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EPCA Questions On Report Cards, Mask Policy. Insists on Simultaneous English Rollout

QuĂ©bec, January 8, 2021 - The English Parents’ Committee Association acknowledges the announcements made by Education Minister Jean-François Roberge today regarding the return to school, along with numerous new support and hygiene measures.

Measures to reduce the weighting of the first report cards will give them less prominence in the students’ overall annual academic record. As it is generally expected that there will be large numbers of report cards reflecting academic difficulties with many students this year, the announced delay and weighting adjustment are worthwhile measures, albeit no panacea, nor much more than cosmetic.

What Quebec parents are clearly asking for is specific information on their children's progress, or lack thereof. A simple number along with possibly vague and standardized, repetitive comments will no longer suffice, particularly during this unprecedented period.

Our children are experiencing exceptional difficulties, and it is imperative that parents have a precise and global portrait of their children's academic accomplishments and challenges, to help them move forward in this difficult year. Parents need to know where their children are at in terms of learning, and it is time for their report cards to reflect that, an initiative that should be implemented and maintained moving forward.

The announcement of a tutoring regime is welcomed, and we expect that this responsibility – handed to the school boards – will be fulfilled rapidly and effectively. We also laud the development of a mobile app to assist students with psychosocial support, an established and increasingly alarming concern.

These measures and initiatives are only effective insofar as they are accessible to, and welcomed by, our children. The rollout of any such tools must be done simultaneously in English and French. On several occasions over the last year, anglophone students have had to wait for equivalent consideration. As EPCA clearly communicated to the Education Ministry today, such a two-tier system will no longer be acceptable. Our children are worthy of identical consideration as others, and we expect this reality to be acknowledged. This is non-negotiable.

Since the earliest days of the pandemic and hygiene measures in schools, we have also made clear our position favoring masks for all. The announcement that students in Grades 5 and 6 will be required to wear masks is a positive one, but we question why they will not be required to wear three-ply procedural masks. Nor do we understand why they will not be supplied with two such masks per day as will be secondary students. This should be addressed in time for elementary students’ return on January 11.

As we send our younger students back to school next week and our secondary students resume their pre-holiday schedule on January 18, we must remain vigilant and ensure that the tools promised by the government and delivered to the boards will get into the hands of our children without delay.

We should all remain focused on student and staff well-being along with our children’s academic success. The English Parents’ Committee Association remains committed and available to assist the network and our educational partners in any endeavours to support Quebec students. As the official voice of parents in the English public-school network, EPCA will continue to be at the forefront of all discussions about our children’s schooling and remains steadfast in support of parents and their children in these trying times.

Food Bank To All Families In Montreal And Surrounding Areas

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Centre de bénévolat et Moisson Laval
Jean GAGNON, directeur général 1870, rue Michelin
Laval, QC H7L 4R3
TĂ©l. : (450) 681-6164 (2238)
Téléc. : (450) 681-5458

Moisson Laurentides
Annie BÉLANGER, directrice gĂ©nĂ©rale
341, rue Legault
Blainville, QC J7C 0Y1
TĂ©l. : 450-434-0790, poste 302
Téléc. : 450-434-9235

Moisson Rive-Sud 
Dany HÉTU, directeur gĂ©nĂ©ral
1356, rue Volta
Boucherville, QC  J4B 6G6
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Téléc. : (450) 641-8892

Centre de bĂ©nĂ©volat de la VallĂ©e de l’Or
Lina DUPRAS, directrice générale
300, rue de la Gare C.P. 776
Val d'Or, QC J9P 4P8
TĂ©l. : (819) 825-0154 poste 22
Téléc. : (819) 825-7115

Moisson Mauricie/Centre-du-QuĂ©bec Monique TRÉPANIER, directrice gĂ©nĂ©rale 1579, Rue Laviolette
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TĂ©l. : (819) 371-7778 poste 32
Téléc. : (819) 371-7718

Moisson Saguenay-Lac St-Jean 
Crystel GILBERT, directrice générale
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Téléc. : (418) 698-064

Moisson Estrie
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Téléc. (819) 669-9861

Moisson Vallée Matapédia
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54-1, rue du Pont
Amqui, QC G5J 2P5
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Moisson Kamouraska
Mireille LIZOTTE, directrice générale
905, 5e rue Rouleau
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Téléc. : (418) 852-2822

