IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT STUDENT TRANSPORTATION UNDER THE CONVENTIONAL MODEL OF RETURN TO LEARNING:
As per the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Guide to Reopening Ontario’s Schools, there will be NO RESTRICTIONS ON SCHOOL BUS SEATING CAPACITY and the use of NON-MEDICAL MASKS for all students in Grades 4 to 12 will be required on school vehicles. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are encouraged but not required to wear masks on student transportation.
High touch surfaces in school vehicles will be DISINFECTED TWICE DAILY, following each of the morning and afternoon runs. Note that most school buses service multiple schools and groups of students and are not sterile environments due to the number and frequency of passengers .
Masks and face shields will be provided for school bus drivers, however they must not interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle. Face shields are for close contact with students and are not to be worn while driving. Driver face masks are recommended while students are boarding and de-boarding however drivers may choose to remove them while driving.
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.
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.
To request or make other changes to transportation for students attending: Lakehead Public Schools elementary schools, all Thunder Bay Catholic DSB schools and both CSDC Aurores Boréales Thunder Bay schools, please contact your school directly. For changes to transportation for students attend a Lakehead Public Schools secondary school call our office at 625-1660.
*** Requests for Transportation during the first two weeks of the school year are effective on a weekly basis in order to manage the extremely high volume of requests received during this time. Requests received and approved from today through Friday, September 18, will be effective for Wednesday, September 23 ***
*** NEW BUS ASSIGNMENTS FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN REASSIGNED TO OTHER ROUTES DUE THEIR ORIGINAL ROUTE BEING SUSPENDED DUE TO THE SEVERE DRIVER SHORTAGE OR REQUESTS FOR TRANSPORTATION SUBMITTED BETWEEN AUGUST 31 AND SEPTEMBER 11 WILL BE EFFECTIVE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 ***
You can confirm eligibility for transportation from any address by visiting the 'ELIGIBILITY' tab on the home page.