Wel­come to the new school year

SRCE start dates and trans­porta­tion in­for­ma­tion

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The first day of classes for stu­dents in the Strait Re­gional Cen­tre for Ed­u­ca­tion (SRCE) is Thurs­day (Sept. 6).

SRCE of­fi­cials are pro­jected an en­rol­ment – from Grades Pri­mary to 12 – of 6,087 stu­dents, a de­cline of 110 from last year.

Fi­nal en­rol­ment num­bers for the school year will be de­ter­mined by mid-oc­to­ber.

With the start of an­other school year, the SRCE has an­nounced some re­minders for par­ents and guardians.

Changes to bus routes

De­tails re­lated to any changes to bus routes will be com­mu­ni­cated to stu­dents and par­ents/ guardians through the school and/or di­rect con­tact with par­ents/guardians.

It is ex­pected that sev­eral days may be re­quired for stu­dents and bus driv­ers to be­come fully ac­cus­tomed to their routes.

Your pa­tience and co­op­er­a­tion is ap­pre­ci­ated.

Bus stop in­for­ma­tion

Con­tact the SRCE trans­porta­tion de­part­ment staff at 902-747-3645 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­lated to your child’s bus stop.

The SRCE must fol­low the Nova Sco­tia Util­ity and Re­view Board's reg­u­la­tions with re­spect to pupil trans­porta­tion, in­clud­ing the fol­low­ing:

“The driver of a school bus shall not stop the bus for the pur­pose of tak­ing on or dis­charg­ing pas­sen­gers at: (a) more than three (3) places in 1.6 km (1 mile) OR (b) a place that has not been des­ig­nated as a load­ing sta­tion by a school board or other au­thor­ity by or on whose be­half the bus is op­er­at­ing.”

Spur route ser­vice

The SRCE will con­tinue to im­ple­ment Trans­porta­tion De­part­ment, Pol­icy IX-A-1, Man­date and Stan­dards, 1.3 Spur Route Ser­vice, which states:

“Off-route listed road ser­vice will only be con­sid­ered where the con­di­tion of the road is such that the bus can travel safely and with a suit­able turn­ing place main­tained at no cost to the Re­gional Cen­tre. School buses will not pro­ceed into an off-route road or sub­di­vi­sion for the pur­pose of pickup or un­load­ing pupils un­less such pupils live more than 0.8 kilo­me­ters therein.”

In­te­grated booster seats

As part of its safety pro­gram, the prov­ince in­tro­duced in­te­grated booster seats in all newly pur­chased school busses.

Th­ese seats will be used for those stu­dents who weigh less than 40 pounds and who will most ben­e­fit from this en­hance­ment to school busses.

As a re­sult, dur­ing the first week of school, Grades Pri­mary and One stu­dents trav­el­ing on busses equipped with an in­te­grated booster seat will be as­sessed to de­ter­mine if they will be as­signed to a booster seat.

If your child meets the cri­te­ria, par­ents/guardians will be no­ti­fied fol­low­ing the as­sess­ment.

Day­care fa­cil­i­ties

The SRCE will not al­ter or ex­tend bus routes for the pur­pose of trans­port­ing stu­dents to af­ter­school pro­grams of­fered by day­care fa­cil­i­ties.

As a new school year starts, mo­torists are re­minded it is il­le­gal to pass a bus when red lights are flash­ing.

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