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Eligibility Requirements

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Background
Busing is a voluntary service that the Board of Education chooses to provide for its students and subsidizes transportation services with operational monies at a cost of $4 million dollars annually. Transportation service levels are set by the Board of Education under Policy 470 and 475 and Policy Regulation 470R and 475R​.

Processing school bus transportation applications for the upcoming school year is prioritized to applications received between January 30 and May 31, 2023.
 
Student Eligibility for School Bus Transportation​

Eligible Riders
School bus transportation service is provided for eligible students attending their English catchment school, who meet the distance criteria set out below:

Elementary School Students:             3 Kms or more from their catchment school
Middle School Students:                       4 Kms or more from their catchment school
High Schools Students:                         4.8 Kms or more from their catchment school

Courtesy Riders
School bus transportation for students who are less than the distance requirements set out above are considered courtesy riders and will only be assigned a seat if there is space available on the bus route.

  1. Applications for courtesy riders received between January 30 and May 31 are processed in June and July. Parents are advised to have alternate transportation arrangements in place, in the event a courtesy seat is not available for their child.
  2. Seats that are not required for eligible students will be made available for courtesy riders and assigned first to Elementary and then Middle school students using the following criteria, on a route by route basis:
    1. Furthest home to school distance
    2. If distance is the same, grade level
    3. If distance and grade level are the same, application date and timestamp
  3. Seats that are not required for eligible or elementary and middle school courtesy riders, will then be assigned to courtesy rider students at secondary schools.
  4. Students who have been approved by Student Support Services as requiring transportation for special needs are prioritized in the seat assignment.

Transportation service will not be provided for:

a)    students who reside less than 2 Kms from their English catchment school

b)    students attending a school of choice outside their English school catchment area


Applications for a seat on a second school bus route will not be assigned until all applications received before September 30 have been processed. Parents will be advised if a seat on the second school bus route is available after this date.

Use the following link to determine your child's distance to their English Catchment School:
Catchment Area Maps

Transportation Fees

1.        The transportation fee for the 2022-2023 school year is $350.00 per student.

2.        Transportation fees for the 2023-2024 school year will be determined in April 2023

3.        Parents will be charged the transportation fee for each seat that is assigned to one of their children. This amount is reduced by 50% for the 3rd and 4th child and 100% for the 5th and any additional children.

4.        Transportation fees will be applied to the parents School Cash Online account at the beginning of September.

5.        Payment in full or payment arrangements must be in place by October 1.

6.        In the event that fees remain unpaid or payment arrangements are not in place, the District will revoke transportation service for the student.

7.        The District does have a subsidy program in place for families experiencing financial difficulties and parents should make arrangements for completing the subsidy application at their child's school.  In cases of financial hardship, parents may choose to apply for a subsidy. Please click HERE for more information. ​