Stop the bus delays: Road to funding
For over a year, 50+ school communities have been experiencing ongoing, significant bus delays, as a direct result of a bus driver shortage in the Greater Toronto Area. Each day, students wait at the curbside or school entrances for
20 minutes to over an hour for a service that they not only deserve, but require, to get to and from school each day.
Bus service providers continue to work to hire and train more drivers to fill their vacancies, and Student Transportation of Peel Region (STOPR) is working closely with these companies to adjust and consolidate routes. But these efforts have not been able to resolve these ongoing delays.
|We need a solution to ensure students don't continue to miss valuable learning opportunities. We need the provincial government to #StoptheBusDelays by providing additional funding for bus driver recruitment and to assist the board to explore alternate transportation options. |
The negative impact on school communities has been tremendous
There is currently a shortfall of nearly 70 school bus drivers in our region, which means that approximately 150 of our daily bus runs do not have a regular driver and haven't since the early fall. As the result of ongoing bus delays:
students are consistently arriving late to school, causing them to miss assessments, assignments and hours of valuable instructional time. Then, at the end of the day, long pickup wait times are taking students away from extracurricular activities they have outside of school.
parents/guardians are missing work to accommodate for the inconsistent or non-existent transportation service. In some cases, families have resorted to alternate methods of transportation to avoid losing their jobs, including paying for cabs out-of-pocket and pulling their child out of class early to drive them home.
school administrators and staff are having to remain at school well beyond their work day to ensure all students are picked up and arrive home safely. Late arrivals at the start of the day result in disruption to class instruction and activities, causing staff to restructure lesson plans to accommodate for these delays.
What can you do to help?
Parents, staff and School Councils are critical voices in our campaign for additional bus funding. Here are a few ways you can help to #StoptheBusDelays.
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For more information, call your local trustee or speak with your principal.