UPDATE: School Bell Time Changes 2021-2022
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 2021 implementation, which includes the South 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.
Please note that these changes represent the final phase of a three-year implementation schedule.
Check back regularly for information and resources around bell time changes for the 2021-2022 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.
Bell Time Hotline
Beginning in May 2021, STEO’s call centre will be available at 1-855-441-1589 to assist parents in accessing online information and providing direction on where additional bell time change information and resources can be found.
Stay tuned for details regarding virtual information sessions taking place in the Spring of 2021. Last year, STEO and the Boards offered seven interactive parent information sessions to provide information and address questions around bell time changes. A link to a recorded session can be accessed below.
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 this issue, the boards have been actively working with parents and childcare operators to assess the need for additional support.
Child Care Subsidy Information
Some families may be eligible for financial assistance for their childcare needs through the municipality. Stay tuned for important links for families specific to the South Zone.
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 communication 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.
Parents can visit STEO’s website at www.steo.ca and click on the School and Transportation Eligibility icon to verify your child’s eligibility for busing.
Detailed student transportation information, including pick-up/drop-off locations and approximate times, will be available commencing August 2021 using the FIND MY BUS STOP tool on STEO’s website.
Frequently Asked Questions
August 2020: CORNWALL AND AREA BELL TIME CHANGES FOR CDSBEO
The CDSBEO recently posted its School Re-Entry Plan for September 2020. In order to ensure that we are able to continue to provide eligible families with transportation services regardless of the adaptive curriculum delivery model required due to COVID-19, bell time changes will be implemented in all Cornwall and surrounding area elementary and secondary schools.
Please see full details in the links below.