Monday, May 11 is the date that many Quebec elementary school students return to class for the first time in two months. The schools, as well as daycares and preschools, are opening outside the Montreal metropolitan community (CMM) with strict rules in place to safeguard the health of teachers, staff, and students. Students will walk into vastly different environments as a result.\nAttendance is not compulsory and only 15 pupils are allowed in each class.\nSchools are further installing measures to enforce social distancing.\nNon-essential common areas, including cafeterias, are closed. Schedules have been retooled to minimize contact between students and ensure that they remain in designated groups.\nAt École du Triolet, in Saint-Colomban, in the Laurentians, the staff has been preparing for the return of students for several days now.\nPosters displaying hygiene reminders, rearrangements of school furniture, and thorough cleanings are now all part of the regular school day.\nHere's an overview of what's in store for students as they return to class.\nAt the entrance to the school, instructions are clearly posted.\nCourtesy of Katia Gervais\nThe first sign asks students to wash their hands, remain two meters away from other individuals, avoid physical contact, sneeze and cough into their elbows, and throw their tissues in the trash.\nThe sign in pink makes clear that free movement within the school is forbidden.\nCourtesy of Katia Gervais\nPhysical distancing reminders now mark the corridors.\nCourtesy of Katia Gervais\nNon-essential common areas are closed.\nIn the classrooms, each student has a designated zone.\nCourtesy of Katia Gervais\nAuthorities also recommend that children "always be kept in the same group, in the same room, at the same desk, and staff should always have the same group of pupils."\nCourtesy of Katia Gervais\nMeals will take place in classrooms or outside to avoid travel.\nRecess schedules have been revised to minimize contact between student groups. Moreover, teachers will divide students into sub-groups to further control access to the schoolyard.\nDe nouvelles trousses d’outils virtuelles pour les employeurs et les travailleurs des milieux de l’éducation et des services de garde sont en ligne sur notre site Web. Consultez-les! https://t.co/mlW3mNoSpo pic.twitter.com/DoFJRBzsd9— CNESST (@CNESST) May 4, 2020\nThese measures are only a sample of all the instructions that must be followed by both staff and students.\nOne thing is certain: this will be a schoolyear not soon forgotten.\nStay tuned for more news.\nThis article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.