Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year: SRCE School Start Dates and Transportation Information

The 2018-2019 school start dates are:

School Orientation and Organization Day (staff only)             Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Regional In-Service Day (staff only)                                           Wednesday, September 5, 2018

First Day of Classes for Students                                               Thursday, September 6, 2018

School-Based Support Staff                                                        As notified by the Regional Centre/school administrator
                                                                                                       or as provided in collective agreement.

Changes to Bus Routes

Details related to any changes to bus routes will be communicated to students and parents/guardians through the school and/or direct contact with parents/guardians. It is expected that several days may be required for students and bus drivers to become fully accustomed to their routes.  Your patience and cooperation is appreciated.

Bus Stop Information

Please contact the Transportation Department staff at 902-747-3645 for further information related to your child's bus stop. The Strait Regional Centre for Education must follow the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board's regulations with respect to pupil transportation. For example, the following regulation states:  “The driver of a school bus shall not stop the bus for the purpose of taking on or discharging passengers at:
(a) more than three (3) places in 1.6 km (1 mile) OR (b) a place that has not been designated as a loading station by a school board or other authority by or on whose behalf the bus is operating.”

Spur Route Service

The Strait Regional Centre for Education will continue to implement Transportation Department, Policy IX-A-1, Mandate and Standards, 1.3 Spur Route Service, which states:

“Off-route listed road service will only be considered where the condition of the road is such that the bus can travel safely and with a suitable turning place maintained at no cost to the Regional Centre.  School buses will not proceed into an off-route road or subdivision for the purpose of pickup or unloading pupils unless such pupils live more than 0.8 kilometers therein.”

School Bus Safety

Students, parents/guardians, motorists, the school bus driver, teachers and Transportation Department staff share the responsibility for school bus safety.  Please slow down in school zones, pay extra attention to children walking to and from school and never pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing.  The speed limit in school zones is 30 km/h in areas where the approaching limit is 50 km/h, when children are present.  In school areas where the surrounding speed zone is higher, the speed limit is 50 km/h when children are present.   For more information on bus safety, please access the brochure entitled, School Bus Safety:  A Guide for Students and Parents/Guardians available in the Document Depot section of the Regional Centre’s website at www.srce.ca.  For more information on School Zone Safety, please visit the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal website at https://novascotia.ca/tran/.  By working together, we will ensure the bus trip is a safe one. 

Integrated Booster Seats

As part of its safety program, the Province of Nova Scotia introduced integrated booster seats in all newly purchased school busses.   These seats will be used for those students who weigh less than 40 pounds and who will most benefit from this enhancement to school busses.    As a result, during the first week of school, Grades Primary and One students traveling on busses equipped with an integrated booster seat will be assessed to determine if they will be assigned to a booster seat.  If your child meets the criteria, parents/guardians will be notified following the assessment.

Day Care Facilities

The Strait Regional Centre for Education will not alter or extend bus routes for the purpose of transporting students to after-school programs offered by Day Care Facilities.

Pre-Primary Programs

The Strait Regional Centre for Education is pleased to announce the opening schedule for the Pre-Primary Programs at all fourteen (14) school locations.  An orientation session for children and parents/guardians will be held on Friday, August 31, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Families will visit the school with their child, meet staff and receive program information.
The first day for children is Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  Families will be contacted during the week of August 27-30, 2018, to confirm details regarding the orientation at their respective school.  Program hours will vary depending on individual school schedules.  The Program will run from September 2018 to June 2019. For more information on the Pre-Primary Program or to register your child, parents/guardians may contact Carolyn Webber, Manager of Pre-Primary and Early Years Programs at
carolyn.webber@srce.ca / 902-631-4617, and access www.srce.ca. For more background information, please visit https://www.ednet.ns.ca/pre-primary.