Tentative agreement reached, Frist Student bus service resumes Monday, March 26 (Northumberland and Clarington only)

Update as of Friday, March 23, 2018:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Bus Driver Labour Negotiations Update for Routes Operated by First Student's Bowmanville Branch in Clarington and Northumberland

A tentative agreement has been reached in contract negotiations between First Student and Unifor, the union representing the company’s Bowmanville school bus drivers, following three days of strike action.   

Busing for all students will resume as usual on Monday, March 26.  

KPR and STSCO are pleased that both sides have been able to reach a tentative agreement. Bus drivers do an excellent job transporting our students safely to and from school each day and we are happy that they will be able to return to work on Monday.

Update as of Wednesday, March 21, 2018:

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  First Student's Bowmanville Buses in Clarington and Northumberland NOT running due to Drivers' Strike

First Student Bowmanville Branch Drivers have elected to strike effective Wednesday March 21, 2018. As a result, no First Student buses are running in Clarington or Northumberland.

Routes operated by other bus companies are still running, as are all routes in Peterborough City and County. 

For the duration of the strike, families using First Student buses will be without school bus service. We encourage families to stay up-to-date by visiting STSCO.ca

Please click here to see the letter sent to parents and guardians Wednesday, March 21, from our Director of Education, Dr. Jennifer Leclerc. 

Please note that only First Student busing at the following schools is affected:

Baltimore PS 

Beatrice Strong PS 

Bowmanville HS 

C. R. Gummow PS

Central PS - Bowmanville

Charles Bowman PS 

CIS - Campus (CIS) Bowmanville

Clarington Central SS 

Clarke HS 

Cobourg Collegiate Institute 

Courtice Intermediate

Courtice North PS 

Courtice SS 

Dale Road Senior PS 

Dr. G.J. MacGillivray 

Dr. M.S. Hawkins Senior PS 

Dr. Ross Tilley PS 

Duke of Cambridge 

Enniskillen PS 

Grafton PS 

Hampton Junior PS 

Lydia Trull PS

M.J. Hobbs Senior PS 

Newcastle PS 

North Hope Central PS 

Orono PS 

Port Hope HS 

Roseneath Centennial PS 

S.T. Worden PS 

Terry Fox PS 

The Pines Senior PS 

Vincent Massey PS 

Click here to see the complete list of bus routes affected.

Again, please remember to visit www.stsco.ca for latest updates on the negotiations.

Update as of Thursday, March 15, 2018:

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Bus Driver Negotiations Update for Routes Operated by First Student's Bowmanville Branch

This note provides an important update on contract negotiations between First Student and Unifor, the union representing the company’s Bowmanville school bus drivers.

This afternoon, Thursday, March 15, members of Unifor voted in favour of a strike. This means that the job action could begin as early as this Wednesday, March 21, if continuing negotiations, which are scheduled for Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20, do not result in a tentative contract.

We remain hopeful that a settlement can be reached by Tuesday night. If a settlement is not reached by then, however, job action could occur as early as Wednesday, March 21.

If there is a strike, NO school bus routes serviced by First Student Bowmanville will run in Northumberland County or the Municipality of Clarington. Unfortunately, this would result in your child or teen being without school bus service, if a strike were to occur. 

We encourage all families of students who ride First Student buses in the Municipality of Clarington and Northumberland County to:

· consider having alternative plans for getting their children or teens to school in case of a possible strike

· check the STSCO website often at stsco.ca, and stay tuned to local news media, for any possible updates

· follow @kprschools or @stsco_ca on Twitter for latest news.

**Please note: this message applies only to Clarington and Northumberland schools served by First Student buses.  Only the schools listed below with First Student bus routes will be affected.

Update as of Friday, February 9, 2018:

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Bus Driver Labour Negotiations Update for Routes Operated by First Student’s Bowmanville Branch

This note provides an update on contract negotiations between First Student and Unifor, the union representing the company’s Bowmanville school bus drivers.  

We have learned that negotiations between the union and the company are continuing through the weekend, and are scheduled to resume March 19.  In the interim, busing will continue as usual for students who ride First Student Bowmanville buses. 

Students, therefore, will be picked up at the usual time on Monday and over the coming weeks. As always, bus service will be cancelled only in case of inclement weather. 

We will continue to keep families up to date on any further developments.

Update as of Thursday, December 7, 2017:

Bus Driver Labour Negotiations Update for Students and Families On Bus Routes Operated by First Student's Bowmanville Branch

**Please note: this message applies only to Clarington and Northumberland schools served by First Student buses. Please see below for the full list of affected schools.

This note provides information on ongoing contract negotiations between First Student and Unifor, the union representing the company’s Bowmanville school bus drivers.

The company remains optimistic that a settlement will be reached.  If a settlement is not reached, however, job action could occur as early as Monday, December 11.  We have been assured that we will be given at least 72 hours (three days) notice if the school bus drivers vote to take any action that would affect student busing.  

Therefore, we encourage families of students who attend KPR schools in Clarington and Northumberland to:

  • consider having alternative plans for getting their children to school in case of a possible strike
  • check the stsco.ca website often, and stay tuned to local news media, for any possible updates

We will provide further updates to families as information becomes available in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, busing will continue to follow the usual schedule, unless we become aware of a change. KPR schools and Student Transportation Services of Central Ontario (STSCO) will let families know of any possible changes through stsco.ca, kprschools.ca, school Edsby accounts and newsletters, Twitter (@kprschools) and Facebook.