TLDSB provides safe and efficient transportation for eligible students within the City of Kawartha Lakes, the County of Haliburton, and the District of Muskoka. The Transportation Department reviews school vehicle stops and routes for student safety, ensures school vehicle operators meet contracted legislative requirements for safety and service, responds to transportation change requests and inquiries, and offers school vehicle safety programs.
You can contact the school board at 1.888.526.5552 or fill out this form.
A guide to School Bus Safety Rules and Expectations
More videos, including first time rider safety videos, can be found here!
For transportation eligibility, please also visit the My Bus to School website and fill in the appropriate information.
TLDSB Walking Distances:
|To the school:|
|Grades JK – 8||1.6 km|
|Grades 9 – 12||3.2 km|
|To a designated bus pick-up point:|
|Grades JK – 8||0.8 km|
|Grades 9 – 12||1.6 km|
Wondering what your child’s bus will be for the next school year?
If you have notified the school that your child is transitioning to a new school, changing addresses, or will be a new student, you will receive a letter by mid-July. If your child is in this category but did not receive the letter, please call our office throughout the summer at 1-888-526-5552.
Would you like to subscribe to Bus Cancellations and Delays?
Please download these instructions on how to subscribe and visit www.mybustoschool.ca to complete your subscription. A notification is sent out when the busses are cancelled and if your child’s bus is delayed by 15 minutes or more.
In case of unsafe road conditions, cancellations are reported on the Board website, www.tldsb.ca or www.mybustoschool.ca, and repeated on local radio stations. The decision to cancel busses is made in conjunction with bus operators as soon as road conditions are known in the morning. Decisions are made for each area of the School Board independently, as weather conditions vary. For the purpose of cancelling transportation the District is divided into three areas: Haliburton County, the District of Muskoka, and the City of Kawartha Lakes. If buses are cancelled in the morning, they will not run in the afternoon. Therefore, if you drive your child to school on a bus cancellation day, you must also pick up your child.
Can I be transported to an alternate/custody/child care address?
If the alternate address meets the eligibility requirements of being within your child’s school boundary and outside the walk to school distance contact your child’s school to complete a Child Care or Custody Transportation form. Please note: You must have a fixed, regular schedule. Please call our office at 1-888-526-5552 to discuss your needs, if you still have questions.
The bus stops at my neighbour’s house, why can’t it stop at my house too?
For safety and efficiency, school vehicle stops are created centrally to accommodate a multiple number of students. Unless for exceptional conditions, school vehicle stops will be a minimum of 200 metres apart.
How do I request changes in service or get a new stop?
Any request for a change in service, or new stops, must be submitted through your school or directly to the Transportation Department. The Transportation Department will approve this request based on the policies and procedures. The school will be notified of the outcome of the request. All stops must be authorized by the Transportation Department.
Can my student ride the school vehicle to their extra-curricular activity or a friend’s house after school?
Transportation is only provided for eligible students to/from home and school.
I’m going on vacation, can I have my child transported to another address while I’m away?
Temporary changes to transportation cannot be accommodated under our policies and procedures.
I’m moving, who do I contact?
Please contact your child’s school to inform them of any address changes.
My child left their backpack on the school vehicle, who do I contact?
Contact the bus company for lost items; be ready to provide the school and bus number to the bus company. Alternatively, you can call our office at 1-888-526-5552. Bus operator phone numbers are as follows:
Donnelly Shuttle Transit Inc. – 705.745.2424 or 1.800.746.1523
Campbell Bus Lines Ltd. – 705. 789.1975
First Student – Bowmanville 905.623.3811 – Orillia 705.326.7376
Haliburton Bus Lines – 705.457.8882
Hammond Transportation – 705.645.5431
J&K Devitt’s – 705.738.2461
Kawartha Lakes Bus Lines Ltd – 705.324.8882
Student Transportation of Canada – 705.743.0166 or 1.877.743.7403
STC Parkview – 705.526.2847
How do I know if my school bus is delayed or cancelled?
In case of unsafe road conditions, cancellations are reported on the Board website, www.tldsb.ca or www.mybustoschool.ca, and repeated on local radio stations (see below). The decision to cancel buses is made in conjunction with bus operators as soon as road conditions are known in the morning. Decisions are made for each area of the School Board independently, as weather conditions vary. For the purpose of cancelling transportation the District is divided into three areas: Haliburton County, the District of Muskoka, and the City of Kawartha Lakes.
If buses are cancelled in the morning, they will not run in the afternoon. Therefore, if you drive your child to school on a bus cancellation day, you must also pick up your child.
Parents can subscribe to their child’s bus delays and cancellations at www.mybustoschool.ca. A notification will be sent out when the bus is delayed by 15 minutes or more.
Country 105 (105.1 FM)
MooseFM Huntsville (105.5 FM)
The Moose Bancroft (97.7 FM)
Canoe FM (100.9 FM)
CBC (92.3 FM)
City of Kawartha Lakes
BOB FM (91.9 FM)
The Wolf (101.5 FM)
CBC (98.7 FM)
Country 105 (105.1 FM)
KICX 106 (105.9 FM)
Moose FM Huntsville (105.5 FM)
The Moose Bracebridge (99.5 FM)
Rock95 (95.7 FM
Jack FM (105.9 FM)
CBC (94.3 FM)
Can a driver make route/stop changes?
Any request for a change to a stop location or for the addition of a bus stop must be submitted through your school or directly to the Transportation Department. After reviewing the request a decision whether the request can be approved will be made and notification will be given to the school to contact the person making the request. All stops must be authorized by the Transportation Department.
How long does it take for transportation to become effective?
Transportation requests received from the school by 4:00 p.m. will be processed for the next school day’s afternoon run. Any requests received after 4:00 p.m. will be processed the next school day and the bus assignment will be effective for the afternoon ride the school day following.
If my child has issues with other students on the bus, who do I contact?
The school bus is considered to be an extension of the classroom and, as such, student conduct detrimental to the safe operation of the bus or to the safety of others riding on the bus, will not be permitted. Every student is responsible to the principal or designate of the school that the student attends for their conduct while on the school bus. If you have an issue to report, please speak with the principal or designate at your child(ren)’s school.
I don’t think my bus stop is safe, what can I do?
Concerns regarding stop locations should be submitted to the school or board directly for review. All stop changes must be authorized by the Transportation Department.