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MONTREAL, JANUARY 13, 2006- The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) has announced that classes will be cancelled at 33 schools and centres on Monday, January 23, 2006 because their buildings will be used as polling stations for the federal election.

EMSB Director General Antonio Lacroce noted that school boards are required under law to make their facilities available for elections. He emphasized that it is not appropriate to keep schools open when members of the public are circulating through the premises.

Twenty-three elementary schools (Dante, General Vanier, Honoré Mercier and Pierre de Coubertin in St. Léonard; Frederick Banting and Gerald McShane in Montreal North; Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo in RDP; Pierre Elliott Trudeau in Rosemount; Bancroft on the Plateau; Carlyle and Dunrae Gardens in TMR; Cedarcrest and Parkdale in St. Laurent; John Caboto in Ahuntsic; Sinclair Laird in Park Extension; and St. Dorothy in St. Michel; Coronation in Côte des Neiges; Edinburgh in Montreal West; Hampstead; Merton in Côte Saint-Luc; and Royal Vale and St. Monica in N.D.G.), eight high schools (John Paul I and Laurier Macdonald in St. Léonard; Lester B. Pearson in Montreal North; John F. Kennedy in St. Michel; both LaurenHill Academy campuses in St. Laurent; Royal Vale in N.D.G., Royal West in Montreal West and Rosemount) and two adult centres (High School of Montreal on the Plateau and St. Pius X in Ahuntsic).

Background On Total School Days Lost

  • EMSB elementary schools lost seven days of class due to strikes and one day because of the December 16 snow storm.
  • EMSB high schools lost six days of class due to strikes and one day because of the December 16 snow storm.
  • The Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS) requires students to have 180 teaching days.
  • The EMSB had 181 days on its original 2005-2006 calendar. Of the days lost so far, board wide, three have already been made up via one professional day and two snow days. Each school has a number of fixed and moveable professional days, many of which remain on the calendar.
  • The EMSB hopes to determine soon how it will deal with this shortfall of required teaching days.

    Michael J. Cohen
    Communications and Marketing Specialist
    English Montreal School Board
    Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
    Fax: (514) 483-7213