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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School Bus Transportation
 

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General Information about School Bus Transportation

To help make Catholic Education available to School Busevery Catholic child, the Toronto Catholic District School Board provides school transportation for children qualifying under the Board policy relating to distance and special circumstances. This transportation is facilitated by the Toronto Student Transportation Group.  This consortium is responsible for student transportation services for students at both the TCDSB and TDSB. 
 

Visit the website www.torontoschoolbus.org for the most up-to-date information regarding school bus transportation.

 
The Board and Consortium asks the cooperation of the whole community in its efforts to provide safe and dependable transportation for the more than 30,000 students who use this service each day.

 

 

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General Information 

Transportation for elementary students is dependent on the distance away from the school and if a transportation area has been defined for this school. You must live 1.5 KM away from the school and reside within an approved transportation area in order to be eligible for transportation.    

 

Your responsibility as a Parent
  • Parents are responsible for their children's safety before they board their school bus, and after they are dropped off in the afternoon. 
  • While on the bus, students are responsible to the school principal for their conduct. Transportation privileges may be revoked if a student's behavior creates problems, the length of the suspension varying with the severity of the incident. If transportation privileges are revoked it becomes the parent's responsibility to transport the child to and from school for the duration of the suspension. 
  • Parents are also responsible for transporting their children to and from school in cases of inclement weather or mechanical difficulty. 
  • If transportation arrangements for your child need to be changed, the Board requires 7 days notice.  

 

Your Responsibility as a Motorist

  • Motorists meeting a school bus with red lights must stop unless on a highway divided my a median strip. 
  • Motorists overtaking a stopped school bus must stop at least 20 meters before reaching the bus. Motorist may proceed only after the bus resumes motion or the lights have ceased flashing. The law applies everywhere regardless of the post speed limit.  

 

Your Responsibility as a Student Waiting for the Bus
  • Be at the pickup point on time. Drivers cannot wait for latecomers. 
  • Do not abuse the privilege of waiting on or near private property for the school bus. 
  • Wait in a single file well away from the roadway until the driver stops the bus, then board the bus in orderly fashion.  

 

On the Bus
  • The driver is in charge of the bus and must be obeyed at all times. School patrols should be accorded the same respect. 
  • Sit where the drivers tell you and remain seated for the duration of your trip. 
  • Be quiet and behave sensibly. Horseplay, fighting, eating, smoking, and foul language are forbidden. 
  • Keep your belongings on your lap or under the seat; aisle must be left clear. 
  • Don't open a window without the driver's consent, and never lean out the windows. 
  • Never throw anything inside the bus or out the windows. 
  • Respect the bus equipment. Students will be held responsible for any damages to the vehicle. 
  • Avoid conversation with and distraction of the bus driver while the vehicle is in operation.  

 

Leaving the Bus
  • Your may leave the bus only at regular stops. 
  • If you drop something under the bus, notify the driver; don't try to retrieve it yourself. 
  • Never cross the road behind a school bus. Cross in front of the bus where the driver can see you. 

 

Inclement Weather
The Board may cancel transportation due to inclement weather. Information concerning bus cancellations will be reported to most radio stations for broadcast at 7:00 a.m.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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