After dropping off students in front of Deuvilles Rink in Salmon River, a bus driver from Harmony Heights Elementary School veers out over the centre line to give the children room to walk along the roadside, a practice which mother Robyn Green believes is dangerous to those still on the bus.
TRURO - Robyn Green shudders as she considers the potential dangers her twin daughters face if they are left to walk to and from their bus stop.
"There's no sidewalks," she said, of the short stretch of road between Deuville's rink and her house several driveways away on Harmony Road. "They drive like 80 clicks (kilometers per hour) up that road."
Although a new sidewalk is being constructed in the area, it is only being extended as far as Deuville's rink, which offers absolutely no benefit to her daughters.
And while the distance the nine-year-olds must walk along the edge of the road is only about one-tenth of a kilometre, Green said the roadway is too narrow to provide any degree of safety for her daughters.
Her desired solution is to simply have her daughters picked up and dropped off at their own driveway. But Green said that option was turned down by the bus officials she spoke with at the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.
"And their exact words are: 'we are not a door-to-door service,'" she said, of the reaction to her proposal.
"Why do my kids need to have this risk?" she asks, of the possibility of them being struck by a vehicle.
"It's a rule," she said, of the board's bus-stop policy. "Rules are put in place to be adapted accordingly. It's not a law."
To help avoid the possibility of the girls being struck by a vehicle, Green, who is attending the Nova Scotia Community College, said she pays someone to have them picked up daily at the bus stop.
But she believes it is an expense and an aggravation that just is not necessary.
"It's makes no sense," she said. "And it's not bad now but wait until it snows. There's no room to walk (without actually being on the road)."
School board spokeswoman Carolyn Pierce acknowledged the issue is "an unfortunate situation" for Green and her daughters. But she said school bus drivers are governed under the Nova Scotia Motor Carriers Act as to how many stops are permitted along each route.
After receiving a call from Green to the board's transportation department on Monday, Pierce said, officials are taking the matter under consideration.
"We are looking into it," she said.