Using Transportation at Saanich Schools
Follow the steps below to register a student on a bus route to and from a school.
- Select a route to your school using the list below.
- Once you have found a route, use the registration section on this page to confirm your details and availability.
- Check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on this page to find out more information.
- Please read our Bus Code of Conduct to make sure everyone has a safe and relaxing ride to school.
Registration Now Open for Transportation 2022-2023 School Registration will close June 15, 2022
Students must be registered with Transportation and hold a current year bus pass in order to ride on the bus. You will need the following information when registering: Student Name, School, Grade, Pupil Number.
Yes, all riders from K to 12 need to register. It is a government requirement to have a passenger list for each bus.
Ask your student if they know their number. It is the number used to log on school computers and on report cards. Please DO NOT provide student Personal Education Number (PEN) which is generally 9-digits. If unknown please contact their school.
No, but please only register your child if busing is required.
Yes, all students that register for transportation will receive a bus pass at their school. Students are required to have the bus pass with them each day to tap the pad on and off the bus.
The first bus pass each year is free.
There is a ten-dollar replacement fee for lost or damaged cards. Students need to report their lost card to the school office. They will be issued a temporary pass until their new bus pass is available at the office.
Do not alter the bus pass in any way as this will deactivate the bar code. Things that have deactivated the cards are: making a larger hole for lanyard, cutting or rounding the corners, and teeth marks. 😊
Only call the Transportation office if your student is registered on an accessibility bus, or your child is the only stop out of the way.
Following the advice and direction from the government, only those registered and assigned to the bus are allowed on the bus at this time until further notice.
In accordance with MVA regulations, school bus drivers CANNOT transport items other than a regular backpack which can fit comfortably on the student’s lap without extending into the space of others or into the aisle. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to the following:
- Guitars, trombones, tenor and baritone saxophones
- Drums, cellos and other large instruments
- Hockey sticks and equipment
- Lacrosse sticks
- Baseball bats
- Skateboards (long and regular boards)
- Large school projects that will not fit on a student’s lap
- Regular sized back packs or bags that sit comfortably on a student’s lap
- Small band instruments such as flutes, trumpets, alto saxophone and other instruments up to that size.
- Sport balls that fit into a backpack
- The SD63 Transportation Department has a responsibility to transport students to and from their schools safely. We appreciate your support in maintaining a safe environment for your child’s ride to school.
Items left on the bus will be available on the bus for students to retrieve the next day. Cell phones and other valuables will be brought into the Transportation office each day. Please call the Transportation office to arrange collection.;
Students should be at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Parents meeting their child after school at a secluded stop need to be there at least five minutes early.
We do not have the technology at this time to notify parents and students if the bus is running late. For long delays we will do our best to get communication out through our social media pages.
All buses complete their run, even if they are late.
Call the Transportation office (250) 652-7343
Students attending schools within their catchment area and living beyond the established walk limits are eligible for bus service. The established walk limits are: 4.0 km for students attending Elementary Schools/4.8 km for students attending Secondary Schools. Transportation for students attending school of choice (out of catchment) or program of choice (French Immersion) or living within the walk limits are all referred to as Courtesy Riders and may be granted riding privileges provided there is space available on existing routes. Routes will not be altered to service courtesy riders.
Registration closes June 30th at 4:00 PM. After June 30th registration will open again in late July to August 15. We cannot guarantee there will be room left on the bus route if you register after June 30th .
No, the driver is not allowed to add stops on the route. Please send all bus stop requests to firstname.lastname@example.org and cross street or a street address near your request. Transportation will notify you if the request is possible. This can take a few days. Thank you for your understanding
The tap system on the bus allows Transportation Staff to find students who get on the wrong bus or do not get off the bus at their appropriate stop.