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Chair's Message

​​May 20,2020

Ron LeClair.jpgWe are contending with an unprecedented social, medical and educational emergency and I have incredible appreciation for the efforts of everyone – our staff, our students and their families – to keep each other safe, healthy and learning.

There is no experience we can rely on that would have prepared us for the ordered school closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we have counted on the incredible depth and judgement of our dedicated professionals to problem solve and plan. Our response has evolved and expanded with each passing week as we try and provide the best programs and resources to fulfill our obligations. This has meant some trial and error, but we are all learning as we go and we have achieved considerable success.

This crisis has revealed great ingenuity, capability and character throughout our GECDSB community. We have new attitudes and perspectives on learning and increased awareness of our responsibilities to one another.

These efforts by GECDSB teaching and support staff, administrators and Trustees will continue throughout the course of this emergency. I anticipate that being well into the summer break and the next school year.

I encourage you to stay safe, be optimistic and persevere. Success will certainly be a measure of our will to work together.