As we embark on a new school year, the Public Schools Branch is monitoring bus routes to ensure things are working as smoothly as possible. We recognize that the first few days of school are an adjustment period for students as they develop a routine of knowing which bus they take and where their bus pickup and drop-off locations are. The Public Schools Branch requests the patience of students and parents as these routines are established. The PSB will be tweaking routes in the coming days to balance bus loads and to improve arrival and departure times. These adjustments are typical of a new school year start up.
It is important that students travel on the bus that they have been assigned.
We would ask parents to ensure schools have the most up to date address information so that transporting their children can be done in the most safe and efficient manner.
At this time of year, it is helpful if parents refrain from seeking bus passes to have their children transported to alternate locations (a location other than their normal stop at the end of the day). These requests can further complicate bus routes in the early days of the school year until ridership and routines are fully known.
The PSB will also be working to ensure plans are in place to re-route buses impacted by the construction work upcoming in September at the Queens Arms intersection in Charlottetown. The Branch will be consulting with drivers to develop plans to limit disruptions in timing associated with this construction project. The Branch will do its best to limit disruptions associated with this project but does anticipate some delays in routes as traffic will be delayed.