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Transportation Eligibility – 002

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Policy # Topic Type Date Revised
002 Transportation Eligibility Eligibility November 21,2017

Based on the eligibility policy of the Board where the student attends school, STWDSTS
will arrange transportation to/from the student’s primary address unless otherwise
notified by the school or
parent/guardian.

Students may access transportation services if their primary address is within the school’s
attendance boundary, at a distance of more than:

Conseil scolaire Viamonde “CSV”

  • JK – SK 0.8 km
  • Gr 1 to Gr 8 1.6 km
  • Gr 9 to Gr 12 3.2 km

Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir “CSCM”

  • JK – SK           0.8 km
  • Gr 1 to Gr 8    1.6 km
  • Gr 9 to Gr 12  3.2 km

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board “DPCDSB” (County of Dufferin and Town of Orangeville)

  • JK to Gr 1       1.0 km
  • Gr 2 to Gr 6    1.6 km
  • Gr 7 to Gr 8    2.0 km
  • Gr 9 to Gr 12  3.8 km

Upper Grand District School Board “UGDSB”

  • JK to Gr 6       1.6 km
  • Gr 7 to Gr 8    3.2 km
  • Gr 9 to Gr 12  3.5 km

Wellington Catholic District School Board “WCDSB”

  • JK to Gr 8       1.6 km
  • Gr 9 to Gr 12  3.2 km

Student’s Address:

  • A student’s address is his/her legal and permanent place of residence. In the case of joint custody,
    it is the parents’ responsibility to decide on the student’s primary address,in order to determine
    his/her school catchment area. Please note that the address of a caregiver or daycare centre
    cannot be considered a student’s legal and permanent address.

Distance Measurements:

  • All measurements for transportation purposes will be made by STWDSTS using Bus Planner
    student transportation software.
  • The measurement of the walking distance is from the closest point of the property line of
    the student to the property line of the school.

Other Eligibility Criteria:

  • Students may be transported for reasons other than distance where deemed appropriate
    by the General Manager according to the criteria contained within the (031) Exception Transportation.
  • Students with physical or mental handicaps may be eligible for transportation upon
    the direction of the Special Education Department for their respective school board
    under (020) Special Education Transportation.
  • Subject to the approval of STWDSTS, transportation may be provided for students not otherwise
    qualifying for transportation privileges for which a certificate of a qualified medical practitioner
    is provided, and/or STWDSTS form TF011 Request for Medical Transportation, indicating that the student
    is unable to walk to school because of physical or health reasons under (010) Temporary Medical
    Transportation.

The School must:

  • Inform the parent/guardian about the eligibility criteria at the time of the student’s registration by
    way of the Transportation Guide for Parents (TF014).
  • Inform STWDSTS of a new student enrolment that may require transportation based on
    the information provided by GEOQUERY, “www.findmyschool.ca”.
  • Will maintain accurate student data in the student data system. The new student information will
    be posted to the student data within 3 days.

STWDSTS must:

  • Verify the address of each student; evaluate the eligibility between his/her primary residence and
    the school; inform the school and/or parent/guardian if the student does not meet the above-mentioned
    criteria.
  • At the end of each school year, provide the schools with a Transportation School Newsletter Insert (TF022)
    to students and parents/guardians concerning the walking distance policies and changes to services
    provided by STWDSTS for the upcoming school year in accordance with the eligibility criteria.