Pembina Trails College Division leaves dad and mom ‘at nighttime’ with bus transportation – Winnipeg |

Pembina Trails School Division leaves parents ‘in the dark’ with bus transportation - Winnipeg |

2021-09-12 07:07:15

The back-to-school month is effectively underway and lots of dad and mom inside the Pembina Trails College Division have been left ‘at nighttime’ concerning their youngsters’s bus transportation plan.

That is leaving dad and mom with frustration as they’re compelled to make alternate journey plans for his or her youngsters.

“We acquired an e mail the primary day of faculty with an apology that they’re behind and to remain tuned for updates. There’s no dates, there’s no causes for this and it’s irritating as a result of we don’t know what’s going on. We’re at nighttime.” Mentioned mum or dad Samantha Remple.

Samantha Remple choosing up her son Ben after faculty on September 10, 2021.

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Remple’s son Ben wrapped up his first day of Kindergarten at Beaumont College and she or he nonetheless has no thought if he may have a spot on the bus or not. This has triggered her to should make some huge modifications to her schedule.

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“I’m reserving day off, I’m having my dad come and assist me decide him up, take him again to daycare. So it’s an enormous mess and never lots of people have the help that I do of grandparents with the ability to decide their grandkids up,” she mentioned.

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Remple just isn’t the one mum or dad feeling the wrestle of the uncertainty. Jenny Duncan has a son in Grade 8 at HGI Center College and she or he says these type of bussing points with Pembina Trails are nothing new.

“We discovered the day earlier than faculty final 12 months that he was not included on the bus, which was fairly devastating for our household as a result of we stay over 5 kilometres away,” she mentioned.

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This 12 months, she says, she nonetheless doesn’t know what bus her son is on after reaching out to the college division and Pembina Trails on a number of events.

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“Even simply the unknown, not having that religion, that belief, it’s very heartbreaking to know that our faculty system is failing us, dad and mom.”

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Mother and father are persevering with to carry out hope that the bus state of affairs shall be resolved sooner slightly than later, however based on a assertion by Pembina Trails, it’s extra prone to be later.

“We shall be routing our seat sale college students beginning Tuesday, September 21 and concluding the routing course of by Friday, October 1.” the assertion reads.

Pembina Trails declined an interview with World Information, however later put out an apology video from the division’s superintendent, Ted Fransen.

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