Student Transportation

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.
*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. 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.

 

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.

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.
 

 

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.
 
 
Click to expand each section down below
 
 
Transportation Information
 
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 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. 
 
Contact Transportation and Maintenance Staff:
 
Programs we offer:
 
(Free Program) First Ride Program: Event Information
An awareness and safety program for parents and students who are using the school bus system for the very first time.
 
Active Bus Route Status: Click on the following
First Student
Peace River
Peace
Get active updates and track your child's bus route to see where the bus is, on a map. 
Create custom notifications and follow your student's route.
(App currently does not work for students involved in a transfer.  FirstView is working on the bug.)
See FirstView App Parent Letter Jan 2020, to the right,  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.
Click down below
 
 
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Know when your child boards & alights the school bus with the ZPass app. 
Student must tap bus pass in order for action to take affect.
Download the App here: ZPass App
Can also be downloaded via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
 
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