SD&G, Ont. – It’s back to the school routine for hundreds of students in Cornwall and across SD&G. So is the packing of lunches and school bags for parents. Students at Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario schools will be cracking the books today. French Public and French Catholic school students have already had a head start as classes started one week ago.
Police are also reminding motorists that more school buses will be back on the road. If you don’t stop for a school bus with its overhead red signal-lights flashing it’s a minimum $400 fine plus six demerit points. Cornwall police are taking a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to school bus light violators. Cruisers will be following some buses while others will have police officers on board for the morning and afternoon commute. The O.P.P. and Cornwall police are also cautioning motorists to be on the lookout for kids walking to school who may be distracted by the excitement of the first day of school.
On the college front, St. Lawrence College will welcome students this morning with activities starting at 8:30 a.m. There will be campus tours, information sessions, a barbecue and games as part of Welcome Week. Dean Don Fairweather is expected to greet over 600 first year students as well as returning students. “Faculty and staff are looking forward to seeing the campus come alive with students this September,” Dean Fairweather remarked. “It is exciting to help people realize their dreams.”