School bus service is important to children and parents. It is a service that helps accommodate a parent's work schedule, helps children living a distance from school get to school on time, and helps school boards make the most economical use of their facilities.
In recent years, there has been a struggle for children with separated parents to obtain bus service at both of their homes. This has been the subject of several complaints to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. In 2012, the Human Rights Tribunal clarified Ontario law in the ruling J.O v. London District Catholic School Board, 2012 HRTO 732 (link).
Ontario school boards have a duty to make reasonable efforts to accommodate children with two homes. Over the last two years Carleton Place’s Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario (STEO), a newly created transportation consortium of the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) and the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB), has implemented a policy and procedure to accommodate these children.
The Fair Parenting Project sends big congratulations to STEO for the 2013/2014 implementation of this policy. For Carleton Place families there were no major snags with children with two homes being accommodated.