Parents denounce end of walking school bus program

By CBC News Ottawa, July 26, 2023

Some parents are decrying the end to a decade-old program that escorted some young students to school every morning.

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) said it's cutting the walking school bus program for the 2023-24 school year because of a lack of funding.

The bus — with one paid adult at each end — would follow a certain route to each school, with students joining the train of children along the way.

"[It's] great to have a safe option to help us get the kids to school," said Tara Fehlings, whose two children go to Connaught Public School.

"We drop them off at their little stop at the bottom of our street at 8:03 in the morning and I love the idea of supporting active transportation to school. I think it's really community building, great for physical and mental health for the kids."

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