College Life

Transportation at HSC

Students are encouraged to use the school bus service. All students must be orderly and remain seated at all times and obey all other rules and procedures related to bus safety. Students may be denied transportation privileges for disturbances or rule infractions on the bus.

Morning bus arrivals are expected daily between 8:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. subject to local area traffic flow. Evening departures are scheduled for 3:40 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

In the interest of safety and bus scheduling, students are expected to board the bus 5 minutes prior to departure. Once the bus doors are closed, at 3:40 p.m. on the early afternoon run and 5:00 p.m. on the late run, they are not re-opened for individual students or parents. 

The bus depot is off limits to general pedestrian and automotive traffic.

Behaviour Expectations of Students on School Buses.

HSC's priority is to transport safely our students to and from the College daily. Students are expected to behave appropriately on the bus to ensure the required level of safety for everyone. It is the responsibility of the bus driver to report improper conduct on the buses.

  • Abide by Bus Driver's instructions at all times
  • Be at your stop 5 minutes ahead of scheduled time
  • If you have to cross the road, be certain that the road is clear and traffic is stopped
  • Watch for the Bus Driver's signal before crossing
  • Remain seated at all times
  • No Littering
  • No Eating, Drinking, Gum Chewing, or Smoking
  • Keep your hands to yourself
  • Keep aisles & doorways clear
  • Always be courteous
  • Keep head, hands, etc. inside the bus
  • Absolutely nothing can be thrown out the window
  • Behave in an orderly manner & respect the safety of others
  • Students will be held responsible for any damage done to the bus

Failure to follow the rules may lead to suspension of bus privileges. 


  1.  Generally, students should not wait for a bus for more than fifteen minutes in colder conditions. It is the responsibility of the parent/family to determine the suitability for their child to wait for the bus in cold or inclement weather.
  2. In cases of potentially dangerous conditions, a decision is made at 5:30 a.m. as to whether the College will be open or closed.
  3. If the College is to close, radio stations CHML (900), Y108 (107.9), CKOC (1150), K-LITE (102.9), WAVE (94.7), and CHAM (820) will be notified immediately. Closure notices can also be viewed on CHTV and CBC. Recorded information regarding school closures will be updated and available at 6:00 a.m. by calling 905-389-1367 and pressing “1” for bus information. You may reach the Transportation Office by dialing 905-389-1367 ext. 156, 190, 170 or 166. In addition we post a banner on our website, as well as a notice in First Class – HSC News. This information will be available on our website at and an E-Broadcast is also sent to all HSC families.
  4. Even when the College is open, the responsibility for a student staying at home or leaving for school is that of the parent and not of the College.
  5. If it is decided that the buses cannot move safely for the afternoon runs, we are committed to keeping the students in school until the roads are safe to travel, and parents have been notified as to the time of the next run. Parents may, of course, elect to collect their children from the College, but we will exercise discretion about handing over students to anyone other than their parents. In every case the Principal of School must be notified. Should the decision be to keep the students in school overnight, during the following morning, a decision will be made as to the times of operation of that day’s bus runs, and inform parents accordingly. Every attempt will be made for proper communication by radio, television, taped message, telephone, E-Broadcast and website.
  6. The Head of College is informed on weather conditions at approximately 10:45 a.m. each day by the Transportation Supervisor, and a decision as to the cancellation of the 3:40 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. runs will be made by the Head of College, or, in the case of his absence, by staff in the following order: Deputy Head of College, Director of Operations, Academic Director, Duty School Principal, any other School Principal on campus by 11:00 a.m.
  7. As our phone lines are extremely busy on “bad weather” days, please avoid calling the College unless absolutely necessary. Please listen to the radio stations or view the television stations listed above or check our website regarding school closure. When telephoning the College, PLEASE dial our number carefully. We have had complaints over the years about wrong (but similar) numbers being dialed at 6:30 a.m.
  8.  If you have changed your e-mail recently, please contact the school to update your information. 

Reissued November 18, 2015


Hillfield Strathallan College. 299 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, ON L9C 1G3 | Tel: (905) 389-1367