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COVID19

Here are questions and answers that you may find helpful given the current pandemic. It should be noted that the information below may change over time as public health authorities and the Ministry of Education issue new guidelines. 

Let’s act responsibly to prevent the spread of the virus. This is a battle we must wage together in order to ensure the health and safety of our fellow citizens. For this reason, we are asking parents to strongly encourage their child to avoid any social contact off-campus (other than with members of their family bubble).

GENERAL INFORMATION

1. The current situation is giving rise to a host of concerns and questions from parents.

We are well aware that both students and parents may experience a degree of anxiety and concern over the current situation. We have made it our goal to minimize these feelings by remaining flexible, staying attuned to developments, and keeping the lines of communication open with our community of parents.

It should be noted that, as a school, we are required to comply with clear guidelines in order to ensure the safety of both students and staff. To this end, we rigorously comply with recommendations issued by public health authorities, which are responsible for steering educational establishments through this process. We must therefore defer entirely to their decisions, which can often change quickly. For this reason, we are asking for your understanding.

Moreover, in an effort to further increase the level of safety in our school, wherever possible, we have gone beyond the "minimum" requirements, adopting additional precautionary and safety measures. In addition, we have worked and collaborated with our teachers and employees as well as our colleagues in the private and public sectors to gather as much information, data and ideas as possible, so as to identify any additional measures and protocols we could implement for the benefit and safety of our students.

2. What is Villa Maria’s plan of action should high schools be required to close again for an unspecified period of time?

In the event of a school closing, the students' class schedule will be maintained, and Distance Learning will be provided in a synchronized manner. This will enable students to access all of their scheduled courses remotely.

3. What support measures have been implemented should my child find it difficult to adapt to this new reality at the School?

A support and monitoring system has been developed and implemented for students who need it. Our team of professionals, as well as the Assistant Director of Educational Services, take whatever measures are required to ensure this support on a daily basis.

4. Are there plans to have students arrive at different times?

All our students must be in class by 8:00 a.m., as the first period starts at 8:05 a.m. 

5. What constitutes a medical certificate allowing my child to benefit from remote learning?

The Ministry of Education requires that students who have a doctor’s certificate confirming that they or a family member has a medical condition be entitled to Distance Learning from home.

Physicians have received a list of eligible medical conditions making it possible for vulnerable students to benefit from remote learning. 

The medical certificate must identify the condition and include a recommendation of remote learning. 

If you have a medical certificate and would like your child to receive online instruction during Covid-19, please complete this form.

6. Where could I obtain more information on the Ministry of Education’s plan for back-to-school?

Go to the government website at: https://www.quebec.ca/en/education/organization-educational-activities-covid-19/

7. Are students required to wear a mask in class?

All students, as well as all personnel, are required to wear a mask during class time, in school and outdoors on campus grounds.

However, students may remove their mask during their physical education classes and when eating a meal or snack.

Should public health guidelines change, the School will comply.

8. Can parents and visitors enter the school if they are wearing a mask?

Yes. Visitors must report to the receptionist upon arrival. All visitors, including parents, are required to wear a mask at all times, except when seated to eat or drink. 

9. Is my child required to disinfect his iPad and other personal effects (ex: backpack) on a daily basis?  

It is recommended that electronic devices be cleaned daily using a wipe soaked in 70% alcohol.

It is recommended that other personal items be washed as often as possible using soap and hot water. 

Washing the protective mask daily is also highly recommended. Exceptionally, procedural masks are provided to students who do not have theirs, in order to bail them out.

It should be noted that hand sanitizing stations are available at all entrances to the school and classrooms. We urge students to wash their hands regularly, as well as bring their own small bottle of hand sanitizer. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES

10. To what does the bubble concept refer?

A bubble refers to a specific group consisting of a set number of students who have been assigned a homeroom for all of their classes. Moreover, students in one bubble cannot be in contact with students from other bubbles, which is why, at lunchtime, students in a given bubble must also eat together in their homeroom.

