The transportation services team strives to provide an efficient, economical and equitable service to all students eligible for bus transportation, at the same time recognizing the need to minimize indiscriminate use of the transportation system.
Anglophone East School District Transportation Department uses 120 school buses to cover the southeastern region of the Province. This encompasses a wide geographical region that allows for four sub boundaries: Petitcodiac-Havelock and Salisbury, Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe-Shediac, Hillsborough-Riverside-Alma, and Sackville-Dorchester-Port Elgin.
Stats and Figures
- 120 school buses
- 502 bus routes (220 AM / 282 PM)
- Approximately 3900 bus stops
- Annual Mileage: 2.3 million kilometers
- 89 permanent district school bus drivers
- 33 contracted (Coach Atlantic) school bus drivers
- 25 replacement drivers
- Bussing is provided for approximately 2200 co-curricular trips for 37 schools
- The annual budget including salaries, fuel and maintenance is approximately $6.4 million
Frequently asked questions
Students who live more than 2.4 km (1.5 miles) from their neighbourhood school, and 1.5 km down a side road from the closest bus stop location. Education Act, Regulation 2001-51: Pupil Transportation Regulations.
Please note that, as per District Policy 346: Enrollment at a School – Out of Boundary (also see Application for Enrollment at a School out of the Geographic Boundary), the parents/guardians of a student granted permission to attend a school outside of their geographic boundary are responsible for the transportation of that student to and from school.
► Go to the BusPlanner
► Click on Parent Portal and follow the instructions to subscribe
► Add your students. You will need: student id number (NBEN on Report Cards), birth date, house number (do not fill in full address, do not include street name), and school.
After completing the above, you will receive the bussing information (bus number, bus stop, bus arrival time and bus route) for your child or children. You can also choose to receive alerts pertaining to school closures, bus delays and cancellations.
Assuming you have already successfully applied for transportation, you can fill out District Policy 552 Appendix A and wait for approval from our department. Approval will be granted for ONE bus stop on an existing bus route only. Bus routes will not be altered.
Submit the new address to the school that the student attends. All bussing information comes from the schools to our transportation system.
The Department of Education has prepared a school bus safety presentation and safety guidelines which can be viewed at EECD Pupil Transportation – School Bus.
- to be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes early.
- to wait patiently at the bus stop and not engage in horseplay.
- to be careful getting on and off the bus.
- to sit quietly and keep their hands to themselves while on the bus.
- always obey the instructions of their school bus driver.
There must be a parent/guardian waiting at the bus stop for grades K-2 students. If there is not someone available, the student will be returned to their school and parents/guardians contacted for pickup of their child.
Large items (i.e. items that cannot fit into the child’s school bag), such as certain school projects (other than on Bristol board) or sports equipment (including skateboards), cannot be brought on the bus because of space limitations and safety concerns. Ice skates that are guarded and in a protective bag are permitted.
Advisories concerning changes in bussing due to delays or school closures are broadcast on local radio stations and this website as soon as we are made aware of the problem.
The Transportation department is comprised of Manager David McCormick, Assistant Manager Pat Steeves, Clerk Carolyn Lawson, Bus Drivers, Spare Bus Drivers, and Special Needs Attendants. It also receives the contracted support of Coach Atlantic Transportation Group to transport over 9 500 students daily to and from the district’s 37 schools.
Every Anglophone East student who is eligible for transportation is assigned a specific bus stop and route number. Transportation staff use Pupil Transportation Management software program to determine required bus stops. Our Software considers bus seating capacity, student data, zoning information, and safety variables during processing to create the safest, most efficient bus routes possible.
Many of the sub-divisions in our district do not have sidewalks and the lighting is poor in many areas. With our routing software, and our knowledge of the areas we service, we try very hard to place our bus stops at the safest location possible. But, it is very important to remember that it is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to see that a child gets safely to and from the bus stop.
Fill out the bus stop request form. Bus stop requests received in September will be reviewed starting in October and may take a month to be completed due to the large volume of requests received.
