Quebec education minister set to make announcement on school measures

JEAN-FRANCOIS ROBERGE

By Daniel J. Rowe, CTV Montreal

With elementary schools set to reopen Monday and secondary schools the week after, Quebec Minister of Education Jean-Francois Roberge will address the province for the first time in 2021 Friday at 11 a.m.

The minister plans to make an announcement concerning additional measures for schools to curb the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The most recent update on novel coronavirus cases in schools published Wednesday reports that there are 259 confirmed active cases in the public school system (184 students, 74 staff members) and 41 in the private school system (29 students, 12 staff).

The total number of schools that have reported at least one positive COVID-19 case is 199.

From the beginning of the school year to Dec. 22, 2020, the province reported 21,410 positive cases (17,372 students, 4,038 parents) in both public and private schools. 

Many voices have criticized the government's decision to reopen schools as COVID-19 cases rise.

CJAD 800 will provide live coverage of the education minister's announcement at 11 a.m.

Click here to listen to political analyst Tom Mulcair on CJAD 800 radio: Why is the CAQ government not listening to science when it comes to schools?

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