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Greater Essex County District School Board
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Aug.27 - Updated Secondary School Schedule

​​​​In response to feedback from parents and students the GECDSB has altered the schedule for secondary students in the Adapted In-School learning model. 

Adapted In-School Day (A and B Cohorts) - Secondary 

The Greater Essex County District School Board will open its secondary schools with a hybrid model that combines in-person and remote learning.  Courses will be delivered in a "quadmester" format which involves a four-semester school year.  Students will have the opportunity to earn two credits at a time, and each quadmester is approximately 45 days of instruction. 

We are in compliance with the three Ministry of Education requirements for secondary education:

  • 300 minutes of instruction each day
  • direct and indirect student contacts are limited to approximately 100 students in the school
  • secondary school students are in a maximum of 2 in-person class cohorts
Students will be split into an "A" cohort and a "B" cohort (approximately 15 students in each cohort).   Cohort A will attend in-person every Monday and Thursday.  Cohort B will attend every Tuesday and Friday.  Wednesdays will be split between the two cohorts equally (see chart below). Families will be provided with a calendar that will inform them of each cohort's in-person schedule.   

Students will have a 225 minute block of in-person instruction provided each morning on days they are scheduled to be in school.   They will then be dismissed to go home and have lunch before participating in a mandatory 75 minute period of on-line, synchronous instruction in the afternoon.    On the alternate home days, there will be 225 minutes of asynchronous learning available for student engagement stemming from the previous in-person days' learning. 

In order to reduce the number of direct contacts during the school day, there will be nutritional breaks threaded into the morning. 

SAMPLE Quadmester Day 1 Timetable (for illustration purposes only - bell times will vary for each school as will the period numbers):

9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Cohort A: In class learning, with scheduled nutrition breaks and washroom breaks  

Cohort B: Asynchronous learning remotely 

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.  

Students dismissed to home (staggered exit)

Staff lunch 

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cohorts A & B: On-line Synchronous Learning

*Please note in areas that bus times are longer, the lunch schedule will be adjusted for students.​

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 Printable PDF Secondary Schedule.pdf

Considerations for Massey Secondary School - On advice from the Ministry of Education and from health officials, contact tracing is a priority therefore, Massey will follow the quadmester schedule for 2020-21. 

Considerations for students attending Western Secondary School and Trillium Learning Centre – Students who attend the secondary programs at Western Secondary School and Trillium Learning Centre will have the option of attending classes every day.  Families will be contacted by the respective sites personnel.