Parkland School Division operates one of the largest student transportation systems in the province, serving not only our own division, but also Evergreen Catholic, Grande Yellowhead, Black Gold and Wildrose School Divisions in addition to area private schools. With a fleet of over 180 contracted buses, we provide services to over 8,300 students travelling 16,877 kilometres on a daily basis.
In Parkland School Division, we are committed to providing safe and caring environments for all students to learn, and that starts the moment a child boards a bus in the morning. For more on this topic, check out the Bus Safety section of our website. Parents are also encouraged to review the information contained in the School Bus Operations Parent Handbook.
In the province of Alberta, transportation funding for students is distributed to school boards using formulas that take many things into consideration. There’s a lot of math involved, but the most important number to remember is 2.4 km.
The province decides whether or not a school board will receive money to transport a student based on the distance that that student lives from their designated school.
If you live more than 2.4 kilometres away from and attend your designated school, the school division will receive grant funding from the province to operate our Transportation Services system (i.e. your child is eligible for funding).
If you live less than 2.4 kilometres away from your designated school, NO money flows from the Government of Alberta to the school division to cover the transportation of your child (i.e. your child is ineligible for funding).
Legislation & Policy
Student transportation in Alberta is legislated under the Alberta School Act (Section 51(3)) and the Student Transportation Regulation 250/1998.
- Provincial transportation funding exists beyond 2.4 km from the primary residence to the nearest school along the shortest route.
- Boards may charge fees to offset the cost of transportation.
- The system of transportation must be self-sufficient, as fees received for transportation are protected and cannot be transferred to offset other costs.
- Private school students are not eligible for transportation funding.
- The distance of a residence from a school or from a bus route is the shortest distance measured along a travelled road or public right of way between the school site or the bus route, as the case may be, and the nearest roadway access at the boundary of the quarter section or lot on which the student’s parent resides.
- School boards are NOT mandated by legislation to register students with multiple or alternate pick-up and drop-off locations.
We are a regional transportation provider, and we are committed to the safety and wellness of all students in our care. We recognize that our families appreciate the level of service we have been able to offer; this service would be significantly reduced or even terminated without receiving full cost-recovery through user-based fees.
Bill 1 Fee Changes
With the introduction of Bill 1, the provincial government made it very clear that if you attend your designated school and live more than 2.4 kilometres away from it, school boards no longer have the jurisdiction to charge you transportation fees, since additional grant funding will be supplied from the government to school boards to cover the costs of this transportation. However, NO grant funding will be given to school boards for students who live less than 2.4 kilometres from their designated school, even if they attend their designated school. Therefore, if families choose to continue to access Transportation Services, they’ll need to pay the fees to ride the bus.
The remaining fees as described in the Fees & Allowances Schedule are a result of the need to manage the operating funding gap between the expected transportation service level and the available transportation grant funding.
For more, visit our Bus Passes and Cross Attendance Area Fees page.
Alternate Seat Fees
With vacancy on buses and resources available, it has been recent practice by Parkland School Division’s Transportation Services to allow alternate locations for either pick-up or drop-off in situations where children have parents with joint custody, day home/daycare, or before- or after-school scenarios. Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, Alternate Seat Fees will be charged for families who request and are approved for alternate seats on a different bus route.
Efforts are made to provide service to as many locations as practicable; however, all requests have to be located on existing routes with available spots on the bus in order to be considered. Unfortunately, not all requests are able to be accommodated.
Alternate Seat Fee (includes Special Needs Transportation)
Cost (per child) 2018-2019
Cost (per child) 2019-2020
|ECS (full day/half time)*||$150||$175|
|Grades 1 - 12||$300||$350|
|Maximum Family Rate||$750||$875|
Space is Now Limited
When a parent or guardian reserves multiple locations for pick-up or drop-off, this occupies a seat on multiple buses even when its not being used. (For example, if a child stays with mom one week, dad on alternate weeks and a daycare each afternoon, and all locations happen to be on different bus routes, that individual child is taking up three spots on three different buses at all times.)
Transportation Services registered capacity is currently approaching full.
Cross Attendance Area Transportation
Note: Once a Principal has granted approval to register at a school other than a child's designated school, transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the parents.
Bus transportation will be provided for students who choose to attend a school other than their designated school, provided:
- There is space available on the bus
- The bus does not have to be diverted from the regular approved route
- The receiving school has the space available to accommodate the child
- That applicable cross attendance area fees are paid
For further information, visit the Cross Attendance Area Transportation page.
Note: Fee Waivers are not available for cross attendance area transportation.
Temporary Busing Arrangements
Temporary busing arrangements (two weeks or less) will be considered on an individual basis with the approval of the Director of Transportation Services.
Parkland is committed to providing a safe bus ride for all students, and provides all bus operators with extensive training and support. All students learn how to ride the bus safely.
For the latest information on bus delays or cancellations, please visit our bus schedule page.
Connecting you with the right person, the first time, is our priority.
Did you know?
- Parkland School Division does not receive funding to transport a child that lives less than 2.4 kilometres away from and who attends their designated school.
- The cost to transport a student (Grades 1-12 living less than 2.4km from their designated school) for 184 days of learning works out to $0.95 cents per bus ride. ($350 / 184 days / 2 trips per day).
- The Board Approved proposed increase to unfunded passengers works out to an extra 27 cents per day or 13.5 cents per ride.
- The cost to reserve an alternate seat for an additional pick-up/drop-off location for a child will be $1.90 per day or less than a cup of Tim Horton's coffee.
Who do I call for...
School Attendance Areas:
General Parkland School Division Information:
Parkland School Division Centre for Education
4603 - 48 Street
Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8
Toll Free: 1-800-282-3997 (only in Alberta)