This information will help you and your family get familiar with our District’s transportation service. You will learn about eligibility for bussing and get an overview of the registration process for bussing.
The District is currently accepting LATE REGISTRATION for the 2020-2021 school year. The District cannot guarantee late registrants will be approved. Our transportation registration page is here.
It’s important to note the District approved changes to its transportation service in March 2020. These new changes will also be outlined below. Please click on the accordion to get answers to questions.
Who is eligible for transportation service (bussing)?
An eligible rider is a student who lives outside of the walk limits of Elementary – 3.2 KM, Middle – 3.2 KM, Secondary – 4.8 KM. As per our Policy 3850, eligible riders will continue to receive service at no charge. Eligible riders may include riders with diverse abilities as defined by policy 3850. (Please see question below about riders with diverse abilities). The District’s priority is providing service to eligible riders.
What are walk limits?
Walk limits are outlined as follows:
- Elementary School Students K to 7: Bussing is supplied to elementary students that live 3.2 KM or further, away from their catchment school.
- Middle School Students 6 to 8 (where middle school is available): Bussing is supplied to middle school students that live 3.2 KM or further, away from their catchment school.
- Secondary School Students 8 to 12 — Bussing is supplied to secondary students that live 4.8 KM or further, away from their catchment school.
Who is a courtesy rider?
A courtesy rider is a rider who lives within the walk limits of Elementary – 3.2 KM, Middle – 3.2 KM, Secondary – 4.8 KM but is granted bus service if/when space is available on a bus route that has been established for eligible riders.
From the point of registration to mid-September, there is no guarantee a courtesy rider will be able to be granted a seat on a bus route. Notification of a courtesy rider seat may occur in mid -September or even later in the fall of that school year.
To ensure an equitable and sustainable transportation system, the District will be implementing a new fee for courtesy riders beginning in September 2020. The annual fee is $400.00 per rider and a maximum of $600.00 per family, on the condition there is capacity on a bus and on a route already established.
How does the District decide who is granted a courtesy rider seat?
Prioritizing courtesy riders is based on the following criteria order:
- Students living the furthest away from their catchment school.
- Students whose siblings have been granted ridership privileges, provided that the pick-up and final destination are the same.
- The youngest student if all other factors are equal.
Does the District provide transportation service for students with diverse abilities?
As per policy 3850, the District prioritizes bussing for:
- Physically disabled students who, due to distance and/or severity of their disability, are unable to walk or take public transit.
- Students with special needs who are placed in a District program other than the student’s home school.
Please speak with your child’s school support team for details and registration instruction.
Does the District provide transportation service for International Students as part of the District’s International Student Program?
The District may provide bussing for International Students at a cost to the homestay family.
The annual fee for ISP riders is $400.00 per rider beginning in September 2020.
Please speak with your homestay coordinator for details and instruction as the registration process is different for these students.
For ISP refund inquiries please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why did the District implement changes to transportation service?
Last year, the District provided transportation service to approximately 1,500 students. Nearly half of those students were courtesy riders. It costs the District $2.6 million in expenditures for the current transportation system; and costs the District approximately $1,400 per rider. The District, through the Ministry of Education grant for transportation, receives a grant of $260,000 to remove the fees for riders outside the walk limits. This only partially covers the cost of eligible riders (those who live outside of the walk limits of Elementary – 3.2 KM, Middle – 3.2 KM, Secondary – 4.8 KM). The transportation system in its current state is unsustainable.
The District’s goal is to utilize efficiencies and redirect funds to the classroom. To ensure an equitable and sustainable transportation system, the District will be implementing a new fee for courtesy riders beginning in September 2020. The District will also be implementing an increase in the transportation fee for International Student Program riders in September 2020.
When can I register my child for transportation service?
The District will share information and instructions for registration in late April via the District website (this webpage), direct emails to existing riders, and regular school communication channels. Online registration begins in late Spring for all students: eligible riders, courtesy riders, and ISP riders.
When will I find out my child has qualified for transportation service?
Eligible riders can expect to hear from the District before the end of June. Once the District has accommodated all eligible riders, staff will review courtesy rider requests on an individual basis. Depending on when the application was submitted, courtesy riders can expect to hear from the District in mid-September or even later in the fall of that school year. ISP riders will be notified of application status at varying times of the year, depending on when the application was submitted.
What do I need to register my child for transportation service?
Please ensure that your child(ren)’s information on MyEDBC is up to date. Email or call your school office to make changes. This will expedite the verification process if and when registering for transportation service.
Who can I contact if I have questions or concerns about my child(ren)’s transportation service application/registration or need info related to bussing?
The District’s transportation department staff are able to answer your questions and address your concerns. It’s important to note that during peak periods which includes but not limited to the start of registration in late Spring and the start of the school year in September, the volume of requests is high. Staff will do their best to acknowledge having received your email within 48 hours. Please email: email@example.com.
Registration for 2020-2021 School Year
Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will begin in the first week of May. Our transportation registration page is here.