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Stay safe this winter with these school bus safety tips

Stay safe this winter with these school bus safety tips

​​Help to keep your child safe throughout the winter months. ​Click Full Story for a list of winter school bus safety tips.

​The following winter school bus safety tips will help to keep your child safe throughout the winter months. 

  • Allow extra time to get to your bus stop.
  • Wear bright clothing so the bus can see you in the early morning and late evening.
  • Stand away from where the bus stops. Buses need extra room to stop when there is snow and ice.
  • Use the handrail when boarding or exiting the bus to prevent slipping on wet or icy steps or road surfaces.
  • Dress properly—winter clothing, hats, and boots will keep you warm.
  • Don't throw snowballs at the bus or other children waiting for the bus.
  • Don't slide on the snow or ice patches in driveways or on the street.
  • Don't push or shove around the bus. Someone could fall down on the ice and get hurt.
  • Peel Public Health's physical distancing guidelines must be followed at all times while waiting at the bus stops. To the extent that physical distancing may not be possible, the use of non-medical masks for students in Grades 1 to 12 will be required on school vehicles. Students in Kindergarten will be strongly encouraged but not required to wear masks on student transportation. Exceptions should be made for students with medical conditions or special needs that prevent masking.

On very rare occasions, buses are late because of weather conditions or mechanical problems. Talk to your child about what to do if the bus is late. Here are some suggestions: 

  • When possible, wait with your child for the bus.
  • Make sure your child knows a phone number where he can reach you or another trusted adult.
  • Teach your child how and where to get help. Talk to your child about what a "safe" stranger is.
  • Help your child set up a bus stop buddy system so your child has someone to wait with for the bus.  
Due to various challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the timing of bus routes may be impacted. This could also impact the timing of routes. Families are encouraged to subscribe to Student Transportation of Peel Region's notification system to monitor delays and cancellations.