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In greater Montreal area Schools will be closed until September

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Published on May 14, 2020 with No Comments

Premier François Legault announced Montreal is too vulnerable to pandemic to allow schools to open before fall.

Quebec is delaying the reopening of schools in the greater Montreal area until September.

At a news conference Thursday in Montreal, Premier François Legault said the metropolitan Montreal region has not seen the reduction in hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 needed to allow schools and daycares to be reopened safely. 

He said it’s possible children won’t be back in school before the end of September, and students with special needs may return even later in the year.

Except for essential service workers — who already have daycare service — daycares in the region will reopen on June 1. However, Legault said that would only be the case if public health conditions allow it.

The greater Montreal area, which includes Laval and both shores of the St. Lawrence, has a population of 4.2 million people and is made up of 82 municipalities, including three of Quebec’s four biggest cities: Montreal, Laval and Longueuil.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante welcomed Legault’s announcement.

“We know that the situation is still fragile in Montreal,” Plante said. 

She said the city will be looking at ways to offer resources to parents and children as they spend another four months at home.

 

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