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News: Thursday, August 27th, 2020

School Bus Changes for 2020-2021

We know families have questions about student transportation for the 2020–21 school year. Just like classrooms this year, transportation will look different for students. If your child is registered for riding the bus in 2020–2021, here’s what you need to know. 

Since Spring 2020, school district teams have been reviewing bus routes, rider information, and the provincial government's evolving health and safety guidelines. To determine the service levels we could safely provide families, the school district reviewed the priorities for transportation services outlined in Board Policy 17 - Conveyance of Students.

The priorities for student transportation services are as follows:

  1. Students with special and/or unique needs as determined by the Learning Support Services Department, including First Nations students.
  2. Elementary & middle students living outside the walk limits of their catchment school.
  3. Students force transferred to a school outside their catchment.
  4. Secondary students living outside the walk limits of their catchment school.
  5. Elementary & middle students attending district programs.
  6. Secondary students attending district programs.
  7. Students living within the walk limits to their catchment school.

The health and safety of students and bus drivers is a top priority. To effectively meet all Stage 2 health and safety requirements, the school district can only provide transportation services to:

  • students in priorities 1 through 4;
  • elementary students in the Traditional program (King Traditional); and
  • middle & secondary students in French Immersion.

Transportation services will only be provided to students who are registered for transportation and have a school district issued bus pass. These students will be included on bus seating plans established by the Transportation Department.

We know that this news may cause inconveniences for families, and we ask for your cooperation as we navigate these unchartered times together. Where possible, we encourage parents to consider transporting their child(ren) to school in private vehicles or consider public transportation.

COVID-19 continues to be an evolving global situation, and as such, we need to be prepared that these service levels are subject to change at any time throughout the school year.

We extend our sincere appreciation for your patience and understanding as we work together moving forward.

Busing Information during COVID-19

Media Contact:

Kayla Stuckart, Manager of Communications
Phone: (604) 859 – 4891 ext. 1206