Back to school
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