Public Board Staggering The Start Of The School Year

Thursday August 27th, 2020

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The Public School Board announced late Thursday staggered starts for the upcoming school year.

Students will begin their return to school starting on Thursday, September 10th, 2020, and not the traditional Tuesday after Labour Day.

“A staggered approach to school start-up, beginning on September 10th, will provide the GECDSB additional time to reorganize staff assignments and student timetables for all in-person and virtual school classes and will provide opportunities for schools to ensure that health and safety practices and new school protocols are reviewed and practiced before the full complement of students returns to each building,” a release from the board said.

Elementary Students: 

  • All students in Junior/Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8 attending in-person will be divided into two groups. These groups will be created alphabetically as one measure to keep all students from a family together.
  • Grade 1 to 8 students in Group 1 only attend school on Thursday, September 10th, Monday, September 14th, and will return for daily classes beginning on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020.
  • Grade 1 to 8 students in Group 2 only attend school on Friday, September 11th, Tuesday, September 15th, and will return for daily classes beginning on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020.
  • Early Years (JK/SK) students in Group 1 only attend school on Monday, September 14th, and will begin daily classes on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020.
  • Early Years (JK/SK) students in Group 2 only attend school on Tuesday, September 15th, and will begin daily classes on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020.

Secondary Students:

  • Students will be cohorted into two groups, Cohort A and Cohort B.
  • Grade 9 students in Cohort A only will attend school, in-person, on Thursday, September 10th, for school orientation. Grade 9 students in Cohort B only will attend school, in-person, on Friday, September 11th for school orientation.
  • Students taking Grade 9 and 10 courses in Cohort A only, will attend class on Monday, September 14th. Students taking Grade 9 and 10 courses in Cohort B only, will attend class on Tuesday, September 15th.
  • Students taking Grade 11 and 12 courses (Cohort A and B) will participate in their period 1 and 2 classes virtually (on-line) on Monday, September 14th and Tuesday, September 15th, 2020.
  • All students in Grades 9 to 12 will follow their regular class schedule based on their Cohort (A/B) beginning on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020.

The full plan has been posted on the boards website here.

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