School bus drivers say that with just weeks to go until a return to classes in Ontario they are still in the dark about the measures being taken to ensure they can safely transport students.
Michelle Lavallee, an elementary school bus driver in Bowmanville in the Durham region outside Toronto, says she won’t know her route or how many students will be on it until Sept. 3, but that another driver she knows has been told she will be driving 74 children on a 72-seat bus.
“It really makes no sense to me, because the schools are going to be cohorting, the parents and children have been told when they're at the bus stops that they need to social distance, yet when they get on the bus they’re going to be shoulder-to-shoulder,” Lavallee said in a phone interview.
The 14-year veteran says her employer has yet to receive personal protective equipment promised by the Ford government and she is undecided on whether to return.
“It's hard for me to say right now if I will be returning because I don't know what I am returning to,” she said. “I think a school bus needs to be treated as any other indoor space is being treated.”....