- Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) - http://www.hpedsb.on.ca -

First day of school brings a lot of ‘new’ for many

The first day of school is an exciting time for many. As students return to the classroom, their parents/guardians, teachers, support staff and community members adjust to new routines, as well.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board reminds everyone to watch for children and school buses. Please obey speed limits and be aware of the school crossing zones in your travels. Many children are going to school for the first time and others are getting used to the transition back to school.

Teachers have prepared their classrooms and support staff worked throughout the summer to clean schools and make them welcoming environments.

“As always, we welcome students and staff back to school,” remarks Kathy Soule, Director of Education. “There is so much enthusiasm on the first day. Over the summer HPEDSB schools were thoroughly cleaned, painted, and some were renovated with new libraries and literacy rooms. They are all in top shape for the new school year.”

The back-to-school routine will take some time for children and their parents/guardians to get used to. A smooth transition involves a partnership between home and school. Children need time to adjust to waking up early and the process of having breakfast and getting ready for school. They need time to practice and will improve as the days and weeks unfold.

“The month of September is always a transition month for many families. It takes time for the home-school routine to come together. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, we are committed to working in partnership with parents/guardians and to having the best learning environments for students, where they have safe, effective and respectful learning experiences,” states Soule.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 16,800 students each day at 46 elementary and 8 secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, provide the best opportunity for students to learn. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.


For more information, please contact:

• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1-800-267-4350, ext. 2354