Congregated Stops Posted are Final
Students attending Alternative Programs within the CBE access yellow school bus transportation under a congregated stop model. Congregated stops are used when a small number of students from multiple communities congregate or gather at one stop to take a bus to their chosen school.
The bus stop may be well beyond reasonable walking distance from a student’s home. Families may be required to arrange for transportation to and from the congregated stop. The routes and stops are final and changes will not be made based on new registrations or the route students must travel to get to the stop location.
When CBE selects a congregated stop location we look at a number of factors include student safety, ease of access for the bus, public space for students to gather and available parking for parents. Learn more about what safety means to CBE Transportation Services.
Determining Transportation Eligibility
The CBE calculates distance from student homes to their designated school according to the Education Act Appendix School Transportation Regulation section 4. We measure the distance from the edge of the student’s home property (or in the of a housing complex the edge of the complex). Road width is not a part of the calculation, meaning any street crossing distances are not counted.
Measurement is done by our route planning software. We do not use estimations provided by Google Maps, odometers or other distance tracking devices.
Transportation eligibility is based on taking a measurement from the school in 2.4 km in each direction. It considers the shortest distance to travel between home and school, including all City of Calgary pathways, and all roadways but geographical characteristics are not taken into account for this calculation. It is important to note, we are not asking your child to walk this path, we are using the shortest distance travelled for the calculation.
Determining Bus Stop Locations
When scheduling school bus routes Section 9 of The Calgary Board of Education's Administrative Regulation 6095 - Student Transportation is followed.
It is important to note that as we plan safe and accessible bus stop locations, there may be slight variances in distances for some students to ensure safety of the location. These changes will also impact other bus routes and stops across the system.
Parents should be aware of the following:
Every effort is made to keep ride times to within one hour each way. Due to the sparsity of students, buses must travel long distances to service the schools offering alternative and special needs programs, therefore, ride times may be longer in some cases.
Parents are responsible for ensuring their child's safety while traveling to and from, and while at the bus stop.
School bus routes are developed using all pre-registrations that are submitted by May 31, 2019.
Changes to routes will not be made until after Thanksgiving unless they are necessary, e.g., road closure.
If a student has more than one address, only the primary residence address will be used for transportation purposes. The CBE cannot provide two or more bus stops for one child; however, students are allowed to use any existing bus stop that is convenient for them as long as they have registered and paid for transportation.
Bus routes or schedules are subject to change at any time during the school year.