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First Rider Program - A program for first time JK/SK/Primary bus riders

The SCSTC is pleased to welcome your student to the experience of riding on the school bus for the first time!

We invite you and your student to take part in the FREE informative First Rider Program - a school bus safety program for first time school bus riders, which includes a ride on a real school bus!

This FREE program is provided by the SCSTC, in partnership with our school bus operators, to educate students and their families of the rules and responsibilities on and around the school bus. Each identical session will run for approximately one hour. Parents or Guardians and their students attending ANY school in Simcoe County may attend ANY of the sessions.

The format for the First Rider Program is as follows (approximately one hour):

  • Programs start on the hour. Start times are listed below.
  • Topics covered include: school bus facts, safety rules on and around the school bus and responsibilities of riding the bus.
  • School bus safety video is viewed.
  • Students and families are taken on a short school bus ride to practice safe loading and unloading, and school bus riding procedures.

The August 2014 First Rider Program proposed dates, times and locations are as follows: 

Date City Location
Wednesday August 13 (6:00 pm) Alliston Alliston Union Public School
Monday August 18 (9, 10, 11 am & 12 noon) Bradford St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic School
Wednesday August 20 (9, 10, 11 am & 12 noon) Barrie St. Michael of the Arc Angel Catholic School
Friday August 22 (9, 10, 11 am & 12 noon) Orillia Monsignor Lee Catholic Elementary School
Saturday August 23 (9, 10 & 11 am) Barrie St. Michael of the Arc Angel Catholic School
Saturday August 23 (9, 10 & 11 am) Midland Mundy's Bay Public School
Saturday August 23 (9, 10 & 11 am) Wasaga Beach Birchview Dunes Elementary School
Saturday August 23 (9, 10 & 11 am) Bradford St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic School
Monday August 25 (9, 10, 11 am & 12 noon) Collingwood Mountain View Elementary School
Wednesday August 27 (9, 10, 11 am & 12 noon) Midland Mundy's Bay Public School
Wednesday August 27 (6:00 pm) Barrie Maplegrove Elementary School
Friday August 29 (9, 10, 11 am & 12 noon) Alliston St. Paul's Catholic School

 

For updates on the First Rider Program including dates and locations visit the "Home" page of the SCSTC website and click on the "Safety" tab at www.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca.

 

STARTING HIGH SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER 2014?

If you are a current Grade 8 student attending a SCDSB or SMCDSB school, and are eligible for transportation for your secondary school (TE01 - Transportation Eligibility), you will be receiving a letter indicating the following transportation information:

  • bus number
  • bus company
  • stop location
  • pick up and drop off times

A letter with the above information will be provided to you through your current SCDSB or SMCDSB elementary school in early June. 

If you are currently not attending a SCDSB or SMCDSB elementary school, or will be new to the Simcoe County area in September 2014, please contact your SCDSB or SMCDSB secondary school for your transportation information.

Information on transportation eligibility can be found by clicking here and entering your primary address.
 

What additional information can be found on this SCSTC website? 

  • Preparing your child for their first bus ride - Click here
  • Am I Eligible for Transportation – Click Here
  • Frequently asked questions about home to school busing – Click Here
  • SCSTC Policies – Click Here
  • Daily School Bus status (including delays and cancellation) - Click Here