Montreal

Back to school for thousands of Quebec students

As thousands of students return to classes this week, Montreal police are reminding drivers to slow down when passing through school zones.

Police reminding drivers to slow down

Thousands of students in Montreal's French school system returned to classes Monday. (CBC)

As thousands of students return to classes this week, Montreal police are reminding drivers to slow down when passing through school zones.

Monday marked the beginning of a new school year for about 1.3 million children in Montreal's French school system.

Students with the English Montreal School Board and the Lester B. Pearson School Board return to classes on Wednesday.

Montreal Police traffic division commander Pierre Rousseau said additional officers are keeping an eye on drivers around school zones.

"Drivers, they have to adjust their speed," he said. "You never know when a child could cross the street."

Rousseau said during the last school year 50 students were involved in collisions in or around school zones, and in one instance a student was struck and killed.

He said police, parents and drivers must all play a role to make the roads around schools safer.

"If everybody does a small part, we'll have a better record, for sure," he said.

Start dates for Montreal-area schools:

Monday, Aug. 29

  • Montreal's French language school board (CSDM), Marguerite Bourgeois school board

Wednesday, Aug. 31

  • Montreal's English language school board (EMSB), Lester B. Pearson school board, Eastern Townships school board, New Frontiers school board, Sir Wilfrid Laurier school board

Thursday, Sept. 1

  • Riverside school board, Rawdon Elementary School, Joliette Elementary School, Joliette High School
  • McGill (except Dentistry and Medicine faculties), University of Montreal

Tuesday, Sept. 6

  • Concordia University, University of Quebec in Montreal (see the university's website as some programs start earlier).