Migration is for the birds, not for students!

Migration is for the birds, not for students!

One week into the reopening of most Quebec schools, it seems that some school boards are already losing the good habits recommended by public health authorities.

In normal times, the number of students per group in a daycare fluctuates depending on the time of day.  Since students do not arrive or leave at the same time, it is not always necessary to maintain the composition of groups, as long as the ratio of one educator per twenty students is respected.  Thus, at the end of the day, there are often only a few groups remaining.

But for the reopening of schools, public health recommended that students remain in the same classroom for lunch as well as daycare, and that subgroups remain the same.  And this, with a ratio of one educator to 15 students. This directive reduces the risk of contamination.

However, since several regions have a low rate of positive tests for COVID-19, some managers think their establishments present a lower risk for students and staff.  And so there seems to be a relaxation of certain directives, including student migration within a daycare.

I believe this sort of student migration does not conform to public health recommendations.  If a person develops symptoms, you need to react quickly.  If students are easily moving from one room to another, it will be more difficult to track individuals who have been in contact with the infected person.  It is therefore very important that managers comply with public health directives.  They are the experts on whom we need to place our trust.

In solidarity,

Éric Pronovost
FPSS-CSQ President

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