While taking into consideration the specific needs of individual children, Student Transportation Services
of Thunder Bay is committed to delivering safe effective transportation for Students with Special Needs.
Our goal is to optimize service by using regular transportation wherever possible while utilizing the
special education vehicle fleet to the highest degree.
Students come first and STSTB is part of the member-Board’s system of support services for identifying
and including students with special needs into the appropriate program. The gathering of information
that is required comes from Special Education coordinators and other stakeholder organizations.
Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay follow official policies, procedures and authorized
practices for all three Boards;
1. The Driver
1.1 Must give special attention to students with disabilities.
1.2 Must be firm, but gentle; be patient, but persistent; be consistent.
1.3 Must see that the students are properly seated at all times.
1.4 Must be sure the student, when dropped off at home or school is delivered to a responsible person.
1.5 Shall report any unusual actions in detail to the Principal or teacher immediately.
1.6 Ensure that exceptional students abide by student regulations for transportation.
1.7 Will be aware of students identified on bus routes with potential life-threatening illnesses.
2. The Principal
2.1 Shall advise the operator of any health or behavioral problems of these students where lawful (within the Freedoms of Information Act).
2.2 Must realize that regulations for school bus riding apply to the exceptional student.
3. The Parent/Guardian
3.1 At the time of “intake” meeting parents are reminded that all rules and regulations related to
school bus transportation apply to the exceptional student.
3.2 Shall advise the student of the policies and procedures.
3.3 Parental help may be needed at time of pick up when loading students into vehicles that require
vests to be buckled or to have specific equipment ready.