Students in alternative programs may have access to yellow school bus service or they may be designated to take Calgary Transit.
Yellow School Bus Service
Students attending Alternative Programs within the CBE may access yellow school bus transportation (or Calgary Transit - see below) 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.
Please note that all distances are measured using transportation-specific software rather than GIS programs such as Google. Check your school attendance area map to determine the actual distance of your primary residence to your designated school.
Requests for exemption
Requests for exemption from transportation eligibility requirements because of serious health problems can be made in writing to the manager, Transportation Services. The student’s regular physician must complete a Student Transportation Eligibility Assessment form and return it to Transportation Services. Call 403-817-7888 to request a form. Parents are notified in writing if an exemption is granted.
2018-19 yellow bus fee: $350 per student
- All students who attend an alternative program and use CBE transportation are required to pay this fee.
- Pay online, by cheque payable to Calgary Board of Education or monthly by automatic withdrawal.
- Families experiencing financial hardship may request a Fee Waiver application online at MyCBE/PowerSchool or get a waiver form from the school. CBE Finance (403-817-7888) will answer all questions related to waiver applications.
Calgary Transit Bus Service
Students in Grades 6 through 9 may be designated to Calgary Transit. Families will need to purchase a Calgary Transit pass available at many convenience and grocery stores at a cost of $75/month.
All families can apply for the City of Calgary's Fair Entry Program for the low income Calgary Transit pass. This program offers a streamlined application process for City subsidy programs, including reduced rates for transit passes. You can find more information about the program at www.calgary.ca/fairentry.