The Centrale des unions du Québec (CSQ) and all of its federations affiliated to the school network urged the Legault government on Sunday morning to put in place measures to improve air quality in schools.
It is in a letter addressed to Ministers Roberge and Dubé as well as to the Director of Public Health, Doctor Arruda, that the unions asked for more precautions in this case.
“We deplore the lack of foresight and actions in the school network when the second wave was inevitable. For decades we have been calling for action to be taken to ensure better air quality in our schools and centers, but due to austerity policies, we have now reached the point of having to open the windows. classes in the middle of winter, which remains inconceivable, ”said Sonia Ethier, president of the CSQ.
Unconvinced by the explanations of air quality tests, the unions therefore demanded the immediate closure of unventilated premises, the withdrawal of pregnant women from schools without conditions, the use of air purifiers in the premises. with windows as well as the creation of an equipment register and a maintenance and testing schedule in schools.
“We must also consider the expertise of the engineers and architects who work in our schools, who are best placed to implement realistic planning solutions,” added Jacques Landry, president of the Federation of professionals and professionals of the education of Quebec (FPPE-CSQ).
A study by the Ministry of Education had indicated that more than half of the classes without mechanical ventilation tested exceeded the concentration target of 1000 ppm of CO2.