11. What should I do if my child exhibits one or more of the following symptoms:

Reminder of symptoms

One of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
    • - 38°C (100.4°F) or more (oral temperature)
    • - or 1.1°C above a person’s normal temperature.
  • Loss of the sense of smell or nasal congestion
  • Cough (new or aggravated), shortness of breath, respiratory problems

Two of the following symptoms:

  • sore throat
  • nasal congestion/runny nose
  • intense fatigue
  • significant loss of appetite
  • generalized muscular pain
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal pain.

Should a child experience the above-mentioned symptoms, parents are required to keep that child at home. If symptoms persist beyond 24 hours, they must call public health authorities at 1 877 644-4545 and comply with their instructions. They must then contact the school at covid@villamaria.qc.ca and relay the information they have obtained. 

To return to school, a student must comply with instructions from public health authorities. Further to this, it will be necessary to complete this form before returning.

12. If my child develops COVID-19 or becomes symptomatic, what will happen to his access to learning?

The class schedule of a student capable of participating will be maintained and synchronized Distance Learning will be provided. Students will have access to all their courses as per their class schedule. They will simply use the Google Meet link provided by their teacher on the course PSL page.

Should the student be unable to take classes, you must notify the school of his/her absence, by calling the attendance supervisor at extension 1633 (French Sector) or 1639 (English Sector) or via the attendance module on the Portal.

You may rest assured that we will closely monitor the situation to ensure your child’s academic success once he or she is back in school or able to take classes remotely.

If a student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the case is immediately referred to the public health authorities.

Contact tracing will take place to identify anyone who may be at risk further due to close contact with the symptomatic person.  The public health authorities will also advise the school of the different measures that must be taken and the persons who must be contacted.

Once the results of the public health investigation have been obtained, the school will be in a position to notify those who have been in contact with the symptomatic person, advise them on whether or not they need to isolate for a set period of time and be tested. Villa Maria will also let those involved know when they can return to the school or if they must extend their period of confinement due to the appearance of symptoms. 

13. Who is required to provide masks?

Masks are not provided to students. They are part of material that students are required to obtain for their personal use. Exceptionally, procedural masks are provided to students who do not have one or if it needs to be replaced during the course of the school day.

In the case of school personnel, the government covers the cost of face and eye protection, which Villa Maria is required to distribute.

14. How will Villa Maria disinfect its premises?

Further to COVID-19, all maintenance personnel have been trained in the implementation of required sanitary and preventive measures as well as the use of appropriate tools and methods. Additional personnel have also been deployed to carry out preventive disinfection tasks. 

In the last 5 minutes of the final period of the day, students and teachers disinfect their desks and chairs. In addition, our team disinfects common areas several times a day.  

It should be noted that hand sanitizing stations are installed at all entrances to the school and each classroom allowing students to disinfect their hands. Students are urged to wash or disinfect their hands regularly and to bring their own small bottle of hand sanitizer.  

15. Can teachers distribute material and handouts and collect it for evaluation? 

Yes, but within the same class bubble only, reducing the amount of handling. Teachers must also wash their hands regularly between classes.

16. Can material circulate between school and home?

Yes, since students and school personnel will be complying with strict health measures. However, we are asking students and staff to bring as few items as possible from home. Furthermore, we are seeking the fullest collaboration of parents to ensure that students also comply with health measures at home.  

17. Can students in a class bubble share material (balls, skipping ropes, digital tablet) and equipment (traverse wall, beam)?

Yes, since preventive measures (frequent hand washing, the wearing of masks are applied. Special attention is given to the frequency and effectiveness of the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces most likely to be touched and contaminated. These are cleaned often. In addition, our team disinfects common areas several times a day.

Shared items or equipment are disinfected between each use. These standards are subject to change in keeping with the recommendations of Québec’s public health authorities (Quebec.ca).

18. How are lunch hours being handled?  

Students are required to have lunch in their respective homerooms and only with students in their bubble. Lunchtime monitoring will be ensured by school personnel. For the time being, students are not allowed to eat outdoors, i.e., on school grounds, nor to go home for lunch. Obviously, the mask can be removed when the student is eating lunch or a snack.

Students disinfect their own desk before and after lunch. They must bring a cold lunch, since they will not be able to use the microwaves. Hot and cold lunches are available in the cafeteria and payment by student ID card is recommended to avoid contact. Cash and debit cards can also be used.

