Dear Polytechnique Community Members,
On March 13, 2020, the Québec Government decided to suspend all school and higher educational activities for a two-week period, to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Since that time, our lives have been quite tumultuous, and seemingly ever-changing.
Last weekend, Premier François Legault announced that the above-mentioned suspension would last until May 1, 2020. During a press conference yesterday he requested that all non-essential services close and cease operations until April 13, 2020. Given that online higher education is considered to be an essential service (as per the Québec Government), Polytechnique is working hard to shift to online course delivery.
Each one of us is currently trying to adapt to the changes these announcements bring, to this new sense of isolation we may feel, and the loss of habits or places that, only a few short weeks ago, were part of our daily lives.
Certain among you must now contend with difficult realities, given border closures, the closing of daycares and schools, loss of income, or the stress of knowing that family members in care homes are without our company and support.
While Polytechnique may not have all the answers to what concerns you at this time, the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the website is a useful tool worth regularly consulting. Polytechnique’s teams updates content as a function of information that becomes available. Numerous services all contribute to this page (Registrariat/Registrar’s Office; Stages et employ/Internships and Jobs; Service aux étudiants; Ressources humaines, etc.).
Since the very beginning of this unprecedented event, the Polytechnique community has come together in solidarity. Unions, student associations, professors and educators, as well as staff members have all worked in concert towards the same goal: rolling out online courses by March 30, so students can complete the Winter 2020 semester. It’s no small task to accomplish, given that the Polytechnique community is 10,000 members strong – and yet, we have nearly completed this monumental task. Thank you to all, and bravo for all your efforts.
Need some help?
Polytechnique is aware that the current situation may bring with it additional stress and anxiety. As students or staff members, there are support services available to you.
The Service de soutien du Programme d'aide en santé étudiante, is accessible to all Polytechnique Montréal students (service available 24/7), by dialling the following toll-free number: 1-833-202-4570. A professional will take your call.
Programme d'aide au personnel - Pour mieux s'épanouir.
Toll-free number, service available 24/7: 1-800-361-2433
SSQ Assurance has also created a temporary tool to provide psychological assistance by telephone.
Email COVID19@polymtl.ca for any questions or concerns regarding measures taken by Polytechnique. Once received, your questions will be transmitted to the most appropriate service to respond to your inquiry.
For information and questions about COVID-19, ensure you use reliable sources of information, such as:
- Québec Government’s toll-free COVID-19 hotline: 1 877 644-4545
- Government of Canada toll-free COVID-19 hotline: 1 833 784-4397
- Website (in French only): ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec.
Philippe A. Tanguy, Ph.D., ing.
President, Polytechnique Montréal