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COVID19 - Back-to-school 2020

Here’s a set of questions and answers that you may find helpful as you prepare for this back-to-school season in the current pandemic context. The information below may change over time depending on public health and Ministry of Éducation guidelines.

Last update : September 2, 2020

GENERAL INFORMATION

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

We are well aware that, as the first day of school approaches, both students and parents are experiencing a degree of anxiety as well as concern. Consequently, we have made it our goal to minimize these feelings by being well prepared for the return of our students and staff and by keeping the lines of communication open with our community of parents.

During the first days of September, the school’s entire team will be focused on ensuring a successful back-to-school experience for Secondary 1 students. 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 will 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/employees as well as our colleagues in the private and public sectors to gather as much information, ideas and data as possible, so as to identify any additional measures and protocols we could implement for the benefit and safety of our students.

2. When will Villa Maria’s back-to-school plan be communicated?

The back-to-school plan will be communicated as of August 27, 2020.

3. What is the Ministry of Education’s plan of action should there be a second wave of contamination?

In the event of a second wave or school closing, the students' master schedule will be maintained and remote learning will be provided in a synchronized manner. This will enable students to access all of their scheduled courses from a distance.

4. What support measures will be implemented should my child find it difficult to adapt to this unusual start to the school year?

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

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

No. All our students must be in class by 8:00 a.m., as the first period starts at 8:05 a.m. However, this year, students will be directed to one of five (5) entrances in different locations on our campus so that they will not all converge on a single entrance at the same time. Each student will be notified of his/her assigned entrance prior to the start of the school year. In addition, these entrances will be monitored to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements.

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

The Ministry of Education has announced that students who have a doctor's certificate confirming that either they or a family member has an eligible medical condition will be entitled to remote learning.

Physicians have received a list of eligible medical conditions making it possible for 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.

7. 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/education/rentree-education-automne-2020-covid-19/

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

Public health and Ministry of Education guidelines do not require students to wear a mask in their student group’s homeroom. However, we will leave it up to the students and their families to decide whether or not to wear a mask inside their homeroom. Should public health guidelines change, Villa Maria will comply.

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

Yes. Any visitor, including parents, is required to wear a mask at all times, except when seated to eat or drink. In addition, visitors are not required to wear a mask if they are seated in a performance hall where distancing of 1.5 meters is ensured.

10. 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 procedure mask daily is also recommended. Exceptionally, procedure masks could be provided to students who do not have their mask.

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

HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES

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

Fever

  • 38°C (100.4°F) or more (oral temperature)
  • or 1.1°C above a person’s normal temperature.

Appearance or aggravation of a cough

Respiratory problems

Sudden loss of the sense of smell without nasal congestion, with or without a loss of taste

Other symptoms (light or more serious:

  • sore throat
  • headache
  • muscular pain
  • intense fatigue
  • significant loss of appetite and diarrhea.

Should a child experience the above mentioned symptoms, parents will be 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 and relay the information they have obtained.

A student can only return to school in keeping with instructions from public health authorities.

12. If my child develops COVID-19 or becomes symptomatic, how can he/she access the teaching he needs?

The master schedule of a student capable of taking classes will be maintained and synchronized remote learning will be provided. Students will have remote access to all courses in their master schedule.

Should the student be unable to take classes, you must notify the school of his/her absence. You may rest assured that we will closely follow up on 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 is diagnosed with COVID-19, the case will be immediately entrusted to public health authorities, which will then work with the school to identify anyone who may be at risk further to close contact with the symptomatic person. They will advise the school of steps 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 when they can either return to school or extend their isolation period should symptoms appear. It should be noted that not all students in the same class group would necessarily be sent home.

13. Who is required to provide masks?

Masks are not provided to students free of charge. They are part of material that students are required to obtain for their personal use. Exceptionally, the school may provide a procedure mask to a student who needs a face covering.

In the case of school personnel, the government will cover the cost of face and eye protection, which will be distributed by Villa Maria.

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 will be deployed to carry out preventive disinfection tasks.

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

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

15. Can teachers distribute material and recover it for evaluation?

Yes, but within the same class group only, reducing the amount of handling. They must also wash their hands regularly.

