Catholic School Board staggers school year, follows public board

An empty teacher's desk is seen at the front of a empty classroom. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario has staggered the start to its school year, which follows a move by the local public board last week. 

The Board has told parents classes will no longer start Sept. 4 as originally planned, instead, the first day will be staggered depending on grade between Tuesday, Sept. 8 and Sept. 14.

The board said staggering start times is meant to familiarize students with new health and safety protocols in place in the wake of COVID-19.

The Upper Canada District School Board made a similar move during its meeting last week and approved a staggered start to its school year between Sept. 11 and Sept. 15, with students returning based on their grade and alphabetical order of their last name.