Frequently Asked Questions

Can I ride the bus?

Elementary Schools

Transportation may be provided to students from their designated bus stops to and from the assigned school of attendance whose registered residence from the school campus exceeds 1.6 kilometres for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8. You can read more about the “First Rider” program here.

Secondary Schools

For students residing within the corporate limits of an urban centre where a Public and/or Catholic Secondary School exists, no transportation will be provided to the Secondary School(s) within that urban centre.

Do buses have camera surveillance?

All Bus Contractors have at least one camera in each vehicle. They are owned by the Bus Companies as part of their negotiated rate.

The surveillance systems assist both School Bus Drivers and Schools with discipline issues arising on the School Bus.

Do buses have GPS?

All Bus Contractors have a ratio of one GPS unit for every 2 Non-Specialized Transportation vehicles. They are owned and maintained by the School Bus Company as part of their negotiated rate.

All Bus Contractors have one GPS unit for every Specialized Transportation vehicle. They are owned and maintained by the School Bus Company as part of their negotiated rate.

Will schools be using Twitter to share information?

As we head toward colder weather, it is likely that winter weather may cause school bus or school delays and cancellations. The Huron Perth Student Transportation Services, which provides school bus transportation for students attending Avon Maitland District Schools and Huron Perth Catholic District Schools, introduced a new website in 2008 making it easier for parents, students and community members to receive and view information when inclement weather impacts buses and/or schools.

This year it will be even easier to find the necessary information as Twitter has been incorporated into the messaging. Every school in the district now has a Twitter account which will automatically post the information on the front page of all individual school websites, and if you choose to be a follower of your school’s Twitter account, you can receive these updates direct to your smart phone in real time. The Twitter accounts for each school can also be used to promote day by day school events when the weather is not an issue. Find a school in the Avon Maitland District School Board, Find a school in the Huron-Perth Catholic School Board