School District Transportation 2013/14
The safe transportation of students is everyone's concern. It requires cooperation among students, parents, drivers and teachers.
Transportation is provided for eligible school aged students attending District Schools who have registered to ride a school bus. Buses 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 and/or public walkway 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 Riders 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: these are students who reside beyond the walk limits 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
- Promontory Riders: are GW Graham students living in the Promontory Elementary catchment area.
- 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.
- English language learner riders: students approved by Student Services enrolled in English language learning (ELL) classes.
- 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, administrative regulation 710.3 refers.
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 French immersion (see conditions below), special reading programs and drug and alcohol referrals. Walk limits apply.
French Immersion students: Bussing may be provided based on upon availability of seating on an existing bus route as follows:
o Elementary and middle school students living north of the freeway to Strathcona Elementary and Chilliwack Middle School and students living south of the freeway to Sardis Elementary and Vedder Middle School.
o Secondary students living north of the freeway to Sardis Secondary School.
- School of choice riders: are students attending a school other than their catchment school by choice. Bussing may be provided based on upon availability of seating on an existing bus route. Bus will not be re-routed.
Termination of courtesy ridership – The Board of Education reserves the right to terminate courtesy busing 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 Buses.
All middle and secondary student riders must carry a valid photo ID bus pass and present it to the bus driver to ride a bus. Bus passes are produced by the Transportation Department and will be sent to schools by the end of August where students can pick them up. Elementary riders will not be issued bus passes; however the driver will check names against the passenger list.
- All riders must be registered to ride a school bus. Parents are requested to register their children on-line before the end of June for the following school year. Registration by telephone will be accepted in exceptional circumstances.
- Computers are available for parents at the school and the School Board Office at 8430 Cessna Drive across from the Airport.
- School District registration link is http://www.sd33.bc.ca/school-bus-registration
For further information see Adm Regs 710.1 to 710.3 in the downloadable files below.
44877 Yale Road, Chilliwack, B.C. V2R 4H3
Phone: 604-792-1255 Fax: 604-792-3148
6:00 am to 4:30 pm
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Shane Merriman - Manager of Transportation
- Randy Walker - Transportation Foreman
- Lori Lambert - Transportation Clerk