First day of classes

<p> Tens of thousands of students across Ottawa and eastern Ontario return to school today.</p> <p> It’s the first day of classes for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Ottawa Catholic School Board, the Upper Canada District School Board, the Upper Canada District School Board and schools in Renfrew County.</p> <p> Students in Ottawa’s French language boards returned to class last week.</p> <p> Ottawa Police, Gatineau Police and the OPP will be making sure it’s a safe return to class for students.</p> <p> Police are reminding drivers to reduce speeds in school zones and obey school bus signals. Drivers who fail to stop for a school bus with its lights flashing face fines ranging from $400 to $2,000.</p> <p> Ottawa Police and Gatineau Police will be focusing on school bus and school zone safety during the month of September.</p> <p> Between 2012 and 2016, there were 839 collisions involving school buses or occurring in school zones.</p>