Student Transportation Services

All students who want to take the bus to and/or from school need to complete an application form

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 2022-2023 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.

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 2022-2023 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 will not be considered complete until fees are paid in full or a payment plan is set up in School Cash Online. Fees are payable in up to four installments. January 1st will be the final installment date available. An automatic $26 non-payment charge will be added to your School Cash Online account if payment is rejected. If all non-payment charges and rejected payments are not received by January 31, 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.


Fee Waiver

Families who wish to apply to have their fees waived, should complete our Transportation Fee Waiver Form and submit it to our Transportation Department.

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.

How do I know if buses are 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.

The Division believes the parent is the primary decision-maker for students and parents must ultimately decide whether or not they will send their child(ren) to school.

Bus Cancellations

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 the outside temperature reaches -40 degrees Celsius or colder, or when the wind chill factor reaches -40 degrees Celsius and the air temperature is -30 degrees or colder, or when road conditions or visibility are significantly impacted by heavy snowfall, blowing snow, freezing rain, heavy fog or other circumstances.

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 four options to report an absence:

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.


Class Cancellations

Classes are cancelled when the outside air temperature is at or exceeds -40 degrees Celsius, or the wind chill exceeds -45 degrees Celsius.

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 Closure

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.