In Ontario, school boards are not required to provide transportation services. The Education Act (RSO 1990 Chapter e.2, section 190) states that school boards "may" provide transportation for pupils. Transportation, therefore, is a privilege, not a right.
It is the responsibility of each individual school board to develop and maintain a set of transportation policies, including safety provisions.
School boards determine and contract the transportation services (such as school buses, wheelchair vehicles etc.) that will be provided.
For safety and disciplinary purposes, a school bus is regarded as an extension of the classroom. If a child misbehaves on a school bus, the principal has the authority to discipline the child. Ultimately, a child’s transportation privileges can be suspended.
School Board Transportation Officials
These officials administer and monitor transportation policies as authorized by the school board. They determine the mode of transportation, establish school bus routes, and negotiate contracts with service providers. They are the liaison between the school board, parents, government, school bus operators and drivers, police, local community groups and the public.