Is a Bus Pass Required for the first day of School?
As part of our ongoing measures to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, all students requiring bus transportation (except students transported by Peace Wapiti/ Peace River) MUST have a bus pass. If you filled out an application form prior to June 30th, eligible passes are now available at the school.
At this time, only those that have filled out an application form and submitted to the transportation office for approval, will receive a pass.
How can I find out if my Bus Pass was Issued?
You can contact the Transportation Office at 780-532-3013 or during high volume times, such as the last week of August to the third week of September you can log into the Bus Route Information (VersaTrans E-Link) to see if your pass has been issued. Once your logged in, select View your student > Show Basic information > Show Info fields > 20-20 Pass#.
If the 20-21 Pass# is blank, we have not processed your application form.
Where can I pick up my Bus Pass?
Your bus pass can be picked up at our Transportation Office located at 12138-101 Ave (by the airport) or at your child's school. Please select your choice in the bus application form.
How can I find information about Bus Routes, Times, Locations, and Priority?
We have several apps that will assist you in obtaining your school busing information during peak times of transportation inquiries. Please click on the links below for instructions to gain access to these exciting features!
• E-Link – This transportation information portal allows Urban (https://tinyurl.com/yyypy6ew) and Rural (https://tinyurl.com/yxpu8d4w) parents to see their bus route, times, locations, priority and if you have been issued a 20-21 pass.
• FirstView (https://tinyurl.com/y3raojsy) – Follow your child’s bus on a map to see how far it is from your bus stop. FirstView also indicates your child bus route, stop location and times.
• Zpass (https://www.zpassplus.com/) – Riders must tap the Zpass in the bus. The “tap on” and “tap off” system lets parents and the Division know that your child has boarded the school bus. Zpass will help us maintain daily attendance of ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You may also contact our office at 780-532-3013 or First Student at 780-532-3545.
Can I still apply for a Bus Pass?
If you no longer require transportation services please contact our office through email email@example.com or phone (780-532-3013) so we may provide availability for other students.
How do I know what my priority ranking is?
• Priority 1 (P1):
o Grades K-3 students living 1.7 km or more from their resident school (including Immersion)
o Grades 4-12 students living 2.4 km or more from their resident school (including Immersion)
o Students that are required to cross a safety arterial road (60km/h+) to their resident school (including Immersion).
o Grades K-12 students attending Montessori or Celtic Academy that meet the distance requirements above where routing connections can be made. (coded P2 for reporting purposes only)
• Priority 3 (P3):
o K-12 students living less than 1.7/ 2.4 km from their resident school or school of choice where routing connections can be made.
Please know it may take up to 10 business days before we can process your application. In the interim, may we suggest that you plan for alternate transportation arrangements until we contact you that seating or busing becomes available or log into the Bus Route Information portal to check your status (20-21 Pass# has been entered).
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 wear their masks, scan their bus pass. If a student fails to adhere to bus rules, they will lose their privilege to ride the bus. 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.
How often will the buses be sanitized?
Buses will be sanitized 2x/day, after the morning route and after the afternoon route.
Will the JPII/ St. Joe’s City Charter/Express bus be operational?
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.