Looking for a ride
Busing woes far from a dead issue in central Newfoundland
As a new school year approached, central Newfoundland parents were again raising concerns about the plans by the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) to end student pickup within a “family responsibility zone”.
In May, the NLESD announced alternate arrangements would have to be made for students living within a 1.6 kilometre radius of a school.
According to the district, this policy had been in place for some time, but would henceforth be enforced as a means of aligning bus schedule regulations for all English-speaking schools in the province.
This plan is not sitting well with parents.
With the new school year set to begin in just over three weeks, the concerns and frustrations of Baie Verte parents were escalating.
Parent Jennifer Wimbleton is deeply worried about the potential dangers for her two children having to walk to Copper Ridge Academy this September, and she said she will not allow that to happen.
“They certainly will not be walking to school on this busy main highway,” Wimbleton told The Central Voice. “It’s very disheartening. We’re hoping for answers soon, but if not, we’ll need a quick plan in place on getting our kids to and from school.”
Centreville parent Greg Cutler says he’s prepared to hold another protest during the first day of school, to show opposition the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District’s decision to eliminate student pickup within the 1.6 km “family responsibility” zone.