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550

Student Transportation

Background

The Division believes in providing a safe, caring and efficient transportation service for students.

Procedures

  1. Bus Assignments
    1. All students accessing transportation services shall: 
      1. Submit a Student Transportation Registration Form (Form 550-1);
      2. Be assigned a bus;
      3. Be assigned a bus pick-up/drop-off location;
      4. Ride the bus to which they are assigned; and
      5. Produce a Division Student Bus Pass upon request.
    2. Whenever a student accepts only part of the regular transportation, that student must provide evidence of parental permission to the Principal or designate.
  2. Routing
    1. Prior to the commencement of each school year the Director of Transportation Services shall establish bus routes and direct bus drivers to pick up all students approved for transportation residing in the area the bus route services.
    2. Stops shall be located where or near to where passengers reside except where safety is a concern.
    3. No stop shall be located at any blind corner or busy intersection.
    4. Alterations or extensions of bus routes shall require the approval of the Director of Transportation Services.
    5. When changing bus routes the Director of Transportation Services shall consult with the affected party(ies).
    6. Notification of major revisions to a bus route during the school year shall be communicated in writing to all affected parties with as much lead time as possible.
  3. Scheduling
    1. Each bus operator shall provide a schedule on the prescribed form to the Director of Transportation Services and the parent that indicates the location, and the pick-up and drop-off times. The Director of Transportation Services shall retain a copy of this form.
    2. Buses shall arrive at the school between ten (10) and fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of the instructional day, and shall be in position in the school bus loading zone five (5) minutes prior to the end of the instructional day, and leave as soon as possible after school dismissal.
  4. Pick Up and Unloading of Students 
    1. Rural
      1. Where a bus picks up or unloads students in a rural area, gate service (the point of intersection of a private driveway or road and a municipal roadway) will be provided. Distances from other residences or time may require, that a stop point other than the rural gate be designated by the Director of Transportation Services.
    2. Hamlets, Subdivisions and Summer Villages
      1. Where a bus picks up or unloads students in hamlets, subdivisions, or summer villages where there is no school, the following guidelines for the provision of transportation services shall apply.
        1. Factors such as distances from other residences or time may require that a stop point other than the gate be designated by the Director of Transportation in the course of designing scheduled routes; 
        2. For ECS and Elementary students the maximum walk distance from the student’s gate to a bus stop shall be no greater than four hundred (400) meters; and
        3. For Junior and Senior High School students the maximum walk distance from the student’s gate to a bus stop shall be no greater than eight hundred (800) meters.
    3. Towns and Villages
      1. Where a bus picks up or unloads students in towns and villages where there is a school, the following guidelines for the provision of transportation services shall apply.
        1. Factors such as distances from other residences or time may require that a stop point other than the gate by designated by the Director of Transportation Services in the course of designing schedule routes;
        2. For ECS and Elementary students the maximum walk distance from the student’s gate to a bus stop shall be no greater than four hundred (400) meters. No such bus stop shall be closer to a school than eight hundred (800) meters;
        3. For Junior and Senior High School students the maximum walk distance from the student’s gate to a bus stop shall be no greater than eight hundred (800) meters. No such bus stop shall be closer to a school than (one point six) 1.6 kilometers; and
        4. ECS and Elementary students shall remain on the same bus from boarding point to destination unless the requisite transfer is made at an appropriately supervised transfer point.
  5. Information Exchange
    1. The Director of Transportation Services will provide each Principal with bus route maps and passenger lists for all buses that service his/her attendance area.
    2. Principals will inform bus drivers and the Director of Transportation Services the names of all students that are suspended or expelled, or who have withdrawn from school.
  6. Early Closing
    1. The Principal shall provide advance notice to students, parents and bus operators of any planned activity that changes normal operating hours requiring a change in bus operating time.
  7. Signage
    1. In cooperation with appropriate authorities, the Director of Transportation Services shall be responsible for the placement and maintenance of necessary signage on bus routes.
  8. Yard Service – Special Needs Students
    1. The Director of Transportation Services, after consultation with the Coordinator of Student Services, is responsible for considering requests for transportation of special needs students subject to the following conditions:
      1. Requests for yard service – whether for regular or temporary service – must be made in writing to the Director of Transportation Services prior to the expected commencement of the service; and
      2. Requests must be accompanied by a properly executed “Hold Harmless Agreement” (Form 18-1) where provision of the requested service necessitates the entry of a Division-owned or contracted bus onto private property.

References:

Sections 25, 45, 51, 52, 60, 61, 113, 117 School Act

Traffic Safety Act

School Bus Operation Regulation

Student Transportation Regulation 250/98 (amended AR 197/2000)

Board Policy 12 Role of the Superintendent

Board Policy 18 Student Transportation Services

 

June 2008