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Port Au Port East foster parent wants 1.6 km bus issue resolved

Parents in the province have been complaining for years about the 1.6-km school busing policy, with many citing safety as their reason. — File photo
Parents in the province have been complaining for years about the 1.6-km school busing policy, with many citing safety as their reason. — File photo - SaltWire Network

While she wasn’t out of her vehicle demonstrating, Sandy Benoit was close by in her vehicle when a protest against the 1.6 family responsibility zone took place on Monday.

The Port au Port East woman couldn’t leave her vehicle near St. Thomas Aquinas School because she had her two-year-old daughter in the back, something she has had to do daily while bringing the two foster children she has to school each morning.

“Because they can’t ride the bus I have to dress up my own child. It’s rough for her, especially when the weather is starting to get bad,” Benoit said.

She said as a single foster parent, there’s nobody else to bring the foster kids to school. She’s taken in foster children for years and never had to drive them to school, so this is putting what she considers undue pressure on her.

Benoit is hoping there is some kind of resolution to this issue soon.

A little more than 20 people were involved in the demonstration near St. Thomas Aquinas School that disrupted bus service for part of the morning.

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