Transportation to School
School buses are provided by a third-party bus company and coordinated by the school. See below.
Each school bus has an experienced bus supervisor who accompanies the students in the morning and afternoon where primary students are riding on the bus. Each student riding the school bus must accept and abide by the Rules of Respect of the school.
Should you need to make changes to the arrangements for your child leaving school with less than one working day’s notice, please contact the school directly on 3969 1000 to inform them of the change to the arrangements. Any queries on the bus service should be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kwoon Chung Motors Co. Ltd. (KCM) will be providing school bus services for the new academic year 2022-2023 to students residing outside of Discovery Bay. For enquiries, please email KCM (email@example.com) and our Bus Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Primary Dismissal Procedures
After the last lesson of each day, teachers in Years 1 through 6 will walk students to the designated areas for dismissal. Students who return home on the school bus are taken to a separate area where bus supervisors and staff members check attendance.
In Year 6, students are permitted to walk home alone with written consent from an adult.
In Years 4 and 5, we expect an adult to collect their child from their designated pick-up area, the front entry.
In Years 1, 2, and 3, teachers will not release students unless they contact an adult who is there to pick them up. This could be a quick conversation or a wave and some eye contact.
Our expectations for siblings are as follows:
Students in Years 1- 6 can go home with a Secondary sibling, but please provide written consent to the class teacher.
Only students in Years 4 - 5 can be released with a Year 6 sibling, but please provide written consent to the class teacher.
Students in Years 1-3 must be released to an adult.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the arrangements for the Year 1 students on the first few days of the year? Depending on the school arrangements for Year 1 students for the first few days of August at the start of the school year supplementary buses will be operated, subject to demand. Parents can arrange to collect their children directly from school on those days. Where will the school bus drop off and pick up from at Discovery College? The school buses will drop off at Siena Club and the students will be escorted by Bus Supervisors and Discovery College staff for a short walk through Siena park. Why does my child's bus not leave directly after school?
Students must all be accounted for by Discovery College staff checking the Bus Lists before students are permitted to leave the school premises. This generally takes 5 minutes however some children take longer to come from their class to the bus waiting area, so we allow 10 minutes from the end of school to departure from the school campus.
Due to limited spaces for buses to wait outside Siena Club and some bus-sharing routes, some students may have to wait at the school for a short while. The school will end at 3.10 and buses begin leaving at 3.20. This allows students to safely get from classrooms to the bus waiting area and then be escorted through Siena Park to the buses.
Where some students must wait at the school, they will be supervised in the play areas of the school and should not be waiting longer than 20 minutes at the most before they leave the school to catch their bus.
Why is the bus fee not comparable to public transport?
Discovery College strives to keep the bus fee as low as possible for students travelling to and from school.
The bus fee is not necessarily linked directly to the distance travelled but must also include fixed overhead costs that we pay to the bus service providers such as vehicle hire, fuel costs, and employment of bus supervisors to accompany children during the bus journey.
Due to the extremely high workload in coordinating the buses for Discovery College, a bus coordinator has been appointed. This is a paid position which also must be factored into the cost of bus service provision paid by parents.
It is not possible to draw fair comparisons between the bus service provided with public transport and parents/guardians must make decisions on transportation arrangements taking into account all factors and not only cost issues.
What happens if the bus service does not have a route in the area where a student lives?
Where a student lives in an area that is not on the bus route due to insufficient demand in that area, arrangements can be made for such students to be picked up/dropped off at a location on one of the designated bus routes according to the bus schedule subject to availability.
How a student gets to and from a specific location on a bus route must be arranged by parents/guardians. Discovery College PTA and the bus service provider cannot be held liable for any missed connection.
Can we have different pick-up and drop-off locations for the bus service?
The buses will travel specific routes which have been determined based on the responses to the Transport Survey, subsequent uptake of bus places, and where applicable, approval from Discovery Bay Services Management Limited. The routes have been selected to minimise costs, minimised the duration of the bus journey for all, and cause minimal disruption to other road users and commuters.
Should a parent/guardian in very exceptional circumstances request a student to disembark at a different location on the same route from which they are picked up on either a regular basis or once in a while, they can submit a request in writing in advance to the Bus Coordinator at email@example.com, but we can not guarantee that any such request will be met and therefore parents should check on this before making a decision as to whether to use the school buses or not.
Unfortunately, should a pick-up or drop-off at a location not on the specified bus route be required for any reason, such requests cannot be entertained and arrangements should be made to have students accompanied from their regular pick-up/drop-off location.
Can a student take a bus that has extra capacity only when it is raining and pay a per-trip bus fee? No, the bus service provider and/or Bus Supervisor are not permitted to accept payment directly from any parent/guardian or student. Will parents/guardians/helpers be permitted to use the school bus service? It is not necessary for primary school students to be accompanied on the school bus as a Bus Supervisor is present and students should follow the code of conduct for using the school bus. Parents/guardians/helpers will not be permitted to use the school bus service. What if I want to use the bus service but there are no places available? Unfortunately, capacity on the school buses is limited as the residents and management of Discovery Bay wish to limit the number of buses within the Discovery Bay Community. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org in order to join the waiting list for the bus route that you wish to join and you will be contacted as soon as a place becomes available. What if I move during the academic year and I need to change the bus route?
You are required to provide notice of at least one (1) calendar month to the Bus Coordinator in writing at email@example.com
Changing to a new bus route will be dependent primarily upon the availability of spaces on the vehicle servicing the bus route and students currently using the bus service on that route are given priority.
Should the fees for a bus route vary and a student is able to be reallocated, the new fee will be enforced effectively from the next payment period. Fees paid will NOT be refundable.
What if I want to stop using the bus service during the academic year? You are required to provide notice at least one (1) calendar month to the Bus Coordinator in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org Bus Service Supervision and Safety Concerns
Does the school bus service have a Bus Supervisor on each vehicle?
Yes, A Bus Supervisor is present on every vehicle.
The Bus Supervisors will report any misbehaviour to Discovery College.
Parents/guardians must ensure that each student is aware of the code of conduct while using the bus service and is aware of the consequences that Discovery College will take in the event of misbehaviour including the suspension of the student from using the school buses services. The Rules of Respect must be signed and returned before student/s will be allowed to use the bus service.
The Bus Supervisor will report any safety concerns or incidents where safety is compromised. Such reports will be published with necessary follow-up action also reported.
Does the school bus have seatbelts?
Yes. Each vehicle used for the school bus service from outside Discovery Bay to the school will be fully equipped with seat belts. We are currently reviewing the arrangements for buses within Discovery Bay.
Parents/guardians must ensure that each student is aware of the code of conduct while using the bus service, which includes using seatbelts, and is aware of the consequences that Discovery College will take in the event that a student refuses to wear a seatbelt. The Rules of Respect must be signed and returned before student/s will be allowed to use the bus service.
Are parents/guardians/helpers be required to accompany students using the school bus service? It is not necessary for students to be accompanied on the school bus as a Bus Supervisor is present and students should follow the code of conduct for using the school bus.