As a rule, children/parents are requested to be at their respective stops 10 minutes before their regularly scheduled pick-up time.
We understand that on some winter mornings, it might not be advisable to do so. Unfortunately, the bus will not wait for children beyond the official time. This is to avoid delaying the pick-up of other students.
Showing up 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled time should be sufficient on cold mornings.
Transportation will be provided even on days when the weather is lousy and driving is difficult.
At times, buses will be late due to traffic, may be unable to proceed on certain streets and/or may even be involved in collisions. As a result, it is possible that a route may not be done, in part or in its entirety.
Please make sure that if you leave your child alone at a bus stop, he/she will be able to return home safely if the bus does not show up.
In addition, children should return home 15 minutes after their scheduled pick-up time on miserably cold mornings.
Please keep the school informed of any changes in the emergency phones you have provided earlier in the year.
When the weather calls upon us to shutdown the service, it is usually done prior to 6:30 am. As of 5:00 am on these days, we are up, discussing road conditions with carriers and speaking with Environment Canada about the impending weather.
Once the decision is made, the following media outlets are contacted and the appropriate message broadcasted: CBM, 940 NEWS, CJAD/CJFM, CKGM/CHOM. Broadcasting times are between 6:00 am and 7:30 am, 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, and 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
The Lester B. Pearson School Board will also make an announcement on the front page of their website.
Please go over these safety rules with your child:
Always be at the bus stop 10 minutes early.
Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop, then board the school bus in single file in an orderly fashion, using the handrail.
Find your assigned seat quickly without pushing other students. Keep the aisle clear.
Remain seated, talk quietly. Do not eat, drink or leave trash on the bus.
Always listen to the driver's instructions.
Never put your head or arms out of the windows.
Know where the emergency exits are but DO NOT tamper with them.
When getting off, wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before leaving your seat. Descend in a single file.
Walk a safe distance from the bus so that the driver can see you. Should you need to cross in front of the bus, keep a safe distance and watch for the driver's signal. Do not run. Proceed with caution.
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