Mandatory Bus Policy
Mandatory Bus Policy
The Mandatory Bus Policy for Lower and Upper Primary School students has been in effect since the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. As part of HKIS's commitment to be a good neighbor and to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability, we have developed this Policy in consultation with the Hong Kong Transport Department, Southern District Councillor Fergus Fung, and the Hong Kong Police. In doing so, we have developed a plan that allows for over 1,250 students to reach and depart school on time, while also reducing traffic congestion and pollution. This plan has been endorsed by the Transport Department.
Busing is also available to and from the Tai Tam campus for Middle and High School students, which is recommended, but not mandatory. You can find bus information for the Repulse Bay campus or the Tai Tam campus, or read the FAQ below.
- Why does HKIS have a Mandatory Bus Policy?
- Are all students required to take the bus?
- What happens if my child is ill or has a special appointment and I need to pick them up during the school day?
- How will mandatory busing be enforced?
- What if I need to go to school between drop-off and pick-up times?
- Is HKIS the only international school with a mandatory bus policy?
- I have children in different HKIS divisions on different campuses. Will the mandatory bus policy be applied to all? Will they need to take different buses?
- In what special situations might HKIS make an exception for my child’s need for direct private car access?
- What triggered the change to a mandatory bus policy for all students currently in Repulse Bay?
- Can my child change buses (e.g. for playdates, etc.)?
- What happens to students who miss the bus?
- Can parents drive to school for parent/teacher conferences?
- How will HKIS address inappropriate behavior on the bus?
- Can my child have an assigned seat on the bus?
- Are there seat belts on the buses?
- What happens if there is a delay and I am waiting at the bus stop?
- How many children will ride each bus?
- Some buses appear to be empty. Can HKIS switch to smaller buses?
- Will there be exceptions for students who walk to school to ride the bus when it rains?
- Can I ride with my child at first to get them used to riding the bus to school?
- Do you have any information available about the bus company’s safety record?
- I would like to learn more about the bus company’s safety record and how they select drivers. Where can I find that?
- What level of supervision will be on the bus since most of the drivers do not speak English?
- In case of emergency, how will we communicate with the drivers?
- The first few weeks of school are scary for my child. What can we do to help with that on the bus?
- Can a bus rider be dropped off at their home and not be met by an adult?
- My child participates in HKIS Repulse Bay ASAs. Will parents be permitted to pick-up children following HKIS ASAs that end at 4 p.m.?
- My child participates in HKIS Tai Tam ASAs. Will there be busing from Repulse Bay to Tai Tam?
- My child participates in non-HKIS ASAs. Will there be busing to accommodate ASAs, or will parents be permitted to pick-up children so that they can partake in their ASAs?
- My child participates in an early morning activity at Tai Tam. What options are available since my child cannot be picked up from home?
- Can HKIS accommodate tutors on-campus since children will no longer have access to private vehicle transportation to attend these after-school activities?