Transportation

Will my child be picked up at their normal time/location?

Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) is currently in the process of preparing for the upcoming school year. STSWR will be building student cohorts and mapping out routes and will provide more information in the coming weeks. Please visit www.stswr.ca after August 24th for updates on bus times. If you do not wish to have your child assigned to the bus please fill in the Do Not Ride Form.

Will my children be able to ride the bus together?

Siblings will be able to ride the bus together and are able to share a seat.

How will physical distancing be enforced on busses?

Physical distancing is a challenge on buses. Masks will be required on all school buses by all students.

Does my child have to wear a mask?

Yes. All students, in all grades, are required to wear a mask. Please work with your child to teach them how to properly put on and wear a mask.

Will my child be unable to ride the bus if they do not have a mask?

Masks will be provided to students who forget their masks. We want all students to be able to ride the bus and attend school.

Will the bus driver be wearing a mask?

Yes. All school bus drivers are required to wear a mask.

Will my child be sitting next to someone?

Elementary school buses will have up to 72 students per large school bus and Secondary school buses will have up to 24 students. Where possible, physical distancing measures will be in place. Students will be required to wear a mask in order to ride the bus.

How often will the bus be cleaned?

High touch areas such as handrails and top of seats, will be wiped down after every run with cleaning and disinfectant wipes.

What is the process for cleaning the bus?

Buses will be cleaned and disinfected daily.

What products are used to clean the bus?

Buses will be cleaned with a disinfectant approved by Health Canada.

How do I find out more about bus routes?

Details will be available after August 24 at www.stswr.ca

How do I opt out of bussing if I decide to keep my child home?

If you do not wish to have your child assigned to the bus please fill in the Do Not Ride Form.

How do I opt in to bussing service if I decide to send my child back to school?

If your child qualifies for busing you can opt-in again at any time throughout the school year by using the same Do Not Ride form.

If school goes back full time, will buses be loaded full capacity?

Elementary school buses will have up to 72 students per large school bus and Secondary school buses will have up to 24 students. If secondary schools return to full-time attendance then we anticipate buses carrying secondary students will be loaded at 48 students per bus.

What about busing for students with special needs?

All students will be transported with the same guidelines.

Can my child still walk to school with a friend?

Active transportation is highly recommended for all students.  Students should always practice appropriate distancing and recommended hygiene practices.

We often carpool with other students/families, is that still recommended?

When physical distancing is not possible, masks should be worn. You should also consider parking a few blocks away from the school and walk the rest to help reduce congestion around the school.