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Greater Essex County District School Board
Building Tomorrow Together Every Learner, Every Day
Return to School Sept. 2021 - Secondary

The GECDSB is planning for a return to in-person learning for all students, K to 12, in September 2021!  We believe that this is the best place for our students to learn. Working with the Windsor Essex County Health Unit, we will continue to update school safety plans and protocols for an effective return in the Fall.

Secondary students will attend full day, every day in September. 

Secondary students will be scheduled in a four-course, semester model. Students will participate in two, 150-minute classes each day.  Students will participate in Course 1 and Course 2 in Week 1, and in Course 3 and Course 4 in Week 2 to limit the number of student interactions throughout the day.  This schedule will alternate each week for the first semester. Regular school bell times will be followed, with a 40-minute lunch break between morning and afternoon courses. Students attending in-person will remain in that learning model for the entire year.

The Government of Ontario has announced that school boards shall provide a remote learning option for families for the 2021-2022 school year. We will be providing families with an opportunity to opt-out of in-person learning for 2021-2022 from July 28 to August 6, 2021. At that time, families will have up-to-date information on the status of the pandemic and will be in a better position to make an informed decision for the 2021-2022 school year.

Remote Learning Model

On June 15, 2021, the GECDSB shared that the remote learning model in secondary schools would be a Hybrid Learning Model for the 2021-2022 school year for students who opt-out of in-person learning.  After further consultation with our partners, student survey data will be reviewed, in early August, to determine if alternative remote learning models will be considered.

For students who opt-out of in-person learning, a remote learning option will be provided.  Students may move from the remote learning model to the in-person learning model at designated times during the school year.

The Minister of Education has suggested that more information will be shared throughout the summer months regarding the return to schools in September.