Inclement Weather Policy (Policy 132: GSACRD Administrative Procedure Manual)
Weather Safety Tips
School Bus Safety Tips
Busing Your Children Safely to School
Up to 3200 students who attend Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools ride a bus to and from school. Children ride buses under a bus pass system. School-bus walk boundaries determine eligibility to ride.
Drivers and buses contracted by Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools are all licensed and inspected to meet the standards set by Alberta Transportation.
Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools needs the support of parents and the cooperation of students to ensure that riding on school buses is a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Courtesy at the Bus Stop
It is important for students to be courteous and considerate of each other at the stop and on the bus. On occasion, some stops have had to be moved or eliminated as a result of misbehavior at the bus stop. This will not happen if students abide by the following guidelines:
Bus departure times are indicated on the bus route schedule. Students should plan to arrive at their stop about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to depart. Arriving more than 5 minutes before departure could result in misbehavior at the bus stop.
- A parent or caregiver is encouraged to accompany students to and from bus stops.
- Students must respect the property of homeowners by walking and standing on the sidewalk and not on people’s lawns or driveways.
- Littering is prohibited.
Discipline On the Bus
A safe ride depends on the bus driver being able to give his/her full attention to watching the road. Distractions and disturbances make it increasingly difficult for drivers to concentrate on safely transporting students to and from school. The following regulations have been developed in the interests of both the students and bus drivers.
School Bus Rules and Regulations
Students riding on the bus must remember that they will be held accountable for their conduct on the school bus. Continued violation of any of these rules may lead to the loss of riding privileges.
- The driver is in full charge of the bus and his direction must be obeyed.
- The driver will report any misconduct to the principal, who will take appropriate action.
- Students must always present their bus pass everyday to board the bus and are only permitted to ride the bus they are registered to. Please note: Passes are non-transferrable.
The driver may assign specific seats to students at any time. Kindergarten students sit in the front seats.
While on the bus, students must not extend arms or heads out of windows, try to get on or off the bus, or move about within it.
Students must not throw paper or other waste materials on the floor or out of the windows of the bus.
While on the bus, pupils must conduct themselves in a quiet and courteous manner showing consideration for the comfort and safety of others.
Scuffling, fighting, eating, drinking, smoking and the use of obscene language on the bus are prohibited.
Students causing willful damage to a bus will be held fully accountable.
Articles that cannot be stored in a gym bag or book bag, such as snow skis, skateboards, tubas, guitars, hockey sticks, etc. will not be transported. Parents are responsible for the transportation of these items. Ice skates are to be in a strong bag with the blades covered. A plastic bag or paper bag is not acceptable.
Loose articles such as baseballs, golf balls or marbles cannot be transported on a bus. If a student wishes to bring these types of articles to school, the articles must be securely contained within an athletic bag or book bag. Coat pockets or cloth sacks are not acceptable.
No animals will be transported on a bus.
No firearms or knives will be transported.
Students should go directly home from the bus stop at night.
Helpful Suggestions to Parents
If children have never ridden on a bus, or if the route is new, parents should make sure children know where to get on and off the bus.
Students should label their clothing and book bags for easy identification.
Parents should develop a plan for their children to follow if they miss the bus. An adult or older sibling is required to escort ECS and Grade 1 children to and from the bus.
Dress children warmly during cold weather in case the bus is unavoidably delayed due to road and weather conditions.
On mornings when weather conditions are poor, parents should listen to the following radio or television stations for emergency announcements regarding busing and classes.
Radio: 630 CHED, JOE - 92.5 FM, CBC, iNews 880 AM, The Team 1260 AM, The Bounce 91.7 FM, CISN -103.9 FM, The Bear - 100.3 FM, Virgin Radio FM - 104.9, Capital FM - 96.3, K97 - 97.3 FM, CFCW - 790 FM.
TV: CFRN, City TV, Global
Parents are asked to provide the transportation office with a home and business telephone number.
Be Cool: Follow The Rules
Busing for Your Child
Bus passes are issued to students traveling between home and school and between school and sitter/day care only and are non-transferrable. The Board is not required to transport students involved in other activities such as: work experience, after-school jobs, tutoring, music lessons, sports events, etc. If a student's bussing needs change, alternate arrangements can be made by contacting the transportation office at 780-459-7711. Please provide 3-5 busing days notice.
Dated temporary bus passes are issued to students who will be temporarily staying at or cared for at an alternate address for a determined length of time.
If difficulties such as late buses or problems on a bus occur, parents should initially contact the school their child attends. The school, often in conjunction with the division office can resolve most problems.
Policy and procedural problems i.e. pick up locations and bus times should be referred to Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools at 780-459-7711, ext. 113 or by