Montreal dad and mom, lecturers rally in opposition to Quebec’s back-to-school plan


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Bodily distancing and frequent hand washing shall be beneficial, however masks won’t be obligatory contained in the classroom and solely required in widespread areas as soon as college students get to Grade 5.

The federal government has confused the advantages of in-class studying and that its plan was developed by greater than a dozen medical doctors, together with pediatricians.

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However a number of dad and mom in attendance Sunday took difficulty with not having a selection just like the one supplied in Ontario, saying they really feel their arms are tied whereas weighing their kids’s well being in opposition to their schooling.

“We don’t have a selection as dad and mom,” stated Paul Robichaud, who attended the rally along with his two daughters, ages 12 and 9.

The household held indicators saying “We get to selected in the event that they keep dwelling” and “Children must put on masks all day, to maintain COVID at bay.”

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Ellie-Rose Robichaud, front, and her sister Julianne take part in a protest outside the Montreal office of Quebec's education minister on Fullum Street on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Parents, students and school were at the rally  to express their concerns and their frustrations with the back-to-school plan.
Ellie-Rose Robichaud, entrance, and her sister Julianne with their indicators. Pierre Obendrauf/Montreal Gazette

Robichaud stated he nonetheless hasn’t determined whether or not his daughters shall be in attendance come the primary day of faculty.

He feels the federal government’s plan falls in need of the beneficial security measures — “Sporting no masks goes to be a catastrophe,” he stated — and hopes it is going to be adjusted to supply a better distanced-learning option.

“The dad and mom who wish to preserve their children dwelling as a result of it’s not secure, we will’t achieve this,” Robichaud stated. “And if we do preserve them dwelling, if we by some means handle to, they’re going to fall behind as a result of they’re not getting the identical program as their friends.”

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Protesters take part in protest outside the Montreal office of Quebec's education minister on Fullum Street on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Parents, students and school were at the rally  to express their concerns and their frustrations with the back-to-school plan.
Individuals participate in protest outdoors the Montreal workplace of Quebec’s schooling minister on Fullum St. on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Mother and father, college students and faculty have been on the rally to specific their issues and their frustrations with the back-to-school plan. Pierre Obendrauf/Montreal Gazette

Organizers of Sunday’s rally stated years of austerity and the provincial authorities neglecting the schooling system has solely made the state of affairs worse.