Welcome to the Northern Lights Public Schools Student Transportation page.
All students who want to take the bus to and/or from school need to register.
As of September 1, 2016, in-town busing fees have been waived by the Northern Lights Public Schools Board of Trustees.
Our Student Transportation Guide outlines the responsibilities of students, bus drivers and parents, as well as general information about our busing service. Please view the guide or our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers about the following: birthday parties and sleepovers; channels of communication; in-town busing information; school of choice information; and inclement weather information. Ensure that you read the brochure carefully and contact us if you have any questions.
Additional information is included in our Transportation Policy.
Are buses cancelled?
Administrative Procedure 131 - Inclement Weather Disruptions to Transportation and Classroom Schedules outlines the difference between buses being cancelled, classes being cancelled and schools being closed. It is important to understand the difference so you know what to do when each of those scenarios occurs.
Parents make the final decision about whether or not to take or send their children to school when inclement weather conditions exist, regardless of whether or not buses or classes have been cancelled.
Buses may be cancelled for a variety of reasons - mechanical issues, driver illness, weather, etc. In the case of inclement weather, our Transportation Department assesses travel safety by looking at road conditions and visibility; temperature and wind chill; as well as weather warnings and RCMP travel advisories. Using this information, buses are cancelled when it is unsafe for drivers to transport students on buses.
When buses are cancelled, it does not mean it is a "no school" day. Classes will proceed as scheduled. If large numbers of students are absent due to bus cancellations, classes may be modified.
When buses are cancelled, parents need to report that their child will be absent so we know not to expect them at school. You have three options to report an absence:
- School Messenger
- Log in to the app and choose Attendance from the drop down menu on the left-hand side of the screen, then click on the Report an Absence button in the lower right-hand corner or
- In a web browser, go to go.schoolmessenger.ca, log in and choose Attendance from the drop down menu on the left-hand side of the screen, then click on Report an Absence in the top right-hand corner.
- Call 1-833-288-7008 toll-free and use our Safe Arrival system to report your child's absence
- Call your child's school directly and leave a message.
Please note that unless otherwise indicated by your child's school, we do not monitor social media or email for absence notifications. If you report your child's absence using those methods, we may not receive it and you may still receive an automated message asking you to confirm your child's absence.
Classes are cancelled when the temperature and wind chill reach below -40C.
When classes are cancelled, buses are also cancelled. Schools remain open, but regular classes are not held.
When classes are cancelled, parents need to report that their child will be absent so we know not to expect them at school.
School closures occur rarely and are usually due to fire, water damage or other hazards that prevent access to the school for a period of time.