Did you register your children for the Sooke school bus as a back-up plan? If so, the Sooke School District would like you to consider opting out.
In an email distributed to parents today, they say they have received over 4,100 bus registrations for the current school year, an increase of 49 per cent since the 2015/16 school year. Registration during that same period has increased, but only 9 per cent over that same time.
They believe that a portion of this growth can be attributed to the elimination of bus fees, coupled with parents wanting a backup plan in the event their normal mode of transportation is not available. A child cannot take the bus if they are not registered for it.
This unparalleled growth in bus registration is causing a strain on the District’s transportation network.
If the school board needs to add new routes—which they are considering—the funding would have to come from money currently assigned to the classrooms.
Prior to making that decision, the Board would like an understanding of which families continue to require transportation services this school year.
Realizing that individual circumstances may have changed since the registration process, the District is asking families to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org only if you no longer require transportation services for this current school year.
This information will provide greater certainty to the Board and will allow the important funding decisions to be made. We would ask that any families opting out of the transportation services send the email prior to October 3rd at 4:00 pm.
Since you’re here, we have a small favour to ask.
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