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​​​​​​​​​​​Transportation Frequently Asked Questions for 2017/2018 S​chool Year

BUS SAFETY RULES

  1. ​The driver is in full charge of the bus at all times and his/her direction must be obeyed. As the driver is responsible for all the students on the bus it is essential that the driver receive respect, consideration, and co-operation from students.
  2. The driver may assign specific seats at any time.
  3. Students should be at the bus stop five minutes before the scheduled stop time.
  4. Line up in the safety zone and adhere to the 1 meter safety zone around the bus at all times.
  5. Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching.
  6. Use the handrail while boarding the bus.
  7. Students must present and scan their bus pass in order to board the bus.
  8. Students must not put any part of his/her body outside of the window.
  9. Students must stay seated while the bus is in motion.
  10. Students must sit facing the front of the bus.
  11. Students should talk quietly.
  12. The following are strictly prohibited on the bus:
  • ​Bullying
  • Scuffling
  • Fighting
  • Eating
  • Throwing items on the bus or out the bus windows
  • Smoking
  • Swearing
  • Alcohol or drugs
  • Firearms, knives, or weapons of any kind
  • Animals
  • Skateboards
  • Any type of sleds
  • Large items. Items must fit on the student's lap
  • Littering​​​​​

​PARENT INFORMATION

  1. If a student is causing a problem on the bus, the driver will notify school administration in writing.
  2. Parents are requested to notify the GPPSD Transportation Office when their child(ren) will no longer require bus services.
  3. Parents will be responsible for financial reimbursement should their child(ren) cause any damage to the bus.
  4. Video cameras may be used on school buses for safety and/or discipline purposes.
  5. Parents are to ensure that their child(ren) are adequately dressed for weather conditions.
  6. Preschool and Kindergarten bus riders must be met at the bus stop by a responsible guardian. If a responsible caregiver is not at the stop the child(ren) will be kept on the school bus and brought back to the First Student Office. It is the parent's responsibility to pick the child(ren) up from the First Student Office in a timely manner.
  7. Parents are responsible to review safety procedures with their child(ren) and encourage them to obey all traffic rules and school bus regulations, including the procedures for crossing the street.

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR BUSING?

To be eligible for a bus pass a student must live within the Grande Prairie city limits and 

  1. attending kindergaten to grade 3 and living 1.7 km or more by the shortest route from the closest school within the attendance boundary
  2. attending grades 4 to 12 and living 2.4 km or more by the shortest route from the closest school within the attendance boundary.

Exceptions are:

  1. Students attending Ecole Montrose having to cross Resources Road and Junior HIgh students attending Roy Bickell having to cross 116 Ave; 
  2. Special needs students attending a designated school program. Special needs busing is only guaranteed for students coded 41-44, or 46; PUF students coded 47 are not guaranteed busing
  3. School of Choice students (Academy, Christian, Montessori) living more than 2.4 km from their School of Choice will have busing for a fee; 
  4. Bridge students living 2.4 km or more away from Lions Learning have to be taking a minimum 50% course load.​​

I LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE GRANDE PRAIRIE CITY LIMITS, CAN I GET BUSING?

There is no busing outside the City of Grande Prairie city limits. Transportation may be accessed from an existing bus stop within the city limits for a fee if there is room on the bus. Please contact GPPSD Transportation Department (780) 539-7419.

I AM NOT ELIGIBLE FOR BUSING BUT I ATTEND A GPPSD SCHOOL. IS BUSING AVAILABLE?

Transportation may be accessed from an existing bus stop for a fee if there is room on the bus. Please contact GPPSD Transportation Department (780) 539-7419.

I AM A PAID BUS RIDER. HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

Full day bussing is $32/month per student. Half day bussing (kindergarten and preschool) is $58/month per student. Busing from outside of the city limits for School of Choice programs (See above for eligible areas and schools)​ is $60/month per student 

HOW DO I PAY FOR BUSING?

Busing fees are  to be paid for the entire school year in full at the school office prior to the student receiving their bus pass.

I CANNOT PAY MY BUSING FEES IN FULL. CAN I MAKE MONTHLY PAYMENTS?

​​Pre-authorized debit is available if you cannot pay your busing fee in full. The first month's payment is paid up front at the school and a preauthorized debit form is filled out at the school and submitted to the Finance Department. Payments will be withdrawn from your account on the first of every month. You will not be able to ride the bus until the first month's fee AND the filled out preauthorized debit form are received.

I PAY FOR BUSSING AND MY CHILD IS NO LONGER RIDING THE BUS. WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES?

