About Buses

Did You Know?

That approximately 42 percent of the students in our district ride the school bus every day. Over the years our buses have maintained an outstanding safety record. Every year our school bus operators drive over a million kilometres without injury. Each day they drive over 4800 kilometres carrying student to and from schools.We are asking for the cooperation of you and your children in continuing to operate our buses in a safe and efficient manner.

For the safety of your child and others, please ask him or her to observe the following school bus rules.

Rules for Riding the School Bus

  • The driver has immediate authority on the school bus at all times.
  • The drive may designate the seat which the student shall occupy.
  • Student behaviour and conduct will not create a distraction for the driver, or discomfort of other students.
  • For the safety of students there is no eating or drinking on the bus,
  • Students are responsible for maintaining their area of the bus in a neat and presentable manner.
  • To ensure safety, students will not extend arms or heads out of the windows.
  • When loading or unloading the bus, student will observe the directions of the driver.

Simple Rules for Safety

  • Students will wait at the bus stop assigned.
  • Students will be waiting at the bus stop 5 minutes before the schedule pick up time. Kindergarten and grade one students require a parent or older sibling to accompany them to and from the bus stop.
  • Students must wait well back from the travelled portion of the roadway.
  • Students will wait for the driver's signal after the bus comes to a complete stop before approaching the bus.
  • Students will enter and leave the school bus in an orderly fashion, no pushing.
  • Students will wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions.
  • Students will walk, not run around the school buses and when using the school bus aisle.
  • Students will get seated and stay seated, facing the front of the bus while the bus is in motion.
  • The school bus aisle must remain clear.
  • Students will remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop and the doors open.
  • Students will obey all loading and unloading instructions from the driver. This includes staying out of the "danger zone" and observing the driver's signal to cross the roadway.
  • No animals allowed on the school buses.
  • Students will go directly to their bus after school. Students will not play in the school bus zones around the parked buses.

Transportation Policies

Schools bus transportation is a privilege, not a right.

The School Act authorizes school boards to provide transportation system but it does not requirement to do so. The board of school trustees has, for many years chosen to operate a school bus system for the convenience of the students and the parents of the district.

Walk limits are determined by the Ministry of Education are as follows:

  • Kindergarten to Grade 3 are 4 kilometres to school or bus route.
  • Grades 4 to 12 are 4. kilometres to school or bus route

School District #59 Board of Trustees have set district walk limits at 800 meters year around.

Bus schedules and routing are established annually and are subject to change if circumstance require. All times are also subject to change.

School buses in School District #59 stop at all uncontrolled railway crossings.

We are sure you can imagine the responsibility one adult has in operating a big bus on the highway. Observing all the driving regulations and at the same time supervising anywhere from 1 to 72 active young people all sitting behind. The responsibility is tremendous.

Notice to the Motorist

Every province in Canada has a law requiring motorists, traveling in both directions, to stop when approaching a school bus displaying red lights. Even so, many motorists either don't know this law or they do not care about, or, they are so completely unaware of what is happening around them that they simply do not see the bus with signals flashing.

Students know this law exists and it gives them a false sense of security when crossing the street going to or from the school bus. Students expect motorists to stop.

A defensive driver keeps up with the changing laws and obeys them. The Canada Safety Council appeals to drivers to drive defensively.

Please remember, overhead flashing amber lights mean slow down, use caution, the bus is about to make a scheduled stop for students. It against the law to pass from either direction a stopped bus with flashing red lights.

When Road Conditions Are Poor

Buses may be running late or not at all. Announcements can be heard on CJDC 890, or the School BUs Transportation Information lime at (250) 782-1061.

If You Miss the Bus

Students who miss the bus in the morning will follow whatever parent instructions have been given. Student who miss the bus in the afternoon, are to report to their school's office so the parent can be contacted and suitable arrangements can be made.

Notice to Parents

If your child brings home a report from the school bus operator concerning conduct on the school bus, please discuss the situation with him or her. Any questions you may have concerning the report may be referred to your child's Principal or the Transportation Manager at (250) 782-2106

School Bus Video Taping

There are video cameras on our school buses for the purpose of promoting bus safety and discipline.

Further Information

For more information concerning school buses and routes, please contact the Transportation Manager at (250) 782-2106

Have you ever considered driving a school bus?

  • Good wage and benefits package
  • School holidays
  • Part-time work
  • excellent training and support
  • We provide assistance to qualified applicants to help them obtain a BC Class 2 drivers license

If you are interested in this type of work or have any question regarding employment as a School Bus Operator, please contact our Human Resources Manager at (250) 782-8571

School is not in session over the weekend. Students return to school on Monday, December 17, 2018.
The StrongStart program does not run on weekends. The program resumes on Monday, December 17, 2018.