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2022-2023 Busing Information for Returning Students Now Available

2022-2023 Busing Information is available through the Parent Portal

Requests for or changes to transportation for eligible students for the first day of school on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 must be received by our office no later than Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

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

Click the image below to view the Summer 2022 Edition of our On The Bus newsletter for important reminders about school bus eligibility and walk to stop policies as well as information on this year's First Rider program for incoming JK students.

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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 wowtbay.photovoice@gmail.com
  • 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.

2022-2023 Apply for Transportation Extended through May 8, 2022

Last chance to confirm SENIOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL or a SECONDARY SCHOOL busing requests for September 2022. Students who are not assigned to a bus on the first day of school will be waitlisted until later in September.

This is an annual requirement that applies to all students entering grades 7 and 8 at a Senior Elementary School and grades 9 through 12 at any Secondary School in September 2022, including current Grade 12 students who plan on returning for an additional year.

School bus transportation applications for eligible students attending the following schools in September 2022 must be submitted at https://www.ststb.ca/en/apply-transportation by May 8, 2022 in order to be considered in preparing routes for next year. Late applications may result in delays in being assigned to a bus until after the start of the school year.

Bishop E.Q. Jennings Senior Elementary School (gr 7-8)
Bishop Gallagher Senior Elementary School (gr 7-8)
Pope John Paul II School Community (gr 7-8)
ESC de La Vérendrye (gr 7-12)
Hammarskjold High School (gr 9-12)
Superior Collegiate & Vocational Institute (gr 9-12)
Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute (gr 9-12)
St. Ignatius High School Thunder Bay (gr 9-12)
St. Patrick High School (gr 9-12)

Only eligible senior elementary school or high school students planning to attend one of the schools listed above are required to apply for school bus transportation annually. Returning students to other schools (LDSB JK-8 schools, TBCDSB/CSDCAB JK-6 schools) are assumed to be requesting the same transportation arrangements as this year for next and do not need to re-apply. If you need to make a change for students returning to these schools for next year, please contact your elementary school office directly.

Extreme Cold Weather Procedures

⚠️ Extreme Cold Warning ⚠️

If the AMBIENT temperature reaches -34°C or lower as recorded by Environment Canada at the Thunder Bay Airport at 6:00am, student transportation may be cancelled. A decision to cancel service would be sent out no later than 6:30am.

Notifications of an Extreme Cold Cancellation will be sent through the Bus Status app (be sure to download to your mobile device and subscribe to weather cancellations!) and posted on our website and social media accounts as well as media releases to local radio stations.

Please note:

  • Windchill, or what it "feels like" is not a consideration in determining when to cancel transportation
  • When there are no other factors affecting the decision, if the temperature is expected to rise above -34°C in time for the end of day bus times, PM buses will be scheduled to run and confirmed at the time of the AM cancellations.
  • When student transportation is cancelled only due to extreme cold temperatures, all schools (including rural) remain open.
  • Students should always be dressed and prepared for current and forecasted weather conditions.
  • Parents are reminded that they are responsible for the safety of their children to, from and while at the bus stop and ultimately make the decision on whether to put their children on the bus when buses are running during inclement weather.
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Student Transportation Services de Thunder Bay est un consortium étudiant de transport par ces trois commissions scolaires:

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Suite 2001, 715 Hewitson St. Thunder Bay, ON. P7B 6B5 • Phone: (807) 625-1660 • Fax: (807) 622-5818