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Yellow Bus Information

NEW:  Information sent to parents from ECSD Transportation.

Dear Parents/Guardians, Here are some useful tips to help all parents track a late school bus:

1. LIVE! Yellow Bus Delay Board – located on . Select the Schools tab, under Transportation select “Yellow Bus Delay Board”

As soon as a bus is reported late to our office, we post it on the delay board while the SWIFT message is being sent out to parents/guardians.

2. Bus Finder – located in PowerSchool Parent Portal under Bus Information, select the Bus Finder tab. Bus Finder will track the bus assigned to your route by GPS.

3. Call Transportation Services directly if your bus is running more than 10 minutes late! 780-441-6078

4. Email any updates to contact information to to ensure all delayed bus notifications are received.

NEW:  Important information regarding School bus pass fee increases.

The information below is from the ECSD district website and was sent out to parents in December.

School and Transportation Fees

At the December 17, 2019 public Board meeting, Trustees approved a new fee schedule for student transportation.

Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees was proclaimed in June 2017 which removed the ability for school boards to charge transportation fees for eligible students who resided 2.4 km or more from their designated school. To offset the loss of bus pass revenue, Edmonton Catholic School Division was provided with the School Fee Reduction grant for transportation. This grant was discontinued in the October 24, 2019 provincial budget resulting in a reduction of $2.7 million in funding for student transportation.

Edmonton Catholic School Division has actively pursued operational efficiencies through tiered and shared bussing which required an adjustment in some schools’ hours of operation, as well as collaborating with Edmonton Public Schools on shared bussing arrangements. These initiatives implemented for the 2018-19 school year resulted in approximately $1.8 million savings in operational costs. However, additional efficiencies are not possible without negatively impacting schools and families.

It is essential that funding is prioritized for the classroom and after careful consideration, it is necessary to reinstate bus pass fees for all students, effective February 1, 2020 in order to sustain the current transportation service levels. The new Student Transportation fee schedule is below for your reference.

There will be no changes to school fees for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Transportation Fees effective Feb 1st 2020.pdf

Transportation Fees PRIOR to Feb 1st, 2020.pdf

Communication to Families re. Transportation Fees Effective February 2020.pdf


Those students who live within our school boundary and north of 137 Avenue are eligible for yellow bus transportation. A District transportation form must be submitted at least two weeks before the desired start date for transportation. Between September and June, please call the school office to receive a transportation application.

During the summer months please contact the District Transportation Office directly at 780 441 6078. Busing will not be available for the start of the school year if the application is received within the last two weeks of August.

It is very important that the Transportation Department have accurate contact information. Parents are contacted through phone, text and email messages of any bus schedule changes, interruptions or disruptions.

Note: Sir John Thompson School is not responsible for the yellow buses. Any issues or concerns should be directed to the Transportation Office.

Click for Yellow Bus Forms

Edmonton Catholic Schools is excited to introduce the use of GPS technology on our yellow school buses with a new app called Bus Finder. Please see documents below for more information:

Bus Finder Information for Parents.pdf

Bus Finder Parent Portal Instructions.pdf

Transportation Frequently Asked Questions.pdf

Just in case there is a need to cancel transportation services due to extreme weather, please find attached a list of radio/tv stations where parents can receive information.

ETS Information

Sir John Thompson School is located at 13525 - 132 avenue. For bus routes click on ETS Trip Planner.

The two nearest bus stops are on 132 avenue:

132 avenue westbound - Bus Stop #6373

132 avenue eastbound - Bus Stop #6351