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New Online Learning option to be available soon for students with medical exemptions

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Montreal - Friday, September 3, 2021

Some students seeking exemptions from regular classroom sessions for medical reasons due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will have an online learning option available soon, offered by LEARN Quebec, the English Montreal School Board has announced

This project will be part of a collaboration among six English boards, including the EMSB, with LEARN helping with the coordination and support of the online classes. LEARN (Leading English Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit educational organization with a mandate to serve the English-speaking community of Quebec. LEARN has vast experience  in this area. Its Virtual Campus, offering online classes for students across the province, as well as personalized tutorials, began well before the pandemic.

The EMSB recently conducted a survey among parents whose children attended a Virtual Learning model last year. Those who meet the necessary criteria for medical exemptions will be advised about this new program in the coming days. A precise start date has not been determined yet.

EMSB Chair Joe Ortona lauded this multi-board initiative approach, emphasizing how it will ensure a more comprehensive and complete service to the entire community. EMSB Director General Nicholas Katalifos expressed his thanks to Michael Canuel and his team at LEARN Quebec for agreeing to spearhead this important program 

About the English Montreal School Board

With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines, the EMSB network consists of 77 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at

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