Student Transportation

The Transportation Department is responsible for coordinating the transporting of approximately 3,475 students, in the communities of Grande Prairie Area, Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, Spirit River and Fairview. First Student provides transportation services. We also work with Peace River School Division and Peace Wapiti School Division in the rural areas to collaboratively transport an additional 375 students.
 
  • First Student is contracted within in the City of Grande Prairie, and various routes in the rural areas surrounding Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Sexsmith and Spirit River for 3,475 students.
  • Peace River School Division provides transportation services in the Fairview region for approximately 145 students.
  • Peace Wapiti School Division provides transportation services in selected Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, & Spirit River locations for approximately 185 students. 
 
Contact Transportation and Maintenance Staff:
 
Programs we offer:
 
(Free Program) First Ride Program: Event Information (August 24)
An awareness and safety program for parents and students who are using the school bus system for the very first time.
 
Check out the following sections down below for additional Transportation information.
 
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Will the First Student Yellow bus be operational? Yes. You must register with us prior to the end of June.  Applications will still be accepted after June, however seating may not be available to everyone based on availability.  Students will be assigned to a specific seat (a seating plan will be in place) and to a specific bus. Students must scan their bus pass, sanitize, and remain socially distant from the bus driver and one another. If a student fails to adhere to bus rules, they will lose their privilege to ride the bus. Masks are not required, but parents will need to refer to a co-vid health checklist prior to placing their child on the bus. Normal passenger loads are in force.
Buses will be sanitized 2x/day, after the morning route and after the afternoon route.

Will the JPII/ St. Joe’s City bus transfer be operational? Yes, with the same requirements as above. Normal passenger loads are in force.

Can I drive my child to school? Yes, but there will be a school-specific plan for dropping off your child and the entrance your child must use to enter the building. Parents cannot come into the school unless they have a scheduled appointment.  Contact your School for more details.

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 current school year bus pass. A bus pass is free for a child in:

  • Grade K-3 residing 1.7 km or more from their designated school*
  • Grades 4-12 residing 2.4 km or more from their designated school*
  • Any Grade that meets the major arterial roadway eligibility.
*See School Boundaries

 

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 over 50km. 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) has been waived for 2020-2021 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 during the summer of 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 send their bus pass in as soon as possible so more charges are not incurred.

 

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

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.

JULY 8, 2020 NEW UPDATE
Annual Data Purge:  FirstView will be removing all Parent App user associations to student information on July 15th.  This is done for security purposes.  At that time, users will no longer have any students associated and/or stops associated to their profile, and all codes needed to access the app will be reset.
Parent App:  All parent app users will need to re-add their student or school code into the app towards the end of August. See the FirstView Parent App instructions in the menu bar to the right for more details on setup.
 
Get active updates and track your child's school bus on a map. 
Create custom notifications and follow your child's bus route.
(App is now working for students involved in a transfer!)
See FirstView App Parent Letter Jan 2020, on the upper right hand menu,  for more information.
Download the App here: First View Bus Tracking App
Can also be downloaded via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
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Know instantly where and when your child entered and exited the school bus with ZPass+.  Have comfort knowing your child is safe.
 
To ensure safety of all students transported by First Student, please have your pass available for tapping prior to loading & unloading the school bus.  This will help track attendance should a safety concern arise on that particular trip. 
 
 
Method #1 Complete Application
 
Step #1: Complete pdf Bus Pass Application 20-21 below.  Ensure you save to computer first, so it does not get submitted blank.
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.