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Request for 2019-2020 Senior Student Transportation Now Open

MEDIA RELEASE

27-March-2019

Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay is requesting online registration for eligible students requiring transportation who are attending any senior elementary or secondary school next year. In effort to provide safe, reliable and efficient transportation, this process assists in determining bus routes for the new school year.

The online Application for 2019-2020 Senior Elementary School (grades 7- 8) and High School (grades 9-12) is available at: www.ststb.ca.

Students attending the following schools (below) in September 2019 are required to have the application completed by April 30, 2019.

Lakehead Public Schools:

  • Hammarskjöld High School
  • Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute
  • Superior Collegiate & Vocational Institute

Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board:

  • Bishop E.Q. Jennings Senior Elementary School
  • Bishop Gallagher Senior Elementary School
  • Pope John Paul II Senior Elementary School
  • St. Ignatius High School
  • St. Patrick High School

Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales:

  • École catholique de La Vérendrye
  • École secondaire catholique de La Vérendrye

For Consideration:

  • Senior Elementary school and Secondary school students must reside greater than 1.6 kilometers away from their board-designated school to qualify for busing.
  • School bus stops are farther away for senior elementary and secondary school students – students are expected to walk up to 800 meters to access a bus stop in residential areas.
  • Eligibility is determined solely by STSTB’s software. The current years eligibility tool can be found under the “Eligibility” link found at: www.ststb.ca
  • A student whom chooses to register at a school other than his/her Board designated school, transportation will not be provided.
  • Assigned students who do not ride the bus at least once in any 20 consecutive school day periods are subject to removal from busing, and must reapply in order to be reinstated.
  • Individual student transportation information for all returning students in the 2019-2020 school year will only be available online through the “Parent Portal” found on: www.ststb.ca by the end of June 2019. An announcement will be made when this information is available.

Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay (STSTB) is the transportation consortium for the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, Lakehead Public Schools and Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales.

For further information, please visit www.ststb.ca or contact Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay at (807) 625-1660

COMMINQUÉ DE PRESS

27 mars 2019

Les Services des transports scolaires de Thunder Bay demandent l'inscription en ligne des élèves admissibles qui ont besoin de transport et qui fréquenteront une école primaire ou secondaire de deuxième cycle l'année prochaine. Dans le but d'assurer un transport sûr, fiable et efficace, ce processus aide à déterminer les itinéraires d'autobus pour la nouvelle année scolaire.

La demande d'inscription en ligne pour les écoles primaires (niveaux 7- 8) et secondaires (niveaux 9-12) est disponible au : www.ststb.ca.

Les élèves qui fréquenteront les écoles suivantes en septembre 2019 doivent remplir le formulaire de demande au plus tard le 30 avril 2019.

Écoles du Lakehead Public Schools :

  • Hammarskjöld High School
  • Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute
  • Superior Collegiate & Vocational Institute

Écoles du Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board :

  • Bishop E.Q. Jennings Senior Elementary School
  • Bishop Gallagher Senior Elementary School
  • Pope John Paul II Senior Elementary School
  • St. Ignatius High School
  • St. Patrick High School

Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales:

  • École catholique de La Vérendrye
  • École secondaire catholique de La Vérendrye

Éléments clés :

  • Les élèves de la 7e à la 12e année doivent résider à plus de 1,6 km de leur école désignée par le conseil scolaire pour être admissibles au transport par autobus ;
  • Les arrêts d'autobus scolaires sont plus éloignés pour les élèves de la 7e à la 12e année - on s'attend à ce qu'ils marchent jusqu'à 800 mètres pour accéder à un arrêt d'autobus dans les zones résidentielles ;
  • L'admissibilité est déterminée uniquement par le logiciel du STSTB. L'outil d'admissibilité de l'année en cours se trouve sous le lien "Admissibilité" au www.ststb.ca
  • Si votre élève choisit de s'inscrire dans une école autre que l'école désignée par le conseil scolaire, le transport ne sera pas assuré ;
  • Les élèves assignés qui ne prennent pas l'autobus au moins une fois au cours d'une période de 20 jours de classe consécutifs peuvent être retirés de l'autobus et doivent présenter une nouvelle demande afin d'être réintégrés ;
  • Les renseignements sur le transport individuel des élèves pour l'année scolaire 2019-2020 ne seront disponibles qu’en ligne sur le "Portail des parents" au www.ststb.ca à la fin juin 2019. Un avis sera affiché lorsque cette information sera disponible.

Les Services des transports scolaires de Thunder Bay (STSTB) sont un consortium de transport inter-conseil formé par le Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, Lakehead District School Board et le Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez consulter le site www.ststb.ca ou communiquer avec les Services des transports scolaires de Thunder Bay au (807) 625-1660.

Important Dates to Remember

  • Friday, May 3, 2019: PA Day - LDSB Elementary schools
  • Monday, May 20, 2019: Victoria Day Holiday - All Schools Closed
  • Friday, June 14, 2019: PA Day - ALL Elementary Schools
  • Friday, June 21, 2019 - Thursday, June 27, 2019: Exam Days for All LDSB and TBCDSB High Schools
  • Monday, June 24, 2019 - Friday, June 28, 2019: Exam Days for École secondaire catholique de La Vérandrye
  • Friday, June 28, 2019: PA Day for All LDSB and TBCDSB High Schools
  • Friday, June 28, 2019: LAST DAY for ALL Elementary Schools

Transportation During Extreme Cold Weather

For Northern Ontario, an extreme cold warning is issued by Environment Canada when the temperature or wind chill is expected to reach minus 40°C for at least two hours. Wind chill observations and forecasts that you hear are much more representative of what you actually feel and, for this reason, our Extreme Cold Weather Practice now utilizes outside temperature WITH WIND CHILL in determining when to cancel student transportation service for the day.

