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Student Transportation: OST 403




Student Transportation: OST 403

Adoption Date: May 28, 2007




This policy applies to all students living in the jurisdiction of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.



To establish guidelines for walking distances for students attending schools within the boundaries of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.


Policy Statement        

It is the policy of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board to ensure that transportation is provided in an efficient manner for students who are in Grades P-6 that are greater than 1.0 km away from the school and/or bus stop and students that are in Grades 7-12 and living more than 2.5 km away from the school and/or bus stop, while complying with Board and provincial regulations.


Cross Reference




This policy has been authorized by the Board under motions number ….



It is the responsibility of the Director of Operational Services to ensure that this policy and administrative procedures are implemented. 



The Coordinator of Transportation will implement the policy and administrative procedures.



Bussing will be provided to Grades Pr.-6 students who live 1.0 kilometers from the school or bus stop.

Bussing will be provided to Grades 7-12 students who live 2.5 kilometers or more from the school or bus stop.

Bussing will be provided for students living off the main bus route, i.e. off-route or subdivision, if:

  • the branch road is a Nova Scotia Department of Transportation listed road and properly maintained;

  • there is a suitable bus turn-around near the location of the last pick-up;

  • the student is in Grade Pr.-6 and the distance is greater than 1.0 km from the intersection

  • or the student is in Grade 7-12 and is greater than 2.5 km from the intersection.

No bus stop will be closer than 1.0 kilometers from the school for Grades P-6 or 2.5 kilometers from the school for Grades 7-12.

If a parent of Grade P-3 students feel that the conditions under which their child has to walk is unsafe, they can appeal to the Coordinator of Transportation who will have it investigated with a recommendation to senior management for a decision.

The Board is not obligated to provide transportation for students who transfer to a school other than the one serving their area.

School buses are to be used only for the purpose of transporting students to and from school and for related purposes within the limits of the license issued to the Board.


Related Guidelines                

The Regulations under the Education Act require school boards to provide transportation to students:

  • who live more than 3.6 kilometers from the school to which they are being transported;

  • who require transportation, irrespective of distance because of special needs;

  • or if the School Board determines that transportation is necessary.

In addition, the Regulations under the Motor Carrier Act provide that the driver of a school bus shall not stop the bus for the purpose of taking on or discharging passengers at:

  • More than three places in 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) or;

  • A place that has not been designated as a loading station by a school board or other authority by or on whose behalf the bus is operated.


Associated Forms                  



Policy Review                        

This policy will be reviewed by Director of Operational Services within three years from the authorization date.



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