19. Must students or personnel stay at home if they have a cold that could possibly be a case of COVID-19?

All students and staff members are responsible for assessing their health condition every day before heading to school.

In fact, before arriving at the school, all staff members are required to complete a health form certifying that they are not exhibiting any of the symptoms of COVID-19.

In addition, Villa Maria is seeking the daily collaboration of parents in this process to ensure that their child is symptom-free and therefore able to go to school. Parents must notify the school by email at covid@villamaria.qc.ca if their child exhibits one or more symptoms.

School administrators have also been trained in the process and methods they must adopt if faced with a potential case of COVID-19. Any staff member or student who exhibits symptoms related to COVID-19 (see question 10 for details) will be denied access to the school until they can confirm that they do not have COVID-19. In addition, anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will need to quarantine for 14 days. Whether it is a staff member or student, the case is immediately transferred and taken over by public health, which will work with the school to identify those who may be at risk, i.e., those who have been in close contact with the symptomatic person. They will advise the school of the various measures to be taken and persons who must be contacted. 

Within the school, all students and staff members are required to comply, to the letter, with all prescribed health measures (social distancing, disinfection of the hands, wearing face masks materials and personal belongings). No breaches of these measures are tolerated. This process helps to significantly reduce the risk of contagion in the school. Parents and the school are jointly responsible for ensuring awareness of health measures.   

It should be noted that we follow the recommendations of public health authorities with regards to the health measures we adopt. Our team assigned to the maintenance of the school sees to it that our premises and equipment are properly and regularly cleaned and disinfected every day.

Special attention is paid to the frequency and effectiveness of the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces mostly often touched, as these are more likely to be contaminated. Moreover, our team disinfects common areas (such as restrooms, the library, etc.) several times a day.   

Our maintenance plan has been updated in keeping with new directives issued by the Ministry of Education and public health authorities.   

20. Will the government of Québec introduce COVID-19 testing in the schools?

There are currently no plans to introduce COVID-19 testing in schools.  

As prescribed by public health authorities, students and staff members who experience symptoms related to COVID-19 must stay at home and notify public health of the situation. 

Parents or staff members involved are also required to contact the school’s administrative team and relay the information provided by public health. They must also stay at home until such time as they can confirm that theirs is not a case of COVID-19. 

21.When can a student who is sick and required to stay at home pending COVID-19 testing return to school?

A student who has a fever must stay at home, regardless of test results. 

Parents must keep their child at home if he exhibits symptoms related to COVID-19. If these symptoms persist beyond 24 hours, they must contact public health authorities at 1 877 644-4545 and comply with their instructions. They must then contact the school and relay the information they received by email to covid@villamaria.qc.ca

Symptomatic students cannot return to school until they have provided the documents and instructions required by public health authorities or until such time as they can confirm that theirs is not a case of COVID-19. In fact, a student can only return to school once he has been authorized to do so by public health authorities. Furthermore, he will be required to complete this form before returning to school.  

It should be noted that anyone who either lives with an individual who has symptoms associated with COVID-19, who has been tested and is awaiting results, or who recently received a positive diagnosis, will be denied access to the school. For example, parents who exhibit symptoms will be required to keep their child at home until they can confirm that theirs is not a case of COVID-19.  

22. If a student in a given bubble has tested positive for COVID-19, will the parents of all students in the class be informed?

When a student has tested positive for COVID-19, the case is immediately taken over by public health authorities, which will work with the school to identify persons who may be at risk, i.e. those who have been in close contact with the symptomatic person. They will also advise the school of the different measures that must be taken and who must be contacted. 

Once the results of the public health investigation have been obtained, the school will be in a position to notify those who have been in contact with the symptomatic person, advise them on whether or not they need to isolate for a set period of time, and if they need to be tested. 

23. What is the acceptable threshold before the school is required to close again?

The decision to close the school rests with the public health authorities. Villa Maria will cooperate fully with public health authorities. 

