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Transportation

Transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parent/guardian, as noted in the school act, however The Board of Education may provide transportation services in the form of a school bus, public transportation, or transportation assistance. 

Specifically, SD20  will provide service within the following criteria for eligible ridership on the District’s student transportation system to and from catchment school, and one residence plus one alternate ride to and from a second residence or daycare.

Eligible ridership criteria:

a) Reside in the serviced zone which is:

  • Beyond 2 km from their catchment school for grades K -7
  • Beyond 3 km from their catchment school for grades 8-12
 

b) The distance is measured from the recognized public road access of the student’s property to the nearest catchment school or bus stop by pathway or roadway.

c) To maintain eligible ridership status, students must ride 20% of the time (two out of 10 rides per week). 

d) Catchment areas for the purposes of these regulations shall be determined by the Board.  Where the Board declares a specific program, conducted at a specific site to be a District Program, transportation to that site shall be provided from the named access points within the district. 

Parents are responsible for the safety of their children to and from school, and to and from the bus stop.

BUS PASSES
Each student must be registered for bussing in order to ride on a SD20 school bus. Each registered bus rider will be issued a bus pass in the form of a hard plastic card which is carried by the student. This pass must be presented each time the student boards and departs the school bus. 
 
*For more information on Bus Passes, click here
 
STUDENTS WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO BOARD AND DISEMBARK THEIR ASSIGNED BUS AT THEIR ASSIGNED STOP AND SCHOOL
ROUTES
Bus Routes are reviewed and adjusted annually to meet the policies and ridership criteria set by the Board of Education prior to September school start up. Route extenstions may be considered if there are at least eight students living beyond 2 km from the stop and there is an adequate turn around location.  Route extensions will not be added mid-year. Bus stops are to be placed a minimum of one kilometer apart, bearing in mind safety factors and the concentration of population. Student bus and routes assigned will be determined based on the home address on file with the school. 
BUS ALERTS
PARENTS WITH ACCURATE AND CURRENT INFORMATION ENROLLED WITH SCHOOL MESSENGER , WILL BE NOTIFIED OF SCHOOL BUS ROUTE DELAYS IN EXCESS OF 20 MINUTES BY EMAIL AND PHONE. 
Parents should develop a safety plan and ensure their children understand what to do if the school bus is late or does not arrive at the stop.
TRAIL TRANSIT BUSSING INFORMATION
Trail Transit bussing information can be found at: https://www.bctransit.com/west-kootenay/home 
Students with special needs may be eligible for transportation or transportation assistance.
All requests for transportation assistance for students with special needs will be managed by the Director of Instruction and the Manager of Operations (Transportation).