Back to school
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.
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.