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Protocols and practice for outdoor excursions – 2021/22

District Approved Transportation 2021-22

Please note: these are the ONLY district approved transportation providers.  

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Parent/volunteer drivers: Carpooling Schools should share the following guidance with staff and families regarding carpooling arrangements (personal or school-related):

Click HERE for the district protocol document.

• Spread out vehicle occupants as much as possible.

• Travel with the same people whenever possible.

•Set the vehicle’s ventilation to BRING IN FRESH OUTSIDE AIR, and do not recirculate the air.

• Open windows when the weather allows.

• Clean hands before and after trips.

• Clean frequently touched surfaces regularly. For carpooling related to school activities, all vehicle occupants, including students, staff and other adults must wear a mask.

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Parent/Volunteer Drivers

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Student Drivers

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District Bikes 

Click HERE for bike information, bookings and resources. 

The District Bike program includes 20 varying sizes of bikes, skill development equipment, helmets, adult reflective vests, adaptive equipment, and basic bike maintenance tools. 

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International Bus

Cost $175 /per day

​International Student Program has three 22-24 passenger mini buses.

COVID-19 protocols –  If riders are from the same cohort the bus can run at full capacity. 

****Please make sure to complete your mandatory Covid-19 bus cleaning training with Russel Roy prior to taking the bus out (russel.roy@sd71.bc.ca ) ****

Class 4 driver license ​required.   Equipped with chains for Mount Washington travel, user must be knowledgeable in their application and use. Please provide reasonable notice (typically 10 business days) should you need to arrange for a different rental.  Use the link to submit a request, if there are further questions you have beyond the form please contact, christie.jeffers@sd71.bc.ca .

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The Comox Valley Regional District in partnership with School District 71 is pleased to offer the School Group Transit Pass Program, which provides classes the opportunity to experience the Comox Valley Transit System at a reduced rate for the purpose of traveling to and from field trips.

Cost:  FREE for all students under the age of 12 years.  $30 round trip for a school group pass with older students. 

***Be sure to confirm space availability.  

Contact:   Darren Richards (darrenr@pwtransit.ca OR 250-339-5426) directly to confirm your school group pass, space availability and trip planning consultation. 

Click HERE for school group pass details and process?

BC Transit RESOURCES:

File:BC Transit logo.svg - Wikimedia Commons  BC Transit planning tool: Use the BC Transit-Comox Valley Trip Planner to find the best existing routes for your field trips. 

Google is updating Maps to provide four new features for businesses and searches - FlipWebGoogle Maps Planning tool:  Simple use your google maps app and click the transit icon and write in your location and destination.  Google maps will print out the route, bus numbers, times, and map needed to get you and from your destination.

Related imageGetting children excited about riding the bus safely is one of the keys to creating life-long skills.  The other key is education.  BC Transit has compiled a package for K-5 educators to spark kids’ imaginations and get the ‘transit conversation’ started!  Here are some activity ideas to motivate, an activity book to stimulate, and peer-to-peer video to inspire children to ride the bus.​​

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Yellow School bus both 46 adult and 54 adult passenger capacity buses.  Pricing available on request and evaluated case by case depending on specific bus size, times and location.  Ability to travel to Mount Washington, specific bus required for travel so please put request in early to ensure its approval. Please submit requests a minimum of 3 days before travel and more if it is a special request outside of operating hours (8:45 am-2:30pm) 

Please submit requests directly to our local Comox Valley branch coordinators Dorthy Palmer (dorothy.palmer@firstgroup.com) or Roberta Mooney (robert.mooney@firstgroup.com).

Include in your requests:

  • Number and grade of passengers
  • Pick up time and location
  • Destination
  • Return time from destination

Comox Coach & Shuttle

Locally owned and operated.  Has both full sized buses and vans available.  Comox Coach and Shuttle will go up Mount Washington for any of you winter field trips. 

Wilson’s Transportation

District approved transportation for all travel including mountain/winter travel.  Comfortable coach style busses.

Ambassador Shuttle

Ambassador is a transportation company that goes above and beyond and happy to go to the outer boarders of Vancouver Island.  They have a small fleet of 22 and 24 passenger mini buses and 15 passenger vans, equipped to go on all road conditions.  

Forest Bus Tours  

A SD71 approved bus charter company for any school trip.  Can accommodate mountain and winter travel.

  • 47-passenger coaches equipped with washroom, air conditioning, colour video screens and P.A. system and luggage compartments.
  • 48 – passenger coaches equipped with washroom, air conditioning, colour video screens, P.A. system, kneeler and luggage compartments.
  • 55 – passenger coaches equipped with washroom, air conditioning,  colour video screens, P.A. system, kneeler and luggage compartments.

District Approved Mountain Transportation:

*** Please contact Main-Road Contracting if utilizing the areas around Anderson Hill and Rampart Hill. In the communications please indicate you are a school group, include your school name, your name, the date, time, and location you will be playing.

Email Danny– dlecain@mainroad.ca

  • CONTRACTORS:
    • All district approved transportation is approved to go up Mount Washington’s Strathcona Parkway Road.  Click HERE for all district approved transportation contractors
  • INTERNATIONAL MINI-BUS
    • All three of the International Mini-Busses are equipped with winter tires
    • Be sure to practice putting on mini-bus chains prior to trip
    • Driver must have a valid class four drivers license
  • PARENT DRIVERS:
    • A parent drivers must have winter tires and chains traveling up to Mount Washington.  Please have parents fill out all necessary volunteers driving forms prior to trip. 
    • Volunteer Driver Applicationcompleted each trip
    • Copy of drivers license and insuranceonce a year, keep on school file
    • ICBC- Competed Drivers Abstract once a year, keep on school file
    • Criminal Record Checkonce a year, keep on school file ***only required for overnight trips