Yes. Eligible students can request transportation to one (1) alternate address through their school, provided:
• The student’s primary address and requested alternative address are eligible for transportation;
• Both locations are within the school boundary;
• The alternate address is served by an existing school vehicle stop, on an existing route where there is available space; and
• The request is consistent with the policies and practices of the respective Member District School Board.
Parents/guardians must apply for use of an alternate address on an annual basis through their student’s school.
See SCSTC Policy TE10
No. Non-eligible students are not permitted to ride on school vehicles.
It typically takes five(5) business days to organize transportation arrangements once the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) has received the information from the school and confirmed that the request follows the policies and procedures of the Member District School Board and the SCSTC.
Routes are prepared prior to the start of the school year. Since route arrangements have already been completed, altering these arrangements requires communication between the school, the SCSTC and the School Vehicle Operator, and may impact other students on the vehicle.
Transportation changes will be communicated to parents/guardians through their student’s school.
Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) French Immersion (FI) and Extended French (EFSL) stop locations typically do not follow the same criteria as regular home-to-school stop locations, as per SCDSB policy.
Criteria for FI/EFSL stop locations are as follows:
• Centralized community school vehicle stops in different locations from regular bus stops to avoid student identification confusion and traffic congestion;
• Availability of parking for parents to drop off students and to await students in a safe manner;
• In public spaces or locations where groups of students may safely gather;
• Not on roadsides unless reviewed and approved following a request through the school;
• Not to be at, or adjacent to, a school location to avoid student identification confusion and traffic congestion;
• Stop locations must have winter maintenance.
All pick-up and drop-off locations are reviewed for safety considerations before being implemented. Factors reviewed when locating a school vehicle stop include, but are not limited to:
• Centralized community stop locations
• Volume of traffic
• Posted speed limits
• Signalized intersections or crossings
• Physical barriers
No. Drivers are employees of the school vehicle transportation company and are not authorized to make any changes or accommodate requests. Changes made by a driver may result in termination.
The maximum walk distance to a school vehicle stop is 0.8 km.
The walk distance to a school vehicle stop may exceed 0.8 km in situations where the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium determines the roadway unsafe for a school vehicle to manoeuvre.
See SCSTC Policy TE03
Parents/guardians will receive information concerning any changes that occur regarding their student’s school vehicle stop or route from their school.
No. Efforts are made to keep designated school vehicle stops consistent from year to year. However, there may be changes in bus stop locations due to changes in student population, infrastructure and/or for student safety.
For safety and efficiency, school vehicle stops are created centrally to accommodate numerous students. Other than for exceptional conditions, school vehicle stops will be a minimum of 200 metres apart.
The Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium avoids routing school vehicles onto dead-end streets and cul-de-sacs, as they typically cannot accommodate safe turn-around points for the vehicle.
No. Kindergarten students are required to walk to/from designated school vehicle stops.
Yes. The Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium offers safety programs. Please click on a program listed below to learn more information:
• School Bus Evacuation Program
• First Rider Program
The law states that when a school vehicle has its overhead red signal lights flashing and its stop arm extended, motorists must stop 20 metres from the school vehicle, regardless of the posted speed limit. It applies to highways, country roads, and city, town and village streets.
Parents/guardians are responsible for their student(s) to and from the school vehicle stop. It is also the responsibility of parents/guardians to ensure that their JK/SK or French Immersion (Simcoe County District School Board only) student(s) are met at the assigned school vehicle stop for afternoon drop-off by a responsible person.
Parents/guardians are responsible for students until they board the school vehicle, and also from the time they disembark.
Eating and drinking on the school vehicle are prohibited for the following safety reasons:
• Some students have severe allergies to certain foods;
• Leftover food and drink can cause a mess attracting bees and wasps;
• A student may choke on a piece of food.
For safety reasons aisles must be kept clear of obstacles at all times. Skis, ski poles, snowshoes, sleighs, hockey bags, skateboards etc. are strictly prohibited. Only small items that can be easily placed on a student’s lap - or in a school bag - will be permitted. Similarly, musical instruments in cases are acceptable, provided they can fit on students' laps or between their legs resting on the floor.
See SCSTC Policy TG06
No. Temporary changes to transportation cannot be accommodated under Member District School Board and Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium policies and procedures.
Contact your school Principal. The school vehicle is considered an extension of the classroom, and students are held accountable to the school Principal for their actions while on a school vehicle.