School and Transportation Fees
Ministry of Education - 780-644-6962
Message About School and Transportation Fees for 2017-18
Alberta Education Information on Bill 1
Edmonton Catholic Schools Administrative Procedure 505
2017-2018 SCHOOL FEES
ECSD School Fees have now been approved by the Minister of Education
SCHOOLS CANNOT CHARGE FOR:textbooks, workbooks, photocopying, and printing paper
Q & A
Q: Did the government eliminate charging all school fees?
A: The government only eliminated speciﬁc school fees for textbooks, workbooks, photocopying and printing paper.
Q: Why are you charging for things that I did not pay for last year?
A: Although Edmonton Catholic Schools suspended school fees in speciﬁc categories for the 2016/17 school year, it was a one year pilot project that we were unable to sustain. We have reinstated some fees, but have done our best to reduce what you pay (an average of 50% across the District).
Q: My school used to collect all ﬁeld trip fees in September. Why did that change?
A: September is a very expensive month for families. We have stopped collecting ﬁeld trip fees upfront that could be paid later to ease the ﬁnancial strain on families.
Q: How will I know what the fees are in my school?
A: Your school’s fee structure will be posted on their website once approved by the Minister, hopefully by the end of August. Your school will also inform you of your child’s speciﬁc fees, based on their courses in late September.
Q: What if I can’t afford my school fees?
A: Please meet or contact your school principal to discuss your circumstances and determine if you need an alternate payment plan or if you need your school fees waived.
2017-2018 TRANSPORTATION FEES
The Government of Alberta has eliminated transportation fees for:
- those residing 2.4 km or more from the designated school they attend for regular or special education programming;
- those who have a disability, or disabilities, that prohibit them from using regular transportation services;
- children attending an Early Childhood Services program, such as kindergarten, for noon-hour transportation.
The Government of Alberta has subsidized transportation fees for:
- eligible students who take ETS so that they pay only the difference between the cost of a monthly public transit pass and per-student provincial transportation funding.
Q & A
Q: Which students get free bus passes?
A: Any students attending the regular program at their designated school and living 2.4 km or more from that school. All students have a designated school that is determined by the attendance area for that school. All special needs students who require yellow school bus transportation and all kindergarten transportation has been and will continue to be free.
Dual Track Schools:
Students who live within the attendance area of their designated school for regular programs but who are enrolled in a program of choice such as a language program or sports academy at that school, qualify for a free bus pass if the student’s residence is 2.4 km or more from the dual-track school.
Q: How is the 2.4 km calculated?A: As per the School Act, the distance a student lives from their designated school is calculated using the shortest distance from the school along a public right-of-way. A public right of way is public property designated for pedestrians and is most often the sidewalk, however, it can also be a school yard, park or walk way. In order to have consistent results our school district uses Google Maps to calculate the walking distance from the student's residential mailing address to the designated school.
Q: Which students pay the full cost of a bus pass:
A: Students attending their designated school and living less than 2.4 km from that school all students attending a School of Choice such as a French Immersion or bilingual language program, sports academy, arts or science academy, International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement program, or other alternative program, regardless of distance from the residence. For example: J.H. Picard is a single track French immersion program and is not a “designated” school for regular programming. All students attending this school will be charged for the cost of a bus pass.
Q: Which students pay the $18 Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) differential fee:
A: This applies to any students attending their designated school and living 2.4 km or more from that school and who use ETS. The differential fee is $18/month and is based on the amount payable to Edmonton Transit of $730/year less the $549 basic transportation grant = $181/10 months = $18/month differential fee. ETS bus passes may be used after school hours and on weekends, therefore, the differential fee is seen as the cost of this enhanced service.
Q: Why do I have to pay for busing for programs of choice like Immersion and Bilingual Programs and Sports Academies?
A: The government is only subsidizing transportation for students who go to their designated school, which is the school that is closest to their home that offers regular programming.
Q: What if I can’t afford my busing fees?
A: Please meet or contact your school principal to discuss your circumstances and determine if you need an alternate payment plan or if you need your busing fees waived.
Q: How do I know what my bus fees will be?
A: The following table summarizes the transportation fees for Edmonton Catholic Schools students: