Our On The Bus newsletter winter edition for 2022-2023 is now available. Click on the image below to view information on student transportation during the winter months and about inclement weather cancellations.
On The Bus 2022-2023 Winter Edition
October 19, 2022 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day!
To our local School Bus Drivers and Staff:
On behalf of the Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales, Lakehead District School Board, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board and Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our dedicated and caring school bus drivers for the important work you perform every day while safely transporting students to and from school.
Not many people realize that our school buses travel nearly 21,000 kilometers every school day to deliver over 10,000 students to our schools. Our area enjoys a remarkable safety record thanks to the hard work and commitment of you as a professional school bus driver.
We know that your job can be both challenging and rewarding. You often deal with adverse weather, traffic and road conditions while ensuring the students in your charge are safe and secure while travelling. Parents and school staff are also depending on you each day to deliver on time service. It truly takes an exceptional person to drive a school bus.
We also want to thank the mechanics and office staff who play a critical role in making sure the service is road-ready. The operation of 175 daily school bus routes takes the care and cooperation of many people. Your work is appreciated.
As we mark School Bus Driver Appreciation Day on this October 19, 2022, please know that each and every one of you play a vital role in our school communities and we appreciate the important work that you do.
With sincere appreciation,
Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay
2022-2023 Busing Information for Returning Students Now Available
2022-2023 Busing Information is available through the Parent Portal
Due to the extremely high volume of requests received between the end of August and mid-September every year, we will once again be operating on a modified schedule for processing eligible requests:
- Requests received and approved by Tuesday, August 30, 2022 will be effective for Tuesday, September 6, 2022
- Requests received and approved between Wednesday, August 31, 2022 and Thursday, September 8, 2022 will be effective for Tuesday, September 13, 2022
- Requests received and approved between Friday, September 9, 2022 and Thursday, September 15, 2022 will be effective for Tuesday, September 20, 2022
- We will return to our regular 3 school day turnaround for approved requests starting Friday, September 16, 2022
Requests for transportation for Lakehead Public Elementary schools, All Thunder Bay Catholic schools and Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique des Aurores Boréales Thunder Bay schools, while they are open before and at the end of the summer break, must be made by contacting the school office. During the summer break when schools are closed, requests can be submitted by calling Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay directly. Lakehead Public Secondary School requests can be made by calling Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay at any time.
Your Busing May Change Next Year
WOW TBay Photovoice Contest - EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 27, 2022
It's Spring! and Spring means it’s time to get outside and get active! Schools across Ontario are promoting walking, biking, scooting, skateboarding, and other fun ways to get to school or around their neighbourhood. Now is the perfect time to get active outdoors!
WOW TBay is helping motivate students to engage in active school travel by running a Photovoice Contest. The WOW TBay Photovoice Contest is a photography based active school travel promotion initiative that is organized by WOW TBay which is led by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) and EcoSuperior Environmental Programs.
How to enter the contest:
- Use a digital camera or cell phone to take pictures that relate to the active school travel categories described in the contest information sheet and write a caption or short description of the story behind your picture
- Download and fill out the Participant Entry Information and Consent Form
- Email your photo, photo caption, and completed Participant Entry Information and Consent Form to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Each student may submit one entry.
The contest will run from April 1- May 27. Each participant is eligible to win a maximum of one (1) prize. All submissions received before 11:59 pm April 19, 2022 will be eligible for an early bird draw with one (1) prize available (bike accessory kit). The early bird winner will be eligible to win a maximum of one (1) of the three (3)remaining prizes. A total of four (4) prizes will be available. All other prize winners will be drawn randomly on May 30,2022. Your chances of winning depend on the number of other participants in the contest.
Prizes include: Cycle computer, a wearable fitness tracker, 1 of 2 bike accessory kits including a Yeti water bottle.