First Rider program teaches bus safety to first-timers

From August 16-Sept. 1, the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) is offering a free program for all families with children new to riding a school bus called the First Rider program. The program will be available in communities across Simcoe County.

Provided by the SCSTC in partnership with School Bus Operators, the First Rider program focuses on educating students and their families on bus safety and the rules and regulations regarding riding a school bus. Children and families start by watching an educational video, followed by instruction on how to safely cross a street and enter a school bus. They then enjoy a brief school bus ride and get an opportunity to practice safely exiting the bus and meeting up with their waiting families.


“Riding a school bus for the first time can be overwhelming, especially for students going to school for the first time,” says Sean Levasseur, Safety and Accessibility Officer, SCSTC. “We want to ensure they feel comfortable on the bus, but also know best practices and procedures for school bus safety.”

The one-hour program includes take-home tools and information, such as a bus safety rules colouring book and a certificate of completion for the students.

For a list of dates, times and locations regarding the First Rider program, please visit main.simcoecountyschoolbus.ca. Registration isn’t required – just show up, learn and enjoy the ride!

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