* This media release is being sent on behalf of Student Transportation Services Brant Haldimand Norfolk (STSBHN), which provides transportation to elementary and secondary students at Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, Grand Erie District School Board and Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir.

Media Release

For Immediate Release         
September 11, 2020

Bus Driver Shortages to Impact Local Elementary and Secondary Students in Parts of Brant, Brantford and Haldimand

Brantford, Ont. – For several years, school boards across the province have grappled with bus driver shortages. Student Transportation Services Brant Haldimand Norfolk (STSBHN) has been fortunate enough to avoid these impacts – until now.

“To date, our service providers have been lucky in keeping their staffing levels consistent, but with the impacts of COVID-19, we’re now experiencing a driver shortage,” said Phil Kuckyt, Manager of Transportation Services for STSBHN, a consortium providing transportation to elementary and secondary students at three local school boards – Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, Grand Erie District School Board and Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir.

“Unfortunately, over the next few weeks, families will experience service disruptions with route cancellations in parts of Brant, Brantford and Haldimand,” said Kuckyt. “We deeply regret the impact this will have on students and are working with our local service providers to increase staff recruiting. Our hope is to be fully staffed after Thanksgiving.”

To manage the impact on students and families, STSBHN has created a schedule of rolling two-day route cancellations between September 14 and October 9. By sharing the route cancellations in advance, STSBHN hopes families will be able to make alternative arrangements for transportation or work in partnership with schools to ensure learning continues from home. 

“We understand this will cause added stress for families at an already difficult time,” said Kuckyt. “Our goal is to limit the impact as much as possible by pairing route cancellations on back-to-back days so that parents and students can plan ahead. We also hope to resolve our staffing issues as soon as possible.”

Route cancellations will impact 15 schools in Haldimand, 11 schools in Brantford and one school in Brant. In total, 20 elementary schools and seven secondary school will be impacted. Families will be contacted by their individual schools today.

STSBHN Bus Route Cancellations: Tuesday, September 14-Friday, October 9

Dates Route Cancellations
Mon. Sept. 14 & Tue. Sept. 15 H741, H742, H743, H744, H745, H746, H747, H730, H731, H732, H733, H734, H760, H761, H763, H764, H765, H701, H702, H703, H704, H705, H706, B700, B702, B712, B715, B716, B718, B724, B725
Wed. Sept. 16 & Thurs. Sept. 17 H707, H708, H709, H710, H711, H712, H713, H714, H715, H716, H721, H722, H723, H724, H725, H726, H727, H749, H753, H754, H755, H756, H757, B741, B742, B743, B744, B745, B746, B701
Fri. Sept. 18 & Mon. Sept. 21 H748, H758, H759, H750, H751, H752, H741, H742, H743, H744, H745, H746, H747, H730, H731, H732, H733, H734, B726, B730, B731, B733, B739, B753, B754, B756, B774, B721, B722
Tues. Sept. 22 & Wed. Sept. 23 H760, H761, H763, H764, H765, H701, H702, H703, H704, H705, H706, H707, H708, H709, H710, H711, H712, H713, H714, H715, H716, B700, B702, B712, B715, B716, B718, B724, B725, B701
Thurs. Sept. 24 & Fri. Sept. 25 H721, H722, H723, H724, H725, H726, H727, H749, H753, H754, H755, H756, H757, H750, H751, H752, B728,B736, B737, B738, B739, B726, B730, B731, B733, B739, B753, B754, B756, B774
Mon. Sept. 28 & Tues. Sept. 29 H741, H742, H743, H744, H745, H746, H747, H730, H731, H732, H733, H734, H760, H761, H763, H764, H765, H748, H758, H759, B700, B702, B712, B715, B716, B718, B724, B725, B741, 742, B743, B744, B745, B746
Wed. Sept. 30 & Thurs. Oct. 1 H750, H751, H752, H701, H702, H703, H704, H705, H706, H721, H722, H723, H724, H725, H726, H727, H749, H753, H754, H755, H756, H757, B721, B722, B726, B730, B731, B733, B739, B753, B754, B756, B774
Fri. Oct 2 & Mon. Oct. 5 H707, H708, H709, H710, H711, H712, H713, H714, H715, H716, H749, H758, H759, B700, B702, B712, B716, B718, B724, B725, B728, B736, B737, B738, B739
Tues. Oct. 6 & Wed. Oct. 7 H730, H731, H732, H733, H734, H760, H761, H763, H764, H765, H701, H702, H703, H704, H705, H706, H749, H753, H754, H755, H756, H757, B741, B742, B743, B744, B745, B746, B721, B722
Thurs. Oct. 8 & Fri. Oct. 9 H721, H722, H723, H724, H725, H726, H727, H748, H758, H759, H750, H751, H752, H707, H708, H709, H710, H711, H712, H713, H714, H715, H716, B728, B736, B737, B738, B739, B701

 

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