Back to school

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

Where did the sum­mer go? That lament will soon be heard across Eastern On­tario as thou­sands of stu­dents and school em­ploy­ees pre­pare for a re­turn to classes.

For French-lan­guage stu­dents, the first day of school ar­rives next week. In this re­gion, Au­gust 29 is the ren­trée sco­laire for Le Con­seil sco­laire de district catholique de l'Est on­tarien et le Con­seil des écoles publiques de de l’Est de l’On­tario.

English-lan­guage stu­dents will not go back un­til after Labour Day. Septem­ber 5 is the first day of classes for schools ad­min­is­tered by the Up­per Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern On­tario.

While fran­co­phone stu­dents start ear­lier than their an­glo­phone coun­ter­parts, they also end stud­ies ear­lier. The last day of school for French-lan­guage stu­dents is June 21; for English-lan­guage stu­dents, school’s out June 27.

The num­bers

About 26,700 stu­dents at­tend the 86 schools run by the Up­per Canada board, which em­ploys 4,300 and whose ju­ris­dic­tion en­com­passes 12,000 square kilo­me­tres.

About 10,000 pupils at­tend the 33 schools run by the French-lan­guage sep­a­rate school board, which em­ploys 1,500, mak­ing it the largest em­ployer in Stor­mont-Dun­das-Glen­garry and Prescott-Rus­sell.

The English sep­a­rate sys­tem, which cov­ers 12,165 square kilo­me­tres, has 12,900 stu­dents, 42 schools and 1,300 em­ploy­ees.

Em­ploy­ing 1,850, the French public board cov­ers a vast ter­ri­tory of 40,319 square kilo­me­tres, ad­min­is­ters 38 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.

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