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, 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. Some students have special learning needs are best met in unique settings. As a result, CBE students use either yellow buses, Calgary Transit, taxi, and/or Handi-bus to get to school.
At the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, concerns were raised after changes were made to the travel distance from homes to bus stops for some students. The CBE responded and took the necessary steps to ensure that all students riding yellow school buses could access stops no more than 1.6 and 1.8 km from home respectively for elementary and junior high students. This was a one-year solution.
The CBE is engaging with parents, staff and community members as it develops a Master Transportation Strategy for student transportation. All families could be impacted by the transportation and financial choices we make. This means that we need to hear from both the families of students who use transportation and those who don’t.
In-person engagement sessions were held in all five Areas in Calgary in April and a online survey was available to allow the public to share their perspectives. More than 300 people attended sessions and more than 1,600 online surveys were completed.
Community forums are planned for May 3 and 4 for people to review potential scenarios for transportation. Visit the transportation engagement page for more information.
By May 2016, the CBE will communicate decisions on 2016-17 service levels and/or fee adjustments.
Applying for Busing
As of June 1, 2015, parents can register their child for yellow school bus transportation for regular and alternative programs online using their My CBE Account.
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.
You will be eligible for a full refund if you cancel your service prior to October 30, 2015.
After October 30, 2015, an administration fee equal to a student's monthly 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, 2016. No refunds will be processed for service cancelled after April 30 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 Expression of Interest for School Bus Transportation for Conditional Riders form has been discontinued. The Conditional Rider School Bus Transportation registration form will only be available mid-September 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.