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Bus Pass Application Information & Forms

All students riding a First Student Urban or Rural Bus are required to have a Bus Pass. A bus pass is free if a student in Grades K-12 live 2.4 km or more (1.7 Km for Kindergarten to Grade 3) from their designated school. Also, if a student lives in an area adjacent to a “major arterial roadway”, the student is also eligible for free transportation.

 

Parents with children in Pre-Kindergarten are required to transport their child to a Pre-Kindergarten program unless student transportation is designated by the Supervisor of Early Learning and the child is eligible.

 

How to Apply for a Bus Pass
 
Method #1 Download and Email Bus Application
 
Step #1: Save the form onto your device prior to filling in the document, otherwise it may be submitted blank.
 
Step #2: Email: gpcsd.transportation@gpcsd.ca 

 

Method #2 Complete Application in SchoolEngage
 
Step #1: Login to your SchoolEngage account and select the Bus Pass Application form.
 
Step #2: Fill in each section of the online form, save and submit.

 

Eligibility for Student Transportation

 

Grades K-3 and Grades 4-12 Eligibility (includes French Immersion)

All students riding on a First Student Urban or First Student Rural Bus are required to have a bus pass. A bus pass is free if a child in Grade K-3 lives 1.7 km or more from their designated school (see school boundary map). Students in Grades 4-12 who live 2.4 km or more from their designated school are also eligible for a free bus pass.

 

Major Arterial Roadways Eligibility

Students will also be transported for free (Kindergarten – 12) if they must cross a major arterial road. A major arterial road is defined as 132nd Avenue, 116th Avenue, Wapiti and others. Please call the Transportation office to determine if you are eligible for free transportation.

 

Out-of-Boundary (School of Choice) Eligibility

The Board supports that parents can make a choice to attend a non-designated school, however the Board may not guarantee transportation to the non-designated school or the focus school (Celtic, Montessori).   Out-of-Boundary or School of Choice (SOC) students may access busing for a fee from an existing stop, if there is room on the bus. The fee ($320) is to be paid in full for the entire school year prior to the student receiving their bus pass. An online payment system will be in place by June 2020. Parents are responsible for payment of the bus pass until the bus pass is handed back in to the Transportation Office. If your child is not riding the bus, please get their bus pass in as soon as possible so more charges are not incurred. Students must meet the 1.7 or 2.4 km walk distance to their School of Choice.

 

Pre-Kindergarten Eligibility

Parents with children in Pre-Kindergarten are required to transport their child to a Pre-Kindergarten program unless student transportation is designated by the Supervisor of Early Learning and the child is eligible.

 

St. John Bosco Outreach Eligibility (downtown)

Student living 2.4 km or more away by the shortest route from St, John Bosco have to be taking a minimum 50% course load to be eligible for a City Transit pass or Yellow School bus service.

Please note that no payments will be taken upon application. If you are not eligible for busing, you will receive a email or phone call stating you must pay to receive a bus pass.

 

Bus Pass Payments:

  • Students will be charged a fee of $320 to be transported on a bus if the student is in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 and lives less than 1.7 km from their designated school.
  • Grade 4-12 and lives less than 2.4 km from their designated school.

 

Students will not be charged a fee to be transported on a bus if the student crosses a major arterial road to get to their designated school. Major arterial roadways are defined as:

  • Wapiti Road (Hwy 40)
  • 68th Avenue
  • 84th Avenue,
  • 92nd Street south of 100th avenue only
  • 100th Street
  • 132 Avenue
  • Southview subdivision students attending St. Kateri
  • Students living in Chelsea Villas (those crossing 102 St)
 Parents must pay for the entire school year, in full, at the Catholic Education Center, prior to the student receiving their bus pass.

 

How do I receive my Bus Pass?

Bus passes can be picked up at the student's school once school starts.

 

How do I find out my Route, Pick Up & Drop Off times?

Once your bus registration has been approved, you may contact First Student at 780-532-3545 for your child's Route, Pick up & Drop off times and Stop Location.  This may take up to 5 business days.

 

Lost your Bus Pass?

If a bus pass is lost or damaged in any way, the student must bring $5.00 to the school office, where a temporary pass will be issued for use, while a new permanent pass is being made.

 
Please phone (780) 532-3013 and ask for the Transportation Department, for more information.