Look­ing for a ride

Bus­ing woes far from a dead is­sue in cen­tral New­found­land

The Central Voice - - Year In Review -

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.”

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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.

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