Transportation

St. Paul Education transports over 1800 students throughout the Division. 40% of our buses are Division-owned and 60% are contract operators. Approximately 1.5 million km are logged annually.

Notice Regarding Bus Driver Shortage - September 21, 2021

Fees

2021-2022 In-Town Busing Fees​                                     

  • Kindergarten - Grade 12:  $250.00 per student, $500.00 for 2 children or $600.00 per family (3 or more children)

  • Kindergarten - Grade 12 Alternate Seat Fee: $155.00/year or $372.00 per family (3 or more children)

  • A fee of $15/bus pass (to a maximum of $30/family) shall apply each time a bus pass change is required or a new bus pass must be printed for a lost pass.

  • If your child or children no longer require transportation, please get the bus pass into St. Paul Education Transportation Department as soon as possible. A prorated refund may be considered once the bus pass has been returned.

 

It is preferred that bus pass applications be submitted online through the Town of St. Paul Bus Pass Application link. Parents or caregivers may also visit our office to submit an application in-person.  *If you have submitted an application online, your pass is now available for pick up at our St. Paul Education office.

 

A minimum payment of $125.00 is required upon registration to reserve a single seat ($300 minimum for a family). The balance is due by January 31. Fee waivers may be considered on a case by case basis. 

General Reminders

  • Bus pass applications will be available online through the St. Paul Education website starting July 12, 2021. Go to Transportation> Town of St. Paul Bus Pass Application

  • Having purchased a bus pass for the previous school year does not guarantee you a seat for the upcoming school year.

  • Please be advised that if you are required to change buses mid-year there is no guarantee that there will be by the room available on the bus you require.

  • Bus passes are mandatory for in-town busing. Students will not be permitted to ride the in-town bus without a bus pass. 

  • In-town busing is subject to availability and space is limited. 

  • Registration is on a first come first serve basis and will not be considered complete until a minimum of one payment has been received. Upon completion your bus pass will be available for pick up at Central Office  (4313 - 48 ave). 

  • If your child rides a Division bus, you can receive notifications regarding bus delays on a different bus route will /cancellations and other important information from your child’s school by signing up for the Alertus App. An instructional document and video are available on the St. Paul Education website. Go to Transportation > Alertus Notification App

***Services to allow one alternate location for either pick-up or drop-off in situations where children have parents with joint custody, day home or daycare may be given consideration, depending on seat availability. Requests, approved by the Transportation Department for alternate seats on a different bus route will be charged the Alternate Seat Fee.**

 

2021-22 Yard Service

  • Year Round Yard Service minimum of $275.00 or max of $500.00

  • Year Round Yard Service (a.m or p.m only) minimum of $175.00 or max of $275.00 

  • Winter Yard Service (November 1 to March 31) minimum of $175.00 or max of $275.00

  • Year Round Yard Service (Kindergarten only-halftime) minimum $175.00 or max of $275.00

  • Kindergarten Child Winter Service (Part-Time Only) minimum of $100.00 or  max of $150.00

Transportation may be provided on private property under the following conditions:

Year Round Service

  • The residence is at least 0.25 km from the registered road allowance for students in Gr. K-3 or at least 0.5 km for students in Gr. 4-12.

 

Winter Service

  • The residence is at least 0.25 km from the registered road allowance for all grades.

With approval from the Director of Transportation, fees may be waived (N/C)

  • Due to safety reasons:

    • school bus turnaround

    • the bus stop is on a numbered highway for students in Gr. K-4

    • the bus stop does not have sufficient distance for visibility by other motorists (i.e. hill, curve, etc.), or

    • other requests as approved by the Board

 

The Board retains the right to review and change the conditions on an ongoing basis.

 

If you have any questions regarding transportation please call the Transportation Department at 780-645-3323.

St. Paul Education transports over 1800 students throughout the Division. 40% of our buses are Division-owned and 60% are contract operators. Approximately 1.5 million km are logged annually.

Notice Regarding Bus Driver Shortage - September 21, 2021

Fees

2021-2022 In-Town Busing Fees​                                     

  • Kindergarten - Grade 12:  $250.00 per student, $500.00 for 2 children or $600.00 per family (3 or more children)

  • Kindergarten - Grade 12 Alternate Seat Fee: $155.00/year or $372.00 per family (3 or more children)

  • A fee of $15/bus pass (to a maximum of $30/family) shall apply each time a bus pass change is required or a new bus pass must be printed for a lost pass.

  • If your child or children no longer require transportation, please get the bus pass into St. Paul Education Transportation Department as soon as possible. A prorated refund may be considered once the bus pass has been returned.

 

It is preferred that bus pass applications be submitted online through the Town of St. Paul Bus Pass Application link. Parents or caregivers may also visit our office to submit an application in-person.  *If you have submitted an application online, your pass is now available for pick up at our St. Paul Education office.

 

A minimum payment of $125.00 is required upon registration to reserve a single seat ($300 minimum for a family). The balance is due by January 31. Fee waivers may be considered on a case by case basis. 

