Welcome to the new school year
SRCE start dates and transportation information
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.
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.