Message from the Committee on COVID-19
As fellow parents of students in the IBT program at Allan A. Martin public school, we understand that the last few weeks have been challenging and caused uncertainty about the remainder of the school year and into the next school year. We would like to keep you informed of our refund policies and processing date changes for the 2020-2021 school year.
2020-2021 Application Deadline Extended
The application deadline for the 2020-2021 school year has been extended to June 15, 2020.
Refunds for 2019-2020
When buses aren't running, we do not pay full price for bus services. GGAM is a volunteer-led non-profit organization, and any funds remaining at the end of the school year are refunded to parents. We expect there to be significant refunds to parents at the end of the 2019-2020 school year as a result of the COVID-19 school closures.
Now that it has been confirmed that schools will not be reopening for the 2019-2020 school year, the committee is working to expedite refunds to parents once the year-end financial statements have been completed. The timing has not yet been determined and we will post updates here as they become available. (Refunds are normally issued in December.)
Resumption of Service
Our bus service will resume on the guidance of the Peel District School Board and the re-opening of schools.
Once service resumes, our bussing partner, First Student, has committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our students, including additional disinfection and cleaning measures on our buses.
2020-2021 School Year Bussing and Refunds
We are planning with the assumption that the 2020-2021 school year will begin in September 2020 with schools open, based on current guidance from the Peel District School Board and the Ontario Government.
Registration will continue as planned (with extended dates) as we need to reserve school buses and plan our bus routes with our service provider.
In the event that the schools will remain closed in September 2020, refunds will be given for days when buses aren't running. We continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates on the 2020-2021 school year as they become available.
Application Dates for 2020-2021
Please note that returning students are not automatically enrolled for bussing and must apply before June 2, 2020.
To accommodate changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have extended our application and processing dates for this school year:
- April 15: Registration opens for new and returning students
- June 15: Registration closes
- June 30: Last day to request a full refund
- June 22: Mailed payments due
- August 14: Bus routes announced
- August 31: Bus passes and receipts emailed
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