School Bus Information
- is more than 3.2 kilometres (by road or walkway) from their catchment area school for students in Kindergarten and grades 1 to 3;
- is more than 4 kilometres (by road or walkway) from their catchment area school for students in grades 4 to 12;
- are kindergarten, grade 1, 2, and 3 students who live 3.2 or less kilometres from their catchment area school;
- are grades 4 to 12 students who live 4.0 kilometres or less from their catchment area school; and,
- are students attending a school outside of their English catchment area, including French Immersion.
Ineligible students who apply and are issued a bus pass are known as "Courtesy Riders." Courtesy Riders are accommodated on scheduled routes if space is available, and available seats are allocated based on distance from school. Bussing is not guaranteed for ineligible riders.
Students in Grades 10 to 12, living in the Valleycliffe neighbourhoods of Ravens Plateau, Crumpet Woods, and Valleycliffe Plateau are eligible to ride the school bus to and from Howe Sound Secondary, with a valid school bus pass.
Students that attend Spring Creek Elementary and reside in the Cheakamus neighbourhood are eligible to ride the school bus to and from school with a valid school pass.
As per the Protocol Agreement between the District and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, students enrolled in Cultural Journeys at St'a7mes School are eligible to ride the school bus to and from school with a valid school pass.
Please note: Bussing is under continual evaluation and restructuring due to changing demographics.
For the 2022-2023 school year, School District No.48 is pleased to introduce a new bus registration system and fully implement a bus pass program for all student riders. The bus pass program is designed to enhance our safe, effective and efficient transportation system.
All students who seek bus transportation are now required to register annually to receive a bus pass and to have a bus seat allocated to them. We encourage you to review District Policy 806 for more information about your child’s eligibility for school bus transportation.
For the 2022-2023 school year, bus registration opens on June 24, 2022, and closes on September 30, 2022. Early registration is encouraged, and eligible students who register before the start of the school year will have a bus pass produced and delivered to their school, ready for collection on the first day of school. Eligible students who apply after the start of the school year will have a bus pass produced and delivered to their school as soon as possible.
Students applying as a courtesy rider (ineligible rider) will not be allocated a seat and pass until October 15, 2022, when ridership lists are finalized.
Bus registration for your child is confirmed when you receive an email from the Transportation Department informing you of the before and after school pick-up location with approximate time and bus number. Should your child not qualify for school bus transportation, the Transportation Department will reach out to inform you.
The registration process helps us plan and create bus routes for the upcoming school year. Our staff makes every effort to accommodate all riders based on eligibility criteria and available seats. However, the District cannot guarantee ridership.
Please note: Transportation can only accept one registration per child. However, all addresses must be listed if a student has more than one home address.
The safe transportation of students is everyone's concern. It requires cooperation among students, parents, drivers, teachers and school administrators.
Please take a moment to review the following documents on school bus safety and expected behaviours while riding a school bus.
Safety and Behaviour on School Buses
When We Stop, You Stop (poster)