When contacted later Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater MLA Colin Piquette confirmed the 2.4 km busing restriction is being changed.
“It was removed as part of the legislative requirement in the School Act,” he said. “The Ministry is tasked with coming up with new
regulations for busing by the 2018-2019 school year. This came out of public consultations around the School Act.” He expects the regulations on busing radius will be set this spring.
Piquette explained that while there was no consensus during consultations, there is a shared understanding and concern for rural children who have to walk in unsafe conditions.
Asked if he agrees with the AVPS board that rural schools have different requirements than urban ones Piquette said, “Most definitely. This is something I’ve been working with them on and I’ve been advocating for with my government. Rural education faces some challenges urban schools don’t, and the funding formula should reflect that.”