Hours: Mon - Fri 7:15 AM – 5:00 PM Thursday 7:15 - 4:00 PM
Phone: 780 441 6078 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLY FOR TRANSPORTATION
**PLEASE NOTE: Transportation Services will do their best to ensure that applications received after the deadline of May 29, 2020 are processed for the first day of school; otherwise your request will be set-up for the first routing changes in September. Parents will receive notification via Swift communication in mid-August to check PowerSchool Parent Portal for bussing information. Emails will be sent for kindergarten students who may not have a PowerSchool account set-up.
2020-2021 Transportation Forms
- Transportation Application Form 2020-2021 - PDF Form
- Kindergarten Transportation Application Form 2020-2021- PDF Form
- Family Plan Application Form 2020-2021 - PDF Form
- Transportation Change Form - PDF Form
- Use for cancellation, new home address, daycare, phone, and/or email information
Yellow Bus Delays
How will I be notified if I am not eligible for transportation?
Your school shall contact you.
Questions regarding eligibility for transportation can be answered by the school or by calling Transportation Services at (780) 441-6078 or email email@example.com.
Notify your school or email Transportation Services directly firstname.lastname@example.org. When your child is registered for the bus, a seat is reserved. If your child is not going to use transportation, please inform your school immediately. It is important that parents cancel the yellow bus service because unused stops can affect ride times as well as the efficiency of the route.
When to catch my bus and what to do if my bus does not arrive?
Please be out 5 minutes prior to your scheduled pick up time.
Please wait 10 minutes from your pick-up/drop off time and if the bus has not arrived please call our office at 780 441 6078.
If our office is advised that a bus is running late, we shall send out a swift call & email to the families as well as posting it on our LIVE! Yellow Bus Delay Board which we try to keep updated in real time which can be found on our website at www.ecsd.net (click on SCHOOLS tab, under Transportation select “Yellow Bus Delay Board” )
Please ensure we have your current phone number and email address.
Bus Finder Tool
Edmonton Catholic Schools has introduced the use of GPS technology on our yellow school buses with a new app called Bus Finder. This initiative supports the District’s continued commitment to providing safe and efficient transportation. Bus Finder is based on using the GPS tracking devices installed on the school buses. GPS coordinates are transmitted to the District’s network server and then matched to the routing software.
Parents can log into their Parent Portal account to access Bus Finder (left side under Bus Information) Please contact Transportation Services when Bus Finder is not working.
Route Change Dates & Notifications
Route changes only occur on Wednesdays and can take up to 2 – 3 weeks to be processed.
An email will go out every Friday night at approximately 6:00 pm about possible changes to your child’s bus route. Go to your parent portal to check your child’s transportation information has changed. Please contact your school to obtain your login and password to your Parent Portal.
School Start Up
Parents will receive a phone message & email during the second week of August advising that the school start-up transportation information is posted in the Parent Portal in PowerSchool.
New Applications received during the summer or after school starts on September 2, 2020 will take up to 2 to 3 weeks to add a new stop due to the high volume of applications. If there is a stop in place, it will happen usually within 1 week.
Requests are processed in the order in which they are received.
Kindergarten Noon Hour Curb Service
Kindergarten Noon Hour transportation starts on Tuesday September 8, 2020.
There are two types of bus service provided to kindergarten students:
- Regular yellow bus service - using designated stops on regular bus routes, either in the AM or PM (depending on whether your child is in the morning or afternoon kindergarten class)
- Kindergarten Noon Hour Curb Service transportation. This particular type of service is based on the following criteria:
- The address must be located within the transportation catchment area for the school.
- Only one address can be accommodated for noon hour curb service.
- Curb service is available where roadways and/or access is allowed
For example: door-to-door service may not be available in new subdivisions where roads are not developed or during winter road conditions. Under these circumstances, students may be required to access a designated safe stop location until such time as the roadways or road conditions change.
Families requesting transportation for their kindergarten child are required to complete a Kindergarten Transportation Application – forms are available at your school.
Letters will be sent to parents during the 3rd week of August with the times for the noon hour pick-up or drop-off as well as information on the regular bus (stop location and times).
Why can't my child start taking the bus right away?
It is essential information that the school and the bus driver know which students are on the yellow bus; therefore Kindergarten and Grade 1 students must be registered to use the yellow bus service and the students' name and stop location needs to be shown on the detailed route schedule. This is a best practice in order to ensure the safe transportation of your child.
District transportation policy requires that an adult/guardian is available to receive all Kindergarten and Grade 1 students at the scheduled drop-off location and time.
What happens if I am not at the bus stop to meet my child who is in Kindergarten or Grade 1?
It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that an adult/guardian is available to receive Kindergarten and/or Grade 1 students at the scheduled drop-off location and time. If no one is available, bus drivers are instructed to contact the carrier, communicate this information and then continue on with the route. At the end of the route, drivers will return the student to the school
No student in the District shall be denied access to school programs or student transportation because of financial hardship. Where necessary, the Principal may, at their discretion and on an individual student basis, waive bus pass fees. The District does not outline specific criteria as this alternative is a discussion between the Principal and the parent. Financial hardship should be reviewed on a month-to-month basis. Please contact your school Principal if you wish to be considered for the financial hardship waiver.
Contracted Bus Carriers
Edmonton Catholic Schools shall arrange transportation for students who are entitled to transportation under the School Act.
A student entitled to transportation under the School Act is a student who resides 2.4 kilometers or more from the school to which the district has directed the student. The district is deemed to have complied with the School Act when transportation is provided on a route that is not more than 2.4 kilometers from the residence of the student.