About 37,000 students are transported to Calgary Board of Education schools every day by yellow buses, Calgary Transit, taxi, and/or Handi-bus. The reasons students require transportation are varied. In some cases, it is because funding for new schools has not kept pace with the growth of new communities, resulting in students needing to travel to schools out of their neighbourhoods. In other cases, families choose to send their children to alternative programs that may not be located in their neighbourhoods. Other students have special learning needs are best met in unique settings.
On May 31, 2016, the CBE announced 2016-17 transportation service levels and fee.
For the 2016-17 school year, we will continue to work within our current CBE guidelines, where feasible, for yellow school bus transportation that elementary students will access a stop within 1.6 km of their homes and middle school/junior high students will access a stop within 1.8 km of their homes. This year, we anticipate that most students in a regular program and the larger alternative programs such as French, Spanish and TLC, will have a yellow school bus stop within 1000 m from home. This will be possible because of the higher density of student population within a community accessing these schools and programs.
Students in some non-language alternative programs will return to the use of congregated stops where it is not feasible financially to do otherwise. In most cases, these students will return to congregated stops, similar to service offered in the 2014-15 school year.
In the spring of 2016, the CBE began engaging with parents, students, staff and community members as it develops a long-term transportation strategy for student transportation.
Visit the transportation engagement page for more information and details about how you can subscribe to receive updates.
Applying for Busing
Parents can register their child for yellow school bus transportation for regular and alternative programs online using their My CBE Account. Pre-registration took place from May 17 to June 12, 2016. Registrations will continue to be accepted throughout the summer and into the new school year.
Complete one registration per family and include all students eligible for all modes of transportation—except Calgary Transit. If you are applying for a waiver of fees, you must also complete this contract.
Parents/guardians who submitted at pre-registration will receive a confirmation email in September. You can cancel your transportation pre-registration with no financial penalty by filling in the cancellation option in this confirmation email and returning it to the Calgary Board of Education by email before Sept. 30, 2016.
Cancellation forms are also available and must be completed before a pro-rated refund can be considered.
For the 2016-17 school year, no refunds will be processed for service cancelled after April 30, 2017 or for individual trip delays.
Students who are not attending the designated school for their program, or who are not within the transportation service area may be able to access existing service if there is a suitable stop on the existing bus route. Fees will not be waived for Conditional Riders.
Criteria for conditional riders:
- Must access an existing stop
- Must be room on the bus
- Must pay the transportation fee
- No additional bus routes will be implemented to accommodate conditional riders
- Must wait for written approval from Transportation Services before starting to ride the bus
The Conditional Rider School Bus Transportation registration form will be available once the forms of all eligible riders have been processed.
Conditional riders are not permitted to ride the bus until it is determined there is space on the bus and riders have been approved by Transportation Services.