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Manitoba School Departments Struggles Again With Bus Driver Shortages And Transportation Issues – WinnipegNews WAALI

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Melissa Stoddart just moved. A new neighborhood within Winnipeg’s Pembina Trails School Division means a new bus for her daughter, but it has been a struggle to process her application.

“I need a bus now. I don’t regularly have a car. My husband has to take the car,” Stoddart told Global News on Friday.

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She’s been calling and emailing the school department for weeks since she applied in August, got through once and got little information.

Stoddart has been driving her daughter to and from school in a borrowed car, interrupting her workday – and time is running out.

“I’m worried that in October when my parents reclaim her vehicle that if I don’t have a bus like I said I’ll have to get on a bus with her and take her to school,” she said.

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Stoddart is not alone in her struggle with school transportation.

Pembina Trails posts canceled and delayed routes weekly on its Facebook page.

“As with school departments across Canada, the shortage of bus drivers is an ongoing challenge,” School Department Superintendent Lisa Boles said in an emailed statement.

According to Boles, the division is working hard to recruit and retain new drivers.

“We offer to pay them during practice and pay for their road test,” she continued.

“We fully understand that bus travel is an extremely important issue for our families and their children, which is why we continue to work so hard on this issue.”

Most other school divisions in Winnipeg, as well as some outside the city, including the Seine River School Division, told Global News they are actively hiring.

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“It has been a challenge over the past several years to ensure we have sufficient staff to operate all of our bus routes on a daily basis,” Seine River School Division Treasurer Scott Carleton told Global News on Monday.

On Monday, the Southeast Winnipeg Schools Department counted just enough bus drivers on its list to cover 60 bus routes.

“We still get pretty tense when someone calls in sick,” Carleton said.

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And split shifts and wages may not be enough to attract as many as before, he said.

Seine River has tried in the past to hire farmers and retired Manitobans with more flexible schedules.

“But it seems like it’s getting harder and harder to find such prospects,” Carleton said.

Stoddart is frustrated that the lack of communication and organization will get them into trouble and stunned that the driver shortage could result in shorter school days.

Sometimes her daughter’s classes start late because not all buses have arrived on time.

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“The school day shortens because the buses don’t arrive,” she said.

“The transportation department has many holes and problems.”


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