During his press conference on April 27, Premier François Legault announced that certain Quebec schools could reopen again as soon as May 11, if the situation permits.\nThis includes elementary schools and daycares in the province.\nRead the hygiene measures that these schools will need to follow below.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nOn Monday, April 27, the provincial government announced the gradual reopening of certain schools in Quebec. If the number of COVID-19 cases in Quebec remains steady during the upcoming days, some elementary and preschool students in the province will be able to return to school in May. But, high school, cégep, and university students won't be returning until September. Certain hygiene measures have been announced to ensure everyone's safety once the schools reopen.\nAs of May 11, preschool and elementary schools outside the Montreal Metropolitan Area may be reopening their doors. For schools within the metropolitan, the return will take place on May 19. This is, of course, if the situation permits.\n"Life must go on," Premier Legault noted when talking about the need to reopen schools for the sake of children's well-being.\nThe Minister of Education and Higher Education of Quebec, Jean-François Roberge, unveiled more specific details about the measures that will have to be taken in these schools at a press briefing held late this afternoon, Monday.\nWe have listed the main points to remember.\nRoberge made a tweet regarding the subject of Quebec schools reopening.\nLa réouverture de nos écoles se fera de manière progressive, prudente, et non-obligatoire. Notre plan, avalisé par la Santé publique, permettra à nos élèves, particulièrement les plus vulnérables, de compléter leurs apprentissages tout en minimisant les risques. #Assnat pic.twitter.com/4ijBawUqZC— Jean-F. Roberge (@jfrobergeQc) April 27, 2020\nTranslation: "The reopening of our schools will be gradual, cautious and non-compulsory. Our plan, endorsed by Public Health, will allow our students, especially the most vulnerable, to complete their learning while minimizing the risks."\nThe distancing measures recommended by public health authorities will have to be respected.\nThe total number of students that may be in the same class should be kept to a maximum of 15.\nfrancoislegault.pm | Instagram\nThe distance between the students should also be at least two metres.\nNew standards will also be applied in school buses, including barriers to protect drivers.\nThe Minister also recalled that the return to classes will be "on a voluntary basis" and that those who consider it more appropriate to continue education at home will be able to do so.\nThe latter will have access to distance learning assistance.\nAnnonce du plan de réouverture graduelle des écoles primaires et services de gardeAujourd’hui, on annonce notre plan de réouverture graduelle des écoles primaires et des services de garde, un plan appuyé par la Santé publique.\n\nCette réouverture va se faire seulement si la situation reste sous contrôle, en particulier dans nos hôpitaux. On annonce notre plan à l’avance pour que le monde puisse se préparer, mais si on voit que la situation n’est plus sous contrôle, on va repousser l’échéance.\n\n🎥Écoutez notre point de presse pour tous les détails 👇Posted by François Legault on Monday, April 27, 2020\nRoberge invited students with learning difficulties to try to return to school in order for them to receive optimal assistance that will enable them to succeed.\nThose who are more vulnerable and those with symptoms of the disease will also have to comply with certain rules.\n"For health and safety reasons, any person, student or staff member, who has a health vulnerability should not return to school until further notice," says the news release issued by the Office of the Minister of Education and Higher Education.\nIn addition, students or staff members "with symptoms of COVID-19 [will be] banned from school for a period of 14 days."\nIf these situations involve a student, the ministry states that "educational and vocational support will be provided."\n"Elementary schools and child care services are being reopened for social reasons and because the situation is under control. We will continue to analyze the situation every day and adjust if necessary," Legault wrote in a tweet.\nEducational child care services will also be reopened.\n"The educational child care network will be gradually reopened, first on the list of priority jobs, then according to the timetable for reopening sectors of the Quebec economy," the Minister's office says.\nfrancoislegault.pm | Instagram\nSupport for those who must pursue their courses at a distance will also be improved.\nDigital equipment will be lent to those who need it.\n15,000 iPad LTEs have even been reserved with Apple for school boards that want to obtain them.\nSuppliers will make equipment with a cellular connection available and Telus will provide it free of charge until June 30 for these devices.\nFinally, the Ministry has reached an agreement with TELUQ University, which offers distance learning.\nTeachers who wish to have access to it will be able to educate themselves free of charge about technology education and distance learning.\nThis article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.