Almost all of the families of the former students at South Wellington Elementary School have opted to send their children to Chase River school this year.
Donna Reimer, spokeswoman for the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district, said more than 50 of the approximately 70 students from South Wellington are now attending Chase River school, while just eight have decided to attend North Cedar Intermediate School.
Reimer said the majority of the rest of the closed school's students were from outside of the catchment area and are now attending local schools in their neighbourhoods.
Students from South Wellington originally had the options of attending Woodbank Primary School for those in K-3 when the school year began this month, and North Cedar school for those in Grades 4-7, and a bus service was to be provided from their community to those schools.
However, after concerns were raised from the neighbourhood, the students were also given the option of attending Chase River school this year and a school bus service to get there.
South Wellington school is the first of eight schools to have its doors permanently shut in the school district over the next 10 years as part of the district's newly adopted 10-year facilities plan.
Other issues around school buses in the district have developed since school began last week.
A bus transporting students from the Yellow Point area to Ladysmith schools was pulled over by the province's Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement branch for being overcrowded.
Reimer said the bus wasn't over capacity at the time, but it still had more students to pick up that could have put it over the limit.
The bus dropped off its students at their schools before returning to pick up two that were waiting. Reimer said a number of students from Ladysmith schools on the bus were courtesy riders from out of catchment for their schools.
"We are just at the point of beginning to contact the parents of courtesy riders," she said.
"They will be required to find their own transportation."
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