Transportation

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Contact Information

La Crete Bus Garage
9705 - 99 Street
P.O. Box 1331
La Crete, AB T0H 2H0
Phone: (780) 928-3860
Fax: (780) 928-3232
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (week days)

Cross Boundary Attendance

Cross boundary transportation will not be provided for students attending schools out of their attendance area. However, subject to space availability on the bus, students may ride to a school out of their area from a location on an existing bus route. Existing bus routes will not be modified to provide transportation services to students outside their attendance area. 

Permission from the Secretary-Treasurer is required prior to any cross boundary transfers. Email normanb@fvsd.ab.ca or call the office at 780-927-3766.

School Attendance Maps

Attendance Map - BHCS - Revised 2018
Attendance Map - BHPS - Revised 2018
Attendance Map - Fort Vermilion
Attendance Map - HCCS - Revised 2016
Attendance Map - High Level
Attendance Map - La Crete - Revised 2016
Attendance Map - Rocky Lane

Unsafe Conditions for Buses

Effective January 13, 2020

Cold or Adverse Weather Conditions

In all cases, the Superintendent in consultation with the Transportation Manager has the authority to suspend, cancel or reroute bus service if it is deemed that the safety of staff, students or the general public is in jeopardy.

Temperature Factors

Bus service in a certain area is to be cancelled by 6:30 am by the school administrator when the temperature reaches -40°C without the wind or -48°C with the wind as measured by Environment Canada Data.  This communication must be posted to the schools’ website and Facebook page.

Road Conditions

When road conditions such as ice from freezing rain create an unsafe driving condition, or in blizzard condition and excesses accumulation of snow during the storm, the decision to cancel a bus route rests with the Superintendent in consultation with the Transportation Manager. 

Other Factors Affecting Safe Driving

Other factors not related to road conditions or temperature may also necessitate cancellation of bus service.  For example, periods of heavy fog or smoke may reduce visibility to such a point that it is not safe to drive.  In such cases, each individual driver must make the decision as to whether or not it is safe for them to drive.

Cancelling Service

Whenever a route is cancelled, it is the responsibility of the driver to contact each family on the route to advise them of the cancellation.  Families should be contacted in order of pick up and informed that the run is cancelled and for what duration.  Should a situation arise that would necessitate a cancellation or delay mid-run, the driver should contact the bus garage to assist with the notification of families.

Protocols for Canceling Extra-curricular Trips Due to Weather/Road Conditions

  1. On the previous evening (before 9pm) or on the day of the planned extra-curricular activity, the principal will contact the Transportation Manager to discuss the following information:
  2. School bus cancellations within the division.
  3. Weather and road conditions within the division. (511 Alberta Data)
  4. Present weather and road conditions outside the division. (511 Alberta Data)
  5. Weather forecast for the region. (Environment Canada data)

The principal will use the information gathered from the Transportation Manager to make a decision with the Superintendent as to whether the planned extra-curricular activity will go ahead or not.

  1. If busses are cancelled in some locations of the division and a planned extra-curricular activity would bring students into that location, then the extra-curricular activity would be cancelled/postponed for that school on that day.
  2. If busses are cancelled outside of the division due to weather/road conditions and a planned extra-curricular activity would bring students into that location, then the extra-curricular activity would be cancelled/postponed for that school on that day.
  3. When a previously planned field trip is expected to travel in or through an area where buses have been cancelled for that day, consideration may be made to continue with the planned trip if weather/road conditions have significantly improved through the day. In such cases, prior to the beginning of the scheduled trip, the school administrator will consult with the Transportation Manager and then the Superintendent and provide evidence of appreciable improvements. 

Note:

  • After a bus driver begins transporting students, the bus driver has the responsibility to make the decision as to whether it is safe to continue or not.

Student Discipline

Students riding in a school bus are under the immediate authority of the driver, who shall report all major cases of student misconduct to the principal of the students' schools. The principal may suspend the students from riding the bus if it is deemed necessary to ensure the safety of the driver, other passengers, or other traffic.

Urban Transportation

The Fort Vermilion School Division receives funding from Alberta Education to transport students living more than 2.4 kilometers from their designated school.

Transportation is available to students within the 2.4 kilometer walk limit and residing in an urban area. The cost for urban transportation within the Division is as outlined to the right.

Urban Bus Fees

Physically disabled students No Charge
Half-time ECS $25/month
Daily ECS to Grade 6 $40/month
Grade 7 to Grade 12 $50/month
Maximum Family Rate $100/month

Rural Yard Service

Yard service will be provided free of charge to students where there is a child in grade three or less and the driveway exceeds 0.4 kilometers (1/4 Mile), or where the driveway exceeds 0.8 kilometers (1/2 Mile) for any other students. Yard service may also be provided for a family with a physically disabled student or where a road side pick-up is not practical or not safe.

Parents who want yard service and do not meet the distance requirements may still request this service. It will be reviewed by the Transportation Manager who will take into consideration the driveway distance, the age of the students, and the overall impact on the entire bus route. If approved, a charge of $75 per month will apply.