About 37,000 students are transported to Calgary Board of Education schools every day. The reasons for this are varied. In some cases, it is because funding for new schools has not kept pace with the growth of new communities; students need to travel to schools out of their neighbourhoods. In other cases, families choose to send their children to alternative programs. Some students’ exceptional learning needs are best met in special settings outside their neighbourhoods. As a result, CBE students use either school buses or Calgary Transit.
For the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, elementary and junior high students may be expected to travel up to 1.4 km from home to a community bus stop. Students in alternative programs will continue to be served at congregated stops, some of which are beyond these limits.
Eligibility for Bus Service
Eligibility is based on the student’s primary residence. To qualify for bus service, the student must:
- Attend their designated school
- Live within the school's attendance area, but outside the school's walk zone - you can see the attendance area and walk zone for your school in our school directory
Please contact the school directly to confirm if your child is eligible.
Cost of Taking the Bus
We set transportation fees
in order to cover the cost of busing students to and from school, and review them annually.
Fees are based on the difference between the funding we receive from Alberta Education and the actual cost of transporting students.
- For the 2014-15 school year, fees were set at $330 per year for all students, regardless of program, individual need or distance travelled.
CBE Transportation Services are funded by the provincial government based on their estimate of the number of students living beyond 2.4 km from school. Also, funding is not provided for schools in overflow or alternative programming. The cost of the current service delivery model for CBE is well beyond this level of funding. The Board of Trustees voted to exhaust CBE reserves to reduce the deficit, but a funding gap remains. For this reason, fees for school bus transportation increased to $330 and there will be changes to transportation service delivery.
Applying for Busing
Complete one contract 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.
For students who are enrolled in a complex learning needs program or who require accessible transportation, please also complete this form.
You can cancel your busing contract by completing and submitting this form.
You will be eligible for a full refund if you cancel your service prior to September 30.
After September 30, an administration fee equal to a student's montly fee will be charged to process refunds. A pro-rated refund will be sent to the forwarding address indicated on the form.
All requests for refunds must be submitted within 30 days of the last day the student rode the bus AND by April 30. No refunds will be processed for service cancelled after April 30 or for individual trip delays.
Students who are not attending their attendance area school 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 rider
- Must wait for written approval from Transportation Services before starting to ride the bus
Parents are asked to submit this form to request a place on the bus as a conditional rider. If Transportation Services confirms that that there is space on the bus, parents will receive a Conditional Rider Contract. If there is not space on the bus, parents will receive a letter stating that conditional rider status cannot be granted.
Conditional riders CANNOT ride the bus until they receive and submit the Conditional Rider Contract.