School Bus Information
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For school bus inquiries, please contact our Transportation Department
Eligibility for School Bus Transportation
Alberta Education only provides Transportation Funding for students who reside more than 2.4 km (walking distance) from their designated school or their school of attendance. Students in Kindergarten to Grades 5 living between 1.6 km and 2.4 km from their designated school will be assessed a transportation fee of $150 per student. The maximum a family will pay is $600 per year. All other students living less than 2.4 km from their designated school will be assessed $300 per student. The maximum a family will pay is $600 per year.
Note that should your child attend any school other than his/her designated school, the 2.4 km guide will be used.
Red Deer Catholic offers free busing to eligible students in Kindergarten where there is an existing route. Parents choosing a school where an existing bus route is not available, parents can apply to receive the transportation grant to drive their child to and from school. In the case of half day Kindergarten programs, parents may apply to receive half of the transportation grant. Transportation Grant application forms will be provided by the school at the end of September.
Students attending the Pre-Kindergarten programs pose some unique challenges with regards to busing. Due to the physical size of the students, and the safety concern of safely loading and unloading of students we are recommending the parents drive children to and from school. The transportation grant will be made available to parents regardless if an existing bus route is available. In extreme and unique circumstances, we may transport Pre-K students on regular routes. Please contact your school principal to discuss further. Transportation Grant application forms will be provided by the school at the end of September.
SCHOOL OF CHOICE
Students attending programs of choice, as defined by Alberta Education, namely St. Patrick Community School (year-round program) and St. Martin de Porres School (Fine Arts program) do not qualify for transportation grants if students reside within 2.4 kms from their designated school or their school of attendance. This also so applies to students attending St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School, who are designated to St. Patrick's Community School.
CITY TRANSIT PASSES
All students living within the City of Red Deer and attending École Secondaire Notre Dame High School or St. Joseph High School are eligible to receive a restricted transit pass at the beginning of each month. Upgrades to an unrestricted pass may be purchased for an additional fee. Students who are non-eligible riders may also purchase their bus pass on a monthly basis.
According to the School Bus Operation Regulation (16) of the Motor Transport Act, large items cannot be carried on school buses unless they can be secured and do not block the aisles.The School Bus Operation Regulation of the Motor Transport Act (437/86) states the following:
Luggage equipment and tools
16(1) When luggage, equipment or tools are carried on a school bus they shall not be carried in the interior of the school bus.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), where it is not practical to carry luggage, equipment or tools other than in the interior of the bus they may be carried in the interior of the school bus if they:
a. Are stored under the seats where possible.
b. Do not block the aisles or emergency exits, and
c. Are stored, lodged or secured in such a manner so that they cannot be dislodged or move about when the brakes of the school bus are applied, during acceleration of the school bus or in the event of an accident involving the school bus.
(3) The person operating the school bus shall ensure that any luggage, equipment or tools carried on the school bus are transported in accordance with this section.AR 437/86 s16
This means that RDCRS Transportation is required to adhere to the regulations and policies regarding the safety and well-being of their students while riding on school buses. Tubas, french horns, guitars, saxophones, trombones, hockey sticks, hockey bags, skateboards, curling brooms, etc., are not be allowed on the busses. Articles must be held on a student’s lap, not go into the aisle, above the seat or into another student’s space. As seats are 39” wide and there are often three students to a seat, the article should not be more than 13” x 13” x 23”.