COVID-19 — Information on Sanitary Measures and Prevention Protocols

A wealth of information regarding our sanitary measures and health protocols can be found further down this page, below this latest update from our Secretary General.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you are likely aware, Premier Legault held a press conference yesterday, during which he announced a series of new measures related to Covid-19. Please visit the Québec website to access the full breakdown of the new measures (please note that paragraph 9 under the Secondary Education tab should read: ‘students in secondary 3, 4, and 5’, and not ‘grades 3, 4, and 5).

The following measures are in effect for our schools and centres:

Preschool and Elementary Schools

  • Preschool and elementary school students will resume classes on January 11th, according to the school calendar
  • Preschoolers do not have to wear face coverings
  • Students in grades 1-4 must wear face coverings at all times in the following areas: on school buses, in common areas, in the corridors, and on school grounds
  • Students in grades 5 and 6 must wear face coverings at all times: on the school buses, in common areas, in the corridors, on school grounds and in the classroom

Updated Friday January 8: Please take note of the following change to the measures, as announced by Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge:

  • Students in elementary schools are not required to wear face coverings while outside on school grounds.

Secondary Schools

  • Secondary school students will stay home, and distance learning services will be offered according to the normal schedule up to and including January 15, 2021, according to the school calendar
  • Students will resume classes on-site as of Monday, January 18th
  • All students must wear procedure masks at all times in the school and on school grounds, as well as on school buses
  • The school will provide each student with two procedure masks per day
  • As of January 18th, students in secondary 3, 4, and 5 (grades 9, 10, and 11) will attend in-school classes on a one-day-in/one-day-out rotation; that is to say that students will attend school one day and receive distance learning the following day. Individual schools will provide the details regarding school schedules
  • The rotating schedule does not apply to students in the Work-Oriented Training Pathway Pre-Work and Semi-Specialized), Lifeskills Centres, and specialized classes

Adult and Vocational Education Centres

  • Students in Adult and Vocational Education will resume classes on Monday, January 18th
  • Students must wear procedure masks in the centre and on centre grounds at all times


George Singfield
Secretary General and Director of Corporate Services and Communication

During these unprecedented and challenging times, the Western Québec administration has provided a wealth of information, policies and tools for its staff, students and their families. You will find all general information on this page.
Our 4 most read updates:

Fall 2020 Return to School Information & Policies >

Bus Transportation upon Return to School >

Information regarding Students Medical Exemptions >

Homeschooling v/s Distance Learning for Students with Medical Exemptions >

Please find below the Minister’s COVID-19 Back to School Plan and a Question and Answers document from Public Health.


Anyone requiring information regarding their own health are asked to call 1-877- 644-4545 or visit qué


All COVID-19 Memoranda

Below are all our boardwide letters to parents, from latest to earliest, related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the policies it led to. The information in these letters may no longer apply.

All questions should be addressed to

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