If your child is not riding the bus, please get their bus pass in to the GPPSD Transportation Department as soon as possible.  Parents are responsible for payment of the bus pass until the bus pass is handed back in to the Transportation Department. We require two weeks notice when cancelling a pre-authorized debit.

HOW DO I RECEIVE A BUS PASS?

A bus pass application must be filled out to receive a bus pass. Applications can be filled out at the school office or online on the main transportation page.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO RECIEVE MY BUS PASS?

The processing of the bus pass application may take up to 5 working days except at the beginning of the school year; if you have applied after the June 30 deadline your pass will be processed in the order it is received, with no guarantee of processing times. The parent/guardian is responsible for the transportation of the student until they receive their bus pass from the school. Temporary bus passes may be available at the school office.

WHERE DO I PICK UP MY BUS PASS?

Your bus pass will be available for pick up at your school office once it is processed.

I LOST MY BUS PASS OR MY BUS PASS IS DAMAGED. HOW CAN I GET A NEW PASS?

If a bus pass is lost or damaged in any way they student has to fill out an application for a replacement bus pass at the school office or online at www.gppsd.ab.ca/transportation

I HAVE A PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN ON THE BUS. WHAT SAFETY MEASURES ARE TAKEN FOR MY CHILD?

All preschool and kindergarten students are to sit at the front of the bus and must be met at the bus stop by a responsible caregiver. The responsible caregiver must be at the bus stop where the student and bus driver can see them. If there is no responsible caregiver at the bus stop the student will remain on the bus and all measures will be made to contact the parents. If the parents are not reachable by the time the driver is finished his/her route the student will be taken back to the First Student office (780) 532-3545. In extreme cases the police and Child Services will be involved.

CAN MY PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN STUDENT WALK HOME WITH AN OLDER SIBLING?

Yes, as long as the parents have given written permission to the Transportation Department and First Student.

WHY CAN'T THE BUS STOP AT MY HOUSE? IT DRIVES RIGHT BY.

We must be diligent in keeping our ride times to a minimum; therefore, we cannot stop at each student's house. Transportation takes into consideration the age of the children, the proximity of the stops, and the accessibility of roadways when planning routes.

DOES SOMEONE FROM THE SCHOOL MEET THE BUS WHEN IT ARRIVES AT THE SCHOOL?

Please contact your school directly to discuss the supervision process they have in place at their school.

CAN MY CHILD BRING A FRIEND HOME WITH THEM ON THE BUS OR GO HOME WITH A FRIEND ON ANOTHER BUS?

No. Every student riding the bus must be a registered bus rider and have a bus pass to ride the bus.

IF MY CHILD IS NOT GOING TO BE RIDING THE BUS DO I NEED TO INFORM ANYONE?

If your child is riding a regular route the bus will still stop at all designated stops so you do not need to inform anyone. However, if your child is on a Special Needs route, School of Choice bus, or is a 1/2 day kindergarten/preschool student you are on a special route and will need to contact First Student at (780) 532-3545.

HOW DO I CONTACT MY BUS DRIVER?

Our busing services are contracted by First Student and their phone number is (780) 532-3545.

THE WEATHER IS REALLY BAD OUTSIDE AND VERY COLD. WILL THE BUS BE RUNNING?

We make every effort to get the students to/from school in all weather situations. Buses will run to a temperature of -40  degrees Celsius without the wind-chill. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately (i.e.. hats, gloves, snow pants, winter jacket, winter boots)

HOW LONG SHOULD MY CHILD WAIT FOR THEIR BUS AT THE BUS STOP?

Students should not wait longer than 10 minutes after their bus is supposed to arrive. If their bus is more than 10 minutes late students should go back home or to a safe place designated by parents and call their parents.

HOW DO I KNOW IF THE BUSES ARE LATE OR CANCELLED?

  1. You can sign up for busing ​​alerts​ and cancellations on the main transportation page.
  2. All bus cancellations are posted on www.gppsd.ab.ca on the busing alerts section of the transportation page.
  3. We also announce bus cancellations on five Grande Prairie radio stations and use social media.

MY CHILD MISSED GETTING OFF THE BUS AT THEIR STOP

If your child does not get off of the bus at their stop they are to stay on the school bus and parents can pick their child up at the First Student office at 11456 97 Avenue. The bus driver cannot bring your child back to the stop. If you contact First Student, you can meet the bus at a stop on the route. You should be at that stop waiting before the bus arrives as the driver is not able to wait. First Student's number is (780) 532-3545.

IF I HAVE A BUSING CONCERN HOW DO I ADDRESS IT?

If you have any questions or concerns with the busing please contact the Grande Prairie Public School District Transportation Department at (780) 539-7419.