School bus drivers ask for COVID-19 safety protocols ahead of start of new year
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TORONTO — Some school bus drivers say they have not received COVID-19 safety protocols with just weeks to go before the start of class.
The drivers, who are represented by Unifor, will hold a press conference this morning to discuss their request for information on safety measures on their vehicles.
The union says many of its drivers are senior citizens and are more vulnerable to the virus.
Ontario released a school reopening plan weeks ago which will see students return to class in early September.
School boards have been given permission to stagger the start of classes over the first two weeks of the academic year if they need more time to prepare.
Teachers’ unions and parents have expressed concern that the Ontario government’s approach has not done enough to lower class sizes and encourage physical distancing.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 25, 2020.