How to prepare for the school open house ?

How to prepare for the school open house in 2020? This is a big question given the current context. Fortunately, we live in an era where technology and digital can help us and help high schools as well.

Indeed, this year some schools are replacing the open house with virtual tours of their premises. This new way of doing things allows you to see the premises as if you were there. It is a modern alternative adapted to the current situation.

If the schools that interest you offer a so-called “regular” open house, this will allow you to capture the atmosphere of the school, ask your questions to the teachers, and to talk to the students in charge of your tour. In that case, here’s how you can get prepared to get the most out of these events and make the right decisions:

1.Do your research on

Before you start, it’s important to talk to your child so you know what the two of you are looking for while asking yourself the right questions. Do you want a school in your neighborhood or is a 30-minute metro ride an option? Have you made your decision on public or private status? Do you have the opportunity to decide on the language of instruction? Do you need financial help? These are the kinds of questions you need to ask yourself and our search map can be useful. Using your location and the filters, you can find all the schools that match your criterias and then determine the 3 or 5 schools that are worth your visit. carte de recherche

2. Prioritize schools

Since open house events are held mainly on the same 2 or 3 weekends, we suggest you prioritize your visits based on your research done beforehand. Several options are available to you, including:

  • Visit only your top 3;
  • Visiting interesting (not top 3) schools, but you will need more info to categorize them properly.

You may have already determined your prioritization method! Do not hesitate to share it with us

3. Prepare your questions

After your research on, write down the points you would like to deepen. Here are a few examples:

  • How many days is the course cycle?
  • How much time is allocated to physical education class per week?
  • How does the locker allocation work?
  • Who can the child go to for any problem?

Suggestion: Let your child prepare his/her own list of questions and let them ask it to the students he/she will meet during the visits. Remember, this is his/her future school so his/her opinions and questions are just as important, if not, more than yours.

4. Optimize your trip

The day before the open house,  why not use Google Maps to optimize your trips. By taking the time to observe the location of the chosen schools, you will be able to maximize your time by car or public transport. This will give you more time to ask your questions and capture the school atmosphere.

5. Don’t forget your mask

Obviously, as with any closed place, schools require a mask to be worn, so don’t forget it. It would be a shame to have planned so well and not being able to get into it!

 Tell us in the comments how did your open house go? Do you like the virtual version? Or are you more of the ‘go to schools’ type?

5 facts to know about the back to school 2020

The back to school 2020 is imminent and the new health measures put in place by the government are obviously forcing secondary schools to adapt. This is why we present you 5 facts to know about the back to school 2020, so you (as parents) can know the changes your children will experience depending on their level.

For secondary 1 to 3 students

1. Organization of classes into sub-groups

In fact, it is in groups of 6 students that students from secondary 1 to secondary 3 will be gathered in the classroom. This new organization of space will make it possible to respect the recommended one meter of physical distance between the students and the two meters between the students and the teaching/support staff.

2. Minimized traffic in the hallways

Students in the first three years of high school will not have to walk in the hallways between class periods. Rather, it is the teachers who will change premises according to the established schedules in order to limit the number of people circulating at the same time.

3. Modified optional course schedules

The optional course schedules as the students have known them will no longer be the same for the back to school 2020. These will also be reorganized like the regular courses, therefore in sub-groups, in order to ensure the continuation of activities.

Note that these are the same measures as for elementary school students.

For secondary 4 and 5 students

4. 100% class attendance possible

Secondary 4 and 5 students, unlike first cycle students, will have the opportunity to evolve along two options. The first corresponds to the one mentioned above, which is the same as that for students in Secondary 1 to 3: 100% presence within the school premises for all students, while maintaining the organization in sub-groups.

5. Partial continuation of homeschooling

The second option makes it possible to respond to the problems of logistics and lack of space related to the arrangement of all the pupils in small closed groups. Second cycle students will have the opportunity to be physically in school 50% of the time. It is therefore a rotation of the groups every other day. Students will also be asked to complete some work online and at home, as they did during confinement. The student’s path will be determined according to the decision made by the school service centers (former school boards) or the school administration depending on their reality on the ground.

If you’re looking for a high school, check out our search map to help you find the best high school for your child.

Source: Gouvernement du Quebec