Transportation

Registration for 2022-2023 starts on May 2, 2022

REGISTER TO RIDE

Registration is required to ride the bus. 
 
Please contact Robert Olson, Transportation Coordinator:

email: robert.olson@sd76.ab.ca; or
call: 403.528.6572

RIDER ELIGIBILITY

The Board may provide transportation service for resident students in the following categories:

  1. Students within the school division boundaries who reside over 2.4km from their designated school.
  2. Grades K-6 students residing beyond 1.2km from their designated school.

School bus transportation is provided by our partners at Southland Transportation. If your child's bus is late or if you have questions about scheduling or routes please contact Southland Transportation at 403.526.4655. 


SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION - COVID-19 GUIDELINES

  • Students in ELP, K and grades 1-12 are required to wear a mask unless they have an exemption.
  • Parents and children/students should not be in the pick-up area or enter the bus if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Drivers will be provided with a protective zone.
  • Our service provider, Southland Transportation, will provide clear expectations to families around school bus behavior.
  • Students will be assigned seats and a record of this seating plan will be maintained. Students who live in the same household may be seated together. Student rider attendance will be recorded.
  • Schools will develop procedures for student loading, unloading and transfers that support physical distancing when possible.
  • If a student becomes ill or presents COVID-19 symptoms en route to school, upon arrival, the student will move directly to the isolation space and arrangements will be made for pick up. If a child becomes symptomatic while waiting for the bus, unless the parent is present, no student will be denied access onto the bus.
  • If a driver becomes aware of a child that is symptomatic after school, the child will not be permitted access onto the bus. The driver will communicate with the school to get the child home safely and as soon as possible.
  • Busses will be sanitized after every trip to prepare for the next cohort. 

Physically distancing on school buses is the most challenging place for us to support physical distancing and respiratory hygiene. 

We encourage families, where possible, to drive children to school or have them walk/ride their bikes. 


Frequently Asked Questions: 

If my child only rides once or twice a year, do I still have to register?
Yes, s
ome students may ride the bus infrequently, however they still need to be registered to ride. 


If my child live at two different homes can we register for two different routes? 
Yes, we will help to coordinate that with you, please contact us. 

If my child (who is registered to ride) has a friend come over after school (who is not registered to ride, or is registered on a different bus) are they both allowed to ride the bus home?
Due to stricter restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently not granting access for friends to ride.
 
How will I know which bus my child needs to take?
Families are asked to view our attendance area maps to learn about pick up and drop locations.


How will I know what time my child's bus will pick up and drop off each day?
Families are asked to view our bus route maps to learn about pick up and drop times.

Does it cost money to ride the bus?
Not at this time. Medicine Hat Public School Division transports over 2,500 students including students with special needs. At this time there is no cost associated with accessing school bus registration, but all riders are required to register.


My child has specialized needs, are they able to ride the bus?
If your child requires special transportation (ex: wheelchair accessibility) please contact Robert Olson, Transportation Coordinator 403.528.6572. 

Is there bussing available for my child in ELP?
For ELP bussing service, please contact your ELP teacher.

Why was my application denied?
It is likely a bus application is denied because it does not meet the eligibility requirements.



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