The Greater Essex County District School Board has released its plan for the region’s public-school students to return to classrooms — if they so choose. Under this new plan, students will be allowed to return to classes staggered as per their grade starting on September the 8th and all students will be back and adjusted to the new full day programs by Friday September 11th.

Here we have compiled some of the details you might be interested in when it comes to the soon to be implemented protocols this coming back to school season to ensure the health and safety of your loved ones.

Starting with our elementary students, here are some of the safety protocols that will be implemented for the coming school year.

  • For grades 4 to 8, masks will be a requirement and for all students grade 3 and bellow although not a requirement, masks will be considered “highly recommended.
  • Lunch and recess sessions will be planned in small groups with upgraded health protocols to minimize unnecessary contact between students.
  • Entry and exit of students as well as washroom use will also be staggered to minimize contact


As for the region’s public high schools, students will be offered the option for either in class learning or online education.

  • All students will also be required to wear masks as expected.
  • All secondary students will now be split into two cohorts in order to minimize contact and will be rotated between in-school learning and at home learning as per the GECDSB’s “quadmester“ schedule.
  • Age group appropriate signage will also adorn the halls and classrooms of schools to remind students of the importance of social distancing, hand washing and to refrain from touching their faces.
  • Directional arrows will help guide students when moving through the hallways.

The Greater Essex County District School Board hopes to minimize the total direct and indirect contacts for each student through these measures to a maximum of 50 people for elementary students and 100 for secondary students.

For additional information families are encouraged to visit the Greater Essex County District School Board website. (