For the most part, school buses in Durham Region will not be hitting the road until Sept. 14.
While few details are available on the Durham Student Transportation Services (DSTS) website, the Durham District School Board sent a letter home to parents Friday (Aug. 28) noting that the nearly week-long delay is being attributed to route preparation.
“We understand that this change by DSTS may have an impact on students who require transportation to school. After serious consideration, we have made the decision to continue with our return to school plans, including the previously announced start dates and in-person morning classes,” reads the email from Acting Director of Education Norah Marsh.
“No student will be penalized for missing an in-person class and will be given any additional support they need to start the school year off strong.”
The delay will not impact any school with a modified calendar – Brock High, Henry Street in Whitby and Maxwell Heights in Oshawa.
“Given the short notice that these schools would have received and that their bus routes are unique, we have managed to secure bus transportation for these schools for the first day of school (Monday, August 31). The school year and student transportation will proceed as planned,” the email reads.
Additional information is expected to be distributed to parents later today.
“We acknowledge that this change may have an impact on the schedules of some families and their planning for the start of the school year. Please know that we have made the decision to limit any disruption to the school year as much as possible given the loss of learning that students have experienced due to COVID-19,” the email reads.
“Our school teams are working hard towards the return to school and are looking forward to welcoming students back in the classroom. They will be sending you an update later today with more information to help you prepare for the return to school. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to adapt in this evolving situation.”