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Transportation 2020-21

School bussing during the upcoming school year will be the most challenging place for us to support physical distancing and respiratory hygiene. 

We are encouraging families have their children walk or ride their bike to school or to drive their children to and from school whenever possible in order to reduce the number of riders on each bus.

REGISTER TO RIDE

We have initiated 
rider registration for 2020. Any student that will ride the bus at any point during the year is required to register. No student will be permitted to ride unless they are registered. 

Online School Bus Registration Has Now CLOSED for 2020-21

In order to apply for school bus transportation please:

email: robert.olson@sd76.ab.ca; or
call: 403.528.6572


SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION - SCENARIO 1 RE-ENTRY GUIDELINES

  • Students in Grades 4–12 who are physically, psychologically or developmentally able to wear a mask will be required to do so.
  • Parents and children/students should not be in the pick-up area or enter the bus if they have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Our service provider, Southland Transportation, will provide clear expectations to families around school bus behaviour.
  • Drivers will be provided with a protective zone.
  • Students will be assigned seats and a record of this seating plan will be kept to assist with contact tracing. Students who live in the same household may be seated together.
  • Schools will develop procedures for student loading, unloading and transfers that support physical distancing when possible.
  • If en route to school, upon arrival, the student will move directly to the isolation space and arrangements will be made for parents to pick up the child/student. If a driver becomes aware of a child that is symptomatic after school, they will communicate with the school to get the child home as safely and as quickly as possible.
  • En route to school, unless the parent is present, no student will be denied access onto the bus if they are symptomatic. However, after school, any child that is symptomatic will not be permitted access on the school bus. 
  • Buses will be sanitized after every trip to prepare for the next bus cohort. 

 

RIDER ELIGIBILITY

The Board may provide transportation service for resident students in the following categories:

  1. Students within the school division boundaries who reside over 2.4km from their designated school.
  2. Grades K-3 students residing beyond 1.2km from their designated school.

School bus transportation is provided by our partners at Southland Transportation. If your child's bus is late or if you have questions about scheduling or routes please contact Southland Transportation at 403.526.4655. 

Some students who have been permitted to ride in the past, but who do not qualify under provincial regulations or MHPSD policy, may not be permitted to continue to ride in the 2020-2021 school year. These measures will allow us to provide appropriate contact tracing if someone testpositive for COVID-19 and has used school bus transportation. 

Medicine Hat Public School Division transports over 2,500 students including students with special needs. At this time there is no cost associated with accessing school bus registration, but all riders are required to register. Families are asked to view our attendance area maps and bus route maps to learn about pick up and drop locations and times. If your child requires special transportation (ex: wheel chair accessibility) please contact Robert Olson, Transportation Coordinator 403.528.6572. 


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