First day of school – Ottawa-Carleton District School Board welcomes more than 75,000 students

First day of school – Ottawa-Carleton District School Board welcomes more than 75,000 students
Posted on 09/03/2019
First day of school – Ottawa-Carleton District School Board welcomes more than 75,000 students

September 3, 2019

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is thrilled to welcome more than 75,000 students as we kick off the new school year today.

“Whether it’s your first day or if you are returning for your final year, we would like to wish our students the very best as they learn and grow,” said Camille Williams-Taylor, Director of Education for the OCDSB. “The first day of school is an exciting and emotional time. To all the students, parents and teachers starting today, I ask that you embrace the possibilities of a new year.”

The OCDSB is the largest school board in Eastern Ontario serving students within a 2,760 square kilometre area known as the city of Ottawa. Students are based out of 148 schools - 118 elementary including two special education sites, 25 secondary including the adult high school, and five secondary alternate sites. For the 2019-2020 school year, 75,396 students have so far registered.

Leading up to this school year, more than $79 million has been invested on school renewal, additions and renovations – this includes new gyms, improved classrooms, and new playsets. For example, last September, Bayview Public School’s kindergarten playground was destroyed by the tornado. They are thrilled to have a new playground ready to go for the children in September.

The 2019-2020 school year marks the start of the first full school year for Williams-Taylor as Director of Education along with the Board of Trustees, which was elected last fall. The school year will also see the OCDSB begin to implement its new 2019-2023 strategic plan, designed to foster a culture of innovation, caring and social responsibility in the school community.

Highlights for the year ahead include Merivale High School’s authorization as an IB World School for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Merivale High School joins Colonel By Secondary School as the only other OCDSB school offering this specialized learning experience. The OCDSB will also launch new initiatives to collect identity-based data to highlight gaps that exist and better reach those who need further support.

In addition, we are proud to participate in international research through the OECD, which will produce valuable information about students’ social and emotional skills. The purpose of the study is to help participating countries better understand the social and emotional skills of their students. Ottawa is the only city in Canada taking part in this project.



The OCDSB welcomes student registrations year-round. To find your local school visit the OCDSB School Locator.

Transportation News

Information regarding busing and transportation can be found through the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA). The OSTA website includes a mailing list if you wish to receive school bus delays and cancellation notifications. Student safety is everyone’s responsibility read more about how your child can learn about the importance of school bus safety rules.

Family Reception Centre

The Family Reception Centre welcomes families new to Canada, to the OCDSB and families returning to the OCDSB. To learn more about English as a Second Language programs or to find out more about the Family Reception Centre, call 613-239-2416 or visit the Family Reception Centre page.

School Year Calendar

The 2019-2020 School Year Calendar highlights School Holidays, PA Days, and District-wide Secondary Testing. Students will also receive a hard copy of either the Elementary Calendar or Secondary Calendar during the first week of school.

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