Transportation Eligibility
Walking Distance to bus Stops
Bus Stop Locations
Student Ride Times
Responsibility of Parents
Driver Responsibilities
Transporting Object Equipments
Student Code of Conduct
Inclement Weather Procedures

Notices 
The notices below are information sources for pertinent transportation topics and procedures in York Region.

September Bus Transportation Notice
Understanding Transportation Services
Construction Zone Transportation Notice
Protection of Anaphylactic Students
School Bus Cancellation Notice

 

 

Policies & Procedures (in PDFs English)

The links below are information sources for pertinent transportationpolicies and procedures in York Region

Notices
The notices below are information sources for pertinent transportation topics and procedures in York Region.

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   Transportation Eligibility

Student Transportation Services of York Region (STSYR) provides transportation
service in accordance with the policies of its member School Boards, the York Region
District School Board (YRDSB) and the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB)
Students may be eligible for transportation if their primary address is located within their
home school attendance area and is further than the following distances:


YCDSB


Grades JK – 3 1.2 km’s
Grades 4 – 8 1.6 km’s
Grades 9 – 12 4.8 km’s

*Students living further than 3.2 km’s may be eligible if Public Transit is not available.

YRDSB


Grades JK – 3 1.2 km’s
Grades 4 – 8 1.6 km’s
Grades 9 – 12

Students living in an area serviced by Public Transit are not
eligible for school bus transportation.


Distance Measurement

Eligibility for Transportation will be determined by STSYR using Trapeze routing
software or ArcView G.I.S. software. These software’s measure the shortest distance
by road from the closest access of the student’s property to the closest access of the
school property. These measurements may include the use of walkways and parks.
Students may be transported in exceptional circumstances within a school NonTransportation
Zone. This is an area designated by Board policy as ineligible for school vehicle transportation.

This may include service for students with special needs and students with documented medical conditions from a certified medical practitioner.  

 

 

 

 

 

Walking Distance to Bus Stops

Student Transportation Services of York Region (STSYR) provides transportation
service in accordance with the policies of its member School Boards.
The York Catholic District School Board and The York Region District School Board
provide transportation service from centralized bus stops. Students are required to walk
a short distance to and from these centralized locations. The distance criteria are as
follows:
JK – Grade 8 400 meters
Grade 9 – 12 600 meters
Please be advised that a student’s home or caregivers address may be used to
establish bus stops; however, both addresses must be within the respective school
boundary, within the school transportation zone and used consistently.

Bus Stop Locations

 

Student Transportation Services of York Region (STSYR) creates bus stops at safe, centralized locations. Students are required to walk a short distance to and from the centralized stop locations. Having students walk to central locations increases routing efficiency and reduces the amount of time students spend travelling on a school bus. STSYR shall determine bus stop locations within the Transportation Zone for each school. Schools Transportation Zones are areas designated by Board Policy as eligible for school vehicle transportation. Bus stop locations will be placed at street corners wherever possible on main roads and avoid residential crescents and courts. A student’s home or caregiver’s address may be used to establish bus stops, however, both addresses must be within the school boundary, within the school Transportation Zone and used consistently. Students require approval from School Administration to use a bus stop other than the one they are assigned. Approval should be granted only in emergency circumstances. School Administration shall be responsible for establishing procedures and parameters for accommodating such requests.

Student Ride Times

Student Transportation Services of York Region (STSYR) provides transportation service in accordance with the policies of its member School Boards. The York Catholic District School Board and The York Region District School Board provide one-way service as closely as practical to the following guidelines. Ride time is the time a student spends on a bus from collector points. The walk time to and from collector points is not included. Ride times on Public or Board provided transportation exceeding approximately 60 minutes (one way) would be considered exceptional circumstances. NOTE: Parents considering enrolling students in Optional Programs such as French Immersion and PACE or Gifted programs should be aware of the following: Due to the size of the attendance areas for French Immersion and PACE or Gifted programs, students may experience longer ride times than service to schools with regular programs. In addition, students who live the furthest from school often have the longest ride times. STSYR endeavors to try to ensure a 60 minute maximum ride time (one way), where practical.
 

Responsibility of Parents

 Parents are to ensure their children arrive at bus stops at least five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time. During the first two (2) weeks of September, arrival at the bus stop ten (10) minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time is advised.

