After much uncertainty for parents of students attending area French-language schools, the Centre de services scolaire de la Vallée-des-Tisserands (CSSVT) announced Friday evening that it has reached agreements in principle with its bus transporters.
In a post to social media, the CSSVT confirmed that “as a result of these agreements, transportation for students registered for school transportation will be provided throughout the CSSVT’s territory as of the start of the school year on August 31.”
The service centre had previously communicated with parents on Wednesday to suggest they begin to consider alternatives to school transportation after initial contract offers were rejected by local carriers.
The Ministry of Education announced on Thursday that a new agreement in principle with the Fédération des transporteurs par autobus (FTA) had been concluded that included additional allocations for both school transportation companies and bus driver salaries. It was then up to individual service centres and school boards to finalize contracts with carriers serving their territories.
The New Frontiers School Board has also concluded contract negotiations with its carriers, ensuring school transportation will be running for the first day of school for all area students. (SR)