Operating Procedure: HS-3-010 – Transporting Equipment on the School Bus

Preamble

HSTS is responsible to ensure that all material transported within a school purpose vehicle servicing HSTS contracted routes, does not interfere with the safety of the driver and passengers or the safe, expedient evacuation of the vehicle.

As stated in the Ministry of Transportation’s Ontario Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator’s Safety Manual – Dangerous Goods (Module 10), dangerous goods must not be transported on a passenger-carrying road vehicle (bus). An exception to this is medical oxygen when it is required for the health and safety of a passenger.

In addition to the specified dangerous goods, other material and objects are prohibited on a school purpose vehicle servicing HSTS contracted routes as they could become a projectile on a bus.

Students are expected to adhere to the student responsibilities outlined in Operating Procedure HS-2-002 – Student Responsibilities, including with respect to transporting personal items/equipment.

Procedure

1. The following list of items (but is not limited to) are prohibited on a school purpose vehicle servicing HSTS contracted routes:

 Skis/Ski Poles/Snowboards
 Hover-boards
 Hockey Equipment (including hockey/lacrosse sticks /golf clubs)
 Long-boards/Scooters
 Animals (service animals excepted)
 Large Musical Instruments (including guitars, bass guitars, baritones, and tubas)

2. Other Items that are prohibited on a school purpose vehicle:

 Alcohol, tobacco, vaping products, illegal drugs and cannabis (unless medically prescribed)
 Ammunition
 Explosives/Firecrackers or any flammable object or substance
 Firearms or any weapons, including pocket knives
 Laser pointers
 Lighters
 Matches

The following list of items may be transported on a school purpose vehicle servicing HSTS contracted routes only if properly secured:

1. Skates

 Skate blades shall be covered by guards, tied together and carried in a bag. The skates shall be placed on the floor of the bus at the student’s feet.

2. Musical Instruments

 Only small instruments which can be easily placed on a student’s lap shall be permitted on a school purpose vehicle. These include but are not limited to:

      ♦ Clarinet ♦ Saxophone ♦ Trumpet ♦ Flute ♦ Trombone

 The musical instrument must be transported in an instrument case and placed on the student’s lap.
 Students with instrument cases are required to sit near the front of the bus.

3. Skateboards/Roller Blades/Heelies

 Skateboards must be completely covered and secured in a proper skateboard backpack and held on the student’s lap or on the floor at the student’s feet.
 Roller Blades/Heelies must be completely covered and secured in a backpack or a zippered bag and held on the student’s lap or on the floor at the student’s feet.

      4. Balls

     All balls, including but not limited to; basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls and tennis balls must be packed in a secure carry-on bag.

The decision to transport other objects to and from school shall be determined in advance collaboratively by the principal, HSTS staff and the school bus operator.

Revised: March 2020
Operating Procedure: HS-3-010 – Transporting Equipment on the School Bus