Back to School (2021-2022)

This page contains information for our current students and families, and those interested in attending our schools.
 
Images of secondary and elementary students wearing masks. Back to School 2021-2022. Welcome!
 

We are happy to be back!

Our teachers, administrators, support staff and custodians worked hard to get schools and lessons ready for students for the 2021-2022 school year. We’ve missed everyone and we’re hopeful that this year will be a positive learning experience for our students as they develop socially, emotionally and academically! 
 
Collage of photos showing teachers & support staff wearing masks and face shields
 

What does learning look like for the 2021-2022 school year?

Face-to-face

We believe that learning face to face with their peers and caring educators is best for our students’ social, emotional and academic well-being. The vast majority of AMDSB students will be returning to this model in September.
 
Elementary school health and safety protocols look very similar to the 2020-2021 school year. Students are asked to screen for COVID-19 symptoms before attending, remain in their cohorts (classes), wear masks, and take regular breaks for hand hygiene.
 
Our secondary schools have the same health and safety protocols in place (masks, hand hygiene), but instead of having 1 course/day as they did last year, they have 2 courses/day (1 in the morning, and the other in the afternoon).
 

Virtual/remote

Although we believe that students are best served while learning face to face, we understand that some students need to be accommodated online. We continue to offer full online (remote) learning for the 2021-2022 school year.
“The fact that AMDSB schools have such a sense of community of support, not just from an administrative or teacher level, but also from the students, has been extraordinary. The integration of our child with special needs into the classroom with peers has been invaluable.” Parent of student with special needs

Elementary (online):
  • The full online learning option is once again called the Avon Maitland Remote Learning School (AMRLS).
  • This school is a fully separate online school where students engage in 300 minutes of synchronous work (online with the teacher) and asynchronous work (completed on the students’ own time) daily. Please note: French Immersion is not an option.
  • Unlike the 2020-2021 school year, there is no option for switching back and forth between in person and online learning.
 
Secondary (online):
  • Secondary students remain registered with their home secondary school, but complete part of their day in TWO synchronous (online with the teacher) remote learning courses. Depending on the student’s grade, up to TWO other courses are chosen by students through the Avon Maitland District eLearning Centre (AMDEC). AMDEC courses are asynchronous only (students are not online with the teacher).
 

COVID-19 protocols

Visit our COVID-19 Information and Advisory page to learn about COVID-19 and Health and Safety protocols in our schools, get information about screening and vaccines, and more.

New to AMDSB?

Who we are

If you are new to Avon Maitland (or just checking us out), we are a full service public English school district in southwestern Ontario. We serve families in Huron and Perth Counties.
 
At AMDSB, our goal is to enable students to be successful graduates who can say “I am Well, I am Prepared, I am Engaged.” We are committed to what parents in our system have highlighted as the importance of monitoring. We track a wide range of data and information so that adjustments can be made throughout the school year to meet the needs of our students. Read about our 2020-2024 Strategic Plan.
 
 
 
Our motto is “Always learning” - we believe that students and staff are continually learning and growing as they
“I had encouragement from my teachers, they never made me feel inferior or silly. They seemed to understand that it was ok for me to follow my unique path.” Past AMDSB student
encounter new knowledge. We are a small school board that can pivot and shift quickly when needed so that we continually meet the needs of our students.
 
 

Programs (what we offer)

We offer a wide variety of programs to meet the needs of our students. Check out a few examples below! For a full list of programs and services offered at the Elementary level click here, and for our Secondary programs and services, click here

Our Kindergarten teams provide safe, nurturing environments that promote cognitive, social, and emotional development. Classrooms are carefully designed to include materials and experiences to encourage collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, communication, and problem solving. 

Collage of photos of AMDSB kindergarten classroom

We offer French Immersion programming in Stratford at Bedford and Anne Hathaway Public Schools, and 10 French Immersion courses at the secondary level. 
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Young students learning English are supported through our English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Literacy Development (ELD) programs.

Our Indigenous Education Lead guides programming related to the Ontario Indigenous Education Strategy, which aims to support students who identify as First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Our schools also participate in a number of activities that enhance Indigenous learning opportunities. 

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Our Mental Health and Well-being team, along with community partners, provides a wide variety  of resources for our students and educators around stress and coping and building resilience. Our Mental Health Counsellors work directly in our schools to promote mental health and well-being and guide student-led teams as they develop school-specific plans for their peers. For those who may need extra support, we work in partnership with local community providers like Huron Perth Centre for Children and Youth, Rural Response for Healthy Children, Tanner Steffler Foundation, and Choices for Change, to ensure students have access to the support that they need. After collecting feedback from our School Councils, we learned that the most commonly mentioned ‘star’ of our Strategic Plan was the focus on mental health and well-being. Visit our Mental Health and Well-being page to learn more. 

We value equity, diversity and inclusivity. Our schools provide a caring, welcoming and inclusive community for our students. We complete an annual survey to assess belonging and school culture and use those results to develop student-led initiatives. We promote a safe environment for all students and regularly educate our students about bullying and how to be supportive of one another. We demonstrate our commitment to inclusivity by flying the Pride flag in June, recognizing Orange Shirt Day, Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month and many others. We value menstrual equity and as of September 2021 we provide free products in washrooms used by grade 4-12 students in all schools.


Images representing Equity

 All of our schools offer experiential learning opportunities to help students realize their skills and interests and gain valuable career experience. We offer FunTECH activities to Grade 6 students, and for our secondary students, Cooperative Education, Dual Credit courses with Conestoga, Fanshawe, and Lambton Colleges, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, Specialist High Skills Majors, and more. Learn more at amdsb.ca/pathways

Collage of photos of students engaged in experiential learning opportunities

Our classroom teachers focus on universal design for learning and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all students. Special education programs and services at AMDSB support classroom teachers in meeting the needs of our diverse group of learners with special education needs. Our services support learners with reduced hearing or vision, gifted learners and those who need extra support. Visit our Special Education page to learn more. 

Our Schools

There are 31 elementary and 8 secondary schools in the Avon Maitland District School Board, as well as the Avon Maitland District eLearning Centre and the Avon Maitland Remote Learning School (AMRLS), which was developed prior to the 2020-2021 school year as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Compared to some surrounding school boards, many of our schools are small and the communities close-knit. Students and their families are able to build relationships with school staff and other families. For secondary students, this can translate into valuable community service or co-op placement opportunities. 

See a list of all of our schools.
“I underestimated the value of the resources provided by AMDSB. Our daughter has been successful because of the equipment that she uses every day in her classroom.”  Parent of student who is hard of hearing
Not sure which school your child should attend? Use our School Finder tool. 

Register your child at one of our schools today!

See these videos to learn more about what each of our secondary schools has to offer (videos will open in a new tab):


Central Huron Secondary School (Clinton)

F.E. Madill Secondary School (Wingham)

Goderich District Collegiate Institute (Goderich)

Listowel District Secondary School (Listowel)

Mitchell District High School (Mitchell)

South Huron District High School (Exeter)

St. Marys District Collegiate and Vocational Institute (DCVI) (St Marys)

Stratford District Secondary School (Stratford)