Transportation Links and Contact Information
Welcome to the Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools Transportation page.
Most commonly used links:
- Transportation Parent Portal Link (click here to apply for busing or to find your child's route schedule)
- Bus Alerts
Bus fees and walk guidelines:
If you are NEW or need any help in the registration process, please call transportation at 780-459-7711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I am new to the Division how do I apply for busing?
If you are new to the division please call the transportation department at the Division office at 780-459-7711 and we can assist you with the process.
I have completed the Online Bus Application, what do I need to do now?
Please use these instructions to create a subscription within our Parent Portal. Please remember to add your children and contact phone numbers to ensure you receive text notifications for delays and cancelations.
If you choose not to add phone numbers for text notifications the system will send emails as a default to inform you of any delays and cancelations.
I no longer need the school bus for my child - do I need to cancel our bus application?
Notifying the driver or not riding the bus does not constitute cancellation of busing.
Please use the form in the Parent Portal labelled "Bus Cancellation." Return your child's bus pass to the school office to complete the process. Please note cancellations cannot be completed verbally, all cancellations must be in writing to the Division transportation department using the Parent Portal forms.
Will I receive a refund if I cancel my child's busing?
If you cancel prior to the first day of school and have paid your busing fees, you will receive a full refund. Cancellations after the first day of school will receive a refund for full months remaining in the school year. There will be no refunds or reduction in fees assigned after January 31 of the current school year.
I have received multiple delay texts or notifications for my child's bus route - what is my delay?
If you have received multiple notifications for a single bus route please use the following:
1. The last text/email message is the current delay to the route.
2. Please send your child out to the bus stop 5 minutes prior to the delayed timing provided.
Please note that at no time would the delay be an addition of all notification sent. It is only the time given on the last messaging you have received.
My child will be starting Kindergarten - can you provide me some additional information?
Is my residence within the boundaries of Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools?
To access our Ward Maps and full Divisional ward boundaries please use the following link.
What are the school attendance boundaries for the area I live in?
Please see the links below for the school attendance areas for GSACRD.
Please note: All Jr High French language programming in St. Albert and area are provided at École Secondaire Sainte Marguerite d'Youville
Will I receive a reduction in bus fees for days my child does not ride the bus?
No, unfortunately the cost to deliver bus operations requires the division to pay contractors for the entire school year and all costs associated with transportation operations continue to remain unchanged. This is also true through the pandemic when school instruction moved online this past year on several occasions. At the same time, bus operations were active for those students who did require in person instruction. School divisions were directed by the government to compensate contractors for all routes and all educational days on the division calendar at their normal rate(s). Costs to deliver transportation services remain unchanged.
What forms are available in the Parent Portal?
The Parent Portal allows access to the following forms:
Bus Pass Replacement
Stop change request
Did you know that we adopted new technology in 2021?
Division adopts new bus safety technology
The Division is pleased to announce that we will be enhancing the safety of our transportation services.
This includes installing by September 2021 interior cameras on all buses that service our schools.
In addition, stop-arm cameras and predictive stop-arm systems have already been installed on buses that service our rural communities. This will include areas where local bylaws allow the use of stop arms and 8-way red light flashing systems.
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How do I learn more about school bus inspections?
Did you know that bus drivers are all commercial drivers and must abide by the same rules and regulations and inspections as other commercial drivers (e.g. truck drivers)?
Did you know that school bus inspections may include alcohol screening?
Please know that this screening is not because the driver is suspected of being under the influence. It is part of the new law enforcement protocol.
During a school bus inspection, the driver will be required to submit to an alcohol screening test (breathalyzer), even if there is no suspicion of impairment.
To learn more about school bus inspections and driving laws, please click here.
Safety around school buses and the Bus Danger Zone
The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the school bus. The loading and unloading area is called the “Danger Zone”.
The “Danger Zone” is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver (ten feet in front, ten feet on either side of the bus, and ten feet behind are all areas where a child may be in the driver’s blind spot). It only takes a second to lose sight of a student if a driver becomes distracted by students on board the bus. When training our bus drivers we stress the importance of safe loading and unloading procedures. This is where our drivers need to be fully focused and cannot be distracted by students or parents.
Red Lights Flashing? NO Passing!
Safety Video for our First Riders