Student Transportation for the 2021-22 School Year
Ensuring a safe and smooth start-up for student transportation services for the 2021-22 school year is our priority. Read more about the changes made and the health and safety protocols put in place to keep students and drivers safe .
Phased-in Start: To start the 2021-22 school year, we will once again be implementing a phased-in start for student transportation to ensure that students with special education needs are prioritized and receive bus service beginning the first week of school.
- From September 9 to September 14, 2021 – only students with special education needs (excluding those in the gifted program) who travel to school on mini buses, mini vans, taxis and Wheelchair accessible vehicles will be provided with student transportation.
- Starting September 15, 2021 –all other eligible students will be provided with student transportation, unless there is a significant driver shortage or other unforeseen issues related to COVID-19.
Read more about the phased-in start.
Empty Seat Policy: Once again, the TDSB’s Empty Seat Policy (PR504) has been put on hold for the 2021-22 school year to help promote physical distancing on school busses, as well as to help the TSTG and bus operators effectively plan bus routes and seating arrangements in line with the COVID-19 health and safety precautions.
Traveling on a school bus can be a fun experience for your child. We are committed to providing a comfortable and safe environment for them and taking them to and from school on time.
For our youngest riders, we offer the Purple=Parent program to help them get used to being on a school bus to create the safest travel experience possible.
Applications are accepted year round. Before applying, be sure to check out our eligibility guidelines and our transportation policy.
Find out more:
Other Ways to Get to and from School
In addition to school busses, there are many other ways children can travel to and from school including walking, wheeling (e.g., bicycle, scooter or mobility device), taking public transit or driving/taking a ride to school.
Whatever option you and your family choose, please remember to be careful and share the road with other road users. Together, we can keep school zones safe!
Walking to School
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) encourages active transportation to and from school whenever possible. Walking to school can be safer than driving and have a positive impact on student’s mental wellness and academic success.
Learn more about pedestrian safety.
Cycling to School
Similar to walking, cycling is good for children’s health, the environment and our communities.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) bikes are considered vehicles. Therefore, cyclists must follow the same rules and laws as drivers do.
In Toronto, children 13 and under are allowed to ride on sidewalks; however, it is illegal for older cyclists to do the same. When riding on sidewalks, children must still exercise caution and follow traffic rules.
Learn more about cycling safety.
Driving to School
A child struck by a car travelling at 50 km/hr is eight times more likely to be killed than a child struck at 30 km/hr. Children 10 and under are most at risk for pedestrian related injuries. Therefore, if you are driving your child to or from school, it is important to be alert and slow down as children are smaller and harder to see. In addition, it might be difficult for children to determine the direction of sound and judging distance or speed.
Learn more about driving safety.