All students who want to take the bus to and/or from school need to register.
All NLPS students who live more than 2.4 kilometres from their designated school are eligible for student transportation and NLPS does not charge a fee for this service.
Northern Lights Public Schools also offers in-town student transportation to students in Bonnyville, Cold Lake and Lac La Biche who live less than 2.4 kilometres from their designated school on a fee-for-service basis.
For the 2021-2022 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.
*** 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 2021-2022 school year. Parents are encouraged to have alternate transportation plans in place for their children.**
A fee will also be charged for any student 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 2021-2022 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, registration is not complete until the first installment of fees has been paid through School Cash Online.
Fees are payable in up to four installments - one prior to the start of the school year (or prior to the first day of riding the bus if starting mid-year) and the rest due prior to the end of the first semester (payment would come out on January 1). An automatic $26 late charge will be added to your School Cash Online account if payment is not received. If the final installment and late fee are not received prior to the end of February, the parent/guardian will be asked to withdraw their child(ren) from riding the bus.
Bus Fee Refunds
Bus fee refunds will be applied in the following circumstances:
- bus services are not available for a period exceeding two consecutive weeks (excluding holidays included on the NLPS calendar)
- there is a Division required school closure that exceeds two consecutive weeks (excluding holidays included on the NLPS calendar)
- the student riding the bus changes schools and does not require transportation to/from the new location
- the student moves and fees are not applicable at their new location
- the student moves out of district.
In the event a student is moving or changing schools, please inform NLPS Transportation as soon as possible.
Families who wish to apply to have their fees waived, should complete our Transportation Fee Waiver Form and submit it to our Transportation Department.