The decision to cancel transportation services and/or close schools due to inclement weather, is communicated to parents beginning at 6:30 a.m. primarily through the media. Review our ‘How do I Stay Informed’ page for media outlets and supplementary communication methods.
Transportation services will resume for all in-person students on Monday, January 17, 2022.
With the full return of all bus routes, HSTS may encounter a higher than normal rate of absences for bus drivers due to COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.
Parents, students, and school communities need to be aware that it may be necessary to cancel bus routes on a temporary basis if we experience high rates of driver absences.
The cancellation of a bus route is a last resort for HSTS. Therefore, it is important that parents and students are monitoring the HSTS website daily and checking the “Delays” page to monitor the status of their bus route.
It is also important that parents understand their morning and afternoon route numbers. In many cases students travel to school in the morning on a specified route with a specific driver, however they may travel home in the afternoon on a different route with a different driver. Therefore, it is possible that only their morning route could be canceled or only their afternoon route could be canceled. There may also be a need to request families to pick up students if there are additional route cancellations during the course of the school day. You will be notified by your child’s school if this is the case.
We encourage all parents and students to create a parent portal account and sign up to receive our automatic transportation alerts (instructions). These alerts will include late bus route information and canceled route notifications.
Please continue to monitor our website for the most up to date transportation information.
These are unprecedented times and we appreciate your continued patience and understanding. We know that maintaining transportation services for families is critical, and we will continue to work with bus companies in an effort to minimize service impacts for families.
Important Service Update – Return to in-class learning on Monday, January 17
Great News! In order to improve communications for the schools and families we service, we have launched the BusPlanner Delays App. Parents/guardians can download the BusPlanner Delays app to their mobile device and sign up to receive instant notifications regarding your child’s bus route. Please log into the parent portal in order to obtain the current run information for your child’s AM and PM bus.
Download this FREE app (via Google Play or the App Store) and receive: • Delay & cancellation notices for your child’s routes and runs • General notices for snow days and inclement weather
Similar to many other regions in the Province, Halton is experiencing a shortage of school bus drivers which is having an impact on school bus operations. Halton bus operators and HSTS are working diligently to minimize the impact on students and families and recruitment efforts by the bus operators are ongoing. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together with our Halton bus operators to serve our students.
Are you a stay at home parent, retiree, or have a flexible home-based business? If you enjoy working with children, this could be the perfect, secure, part-time job for you! To learn more about becoming a School Bus Driver, and making a positive impact in students’ lives, please click on the link to our School Bus Driver Employment Opportunities page.
Access student transportation schedules now through our online Parent Portal.
Once you have an account, you will need to add your student using their 9-digit Ontario Education Number.
Parent Portal instructions and help documents can be found here.
If your child has not been assigned an OEN (ie. Kindergarten student) and is eligible for transportation, you will receive a phone call between August 23 – 31 to provide you with the transportation schedule.