As a school, we are required to comply with clear guidelines to ensure the safety of both students and staff. We rigorously comply with recommendations issued by public health authorities, which are responsible for steering educational establishments in this process. As a result, we must rely entirely on their decisions, which can often change quickly. For this reason, we ask for your understanding. 

24.If a parent comes home sick — whether or not it is a case of COVID-19 — is the child required to stay home until such time as a diagnosis has been made?

Anyone who either lives with an individual who has symptoms associated with COVID-19, who has been tested and is awaiting results, or who recently received a positive diagnosis, will be denied access to the school. In fact, parents who exhibit symptoms will be required to keep their child at home until they can confirm that theirs is not a case of COVID-19.  

Parents who exhibit symptoms have a duty to contact the COVID-19 line (1 877 644-4545) and comply with the instructions received. They must also contact the school and relay the information they received. 

When parents are required to be tested, their children must stay at home. Supporting documents will be required by the school, as requested by public health.

25. If a member of the personnel were to contract COVID-19, would all students to whom they have taught be required to stay at home and quarantine for 14 days?

It is unlikely that this will be necessary.

In fact, before arriving at the school, all employees are required to complete a form certifying that they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. 

Staff members who experience symptoms must stay at home and call the COVID-19 line. If they are at school when symptoms appear, they must inform the school, leave the establishment and call the COVID-19 line. After calling the COVID-19 line and noting their instructions, they must contact the school and relay the information.  

It should be noted that all employees are required to maintain a distance of 2 metres from students and other members of the staff. Should this not be possible, they must don the appropriate personal protection equipment (wear a mask and eye protection) to ensure everyone’s safety.  

26. Will there be any physical education classes? If so, what measures have been taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Yes. Whenever possible, physical education classes will be held outdoors. Equipment is disinfected between each use. Students may remove their mask during their physical education classes.

27. Do students still have access to placement courses — ex: regular French versus Enriched French? 

All placement courses have been maintained. To this end, students remain in their homeroom while teachers rotate to different class bubbles. Placement classes are therefore given in person and online (eligible students), synchronized with the class schedule. Students required to take classes remotely can simply open the Google Meet link sent by their teacher to access the class live.  

28. Have extra-credit courses been maintained?

Yes, extra-credit courses have been maintained. They are given asynchronously and online.

29. Are academic profile courses and extracurricular activities still being offered?

All academic profile courses have been maintained. In the case of these courses, students remain in their homeroom while teachers rotate to different class bubbles. Academic profile courses are given both in person and online (to authorized students), synchronized with the master schedule.

Extracurricular activities and sports teams that involve a change in students’ class bubbles are not allowed, at least until Monday, November 23, as required by the Ministry of Education.

30. What measures and resources have been implemented to ensure the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, toilets, etc.?

In the last 5 minutes of the final period of the day, students and teachers are required to disinfect their desk and chair. 

In addition, Villa Maria’s maintenance team carries out its disinfection plan as follows:

  • Twice a day
    • Restrooms
    • Doors, frames and handles
    • Handrails
    • Light switches
    • Garbage pick-up
    • Hand sanitizers
  • Once a day
    • Window opening mechanisms
    • Filling cleaning kits in classrooms, offices and common areas 
  • Once a week
    • Disinfecting floors

Floors are also washed daily.

31. What sanitary measures are applied at entrances and exits?

Students and personnel are required to wear a mask at all times on campus grounds as well as inside the school, including classrooms. Hand sanitizing stations are available in key areas of the school (restrooms, cafeteria, classrooms) and at each entrance to ensure that hands are disinfected upon entering and leaving the school every day.  

A self-assessment questionnaire is posted near each entrance, asking anyone with symptoms to refrain from entering and reminding them of social distancing rules. 

Parents are also responsible for monitoring their children’s health on a daily basis and ensuring that they wash their hands before leaving for school.  

Temperatures will not be taken, as this practice is not recommended by the CNESST or public health authorities.

Comings and goings in the school are kept to a minimum. Signs are posted in the hallways reminding everyone to maintain social distancing. 

32. What library services are available?

The library is open throughout the day and students are also able to borrow books. Returned books are quarantined for 72 hours before being put back on the shelves. 

