Windsor-Essex students may hit transportation snags

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Students who are due to return to school on Thursday may run into issues with getting there and home.

BusKids.ca, the consortium that operates busing for all four of Windsor-Essex’s public school boards, has had to make some last-minute changes to busing schedules on the eve of the start of fall classes for many students. The changes are being made to address a possible shortage of bus drivers, and last-minute additions of students to busing.

Parents are being urged to check with the BusKids.ca website each morning as the school year begins for the latest information on bus routes. The consortium is also warning parents of the possibility of delays. School buses are also included in an aggressive and frequent cleaning and disinfecting protocol, and social distancing, which may contribute to possible delays.

“We are advising everyone to be patient as some buses may run later than expected because of new safety protocols and practices that have been put in place,” according to a statement posted on the Greater Essex County District School Board’s official website.

A statement posted on the website for the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board read, “The consortium is doing its best to avoid cancelling routes and making significant changes, but for the interim, we would strongly suggest that you check the consortium’s website every morning before taking your child to the bus stop to ensure that there have not been any interruptions to your service.”

The French-language Catholic board, Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence, and the French public board, Conseil Scolaire Viamonde, also use the consortium.