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2020-2021 School Year

As per Board Policy, transportation services have been altered for 2020-2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please read the below information to see if you qualify for bussing. 

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As you know, the Ministry of Education announced that students will return to school for in-class instruction in September 2020, under Stage 2 of BC's K-12 Restart Plan. The Provincial Health & Safety Guidelines that guide the work of school districts have resulted in changes that we will need to make to our district's student transportation services.

Since Spring 2020, our teams have been reviewing our bus routes, rider information along with the evolving health and safety guidelines. To determine the service levels we also considered the priorities for transportation services outlined in Board Policy 17 - Conveyance of Students.

The priorities for student transportation services are as follows:

  1. Students with special and/or unique needs as determined by the Learning Support Services Department, including First Nations students.
  2. Elementary & middle students living outside the walk limits of their catchment school.
  3. Students force transferred to a school outside their catchment.
  4. Secondary students living outside the walk limits of their catchment school.
  5. Elementary & middle students attending district programs.
  6. Secondary students attending district programs.
  7. Students living within the walk limits to their catchment school.

The health and safety of students and bus drivers is a top priority. To effectively meet all Stage 2 requirements, the school district can only provide transportation services to:

  • students in priorities 1 through 4;
  • elementary students in the Traditional program (King Traditional); and
  • middle & secondary students in French Immersion.

Transportation services will only be provided to students who are registered for transportation and have a school district issued bus pass. These students will be included on bus seating plans established by the Transportation Department.

We know that this news may cause inconveniences for families, and we ask for your cooperation as we navigate these unchartered times together. Where possible, we encourage parents to consider transporting their child(ren) to school in private vehicles.

COVID-19 continues to be an evolving global situation, and as such we need to be prepared that these service levels are subject to change at any time throughout the school year.

We extend our sincere appreciation for your patience and understanding as we work together moving forward.


General Busing Information during COVID-19

Bus Safety Plan

Information on what our Drivers and Transportation Department are doing:

  • Buses are being cleaned and disinfected according to the BCCDC's Guidelines on Cleaning and Disinfectants for Public Settings document.
    • Buses will be cleaned and disinfected between routes, meeting, or exceeding the BCCDC requirements.
    • Additionally, our buses are disinfected daily using Electrostatic Sprayers which ensure the highest level of sanitation is maintained for our students.
    • Each bus is scheduled for a week deep clean by our drivers
  • Bus drivers are required to clean their hands often, including before and after completing trips. They are encouraged to regularly use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol during trips.
  • Bus drivers are required to wear a non-medical mask, a face covering, or a face shield (in which case a non-medical mask should be worn in addition to the face shield) when they cannot maintain physical distance or be behind a physical barrier in the course of their duties.
  • Plexiglass shields either are or will be installed enclosing the driver’s compartment.
  • All staff complete a Daily Health Assessment form prior to entering the Abbotsford School District work site, declaring that they have no symptoms of COVID 19.
  • All drivers and employees must adhere to the School District’s Safe Work Procedures for Staff – COVID 19.

Rules for Students Riding the Bus

  • Parents and caregivers must assess their child daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory diseases before sending them to school. If a child has any symptoms, they must not take the bus or go to school.
  • Students should clean their hands before they leave home to take the bus, when they are leaving school prior to taking the bus, and when they get home.

Loading/Unloading of Students

  • Students must follow the bus driver’s instructions related to loading, unloading, and seating on buses (e.g. back to front and offloaded from front to back).
    • One student at top of the stairwell, before the next student boards.
    • Use assigned seating only, unless otherwise advised by the driver.
  • Students must physically distance prior to getting on a bus at stops, as well, once they exit the bus in the school area.
  • Students load and go directly to the back to an available seat, working their way forward filling seats, to avoid passing other students on the bus.
  • Unload from the front first.
  • We will also be maintaining up-to-date passenger and seating lists. The seating arrangement can be altered whenever necessary to support student health and safety (e.g. accommodating children with a physical disability, responding to behavioral issues, etc.).
  • We will share this information with public health officials should contact tracing need to occur.

Non-medical Masks

  • Middle and secondary students should wear non-medical masks or face coverings on buses. These should be put on before loading and taken off after offloading.
  • Reusable masks will be provided by the school district to all students during orientation week September 10 & 11.
  • Bus drivers will have disposable masks available for times when a student has forgotten or misplaced their reusable mask.
  • Masks are not currently recommended for elementary students on buses due to the increased likelihood they will touch their face and eyes, as well as required assistance to properly put on and take off their mask (requiring increased close personal contact from school staff).
  • No student is required to wear a mask if they do not tolerate it.

More Questions?

If you have additional questions or require further details, please call the district's Transportation Department at (604) 855-5278 or send us an email.
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