School bus routes run by Metro Tasmania will remain unchanged in light of industrial action to close schools next week.
However, some other services may be delayed for two hours, when school begins at 10.30am.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff announced in Parliament on Tuesday 152 state schools would close for two hours across two days next week to accommodate union stop work meetings.
The meetings will be held by the Australian Education Union Tasmania branch in the North and North-West on November 27 and in the south on November 28.
Mr Rockliff told Parliament, bus routes would remain unchanged and advised parents and carers to find alternative school drop offs.
A Metro spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday it would be “business as usual” for Metro services that conduct school runs.
Students who usually catch a bus to school will have to find another way there, for Metro services, as schools will not have staff available to care for students who arrive before that time.
An Education Department spokesman said it was working closely with State Growth on potential alternatives to student transport to accommodate the action.
It’s understood some schools have made alternative arrangements with their bus companies that are not Metro buses.
Schools will continue to communicate directly with their school community about local arrangements, including any changes to student transport.Education Department
Scottsdale Primary School advised its parents and carers via a letter posted to its Facebook page that 13 bus routes would start two hours later and one bus route would not change but the school would still be closed regardless of the bus timetable.
“This work [on student transport] is continuing and schools will be notified of any changed arrangements as a priority,” the Education Department spokesman said.
Last month schools were closed early due to the action but some staff remained on site. The spokesman said this would not happen this time around and no staff would be at schools before 10.30am.
“Schools will continue to communicate directly with their school community about local arrangements, including any changes to student transport.”
Parents and carers are urged to stay in contact with their child’s school if any changes to school transport or bus routes are made.
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