To help ensure student safety, Student Transportation Services recommends students in grades JK - 1 are met at their bus stop by a parent/guardian, and age appropriate arrangements made for all other grades.

Parents are responsible to make alternate arrangements for their children if they are unable to meet them at a bus stop.

Parents are responsible for the supervision and conduct of their children while at the bus stops, while being transported on a school vehicle and their safe journey to and from the bus stop.

Parents should be familiar with Student Responsibilities/Code of Conduct and aware that repeated student misconduct will be recorded and may result in school disciplinary action and/or loss of transportation privileges.

Parents are responsible for any damage caused by students to a school vehicle and to personal property at a designated bus stop.

Parents should familiarize themselves with the STSYR School Bus Cancellation Notice and Late Bus Notice, as communicated by schools and also available at www.schoolbuscity.com.
 

Driver Responsibilities

1. Obey all rules and regulations of the Highway Traffic Act at all times.

2. Adhere to the bus schedules est ablished by Student TransportatiRn Services of York Region (STSYR).

3. May only transport students to and from designated bus stops. Drivers may not add new bus stops without the approval of STSYR.

4. Drivers are not to accept requests for route revisions (including th e addition of new stops or reactivation of previously deleted stops) from school staff.

5. Should direct any parent/guardian/st udent/teacher who requests route or s top changes to their child’s school. Driver s should not discuss nor offer an opinion about the request.

6. Drivers who encount er any dangerous c ondition (unsafe bus stop or loading zone, washouts, detours, etc.) are instructed to keep students on the school bus and notify their dispatcher who should notify STSYR and school administration immediately. If necessary, STSYR, school administ ration and bus company staff will investigate alternate delivery options for these students.

7. Drivers should notify their dispatch if they observe any situation where a child’s safety is in jeopardy. The dispatcher is then to notify the polic e, school and/or STSYR.

8. Ensure the students are never left on the bus alone.

9. Drivers are to report any overloaded vehicles including rider counts per bus stop to the dispatcher who will inform STSYR.

10. Refuse to allow any unauthoriz ed persons on the bus and repo rt any incidents of unauthorized persons attempting to Board the bus to dispatch immediately.

11. Drivers who are notified that a student who normally rides the bus is missing should immediately seek clarification from the teacher on bus duty or call dispatch to clarify with the school. 

12. If there is a medical emergency on your vehicle and 911 has been called b y dispatch, wait at the scene until the ambulan ce arrives. Do not attempt to dri ve your vehicle to meet the ambulance.

13. Drivers must check their vehicle a fter each run to ensure that no students remain on the vehicle. Failure to do so is reason for dismissal.

14. Must understand and utilize the Safe Rider Sticker Program to help ensure JK – Grade 1 s tudents board the correct bus at school and disem bark at their appropriate stop locations.

15. Drivers who are runni ng earlier than their scheduled pick-up and drop-off times should pull over and wait for a few minutes to get back on the proper schedule.

16. Drivers are to report routes operating more than ten (10) minutes later than scheduled times to their dispatcher who will inform STSYR.

17. Must report school vehicle accident s and inc idents to their dispatcher immediately. The dispatcher will then contact the school and STSYR.

18. Drivers should attempt to maintain order and monitor conduct of students while on their vehicle.

19. Drivers should notify the Principal of any inappropriate behaviour by a student(s) on the bus . Drivers should then comple te a ST SYR Bus Driv er’s Report on Student Behaviour Form.

20. Drivers are not to fuel tanks with students on board.

21. Drivers are not to use a cell phone while operating their vehicle.

22. Drivers are to ensure the vehicle is not put in motion until all students are seated.

23. Drivers should keep their vehicles clean inside and out.

24. Route numbers must be visible in the front and side windows and be a minimum of 4 inches tall and of professional quality.

25. Drivers may not provide candy, food or gifts to any students on the bus.

26. Ensure all students on the bus are informed of the bus safety rules.

27. Use an appropriate tone of voice when speaking to students; refrain from shouting, swearing or using offensive/aggressive language.

