Frequently asked questions about student transportation

My child(ren) take the bus to school. How will busing work with the enhanced safety protocols?

The WRDSB is working with Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) to ensure the cleaning and disinfection of school buses meets expectations outlined by Region of Waterloo Public Health and the Ministry of Health. The use of non-medical masks for students in Kindergarten and Grades 1 to 12 is required while riding the bus.

What will the format be for transporting students?

Buses will be utilized at full capacity for the 2021/22 school year. As they did last year, Principals will work with bus drivers to assign seats to students who ride the bus to and from school and provide a copy of the seating assignments to bus drivers.

Is it safe to walk and cycle during COVID-restricted times?

Walking and cycling remain safe choices for families. Remember to leave social distance, especially near crossing guards and other adults. Coaching capable children to walk the last bit on their own will keep more adults away from busy spaces. Please remind children to wait in turn to use bike or scooter racks. If parents/guardians must enter school property, we ask that you wear a mask.

We need to drive. Is there any different protocol for drivers?

WRDSB urges parents who feel they need to drive to park a block or two away and walk the last bit to create more space for physical distancing, to decrease traffic congestion, and to improve air quality near our schools. Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) provides “Drive to 5” maps that show safe, legal parking a short distance from school at www.stswr.ca/walkzone/maps. Request one for your school today by contacting stp@stswr.ca.