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Greater Essex County District School Board
Building Tomorrow Together
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. 

Remote Learning Model

The GECDSB has decided that the September 2021 remote learning model for secondary students will be the Greater Essex Virtual Secondary School. Families who opted-out of in-person learning will receive more details on the virtual secondary school soon. If you have any immediate questions or concerns please contact us at

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

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