The Consortium in conjunction with the School Bus Operators, the City of Dryden Police and the Ontario Provincial Police provide a First Rider Program for all JK/SK bus riders.

School bus travel is extremely safe. In Ontario, over 800,000 students are transported daily in school buses that travel 1.9 million kilometres every school day. Although injuries to school bus passengers are rare, they most often happen outside the bus as students are boarding and leaving the bus or crossing the street.

The First Rider Program is geared primarily for parents and children new to school bus transportation. We strongly encourage all children entering the school system for the first time in the fall to attend. The sessions include a Buzzy Bee bus safety video and a bus ride, which will allow them to practice the safety procedures they have learned, such as the loading and unloading of the bus safely. When the program is offered please take the time to prepare your children for a safe and more comfortable school bus ride.