Student Transportation

Student Transportation

Regular Student Transportation 2020/21

The deadline for Regular Student Transportation registration is July 15, 2020
Regular bus service is not guaranteed for students who register after the July 15 deadline.

REGISTER ON THE PARENT PORTAL

Regular student transportation services are available for the following schools:

  • Blue Mountain Elementary
  • Garibaldi Secondary
  • Highland Park Elementary
  • Pitt Meadows Secondary
  • Webster’s Corners Elementary
  • Whonnock Elementary

For Special Needs Transportation Services please contact Learning Services at 604.467.1101. Special Needs applications must be received by June 30, 2020.

Contact Information
Late buses, forgotten items on bus, students being missed on runs

To report a late bus, forgotten items on a bus, or students being missed on runs, please contact Thirdwave Bus Services directly at 604.247.1221 or by email at dispatch@thirdwavebus.com

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for 2020/21 are as follows:

PRIMARY STUDENTS (Grades K-3) and their siblings attending the same school who live farther than 4 kilometers from their catchment area school.

ALL OTHER STUDENTS (Grades 4-12) who live farther than 4.8 kilometers from their catchment area school. 

Please note this does not include the French immersion catchment.

Courtesy Riders

The Board, at its discretion, may provide bus service for ineligible students. Fees for courtesy riders are the same as those for eligible riders.

If space is available on existing routes, registration for courtesy riders will open in September.

  • Bus routes will not be modified to accommodate ineligible students.
  • Fees will not be prorated.

If there are available spaces on an existing bus route the available spaces will be allocated to courtesy riders in the following priority order:

  1. Distance from school on the basis that students who live farthest from the catchment school will have the greater priority;
  2. The age of the student on the basis that younger students will have the greater priority;
  3. Catchment on the basis that in catchment students will have first priority, followed by out of catchment students and followed by out of district students.

 

International Students

International students (non-resident) are considered courtesy riders. Applications must be made through the International Education Department @ 604.466.6555. Transportation fees for international students are the same as those for eligible riders.

Application Process

Eligible students must register for regular student transportation by July 15, 2020. The school district cannot guarantee regular bus service for students who miss the July 15, 2020 deadline.

Parents or guardians are required to apply for service each year during the application period. Parent portal registration for regular student transportation is now open.

The following students must apply for bussing via a paper application process:

Application forms must be completed and submitted by July 15, 2020.

Special Needs applications must be received by June 30, 2020.

If space is available on existing routes, registration for courtesy riders will open in September.

All applications can be returned electronically to transportation@sd42.ca or dropped off at the Maintenance Department between 8:30m and 3:30pm. The Maintenance Department is located at 23889 Dewdney Trunk Road. Please ensure your envelope is clearly marked:  Registration – Student Transportation 2020/21.

Registered riders are required to use transportation services on a regular basis. Occasional use of transportation services (i.e. less than 50% per month) may result in cancellation of transportation services for the student.

School Bus routes and roster confirmations will be made by September 1, 2020.

Cost

At its April 29, 2020 public meeting, the Board of Education approved the reinstatement of student transportation fees as one of a number of recommended measures to address the funding shortfall for 2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/23.

Transportation fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

First Child                     $315

Second Child                 $315

Third Child +                 $100

Families who experience financial hardship will be eligible for a fee waiver under the Board’s hardship policy. Download low-income waiver form.

ALL FEES ARE DUE:  AUGUST 14, 2020

Hardship Policy

In accordance with board policy, low income families can apply for a transportation fee waiver.
Transportation Fee – Low Income Waiver

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions  

REGISTRATION

Do students requiring transportation services need to register every year?

All riders from kindergarten to Grade 12, including current riders, need to register for student transportation services each year by the registration deadline. The deadline for 2020/2021 is July 15, 2020. 

Please note that, for the safety of all students, students will not be allowed to ride unless they are:

  1. Registered
  2. Confirmed a route assignment
  3. Listed on the bus attendance roster

Late registrations for eligible riders are processed on a first come, first served basis. A student’s seat is not guaranteed if their registration is received after July 15, 2020.

 

What are the eligibility criteria?

Only students who attend their catchment area school and meet the distance criteria outlined below are eligible.  (To determine your catchment area, use the school locator on the district website.)

Distance Criteria

PRIMARY STUDENTS (Grades K-3) and their siblings attending the same school who live farther than 4 kilometers from their catchment area school.

