The GECDSB announces its plan for the 2021-22 school year
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Monday February 8, 2021
Re: Daily COVID-19 Self-Assessment for students
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope you and your families are well. Our staff is very excited to see our Essex District High School students returning for in-person instruction. Since September 2020, students have been required to complete a daily COVID-19 self-assessment before reporting to school. As part of our ongoing effort to safely provide in-person instruction to our students, the Ministry of Education has directed all school boards to implement a process to confirm that board employees and secondary students have completed the self-assessment prior to or upon arrival at the school.
Beginning on Monday February 8, 2021, each school day, all students attending in-person must complete the electronic daily COVID-19 self-assessment preferably before they come to school. The confirmation that a student may come to school will be forwarded automatically to the school Principal. The only data stored and accessible to the Principal is either "Go to school" or "Do not go to school". The individual question responses are not stored. If a student is directed not to attend, please report their absence to the school.
Our staff will review this procedure regularly with students as they transition to this new daily practice.
The updated self-assessment can be accessed at: https://public.publicboard.ca/COVIDScreening/ The link will also be on the Essex DHS Edsby page and the school website.
A letter will go home with all students on Monday February 8 and Tuesday February 9. In it, you will find a QR code that will allow quick access to the COVID Self-Assessment using a personal device.
Thank you for your ongoing support and flexibility as we navigate this unusual school year. Please feel free to call the school if you have any further questions.
Mr. S. Querbach
On Wednesday May 26 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, teachers will be available virtually by phone or Microsoft TEAMS for Parent Teacher Interviews for Quadmester 4 classes.
Parents/Guardians will receive an Edsby Message on Friday May 21 at 3:00 PM with a link to teacher's interview schedules. We encourage parents and guardians to sign up for interviews on Edsby, but you can also call the school at 519-776-7344 starting on Tuesday May 25 to schedule interviews by phone.
Please note that there are limited time-slots available for each teacher. If you are unable to get an appointment with a teacher, please call the school to make other arrangements.
Please see the attached letter below or in "School News" on our website for more information.
Quadmester 3 report cards for Essex District High School students will be mailed home to families during the wek of April 26-30.
As you have likely heard, the Province of Ontario has announced that after our current Spring Break, elementary and secondary students will move to fully virtual/online learning. All classes will begin online for the week of April 19 and continue in this format until it is deemed appropriate to return for in-person instruction. Please be assured that schools remain safe, and that these measures are being taken to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Students in the Virtual School will continue with their regular schedule as previously determined.
On Monday April 19, Essex DHS teachers will reach out to students through Edsby, D2L or by phone to provide details about their Quadmester 4 classes. Teachers will also be providing asynchronous work for students on April 19. Please check Edsby and/or D2L. Synchronous, virtual classes will begin on Tuesday April 20. Students will participate in all classes regardless of cohort during this period of virtual learning.
Quadmester 4 Virtual/Online Schedule (starting Tuesday April 20)
8:20 – 10:50 AM - Period 3 Class
10:50 - 11:50 AM - Lunch
11:50 AM - 2:20 PM - Period 4 Class
This schedule will be consistent during this period of virtual learning. Morning and afternoon classes will not flip week to week as in our in-person, cohort schedule. Classes will be synchronous (in real time) using Microsoft TEAMS or D2L. Teachers may post work on and communicate with students/parents through Edsby as well.
Student in our STEPS program who are currently attending in-person, will resume in-person classes on Tuesday April 20. Staff members from the STEPS program will contact families of our STEPS students on Monday April 19. Transportation will continue to be provided for our STEPS students.
Requests for devices (e.g. laptop) can still be made. If you need a device, please call the school at 519-776-7344 for more information.
For those students scheduled to write the Literacy Test during Quadmester 4, please note that there is no information about the status of the test at this time. More information about the OSSLT will be shared as it becomes available.
Please follow this link to the board’s announcement about this shift to virtual learning.
Additional information can be found on the board’s website at publicboard.ca.
Thank you as always for your continued patience, understanding and flexibility as we manage the challenges of our current situation.