St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School is committed to providing a safe environment on all school buses and school transportation vehicles. Select topics below to learn more about buses and motorized vehicles on school property. You can visit www.mybustoschool.ca for bus cancellations due to inclement weather.
Helpful Transportation Links
Buses begin arriving at St. Thomas Aquinas at 8:35 a.m. each day.
Buses begin leaving St. Thomas Aquinas at 2:55 p.m. each day.
Eligible Distances for Transportation
Trillium Lakelands District School Board oversees transportation for students within our catchment area.
Students in grades 9 to 12 are provided transportation if their primary residence is more than 3.2 kilometres from St. Thomas Aquinas by direct route, a publicly maintained road or walkway.
Bus stop locations are no more than 1.6 kilometres away from a student's primary residence.
For students that are ineligible for transportation, parents/guardians are responsible for bringing students to and from school, and dropping them off at bus stops prior to pick-up and drop-off (if required).
Rules of Conduct on School Buses
Riding on a school bus is a privilege, not a right. Students are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct on all school buses and school transport vehicles.
These rules apply whether students are travelling to school, to a school-related event, or on a field trip.
The rules of conduct are set standards of behaviour that ensure the safety of all students, and are the basis for the Student Behaviour Report Form used for inappropriate conduct. A student guilty of misconduct may lose his/her privilege of riding the bus.
Restoration of the privilege is at the discretion of the principal after consultation with the student, his/her parent or guardian and where necessary, the school superintendent.
Video Camera & Digital Video Recording Devices on Buses School buses are equipped with video cameras and digital video recording devices to assist bus drivers and staff with dealing with misconduct on buses.
Appeal of Suspension or Recommendation for Expulsion hearings may use video footage obtained on buses. You can read the Board's Transportation Policy (policy 1004) for additional details.
Cars & Motorized Vehicles on School Property
To help ensure the safety of students and maximize parking spaces, students who drive to school must follow these rules:
Obey all Highway Traffic Act regulations.
Vehicles are off-limits except upon arrival and departure from school.
Speed limit is strictly enforced.
Obey all traffic signs and directives.
Drive responsibly. i.e. no reckless driving, no tire squealing, no passing on the right
Cars parked illegally or in unauthorized areas may be ticketed or towed. Repeated disregard for these rules will lead to cancellation of the privilege of bringing a motorized vehicle to school and could result in police involvement.