ALL OTHER STUDENTS (Grades 4-12) who live farther than 4.8 kilometers from their catchment area school. 

Please note that regular student transportation is not available for students registered in a district program (e.g. French Immersion) offered at a school other than their catchment area school.

 

Which schools have regular school bus service?

Regular school bus service is only available to the following schools:

  • Blue Mountain Elementary
  • Highland Park Elementary
  • Whonnock Elementary
  • Webster’s Corners Elementary
  • Pitt Meadows Secondary
  • Garibaldi Secondary

 

What if I have one child in Grade 1 and one in Grade 6 and we live 4.2 kilometers away from the school they both attend? Would both children qualify?

Yes. Siblings attending the same school who qualify under the eligibility criteria will also be deemed as eligible students. You must register both of your children by the July 15, 2020 registration deadline.

I live 3.5 kilometers away from the catchment school. Can my child ride the bus if there is room on the bus?

The Board, at its discretion, may provide bus service for ineligible students. Transportation fees for courtesy riders are the same as those for eligible riders. If space is available on existing routes, registration for courtesy riders will open in September.

Can I sign my child up to ride the bus part way through the school year (after the registration deadline)? 

Yes, you can register for student transportation part way through the year, but the school district cannot guarantee a seat will be available for your child. If there isn’t a seat available, your child will be put on a waitlist for their assigned route. 

 

FEES

When is payment due?
Once your application is approved, you will be notified that payment is required. Payment will be due by no later than August 14, 2020.

 

Are fees prorated?

Transportation fees are not prorated. Annual transportation fees for 2020/21 are $315 for the first child, $315 for the second child, and $100 for the third child +. There are no discounts based on when a student starts/finishes riding.

 

What if I cannot afford the full payment?

The school district has a hardship policy and provides full fee waivers for families who meet the low-income thresholds.

Families who do not qualify for the full fee waiver but are facing financial hardship can contact the transportation department at transportation@sd42.ca to make alternate payment arrangements.

 

Is there a discount for riders if a ride is not needed daily or only one way?

Because the annual fee ensures only partial recovery of transportation costs, the district cannot provide discounts for part-time use. Registered riders are required to use the bus on a regular basis. Occasional use, (i.e. less than 50% per month), may result in the cancellation of service.

 

If the bus service is no longer required, is there a refund?

The school district will only issue refunds if transportation services are discontinued before the end of the first week the child was scheduled to begin receiving this service.

 

OTHER

Can my child bring a friend on the bus?

No, only registered riders are allowed on the bus.

 

Can my child be accommodated if they have different pick-up or drop-off locations?

Contact the Transportation Department at transportation@sd42.ca for confirmation; we will try to meet the needs of the student if possible.

 

Can I ride on the bus with my child?

No, only registered riders are allowed on the bus. Parents and pre-school children are not allowed on the bus. 

 

Can my child bring hockey equipment on the bus?

No, hockey equipment is not allowed on the bus. Only items that do not pose a safety hazard and can be held on the student’s lap or under their seat is allowed on the bus.

 

My child is small.  Can a booster seat be used?

No, booster seats are not allowed because they cannot be secured on the bus. 

 

Can my child eat or drink while on the bus?

No, children cannot eat or drink while on the bus as it could create a safety hazard.

 

How does COVID-19 impact student transportation?

COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings encourage the use of private vehicles where possible to decrease transportation density. In the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District, student transportation will only be available in Stage 1 of BC’s Restart Plan. In Stage 1, in-class instruction is offered at the K-12 level 5 days per week.

 

Will the transportation fees I have paid for 2020/21 be refunded if the district is unable to offer any transportation services for the 2020/21 school year due to COVID-19 restrictions?

If the school district is unable to offer student transportation services due to COVID-19 restrictions, any fees that have been collected will be fully refunded.

 

Will the transportation fees I have paid for 2020/21 be refunded if the district is unable to offer transportation services for part of the 2020/21 school year due to COVID-19 restrictions?

The fees collected do not represent a recovery of the cost of student transportation. This is an administrative fee and refunds will not be issued for partial use or partial availability of service.

 

If the province moves into Stage 1 but COVID-19 is still a risk factor, what will the cleaning protocols look like for buses that transport students?

Buses used for transporting students will be cleaned and disinfected based on recommendations provided by BCCDC. 

 

If you have any other questions regarding Regular Student Transportation for 2020/21, contact the transportation department at transportation@sd42.ca

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