33. What cafeteria services are provided

The cafeteria provides two meal selections daily, one hot and one cold. Preferably, students should use their student ID card to pay for their meal and avoid handling cash, although the latter will be accepted as well as debit cards. Meals are served in prepared boxes to accelerate service and facilitate movement between the service counter and homerooms. 

Social distancing must be respected when accessing the meal service counter and compliance with health measures is monitored.   

34. How is cleanliness ensured in restrooms and is their use restricted?

Restrooms are disinfected twice a day. 

In the restrooms, students must maintain a distance of at least one metre from each other and the number of users at any one time is set to ensure compliance with social distancing measures. 

35. Are physical barriers or screens for desks being considered?

Fixed and removable acrylic barriers (plexiglass) have already been installed in offices where maintaining social distancing is either difficult or impossible.

However, acrylic barriers are not used in classrooms since students are in their own class bubble. 

36. What training is provided on new measures adapted to the realities of COVID-19?

All Villa Maria personnel have received training in the health measures to be adopted.

An isolation room is available at all times to accommodate a student who may exhibit one or more of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 while at school.  

Supervisors will be trained to oversee these students until their parent or guardian arrives. In the presence of a student exhibiting symptoms, these supervisors wear gloves, a mask and eye protection (goggles or visor) as well as a gown. Once the student has left the school, the supervisor is required to dispose of this protective equipment in a closed bag.

The room is disinfected 3 hours after the student's departure as required by health regulations. A procedure for restocking by the maintenance staff was developed and has been implemented.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

37. What do transition periods look like in the school?

We have kept comings and goings in the school to a minimum in order to keep risk to a minimum: 

  • Students remain in their homeroom with their class bubble for most of their course options.                                     
  • Students are asked to only bring to school the textbooks required for the day. Three times a day, according to a set schedule, they can go to their locker to get new material.   
  • At lunchtime, students are allowed to pick up their meal at the cafeteria’s service counter and return to class. There are two lunch periods per day, one for students in Secondary 1 and 2 and another for students in Secondary 3 to 5. 
  • Students are authorized to go outside, on campus grounds, at lunchtime.

As much as possible, comings and goings in the hallways are by class bubble and wearing a mask is mandatory at all times when moving around in the school and on campus grounds. 

Finally, floor markings are also visible to facilitate movement.

38. Are teachers required to wear a mask? 

All members of the staff are required to wear a mask at all times on campus grounds as well as inside the school (including classrooms). The same applies to health and physical education teachers.   

39. Are students allowed lab time in teams? 

Yes, since social distancing requirements do not apply to students in the same class bubble.

40. Are students required to wear a mask during lab periods? 

Yes. In high school, wearing a mask is mandatory at all times for students as well as school personnel outdoors on campus grounds as well as inside the school (including in classrooms), However, students are allowed to remove their mask in their physical education course or when eating a meal or snack. 

41. During lab periods, are students on the same team allowed to handle the same equipment? 

Yes, since social distancing is not required of students in the same class bubble. However, all equipment will be disinfected after each use by a class bubble.  

42. Are groups confined at home due to a possible outbreak of COVID-19 entitled to Distance Learning?

If a student receives a positive diagnosis, public health authorities will conduct an investigation and instruct Villa Maria to ask students who are positive or at risk to continue learning from home. 

Students or groups who are sent home will have access to Distance Learning in keeping with their class schedule, in the same way as students in other circumstances who are staying at home because of illness. In fact, all courses are given both in person and online (to authorized students), synchronized with the class schedule. Students required to take their classes remotely can simply open the Google Meet link provided by the teacher in order to take their class live.

ONLINE TEACHING, HOME SCHOOLING, TECHNOLOGY 

43. What form does Distance Learning take?

Students with a medical certificate specifying the need to isolate for a medical reason recognized by the Ministry of Education or students quarantined due to a case of COVID-19 at home or at school have access to all their classes in keeping with their class schedule. In fact, all courses are given both in person and online (to authorized students) and synchronized with the master schedule. Students required to take their classes remotely can simply open the Google Meet link provided by the teacher in order to take their class live. Teachers provide access to their classes via Google Meet, using a camera (focused on the class, the teacher or the board) and a microphone. All schoolwork and homework are available via PSL and/or Studyo.

