Winter safety tips for kids!

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Help keep your bus ride safe by following the school bus rules!

Don’t Run to Catch the Bus. Always leave extra time to get to the bus stop in cold or snowy conditions to avoid being late. Remember, you should be at your bus stop at least 5 minutes early.

Dress warmly. During the winter months, make sure to dress extra warmly. You should wear multiple layers, and don’t forget your mask and neck warmer too!

Safety around snowbanks. Never stand or play on snowbanks that border roads because you could slide down in front of a bus or car.

Getting on and off the Bus. Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and for the door to open before boarding in a single file, and always use the handrail!

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Be Covid Safe!

Clean your hands before leaving home.  Wash your hands or use sanitizer before going to the bus stop, and keep your mittens on the whole time. Remember, do not put your mittens in your mouth and keep them away from your face!

Wear your mask. Students in grades KG are still recommended to wear a mask, and those in grades 1 to 12 are required to wear a mask on the bus. Tip: Keep spare cloth masks in your backpack so you can replace your wet mask when you get to school.

*Scarves and Neck warmers are not considered a face-covering due to the large weave. Cloth masks are recommended over paper masks as they do not disintegrate when wet.

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Tips for Parents

Health Assessment. It is important to always assess your child’s health before sending them on the bus/van or dropping them off at school. Please see Public Health Ontario resources on COVID safety and a self-assessment tool.

Public Health Ontario Resource

Self-assessment Tool

Parents and students can find more information on School Bus Transportation during Covid-19 here!

Delay and Cancellations Messages. Parents are urged to sign up for notifications through the Parent Portal to ensure they receive the latest delay and cancellation information and check OSTA’s website or local media when inclement weather is expected. Notifications are also posted to OSTA’s social media pages: Twitter and Facebook.