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Young Rider Orientation Day
By Peel District School Board | Published  08/20/2008 | Community News , Home & Family | Unrated
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The Peel District School Board is one of Canada's largest public school boards. It serves the 776 square kilometers (125,000) hectares) of Peel Region.  "Lifelong learning: striving to be the best." - Board's vision and mission.  Main Phone Number: 905-890-1099

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Peel - A free Young Rider Orientation Day on August 23 will help new students feel more comfortable taking the school bus. This year, approximately 55,000 Peel District School Board and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board students will ride the school bus each day. Both boards have provided joint busing service since 1994.

"Riding the bus for the first time can be very daunting for new students," says Tom Howe, transportation manager. "This orientation will give children confidence when riding the bus to and from school and will reinforce the importance of bus safety with students and parents."

The program, designed for kindergarten children and their elementary-aged siblings, runs every hour between 9 a.m. and noon. During the one-hour orientation, parents and children will watch a bus safety video, discuss their bus safety concerns and take a ride on a school bus.

To help children feel more at ease with their first school bus experience, parents can:

  • talk about bus rides as fun adventures. Parents should try not to be anxious in front of their children.
  • establish a routine by taking a few walks to the bus stop before the first day of school
  • keep children organized. A backpack is easier for students to carry than many small items.
  • make sure children recognize their bus stop location and carry identification in case they get lost
  • teach bus safety rules—listen to the bus driver's instructions, stay seated on the bus and respect other students
  • teach traffic safety. If children must cross the street to get to the bus stop, remind them to wait until the bus stops,activates its flashing lights and the stop arm before they look in both directions and cross.

The school bus orientation sessions are available at several locations throughoutPeel. Families can call the bus company for their area before August 23 to confirm their attendance and request a time slot.

East Mississauga

Attridge Transportation
905-855-7771

Central Mississauga

Laidlaw Transit
Hawkestone -
905-275-1615

Wolfedale -
905-270-0561

West Mississauga

Stock Transportation
905-829-2040

Bramalea

Laidlaw Transit
Snelgrove -
905-857-4370

Brampton

Stock Transportation
905-829-2040

 Caledon/Dufferin

Parkview Transit
905-846-1070

Additional bus safety information is available in "Preparing your kindergarten child to ride the school bus," a fact sheet for parents. A copy is available in the "Parents Boost Learning" section of the Peel board's website at http://www.peel.edu.on.ca/ and on the "Student Transportation" section of the Dufferin-Peel board's website at http://www.dpcdsb.org/.


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