The stop location will be reviewed by ASD-E Transportation staff who makes a determination based on several factors, (eg. distance to stop policy, sight lines, distance between stops, other students assigned to stop, etc.). The decision may or may not result in the stop being changed. Requests for bus stop location changes for convenience purposes will not be considered.
The types of concerns typically raised by parents are no sidewalks, traffic speed, no posted school zone signs, no cross walks, no crossing guards, no railroad crossing signs and/or construction. These potential concerns are under the jurisdiction of the municipality.
No. The Driver is NOT authorized to change route or stop locations.
We encourage you to walk with your children to the bus stop however, if you must drive please park away from the designated bus stop, do not block driveways or Double Park and please make sure you arrive in plenty of time, the bus driver cannot pull over to let your child on the bus if you are running late. Make sure you do not block the bus and remember, you must not pass the bus when the lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, it’s the law!
No, your child’s transportation is governed by the same policies as other families who do not have infants at home. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to get your child to and from the bus stop in both the morning and afternoon.
Our routing system calculates the mileage of the route, the number of stops along the route, and the speed limits of the roads to determine the “approximate” pick up and drop off time. What the routing program cannot do is calculate the traffic conditions, weather, and road conditions along the route. Therefore, it becomes necessary for the driver to make adjustments. The afternoon drop off can vary some depending who is riding, traffic conditions and weather. If you feel the bus is running later than usual, 15 minutes or more, please call the school and see if the bus was delayed for any reason, or call our office 856-2526.
For your child’s safety and your peace of mind, someone MUST be at the stop to meet any student who is in grades K-2. The driver cannot wait at the stop to watch all the students walk to their homes. Also, very young students may get lost or distracted on the way home. Please have someone there who will make sure your child gets home safely. Remember, it is your responsibility to make sure your child is safe to and from the bus stop.
At the beginning of the school year, bus routes are developed for all eligible riders, not knowing who is and who is not going to ride. Routes are constructed with the best of intentions based on known information at the time when routes are developed. However, it is only after bus routes get underway that the District learns where added efficiencies can be found. From the time bus information is made available to parents, about two (2) weeks prior to the start of school, until about mid-to-late September; bus pick-up and drop-off times may vary. Parents/guardians are asked to be patient as bus drivers learn their new routes and become familiar with their new students. Once the school year gets underway, buses generally run on time with exception to weather conditions, road construction, no adult present at the bus stop, students who become ill, mechanical problems, etc.
The Motor Vehicle Act states that upon activation of the overhead yellow lights, “…motorists should slow down and be prepared to stop.”
Yes… you MUST stop. There is no provision in law to permit a motorist to pass a school bus with its overhead red lights on and stop arm(s) extended. The penalties for “running the overhead reds” in a “school bus zone” (5 meters in any direction around the bus) are double, similar to traffic violations in a construction zone. Fines are very expensive. Who gets the ticket? Under current case law in New Brunswick, the registered owner of the vehicle is the presumed driver. You do not need to be identified to receive a ticket from the police – only the vehicle’s license plate number is needed to issue a traffic citation. Loss of life due to an accident while running the red lights is an indictable offense. Don’t do it!
A warning that a bus stop is about to take place will always be given with the flashing amber lights on the front and rear of the school bus. Upon seeing these flashing amber lights, vehicles approaching the school bus from both the front and rear should immediately slow down and prepare to stop. All drivers must pay special attention to children, be focused and exercise caution when in the vicinity of a school bus stop, as student riders can sometimes be unpredictable. Once the bus is fully stopped, the flashing red lights will activate once door and the stop arm are deployed. Vehicles must stop and should remain stopped until all loading of students are aboard the bus in the morning or all unloading passengers have cleared 12 feet off the roadway in the afternoon. Only after passengers have cleared the roadway, the stop arm is cancelled and the flashing red lights are deactivated. Only then Motorists should proceed with caution.
