The Student Bus Registration Form can be completed and submitted online. Direct any questions to the Aspen View Public Schools Transportation Coordinator at 780-675-7080 Ext. 16
For the 2018-19 school year:
- Busing of students who reside more than 2.4 km from their designated school is provided at no cost.
- Busing of students who reside less than 2.4 km from their designated school is subject to an annual fee of $75 per student, up to a maximum per family of $200.
- Busing of students to an alternate address, such as a babysitter or workplace, is subject to an annual fee of $75 per student.
- Yard pick-up/drop off at rural residences, other than for approved medical or safety reasons, is subject to an annual fee of $100 per family.
- Fees have been suspended for busing to a ‘school of choice’ (a school other than their designated school). However, in those instances, parents/guardians are responsible for transporting those students to an assigned bus stop for that school.
- Fees have been suspended for non-resident students (students who reside outside the division boundaries). However, in those instances, parents/guardians are responsible for transporting those students to an assigned bus stop for that school.
School of choice is the common term used to describe when a student chooses to attend a school outside of their designated attendance area. Policy 18 defines how attendance areas are determined and what rules are in place should you choose to attend a school outside that area.
An Alternate Request is a request for a regular pick-up and/or drop-off for their child at a location other than their residence. Fees of $75 per student are assessed for approved Alternate Requests. Click for Alternate Transportation Request Form.
Yard pick-up is for special circumstances that are approved by the superintendent. Yard entries conducted because of an unsafe school bus turnaround, unsafe bus stop or medical reasons are exempt from a transportation fee. Contact the Aspen View Public Schools Transportation Coordinator at 780-675-7080 Ext. 16 to request an Approved Yard Pick-Up.
You are considered a non-resident student and busing may be accessed from an existing bus stop within Aspen View Public Schools’ boundaries.
You will be invoiced through PowerSchool and you can also contact your child’s school.
Fees can be paid online and at the school. If you reached the family maximum it will be reflected on your PowerSchool invoice.
Any waiver of fees or adjustments need to be communicated through the Aspen View Public Schools division office. Click for Application for Waiver of Fee(s).
You may apply for transportation service, however there will not be any prorating of fees for the 2018-19 school year.
Bus drivers will continue to transport all students registered with the Transportation Department
Aspen View will individually contact all families with outstanding Transportation Fees to discuss payment options or, if they refuse to pay the Transportation Fees, arrange for the student(s) withdrawal from the transportation system.
Only in the event that a student has been withdrawn from the transportation system will their bus driver be instructed not to pick up/drop off. This will be done through a route amendment.
When conditions are such that the safety of students becomes jeopardized, the school bus driver may make the decision that it is safest not to do a pick-up or drop-off. The driver would call the parents so they know to make alternate arrangements.
Bus delays and cancellations are reported through our division and school websites. You can also subscribe to receive bus status updates by email or text message. Click for Aspen View Bus Route webpage.
AVPSD contracts all bussing services to professional contractors who have excellent maintenance programs for their buses. However, there may be an occasion when a bus breaks down. All contractors help each other out in this event and will get your child to school and back home again. Parents may be required to drive their child in the event of a bus break down. Drivers are to remain with the students at all times until another bus or other safe alternative has been arranged. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately anytime they are on the bus.
As a parent, the first action should be to contact the driver and discuss what you know about the incident. There is a good chance that the driver knows about it and is dealing with the issue. However, the driver may not know about the issue and so should be made aware of it. The successful resolution of any busing problem will come from effective communication.
The driver will involve the school at the appropriate time. Many issues have a way of working themselves out as the drivers are very resourceful in this regard. The school will expect the driver to have tried solutions already and to have contacted the parents before the issue is brought forward.
All issues are considered important and will be dealt with seriously and in a professional manner.
If there is not a qualified driver available to drive, sometimes a run may have to be canceled. If this were to happen you will receive a call from your bus driver. Parents are advised to have a contingency plan in place so that their students do not miss school.
AVPSD drivers are some of the best trained drivers in Canada. All drivers must provide a valid current driver’s abstract yearly as well as a clean criminal record check before they can be considered to drive for Aspen View Public School Division. All drivers must possess a valid Class 2 drivers license and are required to take the ‘S’ Endorsement (school bus operations safety) course within twelve months of their start date. Drivers attend professional development seminars hosted by the Division.
Please contact the Transportation Department by calling 780-675-7080 Ext. 16 or toll free at 1-888-488-0288.
Students should be at the stop, ready to board the bus 3 to 5 minutes before their assigned pick-up time. Please remember that if everyone on the bus were late by even one minute, the bus would arrive at school approximately 30 minutes late. If your students are late, you must have a contingency plan to get them to school.
This is a convenient practice that we try to accommodate. Cooperation from parents is necessary. Currently, any student registered with AVPSD can be transported on a one-time special occasion provided that there is:
- Room on the bus
- A note is provided to the Transportation Coordinator by the parent approving the ride 24 hours prior to the required transportation.
- Notification to the school has been given.
Inform your driver. Have your student tell the driver beforehand or phone the driver yourself. This is a courtesy that the drivers really appreciate. If your driver shows up at your pick-up location and you do not come out, they will only stay until your departure time and then leave.