Seating on the bus for all children that need it in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Seating on the bus for all children that need it in Newfoundland & Labrador.

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charlene patten started this petition to Newfoundland English School District and

The Newfoundland and Labrador Government has cut out bus seats for more than 6000 students in Newfoundland and Labrador, including courtesy seats. They expect parents to bring their kids to and from school, but this is not possible when both parents work and cannot leave their job to pick them up. The suggestion would be to ask a family member or a friend, but a lot of people don't have that option. I personally don't have any family or friends that can help me. Everyone I know are working themselves or they don't live near me. I have no family I can count on as they don't live in the same town. Then there's the option to pay a private bus, what about the people that can't afford to pay? They are already paying high amounts for after school care a lot of people can't afford to add on an extra $40 to $50 a week for after school care (2 hours a day).

My daughter relies on having a courtesy seat to get to daycare after school. We live within the 1.6km zone but the daycare is outside the zone therefore we will require a bus to get her there. Also, it is not safe in the area for kids to walk to school, there are no sidewalks and in the winter the roads are barely plowed enough for a car to get through let alone let a small child walk alone.

I am prepared to bring my daughter to and from school for the first week, this is usually the time frame required to sort out the busing requirements, after that she will have to remain at school until I can get there pick her up. If we all do this they will have no choice but to add buses for the children that don't have a ride or they will have to pay staff to stay with the children until they can be picked up.

Please support this petition for the Newfoundland and Labrador government to step up and do the right thing for the students and families of Newfoundland and Labrador. They have had more than enough time to figure out the plan for the 2020-21 school year. 6 months we have been living through this pandemic and they knew that at some point our children would have to return to school, eliminating busing for our children is NOT a solution!

We need to stand together for our rights, our children's rights! 

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