As of January 9, 2021, the entirety of Quebec is now a red zone except for Nunavik and the Cree territory of James Bay. Going to school in a red zone during a pandemic means lots of rules: masks, bubbles, distancing…
Stable bubbles everywhere, at all times
All schools in red zones must continue applying the single bubble system. This means students cannot participate in extracurriculars, inter-school activities, or school outings.
Special concentrations and pedagogical programs (i.e. arts programs and sports programs) must also use a single bubble system. Activities with multiple bubbles are allowed if two meters are maintained between the bubbles and public health rules (hand washing, coughing into elbow, etc.) are followed.
Mandatory masks everywhere, with exceptions
Students in the 5th and 6th grade as well as students in secondary school must always wear their mask while at school. This includes outside on school grounds and while in class.
Students in secondary school must wear a surgical mask.
Students in other grades must also wear their mask while in corridors and other common areas. It is not mandatory while in class. Students in kindergarten are not required to follow this rule.
Lunch, bus, daycare: added rules
Students must now eat lunch in their classrooms if possible or in the cafeteria. In the cafeteria, students must sit in their bubbles and maintain two meters between students from other bubbles.
On the bus, students must have an assigned seat. To the extent possible, students must sit alone. They must also wear a mask.
School daycare activities must also respect bubbles. If students from different bubbles are together, they must remain two meters apart or be separated by a physical barrier.
Special rule for Sec 3, Sec 4, and Sec 5: remote learning every other day
Students in Sec 3, Sec 4, and Sec 5 will continue alternating virtual and in-person attendance at school.
More for legal information about COVID-19, please see our special guide.