General Reminders

  • Bus pass applications will be available online through the St. Paul Education website starting July 12, 2021. Go to Transportation> Town of St. Paul Bus Pass Application

  • Having purchased a bus pass for the previous school year does not guarantee you a seat for the upcoming school year.

  • Please be advised that if you are required to change buses mid-year there is no guarantee that there will be by the room available on the bus you require.

  • Bus passes are mandatory for in-town busing. Students will not be permitted to ride the in-town bus without a bus pass. 

  • In-town busing is subject to availability and space is limited. 

  • Registration is on a first come first serve basis and will not be considered complete until a minimum of one payment has been received. Upon completion your bus pass will be available for pick up at Central Office  (4313 - 48 ave). 

  • If your child rides a Division bus, you can receive notifications regarding bus delays on a different bus route will /cancellations and other important information from your child’s school by signing up for the Alertus App. An instructional document and video are available on the St. Paul Education website. Go to Transportation > Alertus Notification App

***Services to allow one alternate location for either pick-up or drop-off in situations where children have parents with joint custody, day home or daycare may be given consideration, depending on seat availability. Requests, approved by the Transportation Department for alternate seats on a different bus route will be charged the Alternate Seat Fee.**

 

2021-22 Yard Service

  • Year Round Yard Service minimum of $275.00 or max of $500.00

  • Year Round Yard Service (a.m or p.m only) minimum of $175.00 or max of $275.00 

  • Winter Yard Service (November 1 to March 31) minimum of $175.00 or max of $275.00

  • Year Round Yard Service (Kindergarten only-halftime) minimum $175.00 or max of $275.00

  • Kindergarten Child Winter Service (Part-Time Only) minimum of $100.00 or  max of $150.00

Transportation may be provided on private property under the following conditions:

Year Round Service

  • The residence is at least 0.25 km from the registered road allowance for students in Gr. K-3 or at least 0.5 km for students in Gr. 4-12.

 

Winter Service

  • The residence is at least 0.25 km from the registered road allowance for all grades.

With approval from the Director of Transportation, fees may be waived (N/C)

  • Due to safety reasons:

    • school bus turnaround

    • the bus stop is on a numbered highway for students in Gr. K-4

    • the bus stop does not have sufficient distance for visibility by other motorists (i.e. hill, curve, etc.), or

    • other requests as approved by the Board

 

The Board retains the right to review and change the conditions on an ongoing basis.

 

If you have any questions regarding transportation please call the Transportation Department at 780-645-3323.

Occasional Alternate Bus Service

For the safety of your child(ren), it is important for us at St. Paul Education to know each passenger riding our fleet of school busses. Therefore, non-regular passengers are not permitted to ride our school busses without prior consent from St. Paul Education Regional Division No. 1.

 

The bus driver does not have the authority to approve or deny special busing requests.  As a result, special requests need to be directed to St. Paul Education (780-645-3323) for approval.  Please note that special bussing requests for birthday parties, sleepovers, etc will not be approved.

 

Bus drivers have been directed to deny boarding to any student that is not registered on their bus without prior approval from Central Office.

Cross-Area Student Transportation

St. Paul Education Regional Division No. 1 recognizes its responsibility to provide transportation for students in accordance with the intent of the policies of Alberta Education and in keeping with student needs at the local level.

 

While the Board accepts parents’ right to choose the school their children shall attend, in a rural setting this right is not automatically extended to include transportation.  In order to respect Alberta Education guidelines and maintain an efficient and effective transportation system, the Division must establish transportation areas.  Students living within a particular transportation area will be provided with transportation to a school within their specified area.

  • Parents who are planning to register students at a school outside their transportation area may be fully responsible for transportation to that school, but may apply for school bus transportation to their residence where reasonable, or drive their children to an existing pick-up/drop-off point on a route to that school providing room is available on the bus and in the school.

  • Parents and individuals purchasing new property are responsible for contacting the St. Paul Education Regional Division Office to confirm their transportation area.

  • Requests for transportation outside of an individual’s transportation area must be received in writing as per the specified form by the Director of Transportation no later than May 15 to be considered for the following school year.

Inclement Weather

Extreme Weather Busing Infographic               

 

Extreme Cold Weather and Busing in the Afternoon

The Board is concerned about the safe transport of students to and from school.  In the event of inclement weather or hazardous road conditions, school bus transportation may be cancelled prior to school opening; early school bus dismissal from schools may occur during school hours; and/or, during severe weather advisory conditions, a school or schools may be closed prior to and/or after schools are opened.

 

The criteria for transportation closure or enhancement for this division are that buses on a particular route(s) in any community or in some cases across the whole jurisdiction will not run in mornings when:

  • The temperature is -40°C or colder;

  • In cases of temperatures warmer than -40°C if the wind chill factor is -40ºC or greater as per The Weather Network.  Refer to "feels like" when determining the effect of wind chill on the temperature.

  • Road conditions are such, on particular routes, that the probability is significant that a particular bus(es) cannot in reasonable safety complete the route.

