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Welcome to the Greater Essex Virtual School! gevs logo.png  

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions: 


What does the school day look like for the Virtual School? School begins on September 7thClasses begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:10 pm. Students have a 30-minute nutrition break at 10:40 am and a 40-minute nutrition break at 12:50 pm. 

Your child will log into the Microsoft Teams application a few minutes before 9:00 am and click on their class Team. The class team will be visible to your child after Friday September 3rd. There will be a scheduled class meeting for them to join. Most days the students will wait in a ‘virtual lobby’ until the teacher can admit them to the class meeting.  

What does my child need to join their virtual classroom? Your child will need an internet connection and a device capable of running the Microsoft Teams application (not the web version). It should have a working camera and microphone to fully participate in their online lessons. If you do not have a device capable of running Microsoft Teams, please the call the school at (519) 987-6066 to request a device from the GECDSB. 

Alternatively, if you wish to purchase your own device, you can click on this link to review the Student Device Purchase Option​which offers discounts for the types of products used within the board. 

How can I learn more about the online programs my child will be using to learn? Our school is offering a series of learning sessions for parents and guardians. Please scroll down to find links to the upcoming sessions.

What if my board provided device is not workingYou may email to setup a time to bring your board device in to be checked by the IT department. Please ensure your child charges their device and can log in to their Microsoft and Edsby accounts before school begins on the 7th. 

How will I find out what is happening at the school? To keep communication consistent, we will be using Edsby to share information with families. Parents and Guardians can expect an email next week inviting them to join Edsby for each of their children attending the Virtual School. If you have never used Edsby, you can visit to view helpful videos to get started. 

You might also want to follow us on Twitter @GEVSchool 


We are so excited to have your family join our GEVS Galaxy this year, where we are #connectedandlearning! 



Darin Carroll                            


Shelley Pike 



   The Greater Essex Virtual School (Elementary) is pleased to offer a series of parent/guardian seminars that will introduce parents to the learning platforms they can expect to see in the coming weeks. On a weekly basis, parents/guardians will receive a link to a meeting in which the basics of logging in, navigating Microsoft Teams, Edsby, and Class Notebook, troubleshooting common errors, and contact with the Technology Support Team will be outlined. Each parent/guardian will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss the transition into online learning, and any questions that they may have will be addressed throughout the session, with a designated questions period following the meeting to alleviate any further concerns. Please find below a small description of each week’s seminar.  


Session1 (Introduction to Office 365 and Intro to Microsoft Teams) 

           September 9, Time 3:30 PM 

 (by clicking on a time slot, it will bring you to the session) 

  In this session, parents/guardians will learn about the basics of logging into their child’s Office 365 and navigating our main learning platform, Microsoft Teams. This will include a tutorial on Student ID and password combinations, access to the Student portals, navigating Teams and the various apps within Office 365, and potential common login errors that can be anticipated. Parents/guardians can also expect to learn about Technology Support and when they can know to contact the Team.  


Session 2 (Introduction to Edsby and Microsoft Teams continued) 

(by clicking on a time slot, it will bring you to the session) 

   In this session we will explore Edsby and dive a little deeper into Teams. Parents/guardians will learn how to navigate inside their Edsby classroom, how to find their child’s online classroom, manage audio and video permissions, navigate the various tabs, apps, and channels, and send direct messages to teachers. Common problems/issues that can be encountered will also be discussed, along with their potential solutions.  


Session 3 (Introduction to Class Notebook) 

(by clicking on a time slot, it will bring you to the session) 

   Parents/guardians will learn how their child will access and use Class Notebook in the third seminar. Class Notebook is a platform that allows students to work both independently and collaboratively with their class within an online space. Parents/guardians will be shown how their child will find assigned tasks in Notebook’s Sections and Pages, interact with the material that the teacher has attached, edit using the suite of tools available within the program, and troubleshoot some simple problems that Notebook can present.  



Session 4 (using the accessibility features of Office 365) 

In this session parents/ guardians will learn about the accessibility features in the office 365 suite. These features can be used by all students including those with exceptionalities to better engage in learning. This session will cover specifically, immersive reader and the voice to text features across all platforms