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Happy Driver Appreciation Day!

Published October 18, 2017

As the centrepiece of School Bus Safety Week, we want to acknowledge the role of School Bus Drivers and Monitors. At the front line in getting 30,000 students to school daily, Drivers and Monitors are obviously critical in the Ontario Education system. Many students would not get to school, prepared to learn, without them.

More than trained student transportation professionals, these local heroes also:
• Provide security
• Offer advice
• Mediate differences
• Can provide First Aid and CPR
• Tell great stories
• Listen
• Care
• Enable equity in education
• Laugh!
And the list could go on! Each bus route has its own dynamics and the Driver/Monitor has unique knowledge in how best to manage these subtleties.

These professionals are up early (and throughout most of the year in darkness) inspecting their vehicles and getting them road ready. Then they make their way through their route, on sometimes unpredictable road conditions and in all sorts of weather! Their day doesn’t end at the last stop, but after they’ve searched their bus for any student who may have missed their drop off -Yes, it’s happened. Kids fall asleep!

We can’t imagine a world, let alone a ride on one of those big yellow vehicles, without them!

October 18 is Driver & Monitor Appreciation Day. Take a moment this week to acknowledge the adults on your school bus doing important work, and say thanks!







Alert

Stop Change Requests & Late Applications

Due to the volume of applications our office is receiving at this time of year, Tri-Board will begin reviewing Stop Change Requests after September 20th. This is so we can focus on processing applications for students who would otherwise not have transportation.

Families that do not want to use their current bus stop until its review, or have applied for transportation at the beginning of September, should  consider alternative means of transportation/travel for the first day(s) of school. We are currently processing regular applications received on September 14th. Bus companies require a minimum of 48 hours’ notice of new riders.

Elective Learning Program or Special Circumstance applications will take longer, as processing eligible students is our priority.