Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the Transportation Boundary Maps?
- Wildlife, weather and daylight are a concern in my community. What responsibilities does PRSD have in ensuring students are safe?
- Are my children safe while waiting for the bus at the stop or when they load and unload?
- Who is responsible for my children before they load and after they unload the school bus?
- Will the school bus pick up students in the yard?
- What are the Provincial Regulations regarding walking distances for students?
- Are there rules stating where my children get picked up?
- How can I receive transportation for students where I live less than 2.4 kms from their designated school?
- When do busses stop within town limits?
- Any other comments?
- What are the current school bus fees?
The Transportation Boundary Maps are available online.
The Board has, in the past, considered yard service to further protect the safety of students where the length of the driveway for a home is greater than 400 m and the grade of the eldest child is less than Grade 4. To receive approval, parents must make a request for this service directly to the Board as an appeal to the policy. Please contact the Transportation Department for further details on this.
Each pick up and drop off location has a designated Safe Zone where the driver has instructed students to wait. Once the Safe Zone is established students should always wait at this location.
School bus drivers in Alberta are trained and certified as per the School Bus Driver Improvement Course. The training provides stringent procedures that are used for safety on the school bus as well as loading and unloading. Drivers must ensure that students follow the correct procedures for loading and unloading or their safety may be compromised.
Students must NEVER cross in front of the school bus until the driver has signaled them to do so. Bus drivers will not signal students to cross until the traffic has come to a complete stop within the bus driver’s Safe Zone.
Who is responsible for my children before they load and after they unload the school bus?
Parents are responsible for their child's safety to, from and while the student waits for the bus at their designated stop. Bus drivers may not permit students to unload at another stop without permission from the parent. On occassion the bus may arrive early, however, the school bus will wait until the designated time before departing the stop location.
Peace River school division does not normally provide yard service. Exceptions may apply:
- If the turn around space is limited on the public roadway making it unsafe for the school bus to turnaround;
- If the child requires special program needs.
What are the Provincial Regulations regarding walking distances for students?
The School Act states that students who reside more than 2.4 kms from their designated school are eligible for school bus transportation to their designated school. Students who require special programming and reside less that 2.4 may be eligible for transportation to/ from school.
Are there rules stating where my children get picked up?
Peace River School Division has established a 400 meters walk limit for students living outside of the 2.4km walk distance. Often the pick up point is located at the end of the driveway as yard service is not provided. If the distance between the driveway and the existing bus route is less than 400 meters, students may be required to walk along the road to a safe stop location along the main bus route.
BUS PASS - Parents may choose to purchase a bus pass for students who are not eligible for transportation. Yearly rates are available and students must load and unload at a designated stop.
INTERSCHOOL - In communities where there is more than one school, parents may register their child for this free service provided the student loads and unloads at a school. Students that reside outside town or village limits who are less than 2.4 kms but more than 400 meters from their designated school, will be considered eligible for transportation and may be registered for the school bus at no cost.
When do busses stop within town limits?
School bus stops located within the town limits are in accordance with the 400 meter walk limit policy and are reviewed annually by the Transportation Department. Considerations regarding stop placement include:
- A safe location for all students while waiting for the bus;
- A visible location with consideration to bus maneuverability;
- Location of student residence in relation to the stop;
Any other comments?
Peace River School Division thanks the school community for their understanding and support in this matter and invites individuals to contact the Transportation Department with any questions or concerns and to gain a better understanding on funding, Division policy, school of choice and other matters that cause concern. We also invite those with any questions to visit www.prsd.ab.ca to view Frequently Asked Questions regarding bus transportation services provided by PRSD.
PRSD is committed to providing safe, effective and consistent transportation services for students in the communities we serve.
What are the school bus fees?
For passengers less than 2.4 kms from their school:
1. $450.00 per year
2. Family rate (3 or more children) of $1125.00 per year
Note: Bus passes may be purchased by Visa, Mastercard, and Debit at the Peace River Transportation office and select schools in the each community. Parents must purchase the bus pass before the student can be registered on the school bus.
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