English Parents' Committee Association of Quebec

A Parents' Association for English Schools in Quebec

A voice for all parents

Corona virus covid-19 updates

Visit our website for frequent updates

March 22, 2021

February 25, 2021

Supporting all students!

This edition of our newsletter looks in detail about students with special needs, a very personal subject for me and many others. These are children who are the most vulnerable in our schools and neighborhoods, and they unfortunately still do not receive the services and attention they deserve. The Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES) did put some much-needed focus on this issue in the last month, with a quick-turnaround consultation on revamping special-needs services. EPCA sought feedback from English language special needs parents through a dedicated survey, and the results - which you can read about later on in this newsletter - were striking. Parents demand a rethink, as far too often they are forced to endure a long and painful process to get support for their children. It is time for wholesale change in how Quebec funds special-needs services and decides how those services are distributed. We look forward to strong action in this file.

Beyond special needs, we were very pleased to be included as part of MEES’s Rendez-vous pour la réussite educative, charting a new course for public education in a post pandemic world. We launched a consultation process with our member parent committees, soliciting feedback on what has worked and what hasn’t in 2020-2021, and how we can learn from the experience to improve our schools in the long term. The parent perspective is an important one, and we are proud to share it with educational partners across the spectrum. You can consult our submission on the EPCA
website.

I know that the stress and frustration continues to mount among parents and children across our English-language school system. Our schools struggle with closures and quarantines due to COVID-19 and its new variants, and it wears heavily on our entire community. But we are resilient and will get through it together. Stay strong. The finish line for 2020-2021 is in sight.

Katherine Korakakis
president@epcaquebec.org

The government of Quebec launches  â€śOpen School”

For parents needing resources for home education in the face of this pandemic

WHAT WE DO
OUR STRATEGY

The English Parents' Committee Association, the EPCA, is a coalition of parents' committees of Quebec's English school boards; it represents nearly 100,000 students in the young anglophone sector. EPCA is a non-profit association funded by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEES).
The EPCA advocates for public education in English in Quebec and lobbies for questions that concern members of our parent committee. 

parents
parenting

PARENTS

Subscribe to the parent e-newsletter!
As parents, do you make your voice heard?
At home, at school, locally and nationally, we believe it is essential that parents have a voice in education. Subscribe to our email newsletter for parents and you will receive regular information from ACPA Quebec on how you can support your child's education and have a say.

SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION

Learn more about the reasons for the constant increase in tuition fees and express yourself by answering our survey, which will help us shape future policies in collaboration with the Quebec Ministry of Education.
Thanks to the advocacy program aimed at supporting Quebec parents, the Quebec Department of Education listens to what you have to say. Speak up about the rising tuition fees.

School Boards

commission scolaire central quebec
eastern shores
English Montreal School board
Lester B Pearson
New Frontiers school board
Riverside school board
Sir Wilfrid Laurier school board
Western quebec schoolboard

Partners

English School board association
Federation des comites de parents du Quebec
Quebec community groups network

Financial Partners

mees