What You Need to Know
If your child will NOT be riding the bus, parents must:
Inform your child’s teacher and the school administrative team so they will not place your child on the assigned bus at the end of the day. The school will inform Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS).
Eligible students will automatically be assigned to a bus stop and bus route. This means your child’s name will be included on the bus list. The school uses this list to ensure your child is placed on the correct bus at the end of the day.
Elementary students must live greater than 1.6 kms from their board designated school or from their board designated FI school to qualify for transportation based on their primary home address. Parents /guardians are responsible for finding out if their child is eligible for transportation. Click here to look up transportation eligibility. If your child is attending a French Immersion program, be sure to select the program name ‘Early FI’ when submitting your child’s information.
Identification Tags for First Year French Immersion (FI) Students
Grade 1 Halton Catholic District School Board Student (HCDSB) students and grade 2 Halton District School Board (HDSB) registered in the French Immersion program who will be taking the bus to and/or from school will be provided with a green smiley face ID tag that should be affixed to the student’s back pack. The school will distribute the tags displaying your child’s school ID, afternoon (PM) route number and stop description which will help the driver identify primary students who may be new to riding the school bus.
If your child will be going to the daycare located at your French Immersion school, parents must inform your child’s teacher and the school administrative team. Remember, your child’s name will show up on the bus list until you inform the school that your child will not be taking the bus.
Your child must qualify for busing from your home address in order to access busing to a caregiver. The caregiver’s address must also qualify for busing to the same board designated school. Parents must provide the caregiver information to their child’s school and the school will provide the information to HSTS.
Parents/ guardians are responsible for finding out their child’s transportation schedule. Schedules are available by the middle of August. Click here to log in using your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) which can be found on a past report card.
If you have elementary aged children attending different schools, you may have to make other arrangements if the bus/school schedules conflict. HSTS transports over 30,000 students and cannot accommodate individual schedules of families.
First Rider Program
The First Rider Program is held annually at the end of August. First time riders will view a 30 minute presentation and enjoy a 15 minute ride on the school bus. Presentations are held at the secondary school sites throughout Halton. Online registration opens annually in the Spring. Visit our First Time Rider Program page for more information.
Bus Stop Locations
Are based on the Board’s distance to bus stop policy. Bus stop locations are centralized and determined by HSTS Transportation Officers. Bus stops may be placed at multiuse walkways, parks, schools or corner locations. The most efficient route for the bus to travel is also taken into consideration when determining bus stop locations. For additional information refer to HSTS Operating Procedure HS-1-002-Transportation Eligibility.Elementary Information