Staggered Entry for Grand Erie Students in September,
Changes to Secondary Quadmester Model
With the focus on a safe and successful back-to-school experience for students, Grand Erie District School Board will have a staggered entry for all elementary and secondary students in September.
“We’re excited to welcome our students back,” said Board Chair Greg Anderson. “Our staff have worked hard this summer to put plans in place for the new school year. The safety and well-being of students is our highest priority and it will remain top of mind as we move forward together.”
The staggered entry for secondary schools will see students attending in-class instruction in the following order:
“The staggered entry allows students to ease into their back-to-school routines, including new health and safety procedures for COVID-19,” said JoAnna Roberto, Director of Education. “It also allows students and staff to get to know each other in smaller groups. We must remember that it’s been more than six months since they’ve been in the school together, so this is an important step in setting the tone for the year ahead.”
Aligning with best practices from across the province, Grand Erie has made a change to its secondary quadmester model. Students will still take two courses per quadmester. However, instead of attending both classes daily, students will take one course per day for a full week. They will then alternate weekly between the two courses.
“The goal is to keep students in similar cohorts for an entire week,” said Roberto. “This will assist our pubic health partners with contact tracing, should we be faced with a positive COVID-19 test. It also creates a strong learning environment for students who can focus on one course at a time.”
To assist families with their back-to-school plans, Grand Erie shared two new resources on Thursday. The School Re-Opening Parent Guide provides families with all of the details for back-to-school in September. Grand Erie’s Safe & Inclusive Schools and Mental Health & Well-Being teams also created Setting the Stage for Back-to School. This online resource focuses on mental health supports for parents and families to assist their children with returning to school in September.
“We want families to know that we’re in this together,” said Anderson. “While this back-to-school will look much different than previous ones, our goal remains the same: a great start to the school year for all of our students. I’m confident that if we all remain calm and focused on our students, we will all get through this.”
Below is our 2020 - 2021 Bell Time Schedule.
**Please note all grades will be entering at different times
Grade 9 students will enter from the front door at 8:30,
Grade 10s from the door north of the greenhouse at 8:34,
Grade 11s from the door south of the greenhouse at 8:38 and
Grade 12s from the door near the rear parking lot at 8:42. **