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Students head back to class early at several GTA schools

Although there are still a few days left until the start of the Labour Day long weekend, several students in the Peel, York and Durham region have heading back to class.

Five schools in the York Region District School Board, and several others in the Peel and Durham districts, opened their doors a week early.

Licinio Miguelo, spokesperson for the York board, told The Toronto Star they are doing this for the students’ benefit. He says several studies have shown student who get an early start are able to retain more knowledge.

To compensate for the early start, student are given a week off halfway through the first semester.

Some schools started even earlier in the summer. Students of Bill Crothers Secondary School in Unionville headed back to class Aug. 8.

No elementary schools in York region have implemented the early start program.