Student Transportation Services

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 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.

*** 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.**

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 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. 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. Please note, this policy is currently under review.

 

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.

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.

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 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.

 

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.