Transportation

St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School is committed to providing a safe environment on all school buses and school transportation vehicles. As a parent/guardian, it is recommended that you know your child's school bus route number and know the name of the bus company operating the route.

Our STC school bus numbers are 694 and 517. Please ensure that your child is at the school bus stop 5-10 minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time of the bus.

Select topics below to learn more about buses and skateboards, bikes, scooters and roller blades on school property.

Bus Schedules

Eligible Distances for Transportation

Bus Cancellations


Rules of Conduct on School Buses

Video Camera & Digital Video Recording Devices on Buses

Skateboards, Scooters, Roller Blades & Bicycles

Helpful Transportation Links

Bus Schedules

The bus arrives at our school at 8:05 a.m. and leaves at 2:55 p.m. each day.

Eligible Distances for Transportation

Student Transportation Services of Central Ontario (STSCO) oversees transportation for students within our Board.

  • Students in grades JK to 3 are provided transportation if their primary residence is more than 1.0 kilometre from the school by direct route, a publicly maintained road or walkway.
  • Students in grades 4 to 8 are provided transportation if their primary residence is more than 1.6 kilometres from the school by direct route, a publicly maintained road or walkway.
  • Bus stop locations are no more than 1.0 kilometre away from a student's primary residence.
  • For students that are ineligible for transportation, parents/guardians are responsible for bringing students to and from school, and dropping them off at bus stops prior to pick-up and drop-off (if required).

Bus Cancellations

 As an added reminder, in the event of the need for a regional or board-wide service cancellation due to inclement weather, the following steps take place. In consideration of the early morning weather conditions and the days forecast, decisions are made in consultation with area bus companies between the 5 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Once the decision is reached, our target is to have it posted on STSCOs website (www.stsco.ca) by 6:15 a.m. Radio stations are notified at the same time as the message is posted on the website. Those families and members of the public who have signed up to have the information sent out to them directly by STSCO (i.e. by email, Twitter, RSS feed or Facebook post) receive notice as well.

Bus Delays: Route delays caused by weather (or any other reason throughout the year) are also posted directly on the STSCO website by individual bus companies and, once that is done, those who have signed up for notice and whose route is affected will receive the same by email or RSS feed and radio stations will monitor the same and broadcast any significant delays as well.

 

Last year was in an interesting year relative to inclement weather and cancellations. There were borderline days where some people felt buses should be cancelled in certain areas. Meanwhile, there were other days where some felt cancellations should not have occurred. This sort of feedback is received every year but the up and down weather last year really drew attention to things. I wish to assure everyone that bus companies, ourselves and the School Boards take the cancellation process very seriously and we monitor both actual and forecasted conditions to make sure the most prudent and informed decisions as possible are made.

 

 

Rules of Conduct on School Buses

Riding on a school bus is a privilege, not a right. Students are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct on all school buses and school transport vehicles. These rules apply whether students are travelling to school, to a school-related event, or on a field trip. The rules of conduct are set standards of behavior that ensure the safety of all students, and are the basis for the Student Behaviour Report Form used for inappropriate conduct.

A student guilty of misconduct may lose his/her privilege of riding the bus. Restoration of the privilege is at the discretion of the principal after consultation with the student, his/her parent or guardian and where necessary, the school superintendent.

Video Camera & Digital Video Recording Devices on Buses

School buses are equipped with video cameras and digital video recording devices to assist bus drivers and staff with dealing with misconduct on buses. Appeal of Suspension or Recommendation for Expulsion hearings may use video footage obtained on buses. You can read the Board's Transportation Policy for additional details.

Skateboards, Scooters, Roller Blades & Bicycles

To ensure the safety of students, all skateboards, scooters, roller blades, and bicycles must be walked on and off of school property. Please support the school in providing a safe environment for all.

Helpful Transportation Links

Ministry of Transportation School Bus Safety Smarts

PVNC Catholic District School Board's Transportation Guidelines

STSCO Bus Look-up

Transportation Policies