School Bus Policies

We want to provide all students with a safe and comfortable journey to and from school. Students must understand that they are responsible for their conduct toward the driver and other students at all times while on the bus.

The school bus is an extension of the school facilities and the same expectations apply. Any conduct that jeopardizes the safety of the driver or students is not be tolerated. 

During the first week of school the bus driver will hand out a brochure with their Name and Route # along with further information regarding Transportation Policies and Rules that apply on all of our school buses.

ADDRESS CHANGES / SPECIAL REQUESTS

Be sure to contact our office if you are making a permanent or temporary busing change to your child's transportation needs. Permanent address changes need to be made at the school which will automatically be updated in our system. These changes cannot be made with the driver. Please allow five business days for your request to be implemented. One time only requests (bringing friends home or dropping off at a different location) require a note from the parents and may be arranged with the driver.

EATING, DRINKING AND CHEWING GUM

Chewing gum, the consumption of food and drink is at the drivers’ discretion. Due to allergy concerns we request that no peanut butter or nut products be consumed on the bus.

ITEMS NOT PERMITTED ON SCHOOL BUS

Toboggans, skateboards, snowboards, skis, hockey sticks, glass containers, animals, skates without blade protection, non-folding scooters or anything that the driver feels may endanger students while riding the bus or inhibit students from entering or exiting the bus will be prohibited.

EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS

In the case of extreme weather conditions (ie. cold weather, fog, or freezing rain), Board Policy determines whether or not the buses will operate that day. If bus service is cancelled for the day, this information will be broadcast on local radio stations beginning at 6:15 AM. Parents may also obtain this information from your school webpage, division webpage or by using the school bus app on your iPhone or Android device.

Note: If bus service is cancelled in the morning, the buses may not operate in the afternoon even if weather conditions improve.

If the buses are running during extreme weather conditions, parents are not obligated to send their child on the bus if they would rather make alternate arrangements to transport their child to school. All students must be suitably dressed for the weather conditions or the bus driver may not allow them to ride the bus. Your child should know what to do if the bus is running late in the morning and have a place to go in the event that the bus does not arrive. They should also know what to do if a parent is not able to meet the bus after school or if there is no one home when they arrive. It is not the driver's responsibility to ensure that there is someone to meet your child at the stop after school.

MECHANICAL PROBLEMS

In the case of a breakdown, a spare bus will be sent out immediately to meet your child's bus and the driver will then continue on their route as necessary. This will usually only result in 15 or 20 minute delay in the route. Bus statuses will be updated on the School and Division website and will be pushed out to the school bus app provided you have set this feature up.

SCHOOL BUS PARKING ZONES

Please be aware of the school bus zone at your child's school. Parking in this zone is illegal during specified hours and presents a serious safety hazard for the loading or unloading of students. Any vehicles parked in the school bus zone at your child's school during the specified hours may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

FLASHING RED LIGHTS

When flashing red lights are activated on school buses, vehicles from both directions must stop. Violators will be prosecuted. 

Flashing red lights are not used in The City of Red Deer or in The Town of Olds.

BUS EVACUATION

For your child's safety, Division policy requires that drivers conduct a minimum of four bus evacuation drills per year.

CELLULAR PHONES

Cell phones are not to be used on the bus (no calling, text messaging, internet or games) as per Administrative Procedure 114.