Elementary Schools Transportation

Transportation Information

The Fort McMurray Catholic School Division offers Yellow Bus Transportation to students in Grade 1 to 6 residing more than 1.0 km from their designated elementary school.  The service is only available to the designated school of the student.

Transportation cost for the 2020/2021 school year is set at $410 for the year.  The rate is reduced by 50% for the 3rd child.  The rate reduction does not apply for the purchase of student City Transit pass.

Limited service is also available for children in Kindergarten. Yellow bus transportation is NOT AVAILABLE for children in the Early Entry Program as children under the age of 4 1/2 years old are not permitted to ride in any vehicle without a car seat as per Transport Canada regulations.

Parents requiring Yellow Bus Transportation for their Children must complete a transportation request form at least ten (10) days prior to the commencement of service. To have the student ride on the bus in the first week of school, the request form must be submitted on or before 4:30 pm on Monday August 17th, 2020.

Designated Schools and attendance area

The Yellow Bus will only run in the attendance area of their school. Information on attendance areas and designated schools is available on our School Boundaries page.

To determine the distance to your designated school, please use the following link EDULOG WEB QUERY.  Enter your address and select: CATH or FCTH (French Immersion) in the Program Field. In accordance with Alberta Education Regulations, the distance of a residence from a school or from a bus route is the shortest distance measured along a travelled road or public right of way between the school site or the bus route, as the case may be, and the nearest roadway access at the boundary of the quarter section or lot on which the student’s parent resides.

Choice Schools

Parents may register their children to a Catholic school outside of their attendance area (Choice School). Yellow Bus service is not available to choice schools except for Ecole St.Paul School and Holy Trinity Catholic High School that offer French Immersion Program, and therefore have busses already transporting students from all areas.

Students in the English Program residing outside the attendance area of Ecole St. Paul School or Holy Trinity Catholic High School may access existing Yellow Bus routes if space is available. Priority of access will be provided to eligible French Immersion students. Where available, the fee for choice student transportation is the same as user pay.

Babysitter

Students may choose to be transported from either their home address or from a babysitter’s address, but not both, unless they are on the same route. Students transported from a babysitter’s address must attend the school designated for that area.

In order to be considered an eligible student when transported from a babysitter’s address, the home address of the student is used to determine eligibility (e.g. walking distance from home to school).

The same rule applies for students living at two addresses, transportation can only be provided from one location unless both are on the same route.

Specialized Transportation

Specialized Transportation is available to students with disabilities who cannot, because of the severity of their disability/delay, use regular transportation services.

The Student Services Department, in consultation with the Principal and the Secretary-Treasurer, will determine eligibility for Special Transportation and the type of transportation required.

COVID-19

Effective for School Year 2020-2021, all passengers on School Bus must wear a non-medical mask.  This applies to all riders from Kindergarten to Grade 12.   Passengers are ask to wash their hands before leaving home in the morning and to wash their hand or use hand sanitizers at the school before leave the school to go on the bus at the end of the day.

A seating plan will be put in effect early in the school year (once the bus routes and passengers list are finalized).