Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario, in partnership with the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) and the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB), began implementing unified bell times in September 2019, to facilitate a standard length of the school day.
Please refer to Bell Time Zone Map for September 2020 implementation, which includes the East/West Zone.
Elementary school bell times will occur between 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., while all secondary school bell times will occur at 8:00 a.m.
More information will be shared with parents as it becomes available.
Please note that these changes represent the second phase of a three-year implementation schedule.
Check back regularly for information and resources around bell time changes for the 2020 – 2021 school year.
Bell time alignment supports consistent planning for families, the implementation of district wide learning opportunities for both CDSBEO and UCDSB and results in significant transportation related savings, without loss of transportation services to families.
Expanded learning opportunities within CDSBEO and UCDSB resulting from common bell times could ensure that high school students have a wider range of access to curriculum options offered by the boards regardless of their location.
Stay tuned for details regarding information sessions taking place in various locations across the region in the Spring of 2020.
Child Care Information
The boards recognize that changes in bell times may require families to make use of before and after school care services that they did not require in the past. To address these concerns, the boards will be actively working with parents and childcare operators to assess the need for additional support.
We are encouraging all parents to ensure that their contact information is updated at their child (rens) school.
To ensure parents are fully aware of the changes taking place and how it will affect them, STEO and the boards are working through a wide variety of communications channels to reach out to parents. This includes in school notices to the home, email, text, social media, call centre outreach and online sources of detailed information.