Furthermore, Secondary 3, 4 and 5 students must alternate between Distance Learning and in-person classes, which means that, until at least November 23, they must be at school every second day.

If a student is receiving additional services related to an intervention plan, these services are being maintained both in person and online. 

Teachers, professionals and administrators will closely monitor students experiencing problems, whether these students are at home or at school. 

44. Can students take their classes from home, even if they have not obtained a medical certificate?

No. In compliance with the Education Act, all students between the ages of 6 and 16 residing in Québec are required to go to school.

Parents must take whatever means are necessary to ensure that their children comply with their obligation to attend school, if they do not exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19. 

Upon presentation of a medical certificate, students with a health condition that could make them vulnerable may be exempted from the requirement to attend school in person. Public health authorities have informed physicians of conditions that could justify an absence from school. Students living under the same roof as someone whose health makes them vulnerable may also be exempted.

Students who are authorized to stay at home can benefit from Distance Learning. In fact, if you have a medical certificate and wish your child to benefit from Distance Learning during the pandemic, please complete this form.

45. How will Villa Maria ensure that students continue to receive a quality education should the school be required to close down again?

Should public health authorities mandate school closings, Villa Maria’s teachers, professionals and administrators have the equipment and tools needed to provide all students with Distance Learning in keeping with their class schedule.  

46. Do students have access to the lockers? 

Students can use the lockers (locker rooms were reopened on Monday, November 9).

Rest assured that the number of students in the locker rooms at any given time has been kept to a minimum in order to allow physical distancing between students from different bubbles.

We remind you that Secondary 3 to 5 students are present in the school every second day, thereby reducing the number of students using the lockers on any given day.

Compliance with the following instructions is required at all times in the locker rooms:

  • All students and staff must wear a mask at all times.
  • Students are not allowed to linger in the locker rooms. They must take whatever material is required for their class and leave quickly.

Use of lockers is as follows:

  • Each student shares a locker with another member of his class bubble.
  • The school provides a lock to each pair of Secondary 1 students only.

Arrival in the morning and at lunchtime:

  • Students are authorized to go to their locker when they arrive in the morning and at lunchtime:
    • Mornings, students must use a specified entrance established based on their class bubble, in order to reduce traffic in the locker rooms (see table below).
    • Lockers have been positioned so as to ensure distancing between students from different class bubbles at lunchtime.

End of the school day:

  • At the end of the school day, students call also go to their lockers at specific times based on their respective cycle:
    • Second-cycle students (Sec 3, 4 and 5) can go to their locker as needed, during the lunch period only. At the end of the day, they must immediately leave the school directly from their classroom using the exits in wings A or H.
    • First-cycle students (Sec 1 and 2) can go to their locker when classes are over and must use the appropriate exits, based on their class bubble.
  • Members of Villa Maria’s personnel are responsible for strictly monitoring compliance with health measures.

The reopening of locker rooms has resulted in changes with regards to accesses to the school. For information on these, students can refer to the tables available on the PSL (PowerSchool Learning) platform to find out what door they must take to enter and leave the school.

47. If, due to a medical condition, a student benefits from Distance Learning, can his parents reverse their decision at any time during the year and send their child to school?

Yes. The parents of students who have been issued a medical certificate and are authorized to benefit from Distance Learning can change their minds and decide to send their children back to school. However, it is important for them to notify the school’s administration ahead of time via email at the following address: covid@villamaria.qc.ca.

Since absences are tallied both remotely and in person, it is important for the school and its teachers to know where the students are, in order to ensure their safety. 

PERSONNEL

48. What measures have been implemented for all staff?

All members of the school’s personnel are required to wear a procedure mask and eye protection (ex: safety goggles or a visor) at all times both outside on campus grounds as well as inside the school (including inside classrooms). They must also maintain a 2-metre distance from their colleagues and students.  

Portable plexiglass partitions are also available.

In fact, before arriving at the school, all personnel are required to complete a health form confirming that they are not exhibiting any of the symptoms related to COVID-19.



