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There is Something Going on in the Dark

It’s the dead of winter, its Monday…another school week begins. But it is a cold one, -15 Celsius, it snowed overnight and the wind is blowing, better bundle up the kids today. While you contemplate what to pack for their lunches and get them ready for the bus…. There has already been much going on […]

Active Transportation A Success Story; Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School located at 444 Sherbourne St in Toronto is a ‘poster child’ for active transportation. Past decisions provided school bus service for students who lived no more than 5 minutes away from the school. When the opportunity to participate in Green Community Canada’s (GGC) active transporta-tion pilot the school jumped […]

First Day of School

I don’t remember my first day of school but I can only imagine the excitement and the trepidation that I must have felt.  Standing there waiting for the school bus to show and then boarding that huge yellow vehicle filled with people I didn’t know and leaving my parents behind.  Thank goodness for my big […]

School Bus Loading Zones

An important area designated by law for a school bus to load and unload student passengers on a roadway or within a school driveway.

 

 

The “LOADING ZONE” is delineated by white regulatory signs that set the limits of the bus zone area that a school-bus stops within.  The driver of a school-bus must stop the bus […]

SCHOOL BUS PREPARATIONS FOR WINTER

While we escaped December with some mild weather, January has brought the winter we are more accustomed to.  The list below identifies common practices undertaken by the school  bus carriers to prepare for inclement weather:

 

1) Provide extension cords to drivers to plug in the buses to keep batteries warm.

2) Plug in buses in the yard if outdoor […]

YOUR CHILD AND ANAPHYLAXIS ON A SCHOOL BUS

Key Facts

Food allergy is a growing public health issue in Canada.

There is no cure; avoidance of an allergenic food is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction.
Approximately 2.5 million Canadians self-report having at least one food allergy.*
One in two Canadians know someone with a serious food allergy.
The incidence is highest amongst young children (under […]

Unique Schools – Serving Students With Special Needs

Recently members of the TSTG Planning Team were on hand to observe the Dismissal and Loading Procedures at two Toronto schools; Bloorview School and Beverly P.S.  These schools were selected as they cater uniquely to children with special needs.  This gave our staff the opportunity to visualize the important work they do and gave them […]

Securing Our Students

At times, extra equipment is required to keep your child secured safely on our smaller school buses.  Although Transport Canada has indicated that seat belts do not provide any further safety benefits on school buses the Toronto Boards do utilize them on our small school buses.  Part of the reason seat belts are used on […]

Why Don’t School Buses Have Seat Belts?

Crash tests and findings from Transport Canada demonstrate that, seat belts on school buses do not provide any significant safety benefit.

 

In a head-on collision, lap belts could actually increase the risk of head injuries. By holding the child’s pelvis firmly in place, the torso would whip forward; with the head striking the back of the […]

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