Worried parents challenge officials to join school bus trip
West Side parents have challenged councillors and officials to get on the bus and experience the long trips facing pupils as young as 11 if Aith secondary school is closed.Parent Leanne Johnson said several councillors had responded to say they would come on the trip to shadow a school bus next month as it transports pupils between the Anderson High School in Lerwick and Westerskeld.
There is concern about the effects of such long journeys twice a day on West Side pupils, taking as much as an hour-and-a-half each way.
Mrs Johnson said: “This run will allow councillors and officials to see first-hand all the worries and concerns that we have raised with them over the last few months.”
They would be able to witness and experience all the factors, she said, including transferring to feeder buses in darkness and poor weather, travelling on difficult side roads and stopping at all the children’s houses en-route.
Consultation on closing Aith’s secondary department and busing the pupils to Lerwick is due to get under way early next year as part of the council’s drive to cut £3 million a year from schools spending.
West Side parents hope the bus run they have organised will demonstrate how the journey could be detrimental to the children who will have to connect with the feeder service at Bixter and continue through Sand and Reawick before completing their journey at Westerskeld.
The bus trip is due to take place on Monday 17th December.
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