LIFESTYLE

1. How many students attend Villa Maria?

The French sector has about 950 students and the English sector has more than 800 students.

2. What is the average number of students per class?

Each class has an average of 34 students.

3. Is Villa Maria a multi-ethnic environment?

At Villa Maria, our students and their family come from 74 different nationalities and speak 32 languages. This cultural mosaic enriches our school and is highly stimulating for our students.

4. Are there ways to ease the transition from elementary to High School?

At Villa Maria, we support students as they transition to our school. As students grow more accustomed to the school, we strongly encourage them to get involved in school life (sports, activities, co-curricular activities) to continue meeting new friends. Our teaching team also meets several times at the beginning of the year to determine whether students require additional support or assistance.

5. Who do I contact if my child is having academic difficulties or adjustment problems?

Your first contact is the assistant director. He or she will act as the link between your child and your child’s teachers. Once the problem is identified, the assistant director may recommend talking with other resource people such as the guidance counsellor or the director of educational services.

6. What happens if we take a vacation outside scheduled Holidays on the school calendar?

You must contact your child's assistant director to explain the reasons for the trip. An absence for a non-urgent personal trip is not motivated.

7. Who should I notify for lateness or an absence?

You must call the supervisors office or notify us through the portal.

English Sector

(514) 484-4950, ext. 1639.

French Sector

(514) 484-4950, ext. 1633.

8. Can students leave campus at lunchtime?

Students are not allowed to leave campus during lunchtime. However, they can eat outside in good weather.

9. What is the best means of transport to get to Villa Maria?

College Villa Maria is accessible by various means of transit:

  • By Metro: Orange Line. The Villa-Maria metro station is located close to the school.
  • By commuter train: The Vaudreuil-Hudson, Candiac and St-Jérôme lines stop at the Vendôme station, one stop before the Villa-Maria Metro station.
  • By bus: Buses 24, 103 and 162 stop at the Villa-Maria Metro station. Buses 17 and 138 pass two blocks from the school.
  • By car. Please note that cars must enter via the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce entrance (between Grey and Claremont). Consult the access map.

PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

1. Why choose a private school?

  • Generally, students perform better academically. We closely monitor success rates and entrance to CEGEPs. We draw on this data to make sure we provide proper teaching and support for students and teachers. As a result, we continue to achieve high success rates.
  • Private schools place special emphasis on values. Our beliefs, which are transmitted to our students and faculty, are shared with the families who choose our school. They believe, as we do, that education is paramount in the life of a child.
  • In the private sector, expectations for behaviour and academic success are generally higher than in the public sector. We provide students with the opportunity and tools they need to really concentrate on learning without being distracted.
  • Students are often invited to participate in culturally enriching activities and various sports. And since Villa Maria has an English Sector and a French Sector, a lot of those activities take place in a bilingual setting. Not only do students gain exposure to both official languages, but they get to build new friendships along the way. That’s what we mean when we talk about our unique bilingual environment.
  • We strive to provide facilities and equipment that exceed the expectations of young people and allow them to explore all the avenues they are interested in.
  • Private schools are on the cutting edge of education. By incorporating new education technologies, we help lead the way in pioneering new teaching methods.

2. Are private school fees tax deductible?

No. There is no deduction. Only costs related to childcare are deductible.

3. Do private school teachers need a special certification?

In Quebec, private schools that receive Ministry funding are required to hire teachers who meet provincial educational requirements. In addition, at Villa Maria, our teachers must complete 10 hours of professional training per year.

4. What exactly does "private school" mean?

In Quebec, education works on a two-tier system. There are private schools funded by the government, and other private schools that are not.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

1. What is Villa Maria's safe school policy?

Villa Maria has a safe school policy to ensure every student thrives in a sound school environment that fosters diversity, fairness and inclusion. The policy is supported by a complaint-handling process for bullying and violence.

Please, consult here our straightforward, transparent policy for a safe school.

2. I'm having technical difficulties with the College's computer services (PowerSchool, online platform, etc.). Who should I contact?

You must send a request to services@villamaria.qc.ca. A member of our technical team will be able to assist you as soon as possible.