One local school board has decided to stagger the start of the school year for its students.

The Ministry of Education has approved Ontario school boards to implement staggered start-ups for students. To ensure the safety and well-being of all, the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO), which is the French-language Catholic school board has decided to use that option.  The board believes that the staggered start will give students the opportunity to learn about the new health measures in small groups.

The start of the school year will be staggered from September 3 until September 9, for CSDCEO elementary and secondary schools.  All students who have chosen the method of in-person school attendance will be in class as of September 10. For students who have chosen voluntary home learning, they will receive communication from staff during the week of September 8.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hygiene and public health measures will be put in place to ensure the safety of students and staff members. A website for the start of the 2020-2021 school year is available for parents to find out about the specifics for their children, depending on the grade level.