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Greater Essex County District School Board
Building Tomorrow Together
First Days of School

​NEWS RELEASE                                 

Greater Essex County District School Board 451 Park Street West, Windsor ON N9A 6K1

519-255- 3200  


Sept. 9, 2020

Contact: Public Relations Officer Scott Scantlebury

Phone: 519-255-3200 ext. 10224

We're Ready

- the 2020-21 school year begins Sept. 10 -

GECDSB students will begin returning to school on Thursday, Sept. 10th with the Grade 1 – 9 students leading the way in a staggered start to the year.

Group 1 of Grade 1-8 students (last name beginning in A – L) will join their teachers in class on Thurs., Sept. 10 and Mon., Sept. 14. Students in Group 2 (last name beginning in M – Z) will have their first days on Fri., Sept. 11 and Tues., Sept. 15.

Kindergarten students will come to school on Mon., Sept. 14 (Group 1: A – L) and Tues., Sept. 15th (Group 2: M – Z). All students will attend class together beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 16th.

Grade 9 students in the In-Person Adapted learning model will be the first ones back in GECDSB high schools with orientation scheduled for Group 1 (A – L) on Thurs., Sept. 10 and Group 2 (M – Z) on Fri., Sept. 11.

Grade 10 students will begin on Mon., Sept. 14 along with the Grade 9 students, in their assigned cohorts. Grades 11-12 will begin their regular school schedules, in their cohorts, on Wed., Sept. 16.

Secondary students participating in full, on-line learning through the GECDSB Virtual schools can complete their orientation module through the GECDSB website by Friday, Sept. 11.

On Mon., Sept. 14 (Group 1: A – L) and Tues., Sept. 15 (Group 2: M – Z) students will join their teachers on line. Full classes begin Wed., Sept 16.

Elementary students who are using the off-line paper packages have been contacted by their teachers with instructions for the start of their school year.

Details for the staggered start have been posted on the GECDSB website

All schools will be following their scheduled arrival and dismissal times beginning on Thursday, Sept. 10. See school websites for details.

​For more information contact Public Relations Officer Scott Scantlebury @ 519-255-3200 ext. 10224