28. Avoid starting or stopping abruptly.

29. Cooperate with the Principal when establishing a seating plan for students.

30. Never leave the vehicle with the motor running.

31. Never smoke, drink alcohol or use illegal substances on or near a school bus.

32. Ensure special needs students are trans ported safely according to the needs of students; follow consortium procedures for transporting students with disabilities and follow requirements in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

33. The driver will contact his/her dispatcher to identify JK-1 student(s) not met at their bus stop and the student(s) will remain on the school vehicle; the dispatcher will contact the school and STSYR to identify that the student(s) will be returned to the school.

Transporting Object Equipments

Student Transportation Services allows certain objects and equipment to be transported on a school bus under the following conditions.

1. Items do not block the aisles or emergency exits.

2. Items are stored on a student’s lap or under seats where possible.

3. Items that do not fit on a student’s lap or under a seat must be secured in such a manner that they cannot move when the school bus accelerates or brakes.

4. Ice skates may be transported if they are carried in a small sports bag.

5. Animals will not be permitted on school buses unless the YCDSB or YRDSB approves for use to assist a student with special needs. In cases where there are questions concerning the safe transportation of an item, consultation between the Bus Company, School Administration and STSYR will occur to review the situation and attempt to achieve a resolution that doesn’t compromise student safety.
 

Student Code of Conduct

Students are responsible to the principal for their conduct on the bus, and must obey instructions from the driver who acts on behalf of the principal. Student conduct that endangers safety or interferes with the health of others may face school disciplinary action and/or have their transportation privilege revoked. While riding a school vehicle Students shall:

1. be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes in advance of the scheduled pick-up time; 10 minutes earlier for the first two weeks of school.

2. refrain from talking to the bus driver while bus in in motion except in cases of emergency

3. refrain from making loud noises, fighting, and the use of abusive or profane language.

4. refrain from eating, drinking, or littering inside/outside the bus.

5. not smoke, use drugs, or alcohol.

6. remain seated at all times.

7. keep all body parts inside the bus at all times.

8. keep their backpacks, books and parcels on their laps.

9. recognize that due to safety concerns, items that do not fit safely on a student’s lap (ie. sports equipment, musical instruments and science projects) may not be transported to and from school.

10. bring skates on the bus only if equipped with protective guards and are carried in a sports bag.

11. follow recommended Ministry of Transportation safety procedures when crossing the roadway, and loading and unloading the bus.

12. be responsible for any willful damage to the bus and at a designated bus stop.

 

Inclement Weather Procedures

School Bus Cancellation Notice School bus service may be cancelled from time to time due to inclement weather and/or poor road conditions. In these cases, parents and students should develop alternate care/transportation arrangements. Since some busing schedules begin by 7:00 a.m., cancellation decisions must be made by 6:00 a.m. to allow time to communicate this message to bus drivers. Cancellation decisions will only be made after thorough consultation with the Safety Officers of school bus companies servicing York Region and are based on several factors including precipitation, air temperature, road conditions and Environment Canada forecast. Please note the following;

A decision to cancel school bus service will be region-wide meaning all school buses, vans and taxis will not operate.

 School bus routes may be cancelled when severe weather is not affecting all municipalities in York Region. Both the YRDSB and YCDSB operate many regional educational programs. Students attending these programs are transported over large attendance areas encompassing several municipal boundaries. This limits the ability to cancel bus service using a municipality or zone methodology.

Unless otherwise stated, schools will remain open and parents can make arrangements to transport their children to and from school even if school bus service is cancelled. If buses are cancelled in the morning, they will not operate in the afternoon. Therefore students transported to school by parents will require the same transportation home.

If regular home to school runs are cancelled, Charter trips will not operate.

Parents, students and school staff are asked to access the following radio and television stations after 6:00 a.m. to receive bus cancellation information:

RADIO 590 AM 640 AM 680 AM 860 AM 1010 AM 1050 AM 1540 AM 1580 AM 88.5 FM 89.9 FM 92.5 FM 93.1 FM 94.9 FM 95.9 FM 97.3 FM 98.1 FM 99.1 FM 99.9 FM 101.1 FM 102.1 FM 104.5 FM 100.7 FM 107.1 FM TELEVISION CITY TV CFTO Barrie CFTO TV GLOBAL NEWS

A bus cancellation message will also be available at www.schoolbuscity.com and by calling 1-877-330-3001.

School Bus Cancellation Procedure The decision to cancel buses will be region-wide.

