Transportation is provided for eligible school aged students attending District Schools who have registered to ride a school bus. Busses are provided by the Ministry of Education for students whose primary residence is beyond the walk limits of their catchment school or board approved bussing for safety reasons. Courtesy riders may be accommodated on a space availability basis.
Walk Limits: are set by the School District and measured as the shortest distance by public road from the primary residence to the catchment school.
- Kindergarten to grade 5 students beyond 3.0 km; and
- Grade 6 to 12 students beyond 4.0 km.
- Students with special needs; see eligibility below.
Regular Riders: Five (5) categories of students are entitled to bussing.
- Rural Riders: students who reside beyond the walk limits and are attending their catchment school. The Baragar school locator may be used to determine walking distances to the catchment area school. Baragar School Locator
- Overflow/Alternate School Riders: students who are asked to attend a school outside their catchment area due to lack of space (overflow) or a student assigned to an alternate school. (Walk limits apply.)
- English Language Learner Riders: students approved by Student Services and enrolled in English Language Learning (ELL) classes. (Walk limits apply.)
Promontory Riders: G. W. Graham students living in the Promontory Elementary catchment area.
Special Needs Riders: students who are unable to walk to and from school due to physical or mental disabilities. Student Services approval is required, as per Administrative Regulation 710.3.
Courtesy Riders: Three (3) categories of students are eligible for courtesy bussing.
- Conditional Riders: students living within the No Ride Zone attending their catchment area school. Bussing may be provided based on availability of seating on an existing bus route. Priority will be given to elementary students and students living furthest away from the school.
- Special Program Riders: students attending special programs approved by the School Board such as special reading programs and drug and alcohol referrals. (Walk limits apply.)
- School of Choice Riders: students attending a school other than their catchment school by choice (including French Immersion). Bussing may be provided based on availability of seating on an existing bus route. Busses will not be re-routed and no additional stops will be added.
Note: There is no bussing for early French Immersion.
- Termination of courtesy ridership – The Board of Education reserves the right to terminate courtesy bussing at any time. Should this occur the Manager of Transportation will provide written notification with a minimum of one week advanced notice.
Transportation will produce bus passenger lists as required under the Motor Vehicle Act Regulation, Division 11 – School Busses.
All student riders must carry a valid photo ID bus pass and present it to the driver of the assigned bus at the time of boarding. Bus passes will be produced by the Transportation Department once payment or payment arrangements have been made.
Passes will be made available for pickup beginning in August from the Transportation Office located at 44877 Yale Road, between the hours of 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday, until the last Friday in August. As of the first week of school, passes will be distributed by the students' afternoon Bus Driver.
Students who are unable to produce a bus pass (without valid reason) risk being denied entry onto a bus. Students denied entry are the responsibility of the parents, as per Administration Regulation 710.2 - Transportation - Conditions, Eligibility, Registration.
All riders must be registered to ride a school bus. Parents are required to register their children on-line before the end of June for the following school year. A computer is available for parents to use at the school and at the School District Office located at 8430 Cessna Drive (across from the Airport).