16. Can material circulate between school and home?

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

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

Yes, since the usual preventive measures (frequent hand washing, application of respiratory etiquette) will be applied. Special attention will be given to the frequency and effectiveness of the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces most likely to be touched and contaminated. These will be cleaned often. In addition, our team will be disinfecting common areas several times a day.

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

18. 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 will be responsible for assessing their health condition every day before heading to school.

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

In addition, Villa Maria will seek the daily collaboration of parents in this process, ensuring that their child is symptom-free and therefore able to go to school. School administrators have also been trained in the process and methods they must adopt if faced with a potential case of COVID-19. Whether it is a staff member or a student, the case is immediately transferred and taken care of by the public health authorities. The public health authorities 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, and will advise the school of the various measures to be taken and the people to contact.

Any student or staff member who exhibits symptoms related to COVID-19 (see question 10 for more 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 have to quarantine for 14 days.

Within the school, all students and staff members will be required to comply, to the letter, with all prescribed health measures (social distancing, disinfection of the hands, materials and personal belongings, adoption of proper respiratory etiquette). No breaches of these measures will be tolerated. This process will help to significantly reduce to 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 will follow the recommendations of public health authorities with regards to the health measures we adopt. Our team assigned to material resources will see to it that our premises and equipment are properly and regularly cleaned and disinfected every day.

Special attention will be given 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 will be disinfecting 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.

19. 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 contact public authorities to advise them of the situation.

Parents or staff members involved will also be 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.

20. 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 the results of the test.

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 have received.
Symptomatic students cannot return to school until they have provided the documents/instructions required by the COVID-19 line or until such time as they can confirm that theirs is not a case of COVID-19.

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.

21. If a student in a given class group 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 when they can either return to school or extend their isolation period should symptoms appear. It should be noted that not all students in the same class group would necessarily be sent home.

22. 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 through 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.

23. If a parent comes home sick – whether or not it is a case of COVID-19, is the child expected 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. Parents must also contact the school and relay the information they have received.

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

24. 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 noted 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.

25. Will there be and physical education classes? If so, what measures will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Yes. Whenever possible, physical education classes will be held outdoors. Equipment must be disinfected between each use.

26. Will the art option (music, drama and visual arts) selected by the student be honoured? If so, what measures will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

For the visual arts, drama and music options, we are required to maintain the homerooms for all levels. This requires us to change the initial placement of 25 % of students in Secondary 2 to 5. This is why these students' first choice of option will unfortunately not be respected.

Given the health measures to be respected, the homerooms must be maintained at all times. We must therefore review the art option choices to allocate only one option per homeroom. Students affected by a change will be notified prior to the start of the school year.

In addition, shared materials will be disinfected between each benchmark group. Keyboards or other instruments that do not require mouth contact may be shared after they have been disinfected.

27. Will students have access to placement classes – for example, regular French versus Enriched French?

All placement classes will be maintained. Students will remain in their homeroom while teachers will rotate to different class groups. Placement classes will therefore be given both in person and online (to authorized students), synchronized in keeping with the master schedule.

28. Will credit plus courses be maintained?

Yes, credit plus courses will be maintained. Students will remain physically in their homeroom and teachers will provide the courses remotely.

29. Will academic profile courses and extracurricular activities be offered?

All academic profile courses will be maintained. In the case of these courses, students will remain in their homeroom while teachers will rotate to different class groups. Academic profile courses will therefore be given both in person and online (to authorized students), synchronized based in keeping with the master schedule.

Extracurricular activities and sports teams will all be suspended minimally until mid-September, as required by the Ministry of Education.

30. What measures and resources will be applied to ensure the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, toilets, etc.?

Students will have lunch in their homeroom with their class group or outside on campus. Students will also disinfect their own desk before and after lunch. They must bring their cold lunch since they will not be able to use microwaves. Hot and cold lunches will be provided by the cafeteria as of September 9 and payment by ID card is recommended to avoid contact. Cash and debit cards may also be used.

The cafeteria will be used for the organization of extracurricular activities in keeping with required sanitary regulations.

Disinfection by Villa Maria’s maintenance team will be carried out 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 will also be washed everyday.

In the last 5 minutes of the final period of the day, students and teachers will disinfect their desks and chairs.

31. What sanitary measures will be applied at entrances and exits?

Students will be assigned one of 5 different entrances (see table below) and exits, which will be monitored to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements at all times.

