June 12, 2014

Peel board reduces transportation distance eligibility for students in grade 1 and students in grades 9 to 12

Based on feedback from parents and community members, Peel District School Board trustees have approved a change to reduce the transportation distance eligibility for students in grade 1 and students in grades 9 to 12, effective September 2014.

Beginning September 2014, the Peel board eligibility distances for transportation will be as follows:

  • kindergarten to grade 1 students – 1 km (previously 1.6 km for grade 1 students)
  • grades 2 to 4 students – 1.6  km
  • grades 5 to 6 students – 2 km
  • grades 7 to 8 students – 3.2 km
  • grades 9 to 12 students – 3.8 km (previously 4.8 km)

The change for students in grades 9 to 12 does not apply to students in Regional Programs, or the secondary Extended French or French Immersion programs.

The distances noted above are measured along sidewalks, roadways and paved pedestrian walkways from the school property to the home property line. Measurements to establish eligible addresses are conducted exclusively using the geographic information system (GIS) component of the board’s transportation management software.

How do I know if my child is eligible for transportation?

Student Transportation of Peel Region (STOPR) has a website where you can find out whether your child is eligible for transportation based on your home address. After July 1, 2014, visit businfo.stopr.ca, click on "Transportation Eligibility" and enter your information.

In addition, if your child is eligible for transportation, you can securely access your child’s transportation information, including bus stop location and pick-up and drop-off times, from businfo.stopr.ca commencing August 25. Click on “Student Login” and enter the information required.  To ensure privacy of information you will be required to enter the Ontario Education Number (OEN) which can be found on your child’s report card. For families of students who do not have an OEN and will be attending year 1 kindergarten, you may contact your child’s school regarding their transportation information during the last week of August.

For more information on transportation policies, procedures, late buses and cancellations, please visit www.stopr.ca.

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