The Transportation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2016-2017 school year.
Students must be registered to ride the bus every year.
August 2016 UPDATE! The BC Ministry of Education has eliminated regular ridership fees and reduced fees for courtesy riders. View the Media Release here.
ALL riders must still register for bussing in order to receive a valid bus pass for the 2016/17 year.
The safe transportation of students is everyone's concern. It requires cooperation among students, parents, drivers, teachers and school administrators.
Transportation is provided for eligible school aged students attending District Schools who have registered to ride a school bus. Busses are provided by the Ministry of Education for students whose primary residence is beyond the walk limits of their catchment school or board approved bussing for safety reasons. Courtesy riders may be accommodated on a space availability basis.
WALK LIMITS: are set by the School District and measured as the shortest distance by public road from the primary residence to the catchment school.
- Kindergarten to grade 6 students beyond 3.0 km; and
- Grade 7 to 12 students beyond 4.0 km.
- Students with special needs; see eligibility below.
- Regular Rider Zone: the area beyond the walk limits of the catchment school.
- No Rider Zone: This is the built-up areas of Chilliwack and Sardis (area served by City Transit) and an area approximately 2 km by public road from rural elementary schools.
- Courtesy Rider Zone: the area between the No Rider Zone and the Regular Rider Zone.
Regular Riders: Five (5) categories of students entitled to bussing.
- Rural Riders: are students who reside beyond the walk limits and are attending their catchment school. The school locater below may be used to determine walking distances to the catchment area school. http://mybaragar.com/index.cfm?event=page.SchoolLocatorPublic&DistrictCode=BC33
- Overflow/Alternate School Riders: are students who are asked to attend a school outside his/her catchment area due to lack of space (overflow) or a student assigned to an alternate school. (Walk limits apply)
- English Language Learner Riders: are students approved by Student Services and are enrolled in English Language Learning (ELL) classes. (Walk limits apply)
Promontory Riders: G. W. Graham students living in the Promontory Elementary catchment area.
Special Needs Riders: students who are unable to walk to and from school due to physical or mental disabilities. Approval from Student Services is required, as per Administrative Regulation 710.3.
Courtesy Riders: Three (3) categories of students eligible for courtesy bussing.
- Conditional Riders: are students living between the regular rider zone and the no rider zone attending their catchment area school. Bussing may be provided based on availability of seating on an existing bus route. Priority will be given to elementary students and students living furthest away from the school.
- Special Program Riders: are students attending special programs approved by the School Board such as special reading programs and drug and alcohol referrals. (Walk limits apply.)
- School of Choice Riders: are students attending a school other than their catchment school by choice (including French Immersion). Bussing may be provided based on upon availability of seating on an existing bus route. Busses will not be re-routed and no additional stops will be added.
Note: There is no bussing for Early French Immersion
- Termination of courtesy ridership – The Board of Education reserves the right to terminate courtesy bussing at any time. Should this occur the Manager of Transportation will provide written notification with a minimum of one week advanced notice.
Transportation will produce bus passenger lists as required under the Motor Vehicle Act Regulation, Division 11 – School Busses.
All student riders must carry a valid photo ID bus pass and present it to the driver of the assigned bus at the time of boarding. Bus passes will be produced by the Transportation Department once payment or payment arrangements have been made.
Passes will be made available for pickup beginning in August from the Transportation Office located at 44877 Yale Road, between the hours of 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday, until August 26, 2016. After that, passes will be distributed by the students' afternoon Bus Driver.
Students who are unable to produce a bus pass (without valid reason) risk being denied entry onto a bus. Students denied entry are the responsibility of the parents, as per Administration Regulation 710.2 - Transportation - Conditions, Eligibility, Registration.
REGISTRATION: All riders must be registered to ride a school bus. Parents are required to register their children on-line before the end of June for the following school year. Computers are available for parents at the school and the School Board Office located at 8430 Cessna Drive (across from the Airport).
Policy and Regulations
All applicable Policies and Administrative Regulations (AR) are available in the Policy Manual including:
- Policy 710 Transportation
- AR 710.1 Transportation - Eligibility, Conditions and Registration
- AR 710.2 Transportation - Operating Instructions
- AR 710.3 Transportation - Students with Special Needs
- AR 710.4 Transportation - Registration and Fees
- AR 716.1 Video Surveillance
School Days: 6:00 am to 4:30 pm
Summer Hours: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
44877 Yale Road, Chilliwack, B.C. V2R 4H3
- Shane Merriman - Manager of Transportation
- Lori Lambert - Transportation Foreman
- Steve Clarke - Transportation Clerk