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 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.

Transportation Eligibility

Elementary students must live greater than 1.6 kms 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.

Identification Tags for Grade 1 FI Students

Grade 1 students 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, PM route number and stop description which will help the driver identify grade 1 French Immersion students.

Childcare/Daycare Information

Daycare:  If your child will be going to the daycare located at your FI 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.

From Caregiver’s Address:  Your child must qualify for bussing from your home  address in order to access bussing to a caregiver.  The Caregiver’s address must also qualify for bussing 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.

Transportation Schedules

Parents/ guardians are responsible for finding out their child’s transportation schedule.  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.  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.

School Bus Orientation Day for Young Riders

School Bus Orientation Day 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.  Contact your area bus company to register.

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 “Transportation Eligibility” (HS-1-002).