First Time Rider Safety Program

Quick Tips for Parents First Time Rider


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

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. Registration details with dates, times and locations are provided in May to all schools and the local media.

ANNUAL, First Rider Program Tuesday September 1, 2020

The ride program starts at 9:00 am and goes until 12:00 pm (noon). Parents should allow 1 hour for the ride program during which time children watch a video on riding the bus, take part in a question and answer period, and then take a short ride on a school bus (this is the only time parents may ride the bus with their child).

  • 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 here.
  • OECM School Bus Rider Safety Training Program, please click here.


 STWDSTS is responsible for bus cancellations.  To find out what Division you live in, please click HERE.

For more info on school board site procedures, school closures and learning options, please click HERE.

To prepare you and your family for Inclement Weather please watch this short video.

Stay safe and stay healthy!


Busing information is now available on the Parent Portal.


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