Alberta Education mandates each School Jurisdiction to provide transportation services to students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 who live 2.4 kilometres or more away from their designated schools. Transportation services are only provided to the designated school of the student. See below on how to calculate the walking distance to your designated school.
Although not mandated to do so, the Catholic Board of Education also provides transportation to most students who live between 1.0 and 2.4 km from their designated school. This is an additional service provided for the convenience of parents. An annual fee of $365 applies as Alberta Education does not fund the transportation of students residing less than 2.4 km from their designated school. The rate is reduced by 50% for the 3rd child ($182) and 75% for the 4th child ($91) of a family residing at the same address. The rate reduction does not apply for the purchase of student transit pass.
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 allowed 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 seven (7) 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 26th, 2019.
Request for Yellow Bus Transportation can be made online using this form :
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.
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 of the Regional Municipality.
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.
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 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.