School buses dealing with late registrations

Thanks to the work of the transportation department, more than 3,000 students are able to get safely to and from school.

Thanks to the work of the transportation department, more than 3,000 students are able to get safely to and from school.

At a recent Vernon School District board meeting, trustees received the department’s update from transportation supervisor Robyn Stephenson.

This year, there are 3,687 students registered to ride, with the most common complaints the time it’s taking the department to process late registration.

“We have hired extra staff to do so, but it is a time-consuming job with approximately 1,050 late registrations arriving since school started,” said Stephenson. “We still have approximately 100 late registrations to process and more coming in daily.

“Of the 1,050 late registrations, approximately 400 were new busing.”

This year, 50 per cent of the Vernon routes were affected by some sort of change, resulting in busing changes for about 1,800 students.

As well, almost 200 students are now walking to and from school.

The department has received some calls from parents requesting out-of-catchment rides that they are unable to accommodate.

One stop on Bella Vista was changed as a result of safety; it was too close to the corner and was moved back 100 meters.

“We have been monitoring the changes made and some minor adjustments will be coming forth to improve timing, stop safety or relief on fuller buses,” said Stephenson.