 

The decision for cancellation of transportation services will rest with the Principal in consultation with bus drivers/contractors.  During inclement weather, the final decision to send a child to the bus stop or to school rests with parents, even though buses may be operational.  Parents are responsible for listening to the designated radio stations or checking the St. Paul Education website to receive the correct information with regard to school closures or bus cancellations. Local radio stations notified of bus/school closures are:

  • CFCW Radio 

  • Real Country 95.9

  • Real Country 97.7 

  • Country 99

  • Boom 95.3

  • Hot FM 101.3

  • 630 CHED

  • Global TV

Parents should ensure that students are dressed appropriately while traveling to and from school during inclement weather conditions whether they are riding the bus or walking. The temperatures on a school bus may drop dramatically in the event of mechanical problems.

Parent Responsibilities

It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their children are aware and adhere to the Student Transportation Guidelines and Regulations.

  1. Ensure that their children are at the bus stop on time.

  2. Accept responsibility for the proper conduct of their children prior to boarding a bus, during the daily trips and upon drop off.

  3. Ensure that their children are properly dressed in case of emergencies during cold or inclement weather. If, in the opinion of the Bus Driver, a student is not dressed appropriately for the weather conditions, the student may be picked up and the matter reported to the Principal for appropriate action.

  4. In emergent conditions (i.e. inclement weather, school closure, evacuation), please ensure your children are aware of what procedures to follow.

  5. When students are sent home early, make arrangements for their child or children’s early arrival from school.

  6. Provide the necessary supervision for their children when they are going to and from the bus stop.

  7. Inform the driver, by telephone if possible, when their children are to be absent from school or when they do not require bussing for the morning/afternoon runs.

  8. Parents are urged to listen to local radio stations or visit the our website for St. Paul Education Regional Division No. 1 bus cancellations.

  9. Be responsible for any damage to a bus caused by their children.  Students may be suspended from riding the bus until such costs have been recovered.

  10. Instruct children to obey all traffic rules and regulations.

  11. Must provide the driver with a signed and dated note when an elementary student (K-6) will not be returning home on the bus after school or will be dropped off at a different scheduled stop (also recommended for junior/senior high students).

  12. If a student is causing a problem on the bus, parents may be contacted to assist the Principal and the Bus Driver to correct the problem.

  13. Parents are encouraged to inform the driver of any pertinent health information regarding their child (i.e. life threatening allergies, medical conditions, etc.).

Student Responsibilities

The student’s primary responsibility is to conduct himself/herself in a manner which will not cause the driver to divert his/her attention from driving the bus.

  1. The student(s) must be on time (3 to 5 minutes prior to bus arrival).

  2. Students who reside on the opposite side of the road should cross in front of the bus at least 15 feet ahead of the vehicle, and before crossing, should look for traffic and the driver’s signal to cross safely.

  3. Students must conduct themselves in a quiet and courteous manner showing consideration of others while boarding, riding or disembarking the bus.

  4. The driver is in full charge. Students must obey the driver promptly and, outside of ordinary conversation, classroom conduct is to be observed.

  5. The driver will assign a seat for each student and may reassign an alternate seat due to misbehavior.

  6. Unnecessary conversation with the driver is prohibited.

  7. Students must not distract the Bus Driver with portable radios, walkmans or unnecessary loud conversation.

  8. Scuffling, fighting, use of tobacco, illicit drugs, alcohol, and obscene language on the bus is prohibited.

  9. Students causing willful damage to the bus will be held responsible for all costs and may lose riding privileges.

  10. Students must not throw paper or other rubbish on the floor of the bus or out of the bus windows.

  11. Students must not extend arms or heads out of the bus windows.

  12. Students are to remain seated during the entire trip.

  13. All students shall remain absolutely quiet while the bus is stopped at railway crossings and shall remain quiet while the bus is crossing.

  14. No student shall be in possession of any type of weapons (i.e. knives, firearms), matches or lighters while on a school bus.

  15. Bus passes for Urban Transportation must be produced upon request or ridership may be denied.

Transportation Staff

Doug Fedoruk - Director of Transportation & Facilities
 

Nicole Leroux - Transportation Assistant

 

Address and Contact Information
4313 48 Avenue, St. Paul, AB  T0A 3A3

Telephone: 780-645-3323

Fax: 780-645-5789

Alertus Bus Notification System

St. Paul Education has implemented a new bus notification system for parents/guardians. This system is called ALERTUS and will send push notifications (pop-up message on your phone) to your cell phone advising you of any delays/cancellations or other significant changes to a respective bus route(s). We also use this App to communicate other important school related updates to all our parents.
 
In order to utilize this notification service, you will be required to download the free ALERTUS app. This app is available on the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play Store for Android devices. The app will allow you to choose notifications specific to your child's/children's bus route or school.
 
As always, our top priority is student safety and Alertus is another tool to provide you with timely and accurate information. Please note that in more serious situations you will still receive a personal phone call from your bus driver or a St. Paul Education employee.
 
If your child rides a bus, we encourage you to sign up. If you are having trouble logging in or require additional assistance please call our St. Paul Education office at 780-645-3323.

Alertus instructional Video