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Request for 2020-2021 Senior Student Transportation Now Open

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 planning for efficient bus routes for the new school year.

The online Application for 2020-2021 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 2020 are required to have the application completed by April 30, 2020.

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 2020-2021 school year will only be available online through the “Parent Portal” found on: www.ststb.ca by the end of June 2020. 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



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 2020 doivent remplir le formulaire de demande au plus tard le 30 avril 2020.

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 2020-2021 ne seront disponibles qu’en ligne sur le "Portail des parents" au www.ststb.ca à la fin juin 2020. 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

  • Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20, 2020: Spring Break - All Schools;
  • Friday, April 10, 2020: Good Friday - All Schools Closed;
  • Monday, April 13, 2020: Easter Monday - All Schools Closed;
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020: Early Release Volunteer Day for all St. Ignatius and St. Patrick students. Buses depart at 12:10pm;
  • Friday, May 1, 2020: PA Day - LDSB Elementary Schools Only;
  • Monday, May 18, 2020: Victoria Day - All Schools Closed;
  • Friday, June 12, 2020: PA Day for all Elementary and Senior Elementary Schools;
  • Friday, June 19 - Thursday, June 25, 2020: TBCDSB & LDSB Secondary School Exams (Note: Afternoon Bus Times - TBCDSB High Schools @ 11:00am, LDSB High Schools @ Normal Time);
  • Monday, June 22 - Friday, June 26, 2020: CSDCAB Secondary School Exams (Note: Afternoon buses depart @ 11:15am);
  • Friday, June 26, 2020: PA Day - TBCDSB & LDSB Secondary Schools Only;
  • Friday, June 26, 2020: Last Day of School.

​February 5th is Winter Walk Day!

February 5, 2020 is Winter Walk Day across Canada. It’s the perfect opportunity for parents and kids to get outside together and stretch those legs! Walk to and from school to improve physical and mental health, create a healthier environment, safer streets, make friends and have fun! Walking is the simplest form of exercise and helps kids get the 60 minutes of daily physical activity they need. It’s also a great cure for winter blues and helps students concentrate better in class.

For WWD event resources, visit www.ontarioactiveschooltravel.ca/winter-walk-day. Schools that celebrate Winter Walk Day in February can register their event online and receive a Certificate of Recognition and enter a random draw for prizes. Share your #WWD2019 stories and photos tagging @OntarioAST, with hashtags #WinterWalkDay, #Walk2School, #WWD2020

Addressing Bullying on School Buses

Ontario has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 17-23, 2019 – Ontario students, school staff, parents and the entire school community are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

Students may attain or maintain power over others in the school through real or perceived differences. Some areas of difference may be size, strength, age, intelligence, economic status, social status, solidarity of peer group, religion, ethnicity, disability, need for special education, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender and race.

Bullying can take many forms, such as physical, verbal, social and electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) and can occur wherever children gather and adult supervision is low - and that includes the school bus.

Playgrounds, the internet, cafeterias, restrooms, school change rooms and even school buses provide an environment for bullying to take place. After all, bullies have a small, confined space, a captive audience, a victim who cannot simply walk away and a bus driver whose primary job is to keep their attention on the road and drive without distraction. This often results in children who are bullied on the bus being entirely missed by the only grown-up present.

What Students Can Do

All students should practice safe and responsible bus riding behaviour:

  • Sitting face forward
  • Keeping their hands, feet and belongings to themselves and out of the aisle
  • Talking quietly
  • Being respectful to the driver and other students
  • Students who experience bullying should:

  • Ignore the bully or tell the bully to stop in a firm voice; if the bullying continues,
  • Report the behaviour to an adult such as the bus driver, their parent, a teacher or school principal
  • Students who witness bullying should:

  • Avoid joining or laughing
  • Ignore the bully and support the victim
  • Tell the bully to stop and request other students to do so as well
  • Report continued bullying behaviour to an adult such as the bus driver, their parent, a teacher or school principal
  • What Parents Can Do

    Since kids who are bullied often don’t tell anyone what is happening to them, it is important to look for signs of bullying such as being anxious about getting on the bus or mentioning kids messing with them. It’s always best to dig a little deeper and find out if your child is being bullied.

    If your child is being bullied:

  • Tell the School – Each school board has policies in place to address bullying and every student is responsible for his or her conduct to the principal of the school that the pupil attends while travelling on a school bus that is owned by a board or on a bus or school bus that is under contract to a board (Ontario Education Act Reg 298, Section 23(4)(c))
  • Tell the Driver – remember the driver will most likely not be aware of the situation, as already explained, however once informed, they may be keen on helping by allowing the child to sit within close proximity
  • Switch their seat – Ask the principal or driver to have your child sit near the front of the bus where they will be in closer proximity of the bus driver
  • Sit with Friends – See if your child can sit near friends and neighbours who may both deter the bully and offer support to your child
  • What School Bus Drivers Can Do

  • Introduce yourself – at the beginning of the school year and any time new students are added to your bus; and try to learn the names of students on the bus. If you establish a positive relationship, children are more likely to feel safe when reporting bullying
  • Lead By Example – By modelling respectful behaviour and positive conflict resolution strategies, children are more likely to follow your lead
  • School Bus Code of Conduct - Review at the beginning as well as periodically throughout the year
  • Intervene – It’s an adults job to keep children safe. Once you are aware of a bullying situation, addressing it will often stop bullying episodes
  • Work with the Principal – Always report any observations of school bus bullying to the school principal as soon as possible

  • Article sources:

    Ministry of Education: Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/safeschools/preventio...

    Verywellfamily: How to Make School Buses Bully-Proof https://www.verywellfamily.com/how-to-make-school-...

    POPSUGAR Family: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now If Your Child Is Being Bullied on the Bus https://www.popsugar.com/family/What-Do-You-Do-You...

    PREVNet: What School Bus Drivers Need To Know https://www.prevnet.ca/bullying/educators/what-sch...

    On the Bus - 2019/2020 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:

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