Transportation Guidelines

Division boundaryRural and urban areas that have been designated to CTR Catholic by the Education Minister 
School catchment area Area within the division boundary assigned to a specific school as determined by CTR Catholic
Resident studentA student who lives within CTR Catholic’s division boundary, and is enrolled at a CTR Catholic school
Designated schoolThe school assigned to students residing within a school catchment area as determined by CTR Catholic
Home-to-school distanceThe walking distance of a student from their home address to their designated school.  A students home-to-school distance is determined as the shortest walking distance between home and school, in accordance with The Education Act of Alberta and Student Transportation Regulation, using CTR Catholic’s transportation software 
Eligible bus studentsA resident student that has a home-to-school distance of 2.4 km or greater from their designated school.  
Ineligible bus studentsA resident student that has a home-to-school distance of less than 2.4 km from their designated school.  
Non-resident studentA student who resides outside of the division boundary
  • Bus service for eligible bus students – In accordance with The Education Act of Alberta and the corresponding Student Transportation Regulation, school divisions are required to provide for the transportation of eligible students to their designated school from their home address (one home address only).  If transporting an eligible student on a school bus, service will be provided at a bus stop that is located no more than 2.4 km from the eligible student’s residence.  Parents can request this service by submitting a bus form online through the PowerSchool parent portal.
  • Bus service for ineligible bus students - In accordance with The Education Act of Alberta and the corresponding Student Transportation Regulation, parents are responsible to transport ineligible students to and from school.  School divisions are not funded for, and are not required to provide for bus service for ineligible bus students.  CTR Catholic is able to offer limited pay-to-ride service for ineligible bus students.  See Optional Bus Services below.
  • Bus service for Non-resident students - Bus service is typically not available to non-resident students.  On occasion CTR Catholic is able to provide limited bus service for non-resident students.  See non-resident bus service below.
  • Bus service is not available to students who live within 1 km of their designated school.
  • CTR Catholic provides bus service to designated schools only. 

Optional Bus Services:

  1. Pay-To-Ride services:
    1. Parents can apply for this service for ineligible bus student who live over 1 km from school.  The following guidelines apply:
      1. Provided on a first come, first served basis.  If the bus is full students can be added to a waitlist
      2. New stops are not available for this service, pay-to-ride service to existing stops only
      3. Parents can request this service by submitting a bus form online through the PowerSchool parent portal
      4. There is a fee for this service (to be paid before service commences).  
        • Kindergarten students - $150/year
        • Grade 1 to 12 students - $250/year
        • Family Maximum - $500/year
        • Payment of fees can be made by automatic debit or School Cash Online
  2. Dual bus service:
    1. Parents can apply for this service if they wish to have students registered on a second bus route.  The following guidelines apply:
      1. Service can be applied for after September 15 each year.  
      2. Provided on a first come, first served basis.  If the bus is full students can be added to a waitlist
      3. New stops are not available for this service, dual service to existing stops only
      4. Parents can request this service by submitting a bus form online through the PowerSchool parent portal
      5. Two buses per student maximum
      6. Schedule needed for Kindergarten through Grade 6 students.   Ride-a-long service may be an option if a schedule can’t be provided for elementary age students
  3. Bus service to childcare services:  
    1. Parents may request full time or dual bus service to daycare or day home facility.  The following guidelines apply:
      1. Student eligibility is based on a students’ residence address and not on the childcare facility address
      2. Provided on a first come, first served basis.  If the bus is full students can be added to a waitlist
      3. Extra stops are not available for this service, childcare bus service to existing stops only
      4. Parents can request this service by submitting a bus form online through the PowerSchool parent portal
      5. Schedule is required for dual bus service to childcare services
      6. The childcare facility must be within the students’ designated school catchment area.  For example, if a student attends Ecole Good Shepherd School in Okotoks, bus service would only be available to a daycare facility that is within the EGSS school catchment area  

Ride-a-long service:

  1. Parents may request that students be given permission to temporarily ride on a bus when they aren’t regular riders on that bus (such as riding home with a friend after school).  The following guidelines apply to ride-a-long service:
    1. Provided on a first come, first served basis.  If the bus is full, ride-a-long service is not available
    2. Extra stops are not available for this service, ride-a-long service to existing stops only
    3. Parents can request ride-a-long service at least 24 hours in advance by emailing the transportation department at division office - transportation@redeemer.ab.ca.  Approval from the transportation department is needed before a student can use this service  

