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Student Transportation

​​​​As reopening plans continue to evolve or may change, please check back regularly for student transportation updates.  ​​​​
 

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Supporting Y​RDSB’s Students Health and Well-being through Active School Travel
​​Guidelines:
General Principles
Schools
Walking or ​Biking to School
Student Pick-up and Drop-off
What are t​he benefits?​
​​1. Will transportation service be provided to students in September?
2. Full Student Attendance
3. Modified Student Attendance
4. Are students required to wear masks or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on the bus?
5. Will school vehicles be cleaned frequently?
6. What happens if a student on the bus is diagnosed with COVID-19?
7. May I opt out of bus transportation and drive my child to school?
Supporting Y​RDSB’s Students Health and Well-being through Active School Travel

In effort to keep our school zones safe and reduce traffic congestion we request all families and students  walk, cycle and consider active modes as often as possible when travelling to and from school. 

Below are some guidelines to consider as you journey to school.

General princi​ples

  • Stay at least two metres away from other people, including, other students, and crossing guards whenever possible and follow public health guidelines.
  • If physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain, wear a mask.
  • All students who live within walking distance are encouraged to walk or bike to and from school. Students in grade 4 to 8 are especially encouraged to travel on foot or by bike rather than being driven to school.

Sch​ools

  • Schools will share their own active school travel plan to ensure that students are dropped off and picked up according to these guidelines, and to set rules specific to their school situation including use of bike/scooter racks, Kindergarten hand-off procedures, entrance and dismissals.

​Walking or ​Biking to School

  • Stay at least two metres away from other families, school staff, crossing guards and other pedestrians.
  • Greet neighbours, friends and crossing guards with a smile, wave, bow or nod.
  • Remember to maintain physical distance when waiting to cross the road, if you cannot physically distance wear a mask.
  • When walking children that must be supervised we encourage families to work together and take turns leading a group of children to and from school practicing physical distancing. Consider the Walking School Bus while adhering to health and safety measures, including  physical distancing.
  • Walk or cycle in single file, keeping two metres apart; step to the side to allow physical distance when passing someone going in the opposite direction, and near crossing guards or other pedestrians
  • Let children who are capable, walk or ride the last block or two on their own or with friends practicing physical distancing.  This way, as few adults as possible enter the busy school zone
  • Families with older children are encouraged to have them walk their younger siblings to encourage as few adults as possible to enter the busy school zone
  • Help children cross busy streets safely and let them walk or cycle from there. This is a good way to gradually practice pedestrian skills and grow the distance your child can travel independently
  • If you cycle, dismount and walk near schools and in other areas where more pedestrians are present
  • Keep in mind that bike racks and scooter racks at schools are tightly spaced and could easily tempt children to be closer than two metres away from each other. Have your child maintain physical distancing and wait their turn to store their bike or scooter.

Student Pick-up and Drop-off

  • It is preferred that kiss and ride loops are reserved for kindergarten and primary grade students.
  • If you choose to drive your child to school, park your car a few blocks away and walk the rest of the way to school to allow safe physical distancing for all and to reduce congestion at the school. Follow all street signage and obey parking bylaws.
  • Leave home earlier to avoid congestion on your travel routes

What are t​he benefits?

  • physical and mental health and overall wellbeing including stronger immune systems,
  • social development and improved academic performance
  • reduced vehicle congestion on our school sites and in our neighbourhoods, and
  • reduced air pollution and CO2 emissions

Many of our schools have active school travel plans in place and previously worked to encourage active school travel through a number of initiatives including Walking Wednesdays, Bike to School week etc. If you need some ideas to help boost active school travel modes at your school please visit the student transportation active school travel programs website. 



 


1. Will transportati​​on service be provided to students in September?

​​Yes. At this time, Student Transportation Services of York Region (STSYR) is collaborating with the YCDSB and YRDSB to plan transportation services for eligible students for two possible school attendance scenarios:  


2. Full Stude​nt Attend​ance

Under this scenario, all students will attend school each day and students eligible for transportation will be provided service using standard operating procedures.  


3. Modified Student ​Atten​dance

Under this scenario, students will attend school on an adaptive schedule. Students eligible for transportation will be provided service using enhanced operating procedures.

Review transportation policies for the YCDSB and YRDSB. 

4. Are students ​required to wear masks​ or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on the bus?

The use of face coverings for students in Grades 4 -12 will be required on school vehicles. Students in JK - Grades 3 will be encouraged but not required to wear face coverings on student transportation. ​


5. Will school vehicles ​be cleaned freque​ntly?

Consistent with public health recommendations, bus and taxi operators will be sanitizing school vehicles throughout the day using disinfectants authorized by Health Canada. In addition, bus and taxi operators will be performing regular deep cleaning of the vehicles during off-service hours.


6. What happens if ​a student on ​the bus is diagnosed with COVID-19?

If a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, STSYR, YCDSB and YRDSB will follow established procedures along with the guidance and recommendations of public health.   


7. May I opt out of bus ​transportation​ and drive my child to school?

Yes. If your child is eligible for transportation service you may opt out of service for this school year by completing an online form which will be sent directly to you in early August.


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