As part of its current strategic plan, the Board of Education has undertaken a review of transportation policy. This review will include a public survey, and community consultation on possible policy changes. You can find more information on current policy and timelines for consultation below.
Transportation Policy, Facts and Timelines
- Students are eligible for busing if they are attending their catchment area school and reside outside of the walk limits.
- Current walk limits are:
- Grades K to 3 residing 4.0 km from school
- Grades 4 to 12 residing 4.8 km from school
- Students who are not eligible for transportation can register as a courtesy rider. Courtesy riders may be able to ride based on whether there is a preexisting bus route, space available on the route and no additional stops are required.
- Courtesy ridership may be cancelled at any time with one week's notice.
- 23% of students in the District are registered to ride the bus. Of these, 34% are eligible to ride based on the current transport policy.
- 36% of busing students are going to an elementary school, 29% to a middle school and 34% to a secondary school.
- Based on the current budget, transportation costs approximately $670 per rider.
- November 1 to 30: Public Survey on Transportation.
- January 1: Recommendations published on School District website.
- January 1 to 31: Public meetings to obtain feedback on recommendations. These discussions are not community specific and the public are welcome to attend any date or location that is convenient.
- January 8 in the Summerland Secondary Library - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- January 22 in the Princess Margaret Library - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- January 29 in the IMC (School Board Office) - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- February 11: Recommendations and feedback presented to the Business Committee.
- February 24: Board of Education to consider recommendations from Business Committee.