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The Winnipeg School Division Board of Trustees has passed a budget for the 2017/2018 school year. To achieve a balanced budget, the Board has considered many cost savings measures, including aligning our transportation policies to match the services offered by other metro Winnipeg school divisions.
Effective September 2017, only those students who meet the distance requirements of 1.6 kilometers or further from the school to both the residence/daycare will be eligible to receive transportation.
Students who have exceptional learning needs such as social/emotional, behavioural, sensory, physical, cognitive/intellectual, communication, academic or special health-care will continue to be provided with appropriate school bus transportation.
Students in K to G6 in a language or alternative program, and Nursery students attending one of WSD’s three French immersion milieu schools or Aboriginal education school, whose residence/daycare is 1.6 kilometers or further from the school will also continue to be provided with bus transportation.
Students who do not meet these criteria will no longer have an option to pay a fee for this service.
Although WSD recognizes this will require some families to make adjustments to their daily schedules for the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year, it is important to implement these measures to ensure that all financial resources are redirected toward the classroom and programs that will enable students to be successful in their educational learning. No exceptions to this policy will be considered at this time.
Should you require clarification on the revisions to the Transportation Policy, please contact the Secretary-Treasurer’s Department at 204-775-0231.
Letter to parents regarding changes to WSD student transportation
Winnipeg School Division will provide for transportation services where necessary and subject to WSD regulations, The Public Schools Act and Regulations thereto, and The Highway Traffic Act. The Transportation Supervisor (under the general direction of the Secretary Treasurer) is responsible for the implementation and operation of pupil transportation within Board Policy and these regulations.
1. Bus cancellation
During the school year there may be times when school bus transportation is cancelled due to inclement weather or poor driving conditions, but schools will remain open.
School bus transportation for all school divisions in the City of Winnipeg is cancelled when the wind chill reaches -45° C by 6:15 a.m. based on the Environment Canada readings at The Forks, Winnipeg (click here for latest readings at The Forks). When bus transportation is cancelled in the morning, it will not resume later in the day even if weather conditions improve.
The following media outlets are contacted in the early morning to ask that they broadcast and/or post bus cancellation information:
89.3 CBC; 990 CBC; CKSB 89.9 (French); CJOB-680 ; Power 97; TSN 1290; 99.9 BOB; 94.3 The Drive; 92 CITI; 102.3 KISS; Virgin Radio 103; QX 104; CTV News; City TV; CBC website, Winnipeg Free Press website, Metro News website, Winnipeg Sun website.
2. Severe Weather Conditions
Severe weather conditions and poor roads may extend the running time of some buses, resulting in late arrival and departure.
Parents/guardians should make sure that children are suitably clothed until picked up and that they have a place to go in the event the bus does not arrive. Parents/guardians must also ensure that children have a place to go after the return trip.
Special Education: Students who have physical, mental, and/or emotional disabilities are provided with school bus transportation.
Language and Alternative Programs: Students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 in a language or alternative
program, and Nursery students attending one of WSD’s three French
immersion milieu schools or Aboriginal education school, whose
residence/daycare is 1.6 kilometers or further from the school.
Nursery students attending one of the Division's three French immersion milieu schools are also bused subject to distance requirements.
Special situations: There are a number of special situations where transportation is provided to accommodate safety considerations or geographic locations.
Requests for Special Education transportation services should be directed to the Inclusion Support Services at 204-774-4525; all other requests for transportation services should be directed to the student's school. All enquiries regarding scheduling and operations should be referred to the Winnipeg School Division's transportation department at 204-789-0452 (8:00 a.m. - 4:30p.m.).
In lieu of school bus transportation, students may be provided with bus tickets for the following:
Special Education - where students can safely utilize transit services and in special circumstances.
Special Circumstances - individual schools may be provided an allocation for bus tickets for students due to special circumstances.
Students should remain at least 2 metres from the curb until the bus is stopped and the loading door opened. Loading and unloading should be conducted in an orderly and safe manner.
Safe behaviour on the bus requires that students remain seated and quiet. Disruptive behaviour causes the driver distraction and creates a safety hazard.
The driver is responsible for the safe operation of the school bus. He/she requires the support of the parents and the school.
The principal has the authority to suspend students from riding the school bus.
The Public Schools Act states: Passenger Behaviour
13(1) “The principal of a school whose pupils are being transported in the school bus has the same disciplinary authority over the pupils during the period in which they are in, entering upon, or alighting from the school bus, as is provided by the regulations under The Education Administration Act.”
