October 28, 2020

With public schools shifted to remote learning, Catholic schools in Massachusetts left without school bus transportation

When Massachusetts’ largest school districts shifted to fully remote learning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the decision left some parents longing for the sight of a yellow school bus rolling down their street.

Parents from Catholic schools in Springfield reached out to MassLive asking what happened to the buses.

The Diocese of Springfield contracts with the Springfield Public Schools to utilize its bus system.

Springfield Public Schools Chief Communications Officer Azell Cavaan told MassLive it comes down to the public-private schools’ contract, which mandates equal busing services for the districts.

So, when students at the public school aren’t using buses because they’re fully remote, the private school students don’t use them either.

The agreement dates back to a law passed in Massachusetts more than 80 years ago. The law guarantees equal transportation for students across the state, which includes the Archdiocese of Boston and Dioceses of

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