All students identified with special education needs who are eligible for transportation may receive alternate transportation if they cannot be safely transported on regular school bus routes. The Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) has provided a program for student transportation arrangements to be requested online. To initiate alternate transportation, the home school staff enters an online Special Transportation Request Form to HSTS for submission to the Special Education Consultant to confirm eligibility.
The Halton Catholic District School Board transports students who are admitted to government-approved facilities for care, treatment, custodial or correctional purposes, and who cannot attend a local school because of their primary need for the services provided by the facility. These programs are referred to as Care, Treatment, Custodial or Correctional Programs (CTCC), also commonly referred to as Section 23 programs. The Halton Catholic District School Board collaborates with the Provincial and Demonstration Schools to arrange transportation.
The criteria to determine whether students are transported individually or collectively are based solely on safety issues, availability of vehicle space and equipment. Wheelchairs must be secured during transit and criminal checks are done on all drivers. Companies providing transportation for pupils are required to comply with Ministry of Transportation regulations. Parents/guardians receive notification from the school when such plans are developed and filed with Halton Student Transportation Services. Parents/guardians can visit the HSTS website and enter their child’s OEN number to view the transportation arrangements for their child.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) mandates that school boards develop individual accommodation plans for transportation for students who require special transportation. In order to be compliant with AODA, these plans are developed annually at the beginning of each school year and submitted on the Halton Student Transportation website.
Transportation is provided to HCDSB special education classes and special education programs. Pick up and drop off locations are determined by Halton Student Transportation Services based on program and/or student needs.