5:00 a.m. Bus company representatives will communicate with Municipal Road Superintendents, review weather and road conditions for their area and communicate with their Lead Contact. Through discussion and review a recommendation re. Bus service cancellation will be formed.

5:30 a.m. If service cancellation is recommended, the Lead Contact will contact the STSYR Manager to share applicable information.

5:35 a.m. If service cancellation is recommended, the STSYR Manager will contact other Transportation Consortia as required to determine if service cancellation has occurred in their regions. The STSYR Manager will then contact YCDSB and YRDSB representatives to review information and make a service cancellation decision.

5:55 a.m. The STSYR Manager will contact the Lead Contact to confirm a service cancellation decision. The Lead Contact will notify Bus Contractor Representatives.

6:00 a.m. STSYR to notify designated media outlets regarding bus cancellations. 

 

 

  September Bus Transportation Notice

During each summer Student Transportation Services of York Region (STSYR) may make adjustments to bus route schedules to accommodate new students and/or new school openings. As a result some students may experience changes in their bus route schedule and/or bus route number. If you wish to reconfirm bus stop service for September, please access www.schoolbuscity.com beginning the third week in August. If you are unable to find the information you require, please consult your school. During the first two weeks of school, students should arrive at their bus stop ten minutes early. After this, it is anticipated each bus route will develop its regular routine and service times. Transportation Eligibility In accordance with Board Policies, transportation is provided for students who live within their Home School attendance area and outside their grade appropriate NonTransportation Zone. As indicated below, transportation eligibility will change throughout a student’s school career:

• All YCDSB and YRDSB students in grades JK-3 who live within 1.2 km of their school are not eligible for transportation.

• All YCDSB and YRDSB students in grades 4-8 who live within 1.6 km of their school are not eligible for transportation.

• All YCDSB students in grades 9-12 who live within 4.8 km of their school in a transit served area are not eligible for transportation.

• All YRDSB students in grades 9-12 who live within a transit served area are not eligible for transportation. Parents of students entering grade four are encouraged to determine their child’s transportation eligibility and to make the necessary arrangements should their child no longer qualify for transportation. Parents of students entering grade 9 who are eligible for transportation may review bus stop information by visiting www.schoolbuscity.com . Grade 9 students not eligible for transportation who wish to obtain York Region Transit information should visit their web site at www.yrt.ca or phone 1-866-668-3978. STSYR would like to thank you for your cooperation as we focus on providing safe, efficient transportation for students.

 

Understanding Transportation Services

Vehicle Routing and Costs The majority of school buses in York Region have multiple routes and serve multiple schools for the Catholic and Public school boards. Multiple routes are accomplished through staggered bell times which reduce the need for several buses and drivers to one driver and one bus. With over 900 buses completing in excess of 3600 routes each day, this way of routing saves millions of dollars, which makes more funding available for the classroom. As school buses are shared by the Catholic and Public school boards, a method to divide the cost of routes fairly is required. As a result, costs are shared according to Board Ridership. Therefore every student that accesses a school bus costs their Board a Ridership Fee. School Boundaries and School Bus Service Each student in York Region is assigned to a neighbourhood school or program by the Catholic and Public Boards based on their home address. This school is deemed their ‘Home School’. Should a student wish to attend a school other than their Home School, they may do so under the following conditions:

1. There is attendance space at the school of choice.

2. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver. By limiting Transportation Eligibility to school and/or program boundaries, Boards are able to responsibly manage costs to reflect funding levels. School Bus Transportation Eligibility In accordance with Board Policies, transportation is provided for students who live within their Home School attendance area and outside their school’s grade appropriate Non-Transportation Zone. As indicated below, transportation eligibility will change throughout a student’s school career:

• All YCDSB and YRDSB students in grades JK-3 who live within 1.2 km of their school are not eligible for transportation.

• All YCDSB and YRDSB students in grades 4-8 who live within 1.6 km of their school are not eligible for transportation.

• All YCDSB students in grades 9-12 who live within 4.8 km of their school in a transit served area are not eligible for transportation.

