Dear Parents and Guardians,
This correspondence is to advise you of some planned changes to our student transportation schedule and school opening and dismissal times, commencing in September for the 2016-17 school year.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is in the process of preparing tenders for new busing contracts. The current busing contracts are expiring this year so there is an opportunity to look for efficiencies. Where possible double runs are to be utilized, and this will require some bell time adjustments to schools with shared busing arrangements. Some schools have to begin their day earlier and some have to begin later in order to achieve shared busing arrangements. The time for the end of the instructional day will also change as a result with some schools ending earlier than current times and others later.
Busing costs have risen more dramatically than any other facet of education expenditures in recent years and a double run model is one way to focus educational funding on the core responsibilities of teaching and learning. The District recognizes that altering opening and closing times may involve significant changes to personal daily routines for students, parents/guardians, and staff and that early communication of changes is important so that any adjustments can be planned for in advance. The District apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause to some families.
The new opening and closing times for Beaconsfield Junior High are as follows:
- Opening Bell: 8:05 a.m.
- Closing Bell: 2:10 p.m.
Some general bus timing information would be as follows:
- First Pick-ups: 7:20 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
- Arrive School: 7:55 a.m.
- Depart School: 2:15 p.m.
- Last Drop-Offs: 2:40 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Please note, new busing route information will be communicated as soon as it is available. If there are any questions please contact the school administration.
R. Peter McDonald