School Bus Safety
Student School Bus Safety Training
School bus drivers work with students on their buses to ensure they know how to be safe in and around the bus. This is reinforced in the classroom with the Department of Education Dino-Bus school bus safety program giving support for students kindergarten to Grade 12.
Within the first few weeks of school each year all students receive the school bus safety orientation program for students kindergarten to Grade 12. Information is distributed to parents at the May kindergarten orientation meetings at the schools. Older students who have not been on a bus before, but will be that fall can also take advantage of the First-Time Riders program at this time.
During the first few months of school all students will participate in school bus emergency evacuation drills and once again in the fall and after Christmas break. Additionally, each school bus driver is to review emergency evacuation procedures with each of their bus loads of students.
Student School Bus Safety Misconduct
Safety is paramount. Students have the primary responsibility for their own actions. Every eligible student has the privilege to be conveyed by school bus without harassment or disruption and has the corresponding responsibility not to deny this right to other students.
There is now another way for you to find out if your bus route is delayed or school is closed – You can subscribe to email notifications. Follow these step by step instructions:
► Go to Parent Portal in Bus Planner and click on Create Account
► Enter your email in the Create Account box, and click of “I’m not a robot”
► After submit you will receive an email with a confirmation link
► Click confirm and sign in using your email and password
To add a subscription; click on the type, Bus (route), School Closure (individual school), or General Notices (district closures) follow the instructions to search for a school name or bus route.
Click off all the routes applicable to you. You can add or remove subscriptions at any time.
SCHOOL CLOSURES DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
Our number one priority in decision making is the safety of our students. There are over 10,000 students being transported and 5000 walking or being driven to school each day. The decision-making protocol is taken very seriously.
The procedure begins before 5am in the morning on days when weather conditions are questionable. The District Transportation Manager contacts the Department of Transportation road Supervisors who are out through the night to provide a detailed account of road conditions in the district. In addition, a network of bus drivers provides localized road information. Detailed hourly weather advisory reports and satellite/radar images from multiple weather providers are consulted in an effort to forecast conditions for the day.
A decision is made at approximately 6:00 A.M. as busses begin to roll shortly thereafter. The decision is based on detailed road condition information and on expert weather forecasts. Once the decision is made to close schools, a communication plan is followed to inform parents, students and staff prior to the buses beginning their routes. The decision to close schools is not made lightly. Every effort is made to take into consideration the conditions in all areas of the district, the safety of our students, and the concerns of parents, students, and staff.
If schools remain open and you as a parent/guardian find the conditions in your area are not conducive to your child going to school, you have the final decision to send your child to school. Absences on these days will not be a factor in a student’s attendance record. In the event of a closure, information regarding district or regional school closures and late or cancelled buses, is available through the SNOWLINE 856-SNOW (7669), Twitter (# ASDEALERTS), email subscription, and the district website.
You can sign up for alerts and cancellations by email. You will receive these updates, specific to your child’s school and bus route, on any device such as your laptop or phone.
1. Click on “Cancellations” in the middle of the Anglophone East Website page
2. Next click on the “Subscriptions” icon to the right
3. Enter your email in the New Subscribers box, and click “I’m not a robot” (follow the instructions in the popup window)
4. After submit you will receive an email with a confirmation link
5. Click confirm, and choose a password
6. Sign in using your email and password
7. To add a subscription; click on the type, Bus (route), School Closure (individual school), or General Notices (district closures) follow the instructions to search for a school name or bus route.
8. Click off all the routes applicable to you.
You can add or remove subscriptions at any time If you have concerns regarding storm days, we encourage you to put them in writing to: Transportation Manager, Anglophone East School District, 1077 St. George Blvd., Moncton, N.B., E1E 4C9 or you may leave your comments on the Anglophone East website.
Again this year, because of diverse weather conditions throughout Anglophone East, we may be using a procedure that could see regional closures. It is important for you to know the region of the district that your child’s school is in. Please see the reverse side for regional closure options. Thank you for your patience and understanding through this challenging process.