Furthermore, wearing a mask is required at all times when moving around on campus, including at entrances and exits as well as in locker areas.

Hand sanitizing stations will be 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 will be 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 will be kept to a minimum. Signs will be posted in the hallways reminding everyone to maintain social distancing.

32. What library services will be available?

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

33. What cafeteria services will be provided?

The cafeteria will be providing services as of September 9, 2020. Two meal selections will be provided daily, one hot and one cold. Preferably, students should use their ID card to pay for their meal and avoid handling cash, although the latter will be accepted as well as debit cards. Meals will be 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 will be monitored.

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

Restrooms will be disinfected twice a day.

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

35. Have physical barriers or screens for desks been considered?

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

However, plexiglass barriers will not be used in classrooms since students will be in their own class groups.

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

All Villa Maria personnel will be trained in the health measures to be adopted.

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

Monitors will be trained to supervise these students until their parent or guardian arrives. In the presence of a student exhibiting symptoms, these monitors will wear gloves, a mask and eye protection (goggles or visor) as well as a gown. Once the student has left the school, the monitor will dispose of this sanitary equipment in a closed bag.

The room will be disinfected 3 hours after the student's departure as required by the sanitary rules. A procedure for restocking by the maintenance staff has been developed.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

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

We have kept comings and goings in the school to a minimum in order to reduce risks as much as possible:

  • Students will remain in their homeroom with their class group for most of their class options.
  • Students will keep their school material and personal belongings in class. In fact, for the first two months of the year, locker rooms will not be used. A plan will be developed for the winter months and you will be notified of it at a later date.
  • At lunch, students will be allowed to pick up their meal at the caterer’s lunch 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.
  • Every day, each class group will have the opportunity of going outside for 40 minutes at lunchtime.

As much as possible, comings and goings in the hallways will be by class group and wearing a mask will be mandatory at all times when moving around campus.

Finally, floor markings will also be provided to facilitate movement.

38. Will wearing a mask be mandatory for health and physical education teachers?

Health and physical education teachers will not be required to wear a mask when teaching in the school’s sports facilities and maintaining a 2-metre distance from students.

39. Will students be allowed lab time in teams?

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

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

No. In high school, wearing a mask is mandatory for students during their comings and goings outside classrooms, when they are in common areas, or in the presence of students who do not belong to their class group.

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

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

42. To what teaching will groups sent home due to a possible outbreak of COVID-19 be entitled?

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 who are sent home will have access to remote learning in keeping with their master schedule, in the same way as students in other circumstances who are staying at home because of illness.

ONLINE TEACHING, HOME SCHOOLING, TECHNOLOGY

43. What form will remote 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 will have access to all their classes in keeping with their master schedule. Teachers will 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 will be available via PSL and/or Studyo.

If a student is receiving additional services related to an intervention plan, these services will be maintained either in person or 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 at home?

In compliance with the Education Act, from the time schools reopen, all students between the ages of 6 and 16 residing in Québec are required to attend school.

Parents must take whatever means are necessary to ensure that their children comply with their obligation to attend school.

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 inform 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 will benefit from remote learning.

45. How will Villa Maria ensure that students continue to receive a quality education should a second wave require the school to close down?

Should public health authorities mandate the closing of schools, Villa Maria’s teachers, professionals and administrators have the equipment and tools needed to provide all students with remote learning in keeping with their master schedule.

46. Will students bring their textbooks to and from school?

Yes. Students must bring their textbooks home. In fact, they will be asked to only bring to school the textbooks needed on a given day. Twice a day, according to a pre-established schedule, they will be allowed to go to the locker room to collect new material.

47. If, due to a medical condition, a student benefits from remote 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 remote learning can change their minds and decide to send their children back to school. However, it will be important for them to notify the school’s administration ahead of time. 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. How many of Villa Maria’s teachers will be absent due to medical conditions likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19?

All required teachers will be available to welcome our students.

49. What measures have been implemented for all staff?

If maintaining social distancing of 2 metres is not possible, professional personnel as well as all other staff members in close contact with students (monitors, receptionist) must wear appropriate personal protective equipment, a procedure mask and eye protection (ex. goggles or a visor).

Portable plexiglass partitions will also be 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.