Ask English Montreal School Board (EMSB) to Suspend All In-Person Instruction

Ask English Montreal School Board (EMSB) to Suspend All In-Person Instruction

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Dear English Montreal School Board (EMSB) administration,

The novel coronavirus(COVID-19) has now spread to over 100,000 people globally and has registered more than 100 cases in the State of New York alone. 

The reason that English Montreal School Board (EMSB) should consider suspending all in-person classroom instruction has nothing to do with the current number in Quebec, but because that virus knows no border, and many EMSB students have travelled to and returned from the tri-state area for the Spring Break.

Right now, there are almost as many cases in New York State as there are in Washington, the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

Once again, Montreal is located only 45 minutes away from the state of New York, where many EMSB students are from.

It has been confirmed that there is now community spread in the United States and Canada. 

EMSB has many of its international students return from Spring Break merely a few days ago, and a lot of those students have travelled to the tri-state area. It is not a matter of if one of those students contracted the disease, but when will the case being diagnosed and reported in Quebec. 

Fearmongering is NOT the intention of this petition. The coronavirus might be formidable, but we should have unconditional faith in EMSB administration and the public health authority in Quebec as we are privileged to have the backing of the most competent healthcare system in the world.

We'd also like to thank all EMSB administrators for monitoring the rapidly escalating situation for the past few weeks. We want to thank you for all of your hard work behind the scene.

With that said, we shouldn't be sitting ducks waiting for the epidemic(pandemic) to come and get us.

We are calling on EMSB administration to be proactive and protect its students and faculty. The virus is already here. Please act before it's too late. 

Better safe than sorry.

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