Frequently asked questions

Ministère de l’Éducation (MEQ)

The MEQ’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.

Centre de services scolaire de Montréal (CSSDM)

The CSSDM is the public institution which initiated 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.

FACE School Administration

The FACE School administration shares the concerns of the school community to the CSDM. It plays an active role in the project, for example, by participating on the project steering committee.

FACE School Oversight Committee (FSOC)

Comprised of parents and CSSDM teachers and EMSB representatives, the FSOC was responsible for identifying the FACE School’s specific concerns and needs and sharing them with the CSSDM. The FSOC appointed representatives to help analyze the relocation scenarios. The FSOC acted as an intermediary to communicate progress in the project to the FACE School community. Although very active from 2017 to 2019, the committee has been dissolved given that the CSSDM is now responsible for communicating updates about the project.

School Team

The School Team has actively helped develop the project, for example, by joining various consultation workshops to create the functional program and develop the real estate analysis as well as to design the two transitional schools. The School Team will continue to be involved throughout the project, particularly to develop the plans and specifications for the main project.

The School Team will continue to be involved, particularly to develop the plans and specifications for the main project. For the relocation, the FSOC had appointed three “expert parents” to sit on the committee to evaluate the different transitional options for the secondary school and to make a recommendation.

Yes. The School Team has actively helped develop the project, for example, by joining various consultation workshops to create the functional program and develop the real estate analysis as well as to design the two transitional schools. The School Team will continue to be involved throughout the project, particularly to develop the plans and specifications for the main project.

 

The School Team will continue to be involved, particularly to develop the plans and specifications for the main project. For the relocation, the FSOC had appointed three “expert parents” to sit on the committee to evaluate the different transitional options for the secondary school and to make a recommendation.

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).

At this stage, the building on Christophe-Colomb is expected to be occupied by FACE elementary students for the 2024-2025 school year.

The Saint-Urbain building is scheduled to be occupied by FACE secondary students for the 2025-2026 school year, subject to whether the funding is secured.

FACE Elementary School: 4835 Christophe-Colomb

The CSSDM has secured the necessary funding to continue the major rehabilitation work on this building.

The Phase-I gutting and selective demolition work is complete. The Phase-II seismic retrofit and envelope repairs are still underway and should finish in spring 2022. The Phase-III interior and exterior renovations that were scheduled to begin in summer 2021 have been postponed until 2022.

The building should be ready for occupancy for the 2024-2025 school year.

FACE Secondary School: 4251 Saint-Urbain Street option

The CSSDM is still waiting for funding to carry out a major rehabilitation of this transitional school. Since this building is still the preferred option, the CSSDM is continuing to work with the Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec to get the necessary authorizations and funding to meet this need.

In the meantime, we are continuing with the design and development phase for the plans and specifications. An initial proposed development plan was created to ensure that the building is suitable for the secondary school’s education program.

The building should be ready for occupancy for the 2024-2025 school year, depending on whether the funding is secured.

Yes.

No. Students from both organizations will be kept together.

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

Yes.

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

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 CSSDM’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.

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

No.

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