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Helpful Tips to Protect Students as They Return to School

Local schools are opening up again on Tuesday, September 7 and students will be heading back for the first time since February. Remember to watch for students as they travel to and from school.

IF YOU ARE A DRIVER:

Watch your speed!

Remember to plan extra travel time before and after school, be patient, and don’t be distracted.

Motorists should slow down near schools and watch for school zone speed limit signs.

Many collisions happen at dusk and dawn. Pay particular attention to pedestrians and students at those times. As a helpful reminder, always make eye contact with children wanting to cross the road and wait for them to get completely across before proceeding.

Remember school bus safety!

If you see red flashing lights and an extended stop arm on a school bus, it means students may be stepping onto the roadway. Never pass a school bus if it is stopped with its red lights flashing and its stop arm is extended. School buses may stop anywhere, and drivers should be ready to stop at any time when travelling behind one.

On roads that don’t have a median, drivers travelling in both directions must stop for a stopped school bus that has its red lights flashing and stop arm extended. If you stop while facing a bus, stop at a safe distance from the front of the bus to let students cross the road. On roads that have a median, only traffic approaching the bus from behind must stop.

When stopped for a school bus, don’t move forward until the red lights have stopped flashing or the bus begins to move

Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA), drivers can be charged for failing stop for a bus with its upper red lights flashing and stop arm extended. The fines include:

  • First offence: $400 to $2,000 fine and six demerit points
  • Each following offence: $1,000 to $4,000 fine, six demerit points and possible incarceration

Obey crossing guards!

There will be crossing guards at locations across the city each morning and afternoon to help students safely cross the road. Remember to stop and yield the entire roadway when a crossing guard is present and displaying their stop sign. Drivers and cyclists may only proceed when pedestrians and school crossing guards have safely reached the sidewalk.

IF YOU ARE A PARENT OR STUDENT:

Here’s how you can make your travel to school as safe as possible.

Walk to school safely!

Always walk on sidewalks if available and cross at intersections. Before crossing, remember to:

  • Stop before stepping into road
  • Increase your visibility and indicate you want to cross
  • Look in all directions and listen for traffic
  • Cross only when the road is clear
  • Walk directly across road – do not run or cycle
  • Use a buddy system, if possible
  • If you are crossing at an intersection with signals, wait for the pedestrian walk signal before crossing.

If you’re riding your bike to school, learn about cycling safely and sharing the road responsibly.

Also remember:

Pedestrian Crossovers (PXOs) allow pedestrians to safely cross the road. All vehicles must yield to pedestrians when crossing. PXOs are identified by specific signs and pavement markings. In some cases, but not always, they may also have pedestrian activated flashing lights.

It is everyone’s responsibility to understand and follow the rules at pedestrian crossovers. Pedestrians and cyclists walking their bikes should:

  • Wait for traffic to stop
  • Make eye contact to ensure drivers see you
  • Walk across the road

Drivers and cyclists on the road should:

  • Be prepared to stop for pedestrians
  • Stop behind the yield line
  • Make eye contact to ensure pedestrians see you
  • Wait until pedestrians completely cross before proceeding

2021-2022 Busing Information for Returning Students

2021-2022 Busing Information is available through the Parent Portal

Requests for or changes to transportation for eligible students for the first day of school on September 7, 2021 must be received by our office no later than Tuesday, August 31, 2021 in accordance with the following schedule:

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 31, 2021 will be effective for Tuesday, September 7, 2021
  • Requests received and approved between Wednesday, September 1, 2021 and Thursday, September 9, 2021 will be effective for Tuesday, September 14, 2021
  • Requests received and approved between Friday, September 10, 2021 and Thursday, September 16, 2021 will be effective for Tuesday, September 21, 2021
  • We will return to our regular 3 school day turnaround for approved requests starting Friday, September 17, 2021

Requests can be submitted for schools closed during the summer break by calling Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay. Once schools reopen, requests for Lakehead Public Elementary schools, All Thunder Bay Catholic schools and Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique des Aurores Boréales Thunder Bay schools must be made by contacting the school office. Lakehead Public Secondary School requests can be made by calling Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay any time.

Your Busing May Change Next Year...

Click the image below to view the Summer 2021 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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Student Transportation Suspended Due to Provincial Order to Learn from Home

School Boards across the Province have been ordered to move to virtual learning. Therefore, elementary and secondary school students in Thunder Bay as well as across the province will participate in remote learning following the April Break.

Student transportation will continue to be suspended until further notice except for arrangements made for students with Special Needs who continue with in-person learning and have requested transportation though their school.

Student Transportation Services will resume April 19, 2021

Dr. Janet DeMille from the TBDHU has issued a letter to the local school boards informing them that the suspension of in-person learning in effect until April 12 will not be extended beyond that date and schools can re-open for in-person learning and child care programs from that date forward. With Spring Break scheduled for April 12-16, all Student Transportation Services will resume April 19, 2021.

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