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 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.
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 send their bus pass in as soon as possible so more charges are not incurred.
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.
Transportation Information & Contact
- First Student is responsible for cooperative Transportation 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.
- Please phone (780) 532-3013 and ask for the Transportation Department for more information
- Email: GPCSD.Transportation@gpcsd.ca
First View Bus Tracking App (First Student Busing Only)
ZPass (First Student Buses Only)