After public health officials decided to gradually reopen Quebec schools, teacher's unions across the province expressed concerns about the government's decision. Premier François Legault announced that elementary schools and daycares would welcome students back on May 11 in most regions of Quebec. In the Montreal metropolitan area, including Laval, those schools will open on May 19.\nThe government acknowledged the concerns of both teachers and parents at its April 27 press briefing and Education Minister Jean-François Roberge assured that all schools will follow strict public health guidelines.\nBut many teachers' unions, including the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers (QPAT), the Fédération Autonome de l'Enseignment (FAE), and the Fédération des Syndicats de l'Enseignment-CSQ (FSE-CSQ) have raised questions about the prospect of reopening.\nThe FAE, for instance, has denounced "the announcement by the government of François Legault to gradually reopen primary schools in Quebec" because teachers were not "consulted or informed."\nIt's also dubious about the science behind the concept of "natural immunity."\nIt argues that the government has some explaining to do.\nThe consortium of unions at the FSE-CSQ agrees.\n"There are still hundreds of logistical questions that need to be answered, particularly with regard to the health and safety of staff, students and their families," said Sonia Ethier, President of the CSQ.\nView this post on Instagram Pour moi, il y a cinq principales raisons pour rouvrir graduellement nos écoles primaires et nos services de garde. 1️⃣C’est d’abord pour le bien de nos enfants. C’est important que nos enfants ne soient pas privés d’école pendant six mois, surtout ceux qui ont des difficultés d’apprentissage. 2️⃣La deuxième raison, c’est que les risques de conséquences graves sont faibles. On suggère aux enfants et aux parents qui ont des problèmes de santé de rester à la maison. 3️⃣ La troisième raison, c’est que nos hôpitaux ne sont pas surchargés et qu’on va pouvoir bien s’occuper des personnes malades. 4️⃣ La quatrième raison, c’est que la Santé publique a donné son accord. On se base sur la science. 5️⃣La cinquième raison, c’est que la vie doit continuer. Les experts ne pensent pas qu’il va y avoir de vaccin avant 12 ou 18 mois, et la situation sera donc la même à l’automne. Ça va faire du bien à beaucoup d’enfants de revoir leurs amis et leur enseignant avant ça. On rouvre les écoles et les services de garde pour des raisons sociales et parce que la situation est sous contrôle. On va continuer d’analyser la situation chaque jour et on va s’ajuster si c’est nécessaire. Glisse la photo à gauche pourbles détails de ces réouvertures 👉🏻 A post shared by François Legault (@francoislegault.pm) on Apr 27, 2020 at 2:00pm PDT\nSylvain Mallette, president of the FAE said that "obviously, Prime Minister François Legault has been developing this plan for some time, while the teachers have not been involved."\n"In fact, the government of Quebec uses the network of public primary schools and vocational training centers to build collective immunity and revive Quebec's economic activity. We will not accept that the teachers are not protected and that they go to the front without armour."\nIn a message posted to YouTube, QPAT President Heidi Yetman responded to the government's decision to reopen schools and addressed the concerns of teachers across Quebec.\n"I have to say these press conferences have created more questions than answers," said Yetman. "Our job at QPAT is to make sure the teachers are safe — and we have many concerns."\n"As a society, we've been told for over a month that if you stay home, you'll be safe. And now, we're being told it's time to leave our home."\nA Message From QPAT President Heidi Yetman: Monday April 27, 2020https://t.co/Q7XnwvX2fZ pic.twitter.com/pkupJeao2j— QPAT/APEQ (@QPATAPEQ) April 28, 2020\n"For many of you, your working conditions were already difficult before the pandemic and the return will not be easy," stressed Yetman.\nQPAT REFLECTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE EVENTUAL REOPENING OF SCHOOLS IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMICNow available on the QPAT website COVID-19 page:https://t.co/vaLS12pjFx______________________— QPAT/APEQ (@QPATAPEQ) April 24, 2020\n"We are told that public education is essential for students. I wonder if the government will remember that in the future."\nShould worse come to worst, the government hasn't ruled out closing schools or businesses again.