First Student Bus Driver Negotiations Update (Northumberland and Clarington only)

Update as of Wednesday, January 3, 2018:

Negotiations are expected to continue into 2018 between First Student Bowmanville and its school bus drivers.  Therefore, busing will resume as usual when classes return January 8. We encourage you to check back often for any possible updates. 

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 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,, school Edsby accounts and newsletters, Twitter (@kprschools) and Facebook. 

**Please note:  Only the following schools with First Student bus routes will be 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