The 2017-18 transportation service levels and fees were announced on May 16, 2017.
Determining Transportation Eligibility
The CBE calculates distance from student case homes to their designated school according the School Act Section 51(4). We measure the distance from the edge of the student’s home property (or in the of a housing complex the edge of the complex). Road width is not a part of the calculation, meaning any street crossing distances are not counted.
Measurement is done by our route planning software. We do not use estimations provided by Google Maps, odometers or other distance tracking devices.
Transportation eligibility is based on taking a measurement from a bus stop location across the street from the school in 2.4 km in each direction. It considers the shortest distance to travel between home and school, including all City of Calgary pathways, and all roadways but geographical characteristics are not taken into account for this calculation. It is important to note, we are not asking your child to walk this path, we are using the shortest distance travelled for the calculation.
Determining Bus Stop Locations
When scheduling school bus routes Section 9 of The Calgary Board of Education's Administrative Regulation 6095 - Student Transportation is followed.
It is important to note that as we plan safe and accessible bus stop locations, there may be slight variances in distances for some students to ensure safety of the location. These changes will also impact other bus routes and stops across the system.
Parents should be aware of the following:
Every effort is made to keep ride times to within one hour each way. Due to the sparsity of students, buses must travel long distances to service the schools offering alternative and special needs programs, therefore, ride times may be longer in some cases.
Parents are responsible for ensuring their child's safety while traveling to and from, and while at the bus stop.
School bus routes are developed using all pre-registrations that were submitted by June 11, 2017.
Changes to routes will not be made until after Thanksgiving unless they are necessary, e.g., road closure.
If a student has more than one address, only the primary residence address will be used for transportation purposes. The CBE cannot provide two or more bus stops for one child; however, students are allowed to use any existing bus stop that is convenient for them as long as they have registered and paid for transportation.
Parents/guardians can complete a Bus Stop Change Request form.
Bus routes or schedules are subject to change at any time during the school year.