Moisson Québec
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Québec, QC G1N 4E1
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Téléc. : (418) 682-3549

Ressourcerie Bernard-Hamel
Martine DION, directrice générale
101, 11e Rue
Rouyn-Noranda, QC J9X 2E8
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Téléc. : (819) 797-0977

Moisson LanaudiĂšr
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Joliette, QC J6E 3P2
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Téléc. : (450) 755-4143

Moisson Rimouski-Neigette
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Rimouski, QC G5L 1X7
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Téléc. : (418) 722-9116

SOS DĂ©pannage/Moisson Granby
Norman L. DUNN, directeur général
327, rue Matton
Granby, QC J2G 7R1
TĂ©l. : (450) 378-0244, poste 0
Téléc. : (450) 378-0901

Moisson Mitis
Gilles DUFOUR, directeur général
61 Avenue Lebel
Mont-Joli, QC G5H 1K4
TĂ©l. : (418) 775-1935
Téléc. : (418) 785-0508

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EPCA’s New Year, New Energy

(November 29, 2020) – Montreal, QC

The English Parents’ Committee Association (EPCA) will begin another year with a strengthened and diverse team following its virtual Annual General Assembly held last Saturday.

Seven new directors were elected to the 16-member board, which is the official voice of Quebec’s English public school parent community, representing more than 100,000 students.

This new team represents a welcome break from the past with this unprecedented level of new interest.

English Montreal School Board delegate Katherine Korakakis, and Sir Wilfrid Laurier delegate Ailsa Pehi, were re-elected as President and Vice-President, respectively.

Korakakis, who chairs the Hampstead School governing board and sits on the EMSB Parent Committee executive, says the year's greatest accomplishment was the repairing and building of bridges and new relationships with educational partners. “We worked diligently to keep parents informed of all developments with Bill 40 and COVID as they evolved, and reached more parents than ever before,” she says, adding “throughout the year EPCA’s reach extended beyond its traditional grasp, as we acquired a greater independent voice in the governance discussion.

“With invigorated leadership, a forward-looking vision, and new Strategic Plan,” says Korakakis, “EPCA’s future has never been brighter.”

Pehi agrees. The Laval Senior Academy governing board chair says, “This new autonomy and greater relevance outside the established stakeholder ‘bubble’, has brought new ideas and new strength to our team, as we continue to stake a greater place for parents on all matters of education, against increasing challenges, both political and organizational. From Bill 40 and elections, to all COVID-related matters, including distance learning, transportation and hygiene measures, EPCA was and will continue to be at the table.

“I'm absolutely thrilled that we have so many members who are new to governance, and they are full of energy, creativity, and enthusiasm, ready to take on these increasingly vital roles. Leveraging our new visibility and partnerships with our Francophone counterparts, we have boosted our credibility and empowered our position at various government forums with the relevant political and bureaucratic actors,” she concludes.

For more information contact:
Katherine Korakakis - President

Brief Presentation to the Parents on Bill 86

Dear Parents,

On April, 5th, the English Parents’ Committee Association will be presenting a brief at the Culture and Education committee hearings on Bill 86 in Quebec City. The presentation is scheduled to start at 10:30 and ends at noon. It will also be webcast via the National Assembly web site, available at the link given below

After consultation with our member parent committees, we found that some elements of the proposed legislation to be positive while others drew concerns. Our starting point was to ensure that all efforts that have been made to advance our children’s education in the past couple of years would not be harmed going forward or cause instability. Our position has been carefully thought through so as to respect the varying views of our member committees while at the same time promoting the success of our English schools that in many communities across Quebec are the centers of social and cultural interactions.

EPCA’s role as the provincial advocate for Quebec’s English public school parent committees is guided and centered on the student and student success. EPCA’s Board of Directors, made up of parent volunteers, is committed to better the education of our children, lobby for fair and equitable funding be made available for public education and defend our linguistic minority schools so they may continue to help graduate bilingual students into our distinct society.

On Tuesday morning, we invite you to visit EPCA website where EPCA’s Bill 86 brief will be posted. We ask that you kindly share with fellow parents in your school board.

Lastly, we would like to thank the many parent volunteers in our schools, that over the years, have been key contributors to the English public school systems’ success.

Rhonda Boucher
President of EPCA