13(2) “Where a pupil in a school bus persists in conduct likely to be detrimental or hazardous to the welfare of the passengers, the principal has the same authority as is provided by the regulations under The Education Administration Act.”
13(3) “The driver of a school bus shall report to the principal any misconduct of pupils while entering, leaving, or being conveyed in a school bus under that driver’s charge.”
Any behaviour which could endanger safety on the school bus is unacceptable. Examples are:
Failure to follow driver’s instructions
Possession of dangerous weapons or objects
Possession or use of drugs or alcohol
Failure to stay seated
Fighting, poking, hitting or pushing
Putting arms or head out the window
Loud talking or yelling
Students are expected to behave in a responsible manner during loading and unloading and while the bus is enroute.
Unacceptable behaviour may result in disciplinary action.
First Infraction: Driver warns student. Records details, informs principal. Principal takes appropriate action.
Second Infraction: Warning is repeated and recorded. Principal is informed. Principal takes appropriate action and may inform parents/guardians.
Third Infraction: Driver informs principal, records details. Principal treats as major problem and informs parents/guardians. Transportation privileges may be revoked.
First Infraction: Driver informs principal, records details. Principal takes appropriate action and informs parents/guardians.
Second Infraction: Driver informs principal, records details. Student is suspended from the bus. Return of bus privilege depends on agreement between parents and principal.
Subsequent Infraction: Driver informs principal, records details. Principal informs parents/guardians. Bus privileges may be revoked. The Winnipeg School Division retains the right to suspend a student permanently from the bus at any stage. The following inappropriate and dangerous behaviour while entering, leaving or being conveyed by bus will result in an automatic suspension of transportation privileges:
behaviour resulting in physical or psychological harm to other students
behaviour resulting in physical harm to the bus driver, transportation aide or other adult on the bus.
Children using wheelchairs which do not meet the standards below will be expected to transfer to a school bus seat, (if a therapist deems this is safe for the student), or will need to have alternate transportation provided by the Transportation Supervisor.
Maximum amount of camber = 6 degrees on wheels. This will allow the proper securement on any type of restraint system. All wheelchairs must have wheel locks and seatbelts.
Maximum width of chair not to exceed 29 inches.
Door opening height will be 59.5 inches on newer buses. The length of the ramp is 48 inches, therefore the chair and occupant height/length should not exceed these dimensions when possible.
Wheelchair back must come to at least the bottom of the user’s shoulder blades.
Push handles are required on all wheelchairs (for evacuation purposes).
Trays should not be used during transportation unless they are a necessary part of the child’s support system – determined by the therapist. Storage of trays to be determined by the Transportation Supervisor.
Trays which will be used during transportation should have a mechanism to limit how far the tray can be slid (in case of accident).
Backs which fold forward must have a position lock and be secured.
Q-straint lap belt must be able to go around the user and be positioned properly against the pelvis for safe and effective use. Some wheelchair armrests interfere with the position of this belt. Chairs should be wholly or partially open sided to allow for the lap belt.
The Transportation Supervisor has the authority to deem whether a wheelchair is transportable or not.
Carry on items that may be considered dangerous to the safety and/or compartmentalization concept (those with sharp edges, or dangerously unsafe items for the riders on the bus (e.g. skates), must be transported in enclosed athletic bags on the school bus and kept under the occupants’ seat.
Non carry items (including brooms, hockey sticks, shovels, large pieces of athletic equipment, large musical instruments, etc.) are not allowed on the bus with passengers, as they do not fall within the Manitoba Regulation 465/88 and may interfere with the safe transportation of passengers.
A) All Regular / Special Education Programs
Requests for transportation service, reporting changes of address or anticipated long term absences (over three days) - please telephone student’s school.
B) Transportation Information
Scheduling, operations and enquiries – refer to the Winnipeg School Division Transportation Department at 204-789-0452 (8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.).
- Transportation Supervisor - Curtis Basso @ 204-789-0452.
C) Daily Information
Bus time enquiries, daily absences, lost articles, call Radio Dispatch (7:00 a.m. - till last child is dropped off) at:
WINNIPEG SCHOOL DIVISION - 204-586-8800
HANDI-HELPER - 204-999-9949
W/C SERVICES - 204-982-0799
DUFFY'S TAXI - 204-925-1305