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Sum­mer has come to an end for thou­sands of stu­dents across the re­gion as classes in French-lan­guage schools re­sumed yes­ter­day (Au­gust 28) while English-lan­guage schools re-open Septem­ber 4.

Yes­ter­day marked the ren­trée sco­laire for Le Con­seil sco­laire de district catholique de l'Est on­tarien and Le Con­seil des écoles publiques de de l’Est de l’On­tario.

Next Tues­day marks the first day of classes for schools ad­min­is­tered by the Up­per Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of East­ern On­tario.

Al­though fran­co­phone stu­dents start ear­lier than their an­glo­phone coun­ter­parts, they also get out of school ear­lier. The last day of school for French-lan­guage stu­dents is June 20; for English-lan­guage stu­dents, school is out June 27.

About 27,000 stu­dents at­tend the 81 schools run by the Up­per Canada board, which em­ploys 4,200 and whose ju­ris­dic­tion en­com­passes 12,000 square kilo­me­tres.

About 10,000 pupils at­tend the 32 schools run by the French-lan­guage sep­a­rate school board, which em­ploys 1,500, mak­ing it the largest em­ployer in Stor­mont-Dun­dasGlen­garry and Prescott-Rus­sell.

The Catholic District School Board of East­ern On­tario op­er­ates 39 ele­men­tary schools and 10 sec­ondary schools in eight coun­ties, en­com­pass­ing 12,165 square kilo­me­tres. With an en­rol­ment of 13,000, the board em­ploys 881 teach­ers and 560 sup­port staff.

Em­ploy­ing 1,850, the French pub­lic board cov­ers a vast ter­ri­tory of 40,319 square kilo­me­tres, ad­min­is­ters 42 schools that are at­tended by about 14,500 stu­dents.

About 42,000 stu­dents take a bus. Some 31,562 ride ve­hi­cles man­aged by Stu­dent Trans­porta­tion of East­ern On­tario while an­other 10,400 are served by the Con­sor­tium de trans­port sco­laire de l’Est.

More walk­ing this year

More grade 7 and 8 pupils at­tend­ing area English-lan­guage schools will have to walk this year.

Walk zones are be­ing ex­tended by Stu­dent Trans­porta­tion of East­ern On­tario, the con­sor­tium that over­sees bussing for the CDSBEO and the UCDSB. The max­i­mum walk­ing dis­tance for grade 7 and 8 stu­dents will be length­ened from 1.6 kilo­me­tres to 2 kilo­me­tres, the same dis­tance that now ap­plies to grades 9 through 12.

The walk zone for stu­dents in the pri­mary panel, from ju­nior kinder­garten to grade 6, re­mains un­changed.

Un­less they have a valid med­i­cal rea­son, stu­dents liv­ing within the walk zones can­not board a bus.

Ser­vices are be­ing re­duced as the STEO tries to counter the ris­ing cost of pro­vid­ing what is viewed as an es­sen­tial ser­vice.

The broad open-seat re­quest for trans­porta­tion process, which al­lowed stu­dents in the walk zone to ac­cess a seat on the bus, has been dis­con­tin­ued.

Stu­dents in the walk zone with chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated to med­i­cal needs and/or ex­tra­or­di­nary cir­cum­stances, will still have ac­cess to the re­fined re­quest for trans­porta­tion process.

STEO has a process in place to ac­com­mo­date stu­dents in ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances.

More chil­dren will have to walk this year

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