School support staff at the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île ask that the reopening of schools be postponed

4 May 2020

The Syndicat du soutien en éducation de la Pointe-de-l’Île (SSÉPÎ), an affiliate of the CSQ, is asking the government to postpone the reopening of schools in the territory of the Montreal Metropolitan Community (MMC).

School support staff are precious partners

Since the onset of the health crisis, the SSÉPÎ has been encouraging its members to contribute to the collective effort.  “We have kept the emergency daycare services open with all the difficulties that entailed.  Many of our members have also volunteered to help in the health sector,” says SSÉPÎ-CSQ President Stéphane Soumis.

“Considering the magnitude of the current situation, however, it seems premature to talk about a short-term reopening of schools in the territory of the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île (CSPI). This territory includes the problematic boroughs of Montreal North and Rivière-des -Prairies,” says Soumis. “Obviously, we will continue to work with our service center to make sure we are prepared for an eventual reopening of schools.  But we hope that Public Health authorities can regain control of the situation well before we consider reopening!”

The Fédération du personnel de soutien scolaire (FPSS-CSQ) agrees

The FPSS-CSQ is also asking the Premier of Québec to reconsider his plan to reopen schools in the Montreal region, which will affect many of its members.

“We want to continue to collaborate with the government to ensure that the resumption of classes goes well for the staff as well as for the children.  But it’s hard for us right now to envisage a safe reopening of schools in the Montreal Metropolitan Community while the health crisis is so acute,” says FPSS-CSQ President Éric Pronovost.  “Why not decide now to postpone the reopening scheduled for May 19 to a future date?  This would allow everyone to catch their breath and ensure the health of more people.  Especially since support staff have been on the frontlines since the onset of this health crisis,” says Pronovost.