Providing Transportation for Students
||We are committed to making Catholic education accessible to children in our school communities by providing safe and reliable transportation to students who qualify.
In order for your child to receive bus service to school and back home, the distance to travel one way must be greater than 1.6 kilometres for elementary students and 3.2 kilometres for high school students.
Riding the bus is an important part of your child’s school experience. We want to ensure that all of our students are made to feel as safe and comfortable as possible. This requires the support of parents, students and all members of our community who use the roads when school buses are in operation.
School Bus Safety Smarts
The Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Education have worked together to prepare a web site outlining school bus safety information for parents and students. The site reviews danger zones, how to safely get on and off the bus, crossing the street and emergency evacuation procedures. We urge parents to visit the School Bus Safety Smarts site.
What All Parents Should Know...
Pick-up and Drop-off
- It is important that you focus on your children’s safety before they board the bus in the morning and after they are dropped off at the end of the school day
- We recommend that you have your child at the bus stop five minutes prior to the designated arrival time
- All buses have specific numbers – you should know your child’s bus numbers in case you have to refer to them if the bus is late or cancelled
- It is critical that your child waits for the bus in a safe place – well off the roadway and not on neighbours’ lawns
- In the winter, please speak with your children about the dangers of sliding on snowbanks when they are waiting for the bus
- Young children will benefit from a “pick-up” and “drop-off” routine so that they can become familiar and comfortable with being bused to and from school
- Talking to your child about traffic safety (both on and off the bus) is very important. Children who must cross the street to get to the bus should always cross in front where the driver can see them at all times
- Being aware of traffic flow and leaving the bus loading area promptly after drop-off is also an important safety tip
- If your child doesn’t take the bus, please be aware that there are designated pick-up and drop-off zones at your child's school for safety reasons
Ensuring Safety on the Bus
- It is helpful to periodically remind your child about the rules and regulations of riding a school bus
- Although it is very rare, school bus privileges can be suspended temporarily or permanently if a child doesn't respect the rules and regulations that are in place for the safety of everyone
- Your child should always enter the bus in an orderly manner and immediately find a seat. Once on the bus, he or she should always follow the instructions of the school bus driver and bus patroller
- All students must remain in their seats while the bus is in motion. With children sitting quietly, the bus driver is free from distractions and able to focus on road safety
- Parents are financially responsible for any willful damage to the bus caused by their children
- Keeping in mind the safety of all riders, we ask that your child not bring any objects onto the bus that may hinder safe operation
- Backpacks or sport bags must lie on your child's lap while in transit
- Musical instruments in cases are acceptable on the bus as long as they can be held securely on the lap
- Skates must have guards and should be carried in a sports type bag
- Skis, snowboards, hockey sticks, toboggans, snow racers, skateboards, curling brooms, pets, large project displays and similar equipment are not to be carried on regular home-to-school bus runs
- If your child is involved in special programs, is on a field trip or participating in a special activity, we ask that you make special arrangements to have personal equipment delivered to the school
- Students must also refrain from eating or drinking on the bus
- Heads and arms must stay inside the bus at all time and aisles should be kept clear
- We ask that all parents remember that the bus driver is not authorized to change a bus stop or bus route
- If you would like to make a request or change, please report it to your child's school who will inform the Transportation Consortium
- It is important that you report any address changes, late arrivals or pick-ups to your child's school
- Our schools rarely close during inclement weather. Even if school buses are cancelled, parents are still able to bring their child to school. Visit our link on Bus Service During Inclement Weather for more information
A Reminder for Motorists
- Motorists meeting a school bus with red lights must stop unless they are on a highway divided by a median strip
- If motorists come up to a stopped school bus with lights flashing, they must stop at least 20 meters before reaching the bus. They may proceed only once the bus resumes motion or the lights cease flashing
- Motorists should be very conscious of speed limits, especially in school zones and where students get on and off the bus