District Transportation

The Transportation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2014/2015 school year.

School District Transportation 2014/15

The safe transportation of students is everyone's concern. It requires cooperation among students, parents, drivers and teachers.


Registration Information for Parents

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.

TRANSPORTATION ZONES:

  • 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.

ELIGIBILITY:

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
  • Promontory Riders: are G.W. 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.  (Walk limits may prevail)
  • English Language Learner Riders: are students approved by Student Services and are 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, 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.

PASSENGER LISTS:
Transportation will produce bus passenger lists as required under the Motor Vehicle Act Regulation, Division 11 – School Busses.

BUS PASSES:
All middle and secondary student riders must carry a valid photo ID bus pass and present it to the assigned bus and 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.

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 Policy 710.2 - Responsibilities of Parents.

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 at 8430 Cessna Drive across from the Airport.


Transportation Department

School Days: 6:00 am to 4:30 pm
Summer Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

44877 Yale Road, Chilliwack, B.C. V2R 4H3
Phone: 604.792.1255
Fax: 604.792.3148

  • Shane Merriman - Manager of Transportation
  • Randy Walker - Transportation Foreman
  • Lori Lambert - Transportation Clerk

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