First Time Rider Safety Program

The Annual First Rider Program is presented by the Operator’s Association each August just before school begins. It provides first time riders and their families with an introduction to school bus riding procedures and safety through a videotape presentation, a question and answer session, and a bus ride for the family. It is a free program open to both riders and children who walk to school.

ANNUAL First Rider Program Tuesday August 30, 2022

Registration Closes August 23, 2022

The First Rider Program is open to both bused students and walkers. This valuable program includes a short video, a question-answer period, and a short bus ride.  These sessions are scheduled for 9am, 10am and 11am, and are approximately 45 minutes in length.

  • To find a First Rider Location near you, please click here.
  • To register for the First Rider Program, please click here.
  • For general information and FAQ’s about First Rider transportation, please click EN|FR
  • OECM School Bus Rider Safety Training Program, please click here.

This video is a must see for all students who will be riding the school bus for the first time this September. Watch Buzzy the Bee explain all of the important school bus safety rules for not only our new “first time riders” but also for their families.

  • Watch the Video hand icon
  • Read through the Safety Tips Booklet: First Time Rider Safety Tips EN | FR
  • Check out the Activity Booklet: First Time Rider Activity Booklet EN | FR
  • Download and fill out a Safety Certificate:
    1. BuzzyBee Certificate#1 or EN | FR
    2. BuzzyBee Certificate#2 or EN | FR
    3. BuzzyBee Certificate#3 or EN | FR
    4. BuzzyBee Certificate#4 or EN | FR
    5. BuzzyBee Certificate#5 or EN | FR

Quick Tips for Parents First Time Rider


If you are new to the area please ensure your child is registered at their school as Student Transportation will not be accepting new student information over the phone.

You can obtain your registered child’s busing information by creating a new account through the Parent PortalIf you are waiting for busing information, please continue to check the Parent Portal for updates.  Once updated, you will see a start date that your child can begin taking the bus. 

To read our STWDSTS Newsletter  Click Here


We want to advise students and families that STWDSTS may encounter higher than normal rates of absence for school vehicle drivers. We know this can be challenging for families. Please remember to support your local school vehicle driver. If the driver is covering a late route and is not your regular driver, they have most likely already completed their regularly assigned route and are helping to make sure that your children can get to and from school safely.

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For a full list of bus delays and cancellations, please visit HERE.


STWDSTS has created an OPT-OUT form to assist parents and schools keep accurate records of students using the bus service.  If you do not intend to have your child use the school bus, please fill out this form.  If you require transportation in the future, you can simply reapply by contacting us.