Student Transportation

Student Transportation

Regular Student Transportation 2019/20

*  The deadline for Regular Student Transportation registration is June 30, 2019 *
Regular bus service is not guaranteed for students who register after the June 30 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

Silver Valley / Maple Ridge Park routes update

Routes servicing the Silver Valley / Maple Ridge Park area are back to regular service effective October 3.

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@thirdwave.com.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for 2019/20 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 (courtesy riders) for a fee of $315/child/year. 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.

*Bus routes will not be modified to accommodate courtesy riders. Additionally, fees are not prorated and there are no sibling discounts.

Please note that International students (non-resident) are considered courtesy riders. Applications must be made through the International Education Department 604.466.6555.

For Special Needs Transportation Services please contact the Transportation Department at 604.466.6236.

 

 

Application Process

Eligible students must register for regular student transportation by June 30, 2019. The school district cannot guarantee regular bus service for students who miss the June 30, 2019 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 June 30, 2019. Special Needs applications must be received by June 15, 2019

All applications can be returned electronically to transportation@sd42.ca or dropped off at the District Education Offices at 22225 Brown Avenue, Maple Ridge

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 during the week of August 23, 2019.

 

Cost

There is no fee for students who meet the eligibility criteria.

The annual regular student transportation fee for courtesy riders is $315/child/year.

Families who are experiencing financial hardship but do not qualify under the district hardship policy can contact the transportation department at 604.466.6236 to make alternate payment arrangements.

Payment or alternate payment arrangements must be made prior to your child riding the bus.
 
If you have any other questions regarding Regular Student Transportation for 2018/19, contact the transportation department at 604.466.6236.

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 all bus riders need to be registered every year?
Current riders are required to register for the upcoming year. All riders from Kindergarten to Grade 12 need to register each year by the registration deadline. The deadline for 2019/2020 is June 30, 2019. 

Please note, 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 are processed on a first come, first served basis and a student’s seat is not guaranteed if their registration is received after June 30, 2019.

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; and Garibaldi Secondary.

Do all bus riders need to be registered every year?
Yes, all riders from kindergarten to Grade 12 need to register each year by the registration deadline. The deadline for 2018/19 is June 30, 2018.

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 June 30, 2019 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 for a fee of $315/student/year. If space is available after the June 30, 2019 deadline these ineligible students will be considered for placement as courtesy riders. Space will be allocated as noted in the eligibility criteria section. 

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 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 if payment is required. Payment will be due by no later than August 30, 2019.

Are fees prorated?
No, fees are $315/student/year – there are no discounts based on when a student starts/finishes riding or for siblings.

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 604.466.6236 to make alternate payment arrangements.

Is there a discount for courtesy riders if a ride is not needed daily or only one way?
Because the annual amount of $315/student/year ensures only partial recovery of transportation costs, the district cannot provide discounts for part-time use.

If the bus service is no longer required, is there a refund?
The school district will only issue refunds if you discontinue the service before the end of the first week your child was scheduled to start receiving transportation 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. 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.

 

If you have any other questions regarding Regular Student Transportation for 2019/20, contact the transportation department at 604.466.6236. ­

 

 

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