Bus blues

Parent concerned about possible fee for using school buses

I am writing in response to the Oct. 2 article, “Fees possible for some students.”

I would like to respond to trustee Mitzi Fortin’s comments that she would, “like to explore looking at charging for busing to those students,” who choose to attend schools outside of their catchment areas.

My son is one such student.

I would like Mitzi Fortin and the other trustees to know that my son has very long days because of busing to another school. He does not attend the school in our catchment area because the school in our catchment area does not offer French immersion education.

Some of the other kids on my son’s bus are also going outside of our catchment for this same reason.

My husband is a Quebec-born and raised francophone and we feel it is culturally important to pass on the French language, one of Canada’s official languages, to our son.

Without French language skills, my son would not even be able to speak to his own grandfather, who still lives in Quebec and is not bilingual. We do not see this as a choice but as a right. Therefore, we have no other option but to bus our son to a different catchment area and we do not feel we, nor anyone else, should be made to pay for busing to another catchment area, when the nearby schools do not offer education in their preferred national language.

I hope the trustees will consider this when making their decision.

 

Name Withheld

Vernon