By Michael Boriero – Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
With high school students in secondary 3, 4 and 5 returning to class on a full-time basis in Quebec, the topic of transportation was brought back to the table at Tuesday’s virtual Eastern Townships School Board (ETSB) council of commissioners meeting.
ETSB Chairman Mike Murray asked Chair of the Transportation Committee Gary Holliday whether school buses would be able to accommodate the sudden student increase. There are only 48 seats available on buses in order to meet the two-metre distance rule.
Holliday was unable to provide a concrete answer, however, Transportation, Communications and Community Development Director Éric Campbell assured the chairman that everything has been set in motion since the beginning of the school year.
“All the seating plans have been made including these students, so even if they are back in school now, they still have their place on the bus,” said Campbell.