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EEA Student Transportation Services

Adopted: January 21, 1992
Amended: June 9, 1997June 11, 2001, June 24, 2003 , January 18, 2005, June 14, 2005, April 11, 2006, March 12, 2008, April 28, 2009, March 23, 2010, April 11, 2011, March 19, 2012, April 15, 2013, June 16 2014, April 21, 2016, June 22, 2016


The Board delegates authority to the Superintendent or his/her designate for designing and running the student transportation services in a safe, effective, and efficient manner for the students attending District schools. The Board recognizes the need for a joint transportation system with other school districts and commits to the common principles agreed to by Boards and/or their designates.


  1. The following type of transportation services will be made available for students:
    1. School (Yellow) Bus is provided for students outside required walk area which is normally a distance at least 1.0 km from their designated school:
      1. Elementary schools:  for students travelling to their designated school.
      2. Middle Schools (Grades 7-8): for students residing south of the Athabasca River travelling to their designated school;
      3. Saprae & Prairie Creek: all students travelling to their designated schools;
      4. French Immersion:  all students residing south of the Athabasca River travelling to their designated school;
      5. Choice School: Students not attending their designated school may access existing Yellow Bus routes to another school of their choice if service and space is available.  Typically, this will only be available on Yellow Bus transportation to schools that offer French Immersion Programs as the designated area for the program to cover larger area.
      6. Severely Handicapped children:  where deemed necessary by the Student Services Department, specialized yellow bus transportation will be provided.
    2. City Transit is available for:
      1. Junior Senior High Schools: Only service provided for: 
        • North of Athabasca River: all students (grades 7 to 12)
        • South of Athabasca River:  Junior/Senior high students (grades 9 to 12) except those in Saprae, Prairie Creek or in French Immersion.
  2. The Associate Superintendent (Business and Finance) may enter into agreements to obtain the services of the following:
    1. Yellow buses as provided by a contractor, which must be awarded through a tendering process;
    2. City Transit services which are to be utilized wherever possible;
    3. Handi-Bus as provided by a contractor or the Regional Municipality; and
    4. Cars and vans as provided by a contractor;
    5. In remote areas with no bus service in the jurisdiction, transportation is parent-provided.
  3. Transportation services will be made available for students identified as "special needs" and transportation assistance may be made available for medical conditions identified as "permanent or temporary."  Transportation may be provided as either regular or special travel services.
    1. Any additional costs incurred on behalf of students with temporary medical conditions will be borne by the parents.
    2. Provide for the sharing of the medical diagnosis/conditions and school medical response plan to student transportation personnel, on an as-needed and confidential basis
    3. The form of transportation provided for special needs students will be determined by the:
      1. Ability of the student to utilize regular transportation services, and
      2. Travelling time or wait time for the student.

School (Yellow) Bus Routes

  1. Bus routes, schedules and stops shall be provided based on the following criteria:
    1. Bus scheduling and routing should be designed to optimize service at a reasonable cost, including double shifting of busses between schools and or Districts and sharing routes with other Districts;
    2. Routes, schedules and stops will ensure student safety;
    3. Routes will be established within each school's attendance area;
    4. New routes will be established only when full capacity of the existing route has been   reached or is imminent;
    5. Whenever possible, ride times for students should be 60 minutes or less.  In exceptional   circumstances this may be extended beyond 60 minutes.
    6. Wherever possible, yellow buses will serve two routes, both in the morning and the   afternoon; and
    7. Students will be picked up and dropped off at a designated stop.  The location of stops shall   be determined using the following criteria:
      1. The distance between bus stops shall be no less than 0.4 km;
      2. The walking distance from any residence to a designated bus stop should be 0.5 km or less;
      3. No bus stops will be located within the walk area which is normally 1.0 km, but can be longer, from the designated school for that route;
      4. The same bus stops shall be used for all yellow bus routes serving the same neighbourhood, for all school districts;
      5. The number of bus stops shall be minimized in order to reduce the length of the bus ride as much as possible
      6. Except for special needs transportation, students will not be picked-up or dropped-off at their residence. Designated stop shall be used.


The principal shall ensure that:

  1. students and parents are made aware that:
    1. They, or their parents, are responsible for any damages to transportation services;
    2. and any conduct on a bus that is improper or jeopardizes that safety of others may result in a suspension of transportation services;
    3. Appropriate safety programs and rules shall be published and in place for observance and direction by drivers, passengers and employees.
    4. Sharing of medical diagnoses or conditions and/or medical response plans with student transportation personnel occurs on an as-needed and confidential basis.
  2. Work with transportation providers to discharge student discipline pursuant to Board policy and provincial statutes.
    1. Superintendent will monitor and where necessary, adjudicate upon recommendations made by District principals who suspend a student from access to the District’s transportation services; and
    2. Place before the Board any and all recommendations made by District personnel which deny a student access to District transportation services for a continuous period exceeding five


Legal Reference:

Alberta School Act: Sections, 40, 41, 44, 45, 51

Cross Reference:

IFA Student Appeals

JL Resolution of Public Concerns

HGBH Alternative Programs

IG Student Suspensions and Expulsions

IHDD Life Threatening Medical Conditions

IO Student Records

IC School Attendance Areas


Appendix 1 Policy EEA
Transportation Fees

Yellow Bus Fees Including Handi Bus

    1. The annual fee to access Yellow Bus Transportation is as follows:
      1. Students residing 2.4km or greater from their designated school $25.00 per month per student effective September 1, 2016 ($30.00 effective September 1, 2017 and $35.00 effective September 1, 2018).
      2. For Students residing at least 1.0 km from their designated school $25.00 per month per student; effective September 1, 2016 ($30.00 effective September 1, 2017 and $35.00 effective September 1, 2018).
      3. For students choosing a school other than their designated school and are able to access yellow bus $25.00 per month effective September 1, 2016 ($30.00 effective September 1, 2017 and $35.00 effective September 1, 2018). (Family cap does not apply to Choice students)
      4. For families using Yellow Bus Transportation from the same location their yellow bus fees will be capped at three (3) times the monthly fee per student.
    2. Parents are required to pay the full fee at the start of the year. The schools may also provide an installment plan.
    3. For students not registered for the full school year, the amount payable shall be calculated as follows:
      1. De-registration before September 30th: full reimbursement except for a $25 administration/processing fee;
      2. 50% of the annual fees if student is withdrawn before December 31st
      3. No refund after December 31st
      4. Registration before November 1st: full amount in effect
      5. Registration after November 1st: amount prorated based on a ten month calendar;
    4. The Board recognizes that from time to time, there may be a need to review transportation fees due to hardship. When payment of transportation fees cannot be made in full, the parent(s) / guardian(s) or independent student is required to make written application for special consideration to their Principal. The Principal has the authority to provide a payment plan or to reduce the transportation fee. Any fee reduction will be charged to the school budget. Any hardship request must be made annually and supported by appropriate documentation.

    Transit Passes:

    Student Monthly Transit Passes may be purchased directly at the designated points of sale operated by the RMWB. The High Schools will also have monthly student transit passes available for sale; a small administrative fee will be charged to those purchasing passes each monthly by rounding the cost up to the dollar.
    Students residing 2.4km or greater from their designated school $25.00 per month per student effective September 1, 2016 ($30.00 effective September 1, 2017 and $35.00 effective September 1, 2018).

    Note: Canada Revenue Agency has a Public Transit Tax Credit

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