Student transportation service will be cancelled if the temperature including wind chill is -40 degrees Celsius or below on the Environment Canada Weather website for Thunder Bay Airport at 6:00am. Confirmation of cancellation of service will be sent out no later than 6:30am as per our Inclement Weather procedures.

Students should always be dressed and prepared for current and forecasted weather conditions. Parents are reminded that they are responsible for the safety of their children to, from and while at the bus stop and ultimately make the decision on whether to put their children on the bus when buses are running during inclement weather.

More Info: https://www.ststb.ca/application/files/6315/4030/6377/STS-SAF-015_Transportation_In_Extreme_Cold_Weather.pdf

On the Bus - 2018/2019 Winter Edition

Information on how we determine when to cancel transportation and how to be prepared for school bus transportation during the winter months can be found here.

Walk or Wheel Thunder Bay kicks off local Active School Travel project with $86,000 grant

The grant from the Ontario Active School Travel Fund is made possible through a financial contribution from the Government of Ontario, administered through Green Communities Canada.

Background

Walk or Wheel TBay (WOW TBay) is part of the province-wide Ontario Active School Travel project funded by the Ministry of Education. WOW TBay has received $86,000 to deliver active school travel initiatives to elementary-aged students in May 2018-June 2020. The purpose of WOW TBay is to encourage families to choose active transportation for the trip to and from school. Active transportation refers to any form of human-powered (non-motorized) travel such as walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, scooter, or skateboard. Students who are bused can also be encouraged to use active transportation to get to the bus stop. Active transportation increases physical activity, improves physical, mental and emotional health while also benefiting our environment.

What is WOW TBay?

WOW TBay is a committee co-chaired by staff at EcoSuperior Environmental Programs and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. The committee also includes staff from Lakehead Public Schools, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay, the City of Thunder Bay, and Thunder Bay Police. The role of WOW TBay is to connect partners and to work closely with schools to develop and implement active school travel plans. WOW TBay also helps schools access resources that will support their active transportation initiatives.

The Issues

  • Childhood obesity rates are increasing.
  • The number of students walking to school has been steadily decreasing over the past 25 years.
  • Automobile dependency is contributing to increasing greenhouse gas emissions and negatively impacting the environment across Ontario.
  • Heavy traffic around school zones contributes to air quality issues and the increase of asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

An Opportunity

In working together, school administrators, teachers, parents, other school board staff, public health departments and municipalities can implement an Active School Travel Program focused on promoting active transportation. Schools will be able to leverage resources of all partners (Health Unit, City, Police, school board offices, Student Transportation Services, EcoSuperior), as well as staff resources from Facilitators, to create an effective program.

The Benefits

It’s Healthy!

It's Clean!

  • Active School Travel is environmentally friendly and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Schools can earn points towards the Ontario EcoSchools certification

It's Safe!

  • Community safety is improved by adding “eyes on the street”
  • Active school travel reduces vehicular traffic and congestion around schools

It's Educational!

  • Students learn about the built and natural environment through exploration

It's Fun and Easy!

  • Students enjoy social time with friends and the fresh air

The WOW TBay program will work with four Thunder Bay elementary schools to develop and implement active school travel plans. Ecole Gron Morgan and St. Thomas School have been chosen through an application and committee selection process to be the first two schools to benefit from this program. Two additional schools will be selected in 2019 through another application and committee selection process.

At the four selected schools, guardians, students, teachers and administrators will work collaboratively with the WOW TBay committee to develop an effective active school travel plan that meets the needs of each school community. The School Travel Planning Facilitators at EcoSuperior Environmental Programs and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit will be the main points of contact for the school community. Facilitators will create and implement school-specific travel plans based on the school community’s input and will provide the school with resources to increase travel plan effectiveness.

Selected schools will receive in-kind support to deliver initiatives, including an honourarium and materials such as safety vests, bike racks, wayfinding signage, signage on school grounds, and trophies for the classes with the highest participation. Schools will also receive supporting materials for four annual events and a professionally-developed report of program findings.

Selected schools will work with Facilitators to help encourage students to walk or wheel to school by:

  • Providing input to Facilitators for the development of school travel plan and assisting in implementing the plan
  • Creating a school committee consisting of administrators, teachers and other school staff, guardians, or others from the school community who will meet regularly to guide the development, implementation, and updating of school travel plan
  • Participating in Walkabout of school area
  • Participating in four events: Walk to School Month (October), Winter Walk Day (February), Spring into Spring (April), and Bike Week (May).
  • Tracking participation through school-wide hands-up classroom surveys, conducted daily for a week twice annually.
  • Tracking parent involvement by distributing parent surveys
  • Hosting annual school assembly and/or media launch
  • Helping design best routes to school wayfinding signage incorporating student art
  • Distributing infographics and other materials

Schools are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated support from champions and school community
  • Clear commitment from school community
  • Demonstrated need OR ability to build on existing initiatives
  • Quality of application and thoroughness of responses
  • Long-term sustainability of project beyond June 2020 and contribution to environmental sustainability
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