• All YRDSB students in grades 9-12 who live within a transit served area are not eligible for transportation. Please note exceptions to these criteria are made for students identified by their school to possess Special Needs and as such require specialized transportation services

 

 

Construction Zone Transportation Notice

As York Region continues to grow, Student Transportation Services of York Region (STSYR) receives requests from parents to transport students from subdivisions which are under construction. These requests are reviewed on an individual basis by both STSYR staff and professionally trained Safety Officers employed by school bus companies. On occasion, roads in subdivisions under construction may be deemed by Safety Officers as unsafe for school vehicle travel. Roads can be deemed unsafe when they are subject to blocked or impeded travel paths, reduced visibility, dangerous surface conditions and/or sudden stops. In many cases these factors can be caused by the operation of construction equipment and/or the presence of building materials on roadways which create a safety risk for the transportation of students. If a street (s) within a community is deemed unsafe for school vehicle travel, parents will need to make the necessary arrangements to get their children to a safe bus location outside of the construction zone. Parents are responsible for ensuring the safety of their children while waiting at and/or while traveling to and from the school bus stop. When a street is deemed unsafe, STSYR will work with Safety Officers to monitor construction on a regular basis and will extend bus service to completed areas when it is deemed safe to do so. Prior to such service extensions taking place, notification will be forwarded to schools to share with parents and students. STSYR thanks you for your patience and co-operation in this matter as we remain committed to ensuring all students receive transportation services that are designed to emphasize student safety.

 

Protection of Anaphylactic Students

The York Catholic District School Board and York Region District School Board recognize there are some students that are susceptible to severe anaphylactic reactions. It is the Policy of both Boards that all students are entitled to safe, healthy environments in school and where applicable in school buses. To this end it is the responsibility of the School to inform STS of any student who is transported to and/or from school who may suffer from an anaphylactic reaction. Upon receipt of such documentation, STS will assign the student to a vehicle operated by a School Bus Contractor, and notify the applicable contractor of the affected student. This will include the forward of applicable hard copy information provided by the school. Where required, School Bus Drivers should work alongside the initiative of the School Principal to assign specific seats to students with life threatening allergies and to enforce a no food/beverage consumption rule on school buses. In the event of an anaphylactic reaction, School Bus Drivers should immediately contact their dispatcher and request an ambulance and/or EMS. Drivers should also work to administer any EpiPen that is provided by the student. As some schools in York Region have initiated an ‘Allergen Free’ policy, it is strongly recommended that school vehicle drivers who are required to enter a school do not consume food or beverages while in the building.

 

School Bus Cancellation Notice

To ensure the safety of students, school bus service may be cancelled due to inclement weather, extreme temperatures and/or poor road conditions. In these cases, parents and students should develop alternate care/transportation arrangements. Since some busing schedules begin by 7:00 a.m., cancellation decisions must be made by 6:00 a.m. to allow time to communicate this message to bus drivers. Cancellation decisions will only be made after thorough consultation with the Safety Officers of school bus companies servicing York Region and are based on several factors including precipitation, air temperature, road conditions and weather forecast.

Please note the following;

A decision to cancel school bus service will be region-wide meaning all school buses, vans and taxis will not operate.

 School bus routes may be cancelled when severe weather may not be affecting all municipalities in York Region. Both the YRDSB and YCDSB operate many regional educational programs. Students attending these programs are transported over large attendance areas encompassing several municipal boundaries. This limits the ability to cancel bus service using a municipality or zone methodology.

When bus service is cancelled all school tests and/or examinations will be cancelled and rescheduled.

Student trips involving the use of school buses will also be cancelled.

Unless otherwise stated, schools will remain open and parents can make arrangements to transport their children to and from school even if school bus service is cancelled. If buses are cancelled in the morning, they will not operate in the afternoon. Therefore students transported to school by parents will require the same transportation home. Parents, students and school staff are asked to access the following radio and television stations after 6:00 a.m. to receive bus cancellation information:

 

RADIO 590 AM 640 AM 680 AM 860 AM 1010 AM 1050 AM 1540 AM 1580 AM 88.5 FM 89.9 FM 92.5 FM 93.1 FM 94.9 FM 95.9 FM 97.3 FM 98.1 FM 99.1 FM 99.9 FM 101.1 FM 102.1 FM 104.5 FM 100.7 FM 105.9 107.1 FM TELEVISION CITY TV CTV Barrie CTV Toronto CP24 GLOBAL NEWS A bus cancellation message will also be available at www.schoolbuscity.com and by calling 1- 877-330-3001, or by following @YRDSB and @YCDSB on twitter.