Pre-Registration Has Begun For Yellow School Bus Service in 2019-20

May. 01, 2019

The following message was sent to all affected CBE parents/guardians on May 1, 2019.

For the 2019-20 school year the majority of CBE students will have a similar transportation service as they have in the current school year. As part of our long-term, sustainable transportation system we have eliminated the need to subsidize the costs of transportation from the larger CBE budget. We will continue to ensure the delivery of safe and efficient transportation for students.

Pre-registration May 1 - 31

The transportation pre-registration period will begin on Wednesday, May 1 and close on Friday, May 31. Transportation pre-registrations can be completed using My CBE/PowerSchool. To be included in the yellow school bus route planning for September, parents must pre-register by May 31. Any registrations received after that date will not be considered until route changes are done after Thanksgiving. The more registrations we receive by the deadline, the more efficient route planning will be for September.

2019-20 Transportation Service Levels

Students attending Regular Program at their designated school – will continue to access yellow school bus service within current guidelines, where feasible. This means that elementary students will access a stop within 1.6 km of their homes and middle school/junior high students will access a stop within 1.8 km of their homes. The majority of students will access a bus stop that is approximately 500 m from their homes.

Students attending an Alternative Program – will continue to access yellow school bus service within a congregated stop model. We anticipate the majority of students in larger alternative programs (French Immersion, Spanish Bilingual and Traditional Learning Centres) will have a stop within 1 km from home because of the higher density of student population within a community accessing these schools and programs. The longest distances to a yellow bus stop will be for students travelling across the city to a program at a single site. These students may have bus stops located beyond the travel distance guidelines.

Students currently assigned to Calgary Transit – will continue to use public transit. An additional two middle schools will have communities transitioning to Calgary Transit this fall and have been made aware of this transition.

Walk zone and transportation eligibility maps are posted on school profile pages.

2019-20 Transportation Fees

Yellow School Bus

All students attending their designated Regular Program school and who live 2.4 km or more away from the school do not have to pay yellow school bus transportation fees. Students requiring complex learning needs transportation or attending a special setting are also exempt from transportation fees.

Other Regular Program riders living less than 2.4 km but more than the walk zone or 1.6 km for elementary and 1.8 km for middle/junior high, and assigned to yellow school bus service will be charged the proposed fee of $365/year. This is a less than five per cent increase from the previous two years. Please note this fee is subject to Board of Trustee and Ministerial approval.


All Alternative Program riders assigned to yellow school bus service will be charged the proposed fee of $365/year. This is a less than five per cent increase from the previous two years. Please note this fee is subject to Board of Trustee and Ministerial approval.

Calgary Transit

All Grade 6-12 students assigned to Calgary Transit are responsible for purchasing monthly bus passes at a cost of $75/month (increasing to $77/month in January 2020).

For students attending their designated Regular Program school and who live 2.4 km or more away from the school, the CBE will rebate families $549, meaning they will pay $201/year. Learn more about the CBE Calgary Transit Pass Rebate Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why does my home address not display completely when I’m filling out the pre-registration information online?
A. Home addresses are partially masked during registration to protect privacy. If you have concerns that your address may be incorrect, please contact the school to confirm it. (Any changes made may take up to 72 hours to show in the system.)

Q. What do I do if I receive an error message that “the student is not registered in school for this school year.”
A. Please contact the school to update your child’s status in the system.


More transportation information can be found on the CBE website www.cbe.ab.ca/transportation.​​​​