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Parents of students taking school buses - submit contracts now and prepare for 2014-15

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All student passes must be scanned or checked by your child's school by June 26, 2014 to claim your CBE rebate.

For more information on claiming your rebate for the 2013-14 school year, please click here.

Beginning Tuesday Nov. 12, all charter (yellow) bus students will be asked to show their CBE issued bus pass to the driver. Students unable to produce a bus will be asked by the driver for their first name and last initial. A list of these students will be given to the school. It is important for CBE Transportation and your child’s school to know who is riding the bus.

No student will be turned away from the bus because they fail to produce a valid bus pass.

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Parents of students taking charter transportation (yellow buses) - submit contracts now for 2013-14 updated June 26

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More than 35,000 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 take either charter buses (the iconic yellow school bus) or Calgary Transit.

Transporting students is a financial challenge because the cost exceeds provincial funding. The CBE charges fees to parents to close the funding gap. For the 2012-13 school year, extensive community consultation was sought to develop an equitable transportation fee schedule. After consideration of input from more than 4,500 respondents, transportation fees were set at $215 per year for all Kindergarten students, and $295 per year for all other students, regardless of program, individual need or distance travelled.

The CBE provides a rebate of $19 per month to students in Grades 7 to 12 who use Calgary Transit to get to and from school.

For the 2012-13 school year, provincial funding for transportation was about $32.0 million. The actual estimated cost of transportation for students is approximately $39.8 million. Most of the gap is closed by fees. The CBE projects a small transportation deficit.

The Board of Trustees continues to ask the provincial government to consider a new metro funding framework that would meet the needs of our students and reduce the financial burden on families.











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