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On The Bus - Winter 2020/2021 Edition

Information on how we determine when to cancel transportation and how to be prepared for school bus transportation during the winter months can be found here:

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School Bus Safety Week is October 19-23

Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay is pleased to announce that next week (October 19-23) is School Bus Safety Week. The third week of October is an annual opportunity to shine the spotlight on school bus safety and is celebrated province wide.

The iconic yellow school bus is a critical part of the education system and we appreciate the work undertaken by those who serve our students each day. Throughout Thunder Bay and the surrounding area, More than 10,000 students are transported to and from school daily. Beyond those who utilize the service to get to and from school, many students use school buses to travel on field trips or participate in athletic events.

School bus safety week provides an opportunity to talk about the overall importance of safety. Whether you have kids travelling on a school bus or are a motorist in a school zone, everyone benefits from an increased focus on road safety, obeying posted speed limits and carefully observing those engaged in active travel, be it walking or wheeling. Road safety in our communities is vital to overall citizen satisfaction.

Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay would like to remind everyone how critical it is to come to a complete stop while the red outside overhead signal-lights of a school bus are flashing and stop arm is extended. There is a maximum fine of $2,000 and 6 demerit points under the Highway Traffic Act for vehicle owners who choose to disobey the law and illegally pass a stopped school bus.

Of equal importance to school bus safety around the bus is the conduct of students on board the vehicles. Please talk to your kids about expected on-board behavior. Simple rules make for a more enjoyable shared-ride experience – backpacks on the lap or under the seat, remain seated for the entire ride and keep voice levels down so the school bus driver can concentrate.

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, we will celebrate School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Parents, guardians and school staff are encouraged to recognize their school bus drivers and monitors with a simple thank you or other small acknowledgement of a job well done, often under complex conditions.

During School Bus Safety Week, watch for social media posts and use #BusSafety20 to participate in the conversation. Check us our on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for featured safety messages and to join in the conversation.

Confirmed case of scabies - 6-Oct-2020

A student who rides the SOUTH 24 AM and SOUTH 20 NOON (serviced by the South 25) buses has a medically confirmed case of scabies. This student has started a treatment regime and will return to the bus only when medically cleared by a doctor. Although, all school buses are already disinfected twice daily under the pandemic enhanced cleaning protocols, the South 24 and South 25 buses are immediately undergoing an additional 'deep clean' to eradicate any risk of environmental spread. We are asking all of our riders assigned to these buses to please review this information sheet on scabies and carefully monitor themselves for symptoms. If symptoms emerge, please seek medical attention immediately.

Transportation Opt-Out

On behalf of all students waiting to be assigned to school bus transportation, if your child is currently assigned to a bus and is not using it, please opt-out now here.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education's guide to reopening Ontario's schools, and in cooperation with the Thunder Bay District health Unit, Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay has planned all routes this year to ensure that the maximum seating capacity of all our contracted 72 passenger school buses is limited to 50 students (46 for high school routes, 50 for elementary and elementary/high school combined routes).

Unfortunately, some buses have reached this capacity with the number of students assigned and we will be unable to provide transportation to other students requesting busing when there may be assigned seasts going unused.

Thank you for your assistance while we continue to work through these challenges.

DRIVER SHORTAGE UPDATE

The school bus industry has been struggling with a driver shortage for more than 5 years and the global COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened the problem for this school year...READ MORE (pdf download)

Le secteur du transport scolaire est confronté à une pénurie de chauffeurs depuis plus de 5 ans et la pandémie mondiale de la COVID-19 n'a fait qu'aggraver le problème pour cette année scolaire...LIRE LA SUITE ((Télécharger la version PDF)

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