Transportation

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As a growing school district, we are committed to providing eligible students with safe school bus transportation to and from school.

School bus registration for the 2016/17 school year is now closed.

 

Bus Routes

Already registered? Find your bus route now!

Bus Fee Update

New! Due to government funding, the SD62 Board of Education has decided that bus fees for all SD62 school bus riders will be eliminated this school year on a pilot basis.

Since bussing is now “free” can my child start taking the bus?
No. ALL riders must register. Bus routes for the 2016-17 school year are established and additional routes will not be added. New riders will be placed on a wait list until it is determined that there is a seat available on their designated bus.

Any student not on a driver list or without a pass may not be let on the bus.

I have already paid for the bus. When will I get my refund?
Our goal is to complete all refunds by October 31, 2016. You will receive your refund via the same method you paid. Please check your credit card or bank statements for refund confirmation.

Depending on when you paid your bus fees, you might receive multiple portions of your refund throughout October. This is because the payment system wasn’t designed to handle mass refunds. We apologize for the inconvenience, but you will receive a full refund in the end.

Registration

School bus registration takes place BEFORE the coming school year in the springtime during a registration window. Students must be registered during this period to ensure a seat on the school bus. School busing may not be available for those who do not register or pay during this registration window.

Waivers

Families with financial hardship may apply to have their bus fees waived. To apply, please visit your child’s school to fill out a bus registration and waiver form. Online bus registration is not available for those who wish to seek a fee exemption.

Bus Passes

Bus Passes are issued near the beginning of each school year. All fully paid middle and secondary students will receive a pass and must carry it as proof of ridership. Drivers will check for passes. Students without passes may be refused.

Permanent bus passes that are misplaced will cost $10 to replace. Please contact the Transportation Department to replace a bus pass.

Elementary and Kindergarten students do not receive passes. Schools will have a list of registered students and they will be checked off as they board the bus. NOTE: Students in grades K-3 will not be let off the bus unless met by an adult or older sibling.

Questions?

Email

Leave something on the bus? Question about a bus route? Please call 250-474-9845 or send us an email

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do all bus riders need to register every year?

Yes, all riders from kindergarten to Grade 12 need to be registered. Riders MUST register during the registration window. Riders not registered during this window may not be eligible to take the bus.

Do all students get bus passes?

Only middle and secondary students get passes. Kindergarten and elementary students are checked off from a list at the school.

What if the pass is lost?

A replacement pass costs $10.00.  Please call the Transportation department at 250-478-9845 if you need to re-issue a pass.

Why do we need to register during the "registration window"?

In order to know which routes and how many buses will be required for the coming school year, we need to know how many riders we will have.

It also helps:

  • To ease the craziness of the beginning of the school year.
  • Us plan our budget projections and set bus routes before the school year begins.

What if I don’t register my child during the "registration window"?

Students registered after the registration window will automatically be placed on a wait list. Parents will be notified sometime during late August as to whether or not their child has a seat on a bus.

I changed addresses over the summer, can I still register?

Yes, families who move over the summer will be able to register outside of the registration window. Proof of address change may be required.

Our family just moved into SD62, can I still register for the school bus?

Families who move into our school district will be able to register outside of the registration window.

Is there a discount if the ride is only one way?

No, the full amount is payable.

If the bus service isn’t required any longer is there a refund?

Refunds are available until September 30th. After September, refunds are only available to students moving out of the district.

After September 30th, refunds will be pro-rated less a $20.00 administration charge.

Can drivers add a stop or change a route?

Drivers can suggest changes or a parent can call the Transportation Department, but the final decision rests with the Transportation Department.

Will I receive a call if the bus is late?

Unfortunately we don’t have the technology to notify parents about bus times and locations. For buses that face large delays, we will do our best to get communication out via the District’s social media pages.

All bus runs are completed, even if late.

Who do I call if the buses are running late?

The Transportation Department at 250-474-9845

Can my child bring a friend on the bus?

Yes providing there is space on the bus and a signed note of permission from the parent of the friend is received.

Should I call if my child is not on the bus?

Only if your child is registered on a special needs bus or if your child is the only one at a stop that is “out of the way.”

Can my child be accommodated if they have different pick-up or drop off locations?

Please contact the Transportation Department for confirmation. We will try to meet the needs of the student and family if possible.

Can I ride on the bus with my child?

Only registered students may ride. Parents and pre-school children are not allowed on the bus.

Can my child bring hockey equipment on the bus?

Hockey equipment is not allowed on the bus. Only items that do not pose a safety hazard and can be held on the student’s lap or under their seat are allowed on the bus.

My child is small. Can a booster seat be used?

Booster seats are not allowed because there is no way to properly secure them.

Sooke School District

3143 Jacklin Road, Victoria, BC V9B 5R1

Phone: (250) 474-9800
Email: info@sd62.bc.ca

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday