Frequently asked questions

1. What is the role of the main stakeholders?

Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES)
The MEES’s role is to study and analyze the Opportunity and Business Files for the FACE School rehabilitation and relocation project in order to authorize funding for the project’s implementation.

Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI)
The SQI has a project management role.

Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM)
The CSDM has a role as the public body initiating the project (or OPIP, as per the SQI’s terminology). It must define its needs and establish ties with the community to develop the related Opportunity and Business Files.

English Montreal School Board (EMSB)
In the same way as the CSDM, the EMSB must define its needs and establish ties with the community to develop the related Opportunity and Business Files.

FACE School Oversight Committee (FSOC)
Comprised of parents and teachers from the CSDM and the EMSB, the FSOC’s role is to identify the FACE School’s specific concerns and needs and share them with the CSDM. The FSOC will help analyze the relocation scenarios. It acts as an intermediary to communicate progress in the project with the FACE School community. At this stage of the project, it was agreed that the CSDM would issue communications about how the project is progressing and post updates on the school’s website.

2. Can the community participate in this reflection process?

Yes. The School Team is actively participating in the project’s development. Workshops were held on August 23, September 25 and 26, and October 11 with the architects who have been retained to develop the functional program. Sector representatives were identified at the workshop on August 23. These individuals have participated in workshops and will participate in more in the future. It was also agreed that the FSOC would contribute to the exercise to analyze the relocation scenarios.

3. Could the community avoid a move and could the work be done while the students remain at the school?

Due to its scale, the work cannot be done while the students are on the premises. The students will therefore have to continue their curriculum at the chosen host site(s).

4. When will the FACE School move?

It is not possible to give a date for the relocation of students and school staff at this stage of the project.

5. Where will our students be relocated?

Different scenarios are being studied. Four buildings from the CSDM’s real estate portfolio have been targeted to accommodate students and staff. One building has been targeted to house the primary school (4835 Christophe-Colomb) and three buildings have been targeted as potential locations for the secondary school (École Jeanne-Mance, École Georges-Vanier and 4251 Saint-Urbain). While these options are being studied, the buildings suggested by the Oversight Committee will be evaluated.

6. Will the primary and secondary schools be separated?

Yes.

7. Will each board be sent to a different location?

No. Both school boards will be kept together.

8. How long will the relocation last?

At this stage of the project, we are not in a position to say how long the relocation will last.

9. Will the FACE School absolutely return to the building on University Street when the work is complete?

Yes.

10. What will happen if a major event occurs between now and the relocation date?

This would lead to an emergency relocation of students and staff.

11. What is currently being done to prevent an incident and ensure the safety of our community members?

The building facades are regularly inspected, as the building is subject to the regulation to improve safety in existing buildings of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ). A steward from the CSDM’s Priority Work Department is dedicated full time to the FACE School and performs a general inspection of the entire building every morning. At the end of each day, he provides the administrative manager with an update on what could have happened during the day. Our steward also performs any necessary corrective work in the case of problems or incidents.

12. Will transportation be provided during the relocation period?

Since FACE is a specialized school, the CSDM’s transportation policy does not apply, even in the event of a relocation. However, the CSDM is committed to studying the feasibility of setting up school transportation for primary students.

13. Will we become a neighbourhood school during the relocation?

No.