Optional bus service is reviewed annually

Non-Resident Bus Service:

Parents may request non-resident service to a CTR Catholic school.  The following guidelines apply:

  1. If the bus is full, non-resident bus service is not available  
  2. Bus service may be provided from the student’s home location or alternatively the student may be required to meet the bus on route at an existing bus stop location.  This will be determined at the discretion of CTR Catholic   
  3. Parents can request this service by submitting a bus form online through the PowerSchool parent portal  
  4. Non-resident bus service is reviewed annually and cannot be guaranteed for more than one year.  Parents of non-resident students will be advised by June 15 of each year if bus service can be provided for the following year

Bus routes and bus stop locations:

The following factors are considered when planning regular school bus routes:

  1. Student safety 
  2. Needs of students
  3. Student ride times
  4. Efficiency

  Bus stop locations:

  • RURAL bus service is provided to the end of the driveway on the municipal roadway.  Buses do not enter private property regardless of the length of the driveway.  On occasion the bus driver and Southland Transportation may determine it is unsafe to load and/or unload students on the municipal roadway and may provide yard service in those instances. The provision of yard service is at the discretion of Southland Transportation and the driver.  In rural subdivisions/communities bus service may be provided from community bus stops.
    • URBAN bus stops are located at a greenspace, park or public area whenever possible so that all students can reasonably access the stop.  Urban students may be expected to walk up to 1 km to a bus stop.  On the rare occasion a bus stop cannot safely be accessed in a particular area (i.e. the bus cannot enter and exit a cul-de-sac), students from that area may need to walk further than the typical walking distance.

Items transported on a regular school bus route:

Transporting students is the priority of regular school bus service. Some smaller items students need for school can safely and reasonably be transported on the school bus.  However, some items needed for school may not be permitted on a school bus.  

-Permitted when held by a student

  1. Backpacks and textbooks
  2. Lunch bags/lunch boxes
  3. Small band instruments when carried in appropriate cases – such as flute, piccolo, clarinet,  oboe, trumpet
  4. Skates can be transported as long as they are in a duffel bag and the blades are covered.  Skates cannot be carried in a plastic bag on the bus
  5. Small duffel bag

-May be permitted if space is available (families or students must check with bus drivers prior to bringing these items on the bus)

  1. Band instruments that cannot be held by a student on their lap - such as saxophone, guitar, trombone, French horn, bassoon
  2. School projects that cannot be held by a student on their lap
  3. Sports equipment in a small duffel bag (not a hockey bag)

-Not permitted on regular school bus routes:

  1. Large band instruments – such as tuba, drums, sousaphone
  2. Skateboards and longboards that do not fit in a small duffel bag or backpack
  3. Hockey equipment and hockey sticks
  4. Lacrosse sticks
  5. Skis and poles
  6. Large school projects 
  7. Anything that could injure a student

Parents are responsible to arrange for the transportation of items needed for school that cannot be transported on the school bus. 

Inclement weather:

CTR Catholic begins monitoring weather conditions early in the day when we anticipate conditions may potentially impact transportation.  Please review our complete inclement weather procedure on our website.   In the event that bus service is cancelled due to weather conditions you may:

  1. Receive a phone call or text from the bus driver
  2. Check the division Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CTRcatholic
  3. Check the CTR Catholic website (www.redeemer.ab.ca

The final decision to send children on the school bus is that of the parents, even if buses are operating.

Student behavior on the school bus:

  1. Students are to behave in a classroom-like manner
  2. Courteous behavior is expected from all students
  3. Students are expected to obey driver instructions while on the bus
  4. Students must remain seated and facing the front of the bus 
  5. Students must be at their bus stops 5 minutes prior to stop time
  6. Acts which may distract the driver are prohibited
  7. Students must not damage the bus, including seats.  Parents will be required to pay for willful damage that is done by their children
  8. Parents will be responsible to make alternate transportation arrangements for students who repeatedly disregard the bus rules