their members.

Both Legault and his deputy Geneviève Guilbault have made clear that the government is prepared to intervene and postpone openings if evidence shows that it has a negative impact on the health of the population.

Stay tuned for more news.

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