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C-130-BR: Student Transportation

References:

  • C-130
  • C-130-AR
  • B-180, Student Accommodation
  • C-110, District Owned Vehicles
  • F-130, Student Fees
  • Education Act, Sections 7, 59, 59.1
  • Alberta Regulation 96/2019
  • Traffic Safety Act
  • St. Albert Public Schools Student Transportation Manual


STUDENT TRANSPORTATION ON YELLOW BUSES AND OTHER HIRED CARRIERS

  1. Alberta Education Eligible: funded by Alberta Education. Access to transportation is provided to:
    1. kindergarten to grade 12 students who reside at least 2.4 kilometers from the school in their home attendance area;
    2. students who are directed or recommended by the division to attend a school outside of their home attendance area and reside at least 2.4 kilometers from the school.
  2. Division Eligible: not funded by Alberta Education. Access to transportation is provided to:
    1. kindergarten, elementary and junior high school students who reside at least 1.6 kilometers from the school in their home attendance area;
    2. high school students attending Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Advanced Career and Technology Studies when the program is not available, at the high school in their home attendance area;
    3. elementary and junior high school students who are directed or recommended by the division to attend a school outside of their home attendance area and reside at least 1.6 kilometers from the school; and
    4. students and their siblings who become ineligible due to the modification of attendance areas.
  3. Division Ineligible: not funded by Alberta Education. Access to transportation is not provided unless there is space on the bus:
    1. for kindergarten to grade 12 students who reside within the walk boundary (1.6 kilometers or 2.4 kilometers, respectively) from the school in their home attendance area;
    2. for students who attend a program of choice e.g. Logos, Cogito. A program of choice is a program, other than the English and/or French Immersion programs;
    3. for siblings of students directed or recommended by the division to attend a school outside of their home attendance area; and
    4. available space will be designated first to siblings of the students directed or recommended by the division to attend a school outside of their home attendance area and then to other students on a first come, first served basis.
  4. Procedures
    1. The Board of Trustees may enter into an agreement for reimbursement of transportation with parents of funded students with disabilities when the students cannot, because of their disabilities, use regular transportation provided by the division.
    2. The Board of Trustees delegates to the superintendent or designate the authority to develop procedures for:
      1. daily school bus procedures;
      2. waiving of transportation fees;
      3. student responsibilities in relation to division provided transportation; and
      4. handling of school bus accidents.


STUDENT TRANSPORTATION IN PRIVATE VEHICLES

  1. The transportation of students to and from school-sponsored activities should be by commercial carriers except in special circumstances.
  2. The Board authorizes the Superintendent (or designate) to approve student transportation to and from school-sponsored activities in private vehicles.
  3. The vehicle owner’s insurance is primary.
    1. Liability insurance protection is provided under the Board’s comprehensive general liability insurance policy for authorized volunteer drivers transporting students in privately owned vehicles on a school activity.
    2. Coverage shall apply only to that portion of an award for damages in excess of liability coverage of a volunteer driver’s insurance.
  4. Transportation of students in private motor vehicles must be by a qualified, adult driver who:
    1. holds a minimum of a valid class 5 (or equivalent) driving license;
    2. has informed their insurance company that they will be transporting students; and
    3. has agreed to abide by the requirements of all applicable laws.
  5. A motor vehicle used to transport students must be:
  6. a passenger vehicle with automobile insurance coverage of not less than$2,000,000.00 public liability and property damage; and
  7. properly equipped with seatbelts and in which the students’ use of the seatbelts is enforced; the number of passengers is to be limited to the number of seatbelts that are usable.