Transportation at the Lester B. Pearson
The School Board aims to facilitate accessibility to its educational programs
by providing safe and reliable transportation services, taking into
consideration constraints of existing resources and Government regulations.
Transportation will be provided for students residing at a distance from school
greater than stated below:
Kindergarten: 0.8 km or more
Elementary: 1.6 km or more
Secondary: 2.4 km or more
The Board considers the safety of each student to be of paramount importance and
will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that transportation service is
provided in as safe a manner as possible. It is therefore vital to determine the
responsibilities of all parties involved.
I The Parent/Guardian
Parents/guardians are reponsible for their children's welfare to and from the
bus stop and while at the bus stop. They must inform their children of the
II The Student
Students must respect transportation rules and regulations. They must understand
that the bus driver is the authority on the bus, and they must take
responsibility for their actions.
III The School Bus Driver
The bus driver is responsible for the safety and security of all passengers.
During the bus route, the driver is in charge.
IV The School Bus Contractor
The contractor is responsible for the execution of the contract under its terms.
V The School's Administrators & Teachers
School administrators and teachers are responsible during the arrival and
departure of buses.
VI The School Board
The Board's Transportation Service is responsible for the daily operation of the
school bus network at all levels, be it contractual or operational.
Unruly Conduct on the School Bus
Depending on the seriousness of the offence, a student may have transportation
privileges suspended immediately, or as follows:
1st offence: warning by school administration
2nd offence: letter to parents/guardians with warning of suspension
3rd offence: suspension of 1 to 5 days
4th offence: 5 days or more suspension of privileges
Any decision regarding the closure of the school due to adverse weather
conditions will be made before 6:30 a.m. The following television and radio
stations will broadcast the appropriate message: CBC, CTV, GLOBAL,
CJAD, CHOM, Q92.5, 95.1 FM and VIRGIN 96
School Bus Safety Rules
All school rules as well as predetermined Board and bus safety rules as stated
below will apply while students are being transported.
1. Always be at the bus stop 10 minutes early.
2. Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop, then board the school bus in
single file, in an orderly fashion, using the handrail.
3. Find your assigned seat quickly without pushing other students. Keep the
4. Remain seated, talk quietly. Do not eat, drink or leave trash on the bus.
5. Always listen to the driver's instructions.
6. Never put your head or arms out of the windows.
7. Know where the emergency exits are but DO NOT tamper with them.
8. When getting off, wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before leaving
your seat. Descend in a single file.
9. Walk a safe distance from the bus so that the driver can see you and know
that you are out of danger.
10. Should you need to cross in front of the bus, keep a safe distance and watch
for the driver's signal. Do not run. Proceed with caution.
Students are permitted to carry only their school bag and/or lunch box on the
school bus. Any other items must be brought to school by the parents/guardians.