The London District Catholic School Board is reviewing its policy on student transportation, particularly for those who are involved in the specialist high skills major program. Students that are interested in certain high skills major programs such as robotics, may not have access to the facilities through their own school. The Board believes that students should be able to access these facilities no matter which school they attend, and should be provided transportation to the schools that have these facilities.
“If a student is involved in a specialist high skills major program that isn’t being offered at their school, they should be allowed to pursue this direction at another institution,” says Trustee Linda Steel. “The student should not have to sacrifice their education just because the school doesn’t have the facilities.”
The Board is planning to provide transportation for these students to commute to different schools in order to complete their high skills major program.
“The schools provide transportation for students for school-related athletic events, so we feel that academics should get the same treatment,” says Superintendent of Business Jackie Davidson. “It will cost some money, but it is an important issue that needs to be solved.”
The policy is being sent to all trustees to be reviewed and revised before any permanent changes will be made.