Transportation

The 2020-2021 Transportation Registration Form will be accessible in School Engage in July. We will inform all parents by email when it is available.

Please note that completing the registration form does not guarantee your child will have a seat on a bus when school starts in September. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and requirements that may be put in place for student transportation, NLPS cannot guarantee that all routes will be available or that it will be able to accommodate all students who register for busing for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents are encouraged to have alternate transportation plans in place for their children.

NLPS will not begin processing registrations until after August 1st when Alberta Education announces what scenario will apply to schools when classes resume in September. Once we know what restrictions, if any, will be in place, we will be able to start finalizing our plans, and will start contacting parents with bus route information.

All students who want to take the bus to and/or from school need to be registered.

If you are already accessing student transportation services, you may not need to fill out a new transportation registration form. 

Please follow the instructions for registering if any of the following apply to you:

  • Your child is new to Northern Lights Public Schools
  • Your child is an NLPS student who has not accessed transportation services previously but wishes to start taking the bus to/from school
  • Your child has been taking the bus to/from school and you live within the town/city limits of Bonnyville, Cold Lake or Lac La Biche
  • Your child currently rides the bus but is changing schools next year
  • Your child currently rides the bus but their address or pickup/drop off locations will change in the new school year 

2020-2021 Transportation Registration

If you are new to Northern Lights Public Schools, you must register for school before you can apply for Transportation Services. You will see the 2020-2021 Transportation Registration Form in School Engage when you register.

If you have a student currently enrolled in an NLPS school, the 2020-2021 Transportation Registration Form can be accessed through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

You will need to access the Parent Portal using a computer (desktop or laptop) in order to access registration forms. You will not be able to access the forms using the Parent Portal app.

If you already have a Parent Portal account set up, you can log in, click on School Engage in the lower left hand corner and you will be able to access the form. Please make sure you select the form for the correct year. You need to complete a form for each child that is going to be riding the bus.

If you do not already have a Parent Portal account set up, please contact your school for information. Detailed instructions on how to set up an account are included in our PowerSchool Parent Portal Parent Guide.

Once you have submitted your registration form, the NLPS Transportation Department will contact you to confirm your information, discuss any fees that may apply, and provide you with information on how to pay those fees.

Where fees are applicable, registrations will not be considered complete until a minimum of one payment has been made on School Cash Online.

Please note: To secure a spot on the bus for the first day of school, your registration must be received and, if fees are applicable, a minimum of one payment must be made, at least one week prior to the first day of school.

Transportation Fees

NLPS does not charge fees for Student Transportation Services for students who live more than 2.4 kilometres from their designated school.

Fees are charged for in-town transportation (students who live within 2.4 kilometres of their designated school) in the communities of Bonnyville, Cold Lake and Lac La Biche.

For the 2020-2021 school year, fees will be charged as follows:

Grade Level Distance from Designated School Fee (per year)
Kindergarten to Grade 4 More than 1.6 kilometres FREE
Kindergarten to Grade 4 Less than 1.6 kilometres $380
Grades 5 & 6 Less than 2.4 kilometres $380
Grades 7 to 12 Less than 2.4 kilometres $500

Please note, in-town routes are subject to availability of bus contractors and drivers, and priority will be given to students who live greater than 2.4 kilometres from their designated school. When necessary, students will be placed on a waiting list until a viable bus route can be established or space becomes available on an established route.

Fees are also charged for students who requires a seat on an second (alternate) route, unless it is required to comply with a custody agreement. The fee for this service for 2020-2021 is $190 for students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 and $250 for students in grades 7-12. Alternate route seats will only be provided if space is available on the alternate route and will be capped at one alternate seat per student.

Where fees are applicable, registrations will not be considered complete until a minimum of one payment has been made on School Cash Online.

Our Student Transportation Guide outlines the responsibilities of students, bus drivers and parents, as well as general information about our busing service.

Additional information is included in our Transportation Policy. Please note, this policy is currently under review.