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MEDIA RELEASE - Senior grade students in Thunder Bay to start applying for school bus transportation

MEDIA RELEASE

9-April-2018

Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay (STSTB) develops and administers the provision of safe, efficient and cost effective transportation for eligible students of Lakehead District School Board, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board and Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales. In an ongoing effort to address increasing costs while still providing safe, reliable transportation for eligible students, STSTB regularly evaluates existing routes, practices and policies to maximize efficiencies and minimize costs.

Rider counts conducted on multiple occasions this year has revealed that only 30% to 40% of students in senior grades across all three member school boards who are assigned to busing are actually riding the bus on a regular basis. Holding a spot on a school bus for students who do not require it is an inefficient use of limited transportation funds and therefore a new approach will be taken to ensure busing for eligible students in these grades is only provided for those who require it.

Starting with the 2018-2019 school year, students attending either senior elementary schools or secondary schools in Thunder Bay are required to register for school bus transportation. Students entering grades 7 and 8 at a Senior Elementary School and students entering all grades at any of the six high schools and who reside more than 1.6 km from their board-designated school can request school bus transportation at www.ststb.ca starting today. Applications must be received by April 30, 2018 in order to be included in preparing routes for next year.

Students enrolled in the following schools for September 2018 are required to register for school bus transportation by April 30, 2018 at www.ststb.ca:

Lakehead District School Board schools:

Hammarskjöld High School

Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute

Superior Collegiate & Vocational Institute

Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board schools:

Bishop E.Q. Jennings Senior Elementary School

Bishop Gallagher Senior Elementary School

Pope John Paul II Senior Elementary School

St. Ignatius High School

St. Patrick High School

Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales:

École catholique de La Vérendrye

École secondaire catholique de La Vérendrye

Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay is an inter-board transportation consortium formed in January 2008 through an agreement between Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales, Lakehead District School Board and Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board. The consortium provides daily transportation services to over 13,000 students on 186 school buses at 48 elementary, senior elementary and secondary schools through service contracts with two school bus operators. Our total service area covers 5,086 square kilometers with our contracted school buses travelling nearly 23,000 km every day.

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE

9-Avril-2018

Le consortium de transport scolaire de Thunder Bay (STSTB) administre un transport sécuritaire, efficace et efficient pour les élèves admissibles du Lakehead District School Board, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board et Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales. Dans le but continu d’adresser les coûts croissants tout en continuant à fournir un transport sécuritaire et fiable pour les élèves admissibles, le STSTB évalue régulièrement les trajets des autobus scolaires, et les pratiques et politiques afin de maximiser l’efficience et minimiser les coûts.

Le compte des passagers effectué à plusieurs reprises cette année a révélé que, sur l’ensemble des trois conseils scolaires, seulement 30 à 40 % des élèves du niveau secondaire à qui on a attribué une place dans les autobus profitent du transport de manière régulière. Réserver un siège à des élèves qui n’en ont pas besoin est une utilisation inefficace des fonds limités du transport scolaire. Une nouvelle approche doit ainsi être adoptée afin de s’assurer que le transport des élèves admissibles soit fourni à ceux qui en ont besoin.

À partir de l’année scolaire 2018-2019, les élèves de la 7e à la 12e année devront s’inscrire au transport scolaire. Les élèves qui entrent en 7e et 8e années et les élèves entrant dans l’une des six écoles secondaires et qui résident à plus de 1,6 km de l’école désignée de leur conseil peuvent solliciter le transport scolaire par autobus sur www.ststb.ca à partir d’aujourd’hui. Les demandes devront être reçues au plus tard le 30 avril 2018 afin d’être incluses dans la préparation des itinéraires de l’an prochain.

Les élèves inscrits dans les écoles suivantes pour septembre 2018 doivent s’inscrire au transport scolaire au plus tard le 30 avril 2018 sur www.ststb.ca:

Écoles du Lakehead District School Board :

Hammarskjöld High School

Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute

Superior Collegiate & Vocational Institute

Écoles du Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board :

Bishop E.Q. Jennings Senior Elementary School

Bishop Gallagher Senior Elementary School

Pope John Paul II Senior Elementary School

St. Ignatius High School

St. Patrick High School

Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales :

École catholique de La Vérendrye

École secondaire catholique de La Vérendrye

Les Services des transports scolaires de Thunder Bay sont un consortium de transport inter-conseil formé conjointement en janvier 2008 par le Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales, Lakehead District School Board et Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board. Le Consortium fournit des services de transport quotidiens contractés à deux opérateurs de transport scolaire à plus de 13 000 élèves dans 186 autobus scolaires pour 48 écoles élémentaires, élémentaires de cycle intermédiaire et secondaires. Notre aire de service s’étend sur 5 086 kilomètres carrés et nos autobus contractés couvrent chaque jour près de 23 000 km.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • April 18, 2018: Early Dismissal Volunteer Day for St. Ignatius and St. Patrick High Schools. Buses depart at 12:10 p.m.;
  • April 27, 2018: PA Day (All Thunder Bay Catholic District Schools);
  • May 4, 2018: PA Day (All Lakehead Public Elementary and Aurores boréales Schools);
  • May 21, 2018: Victoria Day Holiday - All schools closed;
  • June 15, 2018: PA Day (All Elementary Schools);

STSTB launches Active School Transportation (AST) webpage

AST is an initiative encouraging families to choose active modes of transportation to and from school. Active transportation increases physical activity, improves physical, mental and emotional health while also benefiting our environment.

Go to the new Active School Transportation link under the 'About' section of our website to find out more!

Like Us On Facebook

STSTB has launched its official Facebook page, as a new platform to communicate with parents, students, schools and the community in which we operate about student transportation related items, issues and events. Social media can be a powerful communication tool and through Facebook we hope to create a visually attractive and content-led community that can be easily accessed by all, even when on the go.

Inclement Weather Transportation

STSTB reminds all parents/guardians that the decision to cancel or run transportation during inclement weather is based on conditions across a large geographical region and that conditions in certain localized areas may be better or worse than in others. Therefore, it is always the parents/guardians decision to have their child(ren) take the bus if transportation is running, and also keep in mind that buses may not be able to service all areas during adverse conditions.

Bus students and parents/guardian are reminded that extra caution should be taken during the winter months. Please take a moment and review this important information with your children.

· Children should be dressed appropriately for the colder weather. Unexpected mechanical problems with the bus may occur more frequently at this time of year. Children must be prepared for this as buses cool off very quickly.

· Usually cold or stormy weather can result in bus schedules being unavoidably delayed. We encourage parents to use extra caution with children on those days. Children should be accompanied to the bus stop or have very clear instructions on what to do if the bus does not arrive. Never leave children at the stop with no backup arrangements for an emergency.

· Monitor Reported Delays on this website and know your bus route number, name and telephone number of the school bus company to call for updates should the bus be significantly delayed.

· A build-up of ice and snow can create a safety hazard for children waiting at the bus stop. Ensure that your child understands the importance of standing back from the curb as the bus approaches the bus stop.

· Children will find it easier to walk through the ice and snow when their school books and lunches are carried in a back pack. It is also much safer for them to board the bus with their hands free to use the bus handrail.

· Make sure children stay off snow banks piled near the street. While they are attractive for playing on, those snow banks can cause a child to fall into the roadway and in front of oncoming traffic.

Click Here for Information on Transportation During Extreme Cold Weather

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