Little Boy Getting on Bus to go to School

The following information below is from the province’s COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings

It is important to note, the District takes direction from the Ministry of Education and Provincial Health Office. These guidelines regarding student transportation on buses may change throughout the school year. We will continue to update this page when new information is made available. 


Daily Health Check

Code of Conduct Rules for Students have been updated to ensure that students will not be able to ride the bus if:

  • They are experiencing symptoms of COVID 19
  • They have come into close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID 19, or
  • They have recently travelled outside Canada

Parents/guardians must ensure they complete the daily health check with their child before boarding a District bus. The District appreciates your attention and cooperation regarding health and safety.

Important instructions for your child’s first bus ride to school:

Step 1. Bring a non-medical mask for your child (grades 4-12) to wear on this first day. Disposable masks will be available if needed. Any changes to mask distribution will be communicated by schools.

Step 2. Ensure your child has clean hands when boarding a bus.

Step 3. Ensure your child arrives at their bus stop at the required time.

Step 4. Ensure your child follows all health and safety instructions advised by the bus driver.

Transportation Guidelines

For school buses, schools can return to regular seating and onloading/offloading practices. Frequently-touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at least 1x/day and when visibly dirty. These include items touched by larger numbers of people (e.g. door handles, hand rails, etc.). Surfaces touched by fewer people (e.g. seats) should be cleaned 1x/day. Other general cleaning should occur in line with regular practices.

Schools should continue to:

  • Encourage bus drivers and passengers to practice hand hygiene and before and after trips and to practice respiratory etiquette as needed,
  • Spread passengers out if space is available, and
  • Open windows when the weather allows.

All people 12 and older should wear masks on school buses, with exceptions outlined in the Personal Protective Equipment section of COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings and the additional exception that bus drivers can remove their masks while driving.

Students 9 – 11 are encouraged to wear a mask according to the guidance outlined in the Personal Protective Equipment section of the above document.

Students under 9 years of age mask use should be based on their personal or family/caregivers’ choice.

If you have any questions about health and safety guidelines for bussing, please email: transportation@sd35.bc.ca.