Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Montreal-Area Schools Won't Reopen Until The Next School Year

Legault made the announcement on Thursday.
Staff Writer
Montreal-Area Schools Won't Reopen Until September

At his daily COVID-19 press briefing, Premier François Legault, accompanied by Mayor Valérie Plante, announced that Montreal-area schools won't reopen until the beginning of the next school year, in late August or September. This is the second postponement for the reopening of elementary schools, which were originally projected to open in the Montreal metropolitan community (CMM) on May 19 and then on May 25.

The reopening of daycares has also been pushed back to June.

The postponement for elementary schools puts them on the same schedule as high schools, cégeps, and universities across the province.

Some Montreal-area universities such as McGill have already made the decision to move their fall semesters online.

While some retail businesses are set to reopen in Montreal on May 25, Legault made clear that that might still change as the situation on the island evolves. 

Public health is keeping a close eye on the situation, described by Legault as "fragile." 

Mayor Plante said she supports the decision to cancel the school year.

"We [...] know that the risk of contamination can be more [significant] through students and the school systems. So I agree with that decision," she said.

"We will be talking about how we will offer some options for families and kids who might be dealing with stress or other issues related [to] the pandemic [and] the cancelling of the school year."

"We have to go through this together without leaving anyone behind," she concluded.

Officials have been making a more pronounced distinction between what Legault called the "worrisome" situation in Montreal and the rest of the province, where schools and businesses have already started to reopen.

According to data from May 12, seven boroughs count over 1,000 total cases: Ahuntsic–Cartierville (1,671), Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (1,633), Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (1,591), Montréal-Nord (1,857), Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles (1,561), Rosemont–La Petite Patrie (1,126), and Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension (1,435).

Stay tuned for more news.

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.